The tenth volume of 'The Flashman Papers' finds the arch-rotter of the Victorian age unable to resist the lure of a pretty foot.
This time, though, his pursuit sets his own feet on a desperate journey in which his disgraceful American past catches up with him. Revenge-ridden old enemies, blackmailing secret societies, escaped slaves, eccentric clergymen; scheming and passionate beauties of assorted colours all await Flashy in the great war against slavery. His reply flights, escapes, dalliances and a sardonic eye cast over the thunderous action.
©1994 George MacDonald Fraser; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I can't get enough of these. The books are very funny the history is spot on and the narration is sublime. Please ask Timothy West to record them all..
Superb, funny, wonderfully written and best of all Timothy West superb reading of it. Of all the talking books I listen too which is many he is without a doubt the master of the art reading a book and a joy to listen to.
Timothy West is wonderful again as the reprehensible but impossible not to admire Flashman, lovely balanced reading - almost feels dramatised. I only withhold the fifth star because I didn't find this title quite as engaging as "the great game", but much of that may be down to me being more interested in the historical context of that title. Recommended.
A tricky one, this. As a long-time fan of the Flashman series, I was a little confused by the blurb of the Angel Of The Lord, referring to Flashman's exploits in both South Africa and the United States and I wondered where this fitted in to the established storyline.
However, McDonald Fraser's skill in writing kicks off from the beginning, explaining just how Flashman gets into this particular pickle he's in this time - always the best part of the books and the narration only makes it better. A wonderful performance that is easily worth downloading the entire thing for. Must say though, I never expected Spring to have a Lancashire accent.
That said though, despite a good start, the second half is a very lacklustre read/listen. The narration is still top notch, but the story drags and becomes morose, and the charm that the Flashman books always have seems to be leeched out of the book to my immense disappointment. It became a chore to listen to the second half, and it seems to do no more than set up the next book in the series - that which McDonald Fraser failed to finish before cancer claimed him. A disappointing ending to be sure, but it's worth it for the first part in particular.
"Great use of history"
Timothy West is absolutely fantastic reading these books. He does every accent and characterisation perfectly in my mind. GMF has written an excellent book but it isn't the best, most fun or amazing book in the Flashman series. I loved the previous book 'Flashman and the Great Game' and of course 'Flashman', 'Royal Flahsman' are the best, but saying that I did enjoy this book. The most I knew of this bit of history was from an old Errol Flynn movie and the TV series 'North & South', but what I know of history, this book seems spot on. Would love to see these books made into a TV series with varies local actors/actresses playing the roles but alas, it would be almost a logistic impossibility. Added to that the books can be classed as a little too racist and politically incorrect. Probably why I love them so much. This book is worth the listen to and lets hope Timothy West ends up doing the complete series, well at least the ones that where published. Damn shame that George MacDonald Fraser had to up and die. By the way, that isn't what happens in this book, just Flashman gets to play along with John Brown trying to start a revolt in 1859.
"Flashy is the best"
Timothy West does a good job as narrator and Fraser really is a great writer. Funny, suspenseful and educational, who can ask for more?
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