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Royal Flash Audiobook

Royal Flash: The Flashman Papers, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In volume II of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.

In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era.

From London gaming halls and English hunting fields to European dungeons and throne rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours, and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.

©2015 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter.... It is the verve of the storytelling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory." (Sunday Telegraph)

What Members Say

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    Hammerhead 25/07/2015
    Hammerhead 25/07/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Flashy does it again!"
    What made the experience of listening to Royal Flash the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is good but I wish they would use a female voice for the female parts as it all sounds a bit pantomime with a bloke reading female responses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Continues along the Flashman route,you can't get better.


    What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is very good and keeps the momentum going.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Just good fun stories

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S E Darrington 07/10/2017
    S E Darrington 07/10/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor narration spoils a great story"

    Elaborating on my criticism of the first Flashman in this audio series, I'm so disappointed with the narration that I won't continue with the rest.

    I enjoy revisiting books that I love; having them read to you by a skilled actor on a second visit can enrich the text, bringing out nuances in character and other elements which make the re-read well worthwhile. A great example of this is the Aubrey-Maturin "Master & Commander" series. I loved the books the first time and then felt like I'd doubled the enjoyment by listening to Ric Jerrom's take on the characters.

    I was so looking forward to seeing what a narrator could do with Flashy. One of literature's great comic creations deserved something special and Coin Mace has done nothing to bring this off. If you had never read the Flashman novels then you might get through these recordings having enjoyed the stories as they were. If it comes to the words alone, then Macdonald Fraser's books are an absolute delight. But if this is your second time around and, like me, you were hoping for something special, then you will be severely disappointed.

    Mace's delivery adds nothing, and in many ways detracts from the story. He reads like someone who has never seen the words before. Intonation and rhythm is repetitive and inappropriate. Time and time again he misses great comic lines and sounds like someone reading a text for the first time with no rehearsal.

    Harry Flashman deserves more. He is a character whose words paint a picture of a historical past, but also of a spineless rogue. The books are his words and they needed, not only an actor who could live up to this challenge, but one who could add to it too.

    I'm not going to listen to any more of this series because it irritates me so much. It irritates me that Flashy hasn't been brought off the page in a way that I know other characters have been. But the narration actually grates. Sentence stress and intonation in this recording is indicative of someone who is taking no interest in what he is saying and instead attempting to enliven it by randomly dramatising parts which don't need it and passing over parts which do.

    Huge opportunity missed. What a shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samuel allen 01/09/2016
    samuel allen 01/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "cracking book"

    can't beat a bit of flashy, irreverent and timeless tales, refreshingly politically incorrect and funny

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Pygott 20/02/2016
    Roger Pygott 20/02/2016
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    "Entertaining!"

    Brilliant story. Narrator not bad, but not in Timothy West's league. Still enjoyed it though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Fountain 15/01/2016
    R. Fountain 15/01/2016
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    "Very refreshingly un-pc, and bloody funny!"

    There is nothing to compare these books to, they stand alone in all their splendid glory! A bigger bigot, racist, cheat and charming coward will not be found. And yet, you can't help but root for him. Will probably be enjoyed by the English listener more than most!

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    john 17/03/2015
    john 17/03/2015
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    "Flashes blood may be blue but his liver's yellow!"

    Narrators voice leant itself perfectly to the ambiance of the story. The story certainly has elements of 'the prisoner of zenda' but with uniquely rogue flashy twists!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 03/09/2017
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    "Great stuff"

    I just can't stop listening to this fantastical story of revenge , daring do and treachery . I loved it . Historical fiction with a devilish twist

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    world traveller 17/03/2016
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    "hoofing adventures with Harry"

    good story, thorough history but not battle history, as we will come to admire in Fraser. well read, performed rather, by Mace. this is an essential set of flashman papers for the rest of his adventures. enjoy!

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    Treebeard 09/03/2016
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    "Spiffing "

    Nicely done. Good old Flashy. Well narrated and good pace. I'll be downloading more. Thumbs up.

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    Miss 07/08/2015
    Miss 07/08/2015
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    "Hilarious and thrilling"

    Loved every moment of this well structured, humorous story of a cad and coward who gets out of every situation he somehow gets himself into.

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  • Josef
    12/02/17
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    "Halarious anti-hero."

    Flashman is a cynical, cowardice, racist bully - the kind of man who we secretly do not hate entirely because we are not sure how to convincingly hold the position of total lack of admiration for such men. To his credit, he is a most talented polyglot, horseman, and womaniser, and his adventures in the midst of major macro political events of the 19th century takes the reader laughing though history's I'll-lit side-allies. There, the story's anti-hero upholds the British empire by running from its enemies, sleeping with the maximum possible amount of women, and more often than not manages to wriggle himself out of the absurd kinds of trouble he repeatedly finds himself in. Hilariously written. Excellent stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
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    17/04/16
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    "Flashman brought to life!"

    Fantastic story that races along paralleling Anthony Hope's famous novel. The narrator is absolutely perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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