While many people have written books and novels on the Peninsular War, Thomas Flashman's memoirs offer a unique perspective. They include new accounts of famous battles, but also incredible incidents and characters almost forgotten by history. Flashman is revealed as the catalyst to one of the greatest royal scandals of the 19th century, which disgraced a prince and ultimately produced one of our greatest novelists. In Spain and Portugal, he witnesses catastrophic incompetence and incredible courage in equal measure. He is present at an extraordinary action where a small group of men stopped the army of a French marshal in its tracks. His flatulent horse may well have routed a Spanish regiment, while his cowardice and poltroonery certainly saved the British army from a French trap.
Accompanied by Lord Byron's dog, Flashman faces death from Polish lancers and a vengeful Spanish midget, not to mention finding time to perform a blasphemous act with the famous Maid of Zaragoza. This is an account made more astonishing as the key facts are confirmed by various historical sources.
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By Iain S. Palin on 19-04-18
A worthy ancestor for Sir Harry
The death of George MacDonald Fraser robbed his many faithful readers of more episodes in his hugely successful “Flashman” series. What we have here is not more about Sir Harry Flashman, but a spin-off (homage?) series about his equally caddish, cowardly, and successful uncle. Does it work? This is my first experience of Thomas Flashman but I’ll say “so far so good”.
It’s not perfect, there is a somewhat cloned feel to it, and some anachronistic language I doubt GMF would have slipped into. But the character is there as is the historical research and the ability to bring them together in an entertaining tale. I’ll stick with Thomas and hope he proves as engrossing as Harry did.
The narration, while satisfactory, is not as good as it should be. The delivery for the narrating Flashman is uneven, sometimes he sounds so languid it’s as if he’s ready to doze off. And the narrator doesn’t seem to have the command of different accents for the various characters that a book narrator should have. Campbell was especially irritating to this Scot as his accent meandered unconvincingly all over Scotland with the occasional foray into rural England!
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By Shane Hensley on 11-02-18
Another fantastic adventure by Brightwell
Where does Flashman in the Peninsula rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The original Flashman books are some of my absolute favorite audiobooks, and Brightwell's tales are every bit as good.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Flashy, of course, followed by Cuesta and the Maid of Zaragotha. Wellesley is portrayed perfectly, of course, with the dry wit one would expect from him.
What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?
He has an excellent pace and manages to differentiate each character's voice so that you can easily follow a conversation between even two similar characters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Flashy "rescued" the Maid of Zaragotha, and she later told her story of growing up near the soldiers' barracks.
Any additional comments?
It's an excellent tale throughout, and once again, Brightwell does his homework on the war so that most historically-minded readers aren't disengaged *and* still tell an ofttimes funny, often poignant tale of war and misadventure. It's engaging from start to finish and I'll be buying every one in the series.
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