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Flashman on the March

The Flashman Papers, Book 11
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: The Flashman Papers, Book 11
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

Many have marvelled at General Napier's daring 1868 expedition through the treacherous peaks and bottomless chasms of Abyssinia to rescue a small group of British citizens held captive by the mad tyrant Emperor Theodore. But the vital role of Sir Harry Flashman, V. C., in the success of this campaign has hitherto gone unrecorded.

Flashman's undeserved reputation for heroism renders him the British army's candidate of choice when it comes to skulking behind enemy lines in Ali Baba attire. After all, who but the great amorist could contemplate navigating a land populated by hostile tribes and the loveliest (and most savage) women in Africa, from leather-clad nymphs with a penchant for torture to a voluptuous barbarian queen with a reputation for throwing disobliging guests to her pet lions?

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

Critic reviews

"The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do - winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Not so much a march as a full-blooded charge, fortified by the usual lashings of salty sex, meticulously choreographed battle scenes and hilariously spineless acts of self preservation by Flashman." ( Sunday Times)
"Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them." ( Washington Post
"A first-rate historical novelist." (Kingsley Amis)

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Slightly obscure Victorian history as it should be taught...

Flashman remains the great Victorian adventurer despite his very best efforts not to. In this, a less well known sojourn for the British army into Abyssinia, he once again shows his long list of skills to their absolute best - coward, liar, cheat, lover, the list goes on and never fails to entertain.

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Flashy at his best

Great book, have loved the series and am heartbroken I'm near the end. the narration is spot on. I would highly recommend this to any fans of Harry Flashman

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Not one of the best

Perfectly fine as a time killer but the story drags a little from time to time and there are certainly better Flashmans to listen to first.