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Flashman's Lady

The Flashman Papers, Book 3
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: The Flashman Papers, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (200 ratings)

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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.

When our hero Flashman accepts an invitation from his old enemy, Tom Brown of Rugby, to join in a friendly cricket match, he does not suspect that he is letting himself in for the most desperate game of his scandalous career.

What follows is a deadly struggle that sees him scampering from the hallowed wicket of Lord's to the jungle lairs of Borneo pirates, from a Newgate hanging to the torture pits of Madagascar, and from Chinatown's vice dens to slavery in the palace of the female Caligula herself, Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar.

Had he known what lay ahead, Flashman would never have taken up cricket seriously.

©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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Brilliant writing, poor narration

What did you like most about Flashman's Lady?

Great evocation of early cricket matches and, as ever, GMF knows how to pace a book. It's a great shame the actor reading it isn't any where near good enough. Wrong voice and some awful reading gaffes [ doesn't anyone monitor the recordings ]
Get Timothy West to read them.I heard the best Flashman [ for me ] F in the Great Game
read by him and the voice is spot on.

How could the performance have been better?

Differant reader.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

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Disappointing

What would have made Flashman's Lady better?

Unfortunately the narrator would have been better reading Wind in the Willows,
Wrong voice, wrong pauses,

Has Flashman's Lady put you off other books in this genre?

No I will check who the reader is.....

What didn’t you like about Colin Mace’s performance?

Sorry but no, wrong voice

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flashman's Lady?

too much telling,

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Another outstanding Flashman tale

You can’t fault a good and outrageously funny Flashman tale and in this one we get to find out a bit more about the beautiful Elspeth, not perhaps quite as stupid as Flashman often refers! Brilliantly narrated, just listen and you won’t be disappointed.

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Ridiculous plot and events

Maybe this was not the best one to start with. Much of the book deals with cricket. Fine. But it’s an adventure story. The author contrived to link the two but I was unconvinced. When they eventually get to the orient I was desperately bored by the characters. Rider Haggard is much better if you like these fantasies - I think this author was trying to mimic that style. But it didn’t work - neither funny nor interesting. Some interesting historical research thrown in but I was not especially interested in what became of the hero. Only the quality of the narrator kept me going during world lockdown.

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Fantastic

Another wonderful Flashman story beautifully read. I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys the Flashman books

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Another scorcher

The next instalment of Flashman's adventures are just as well researched, well written, well told as the previous... this should be compulsory schooling for all males!

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Good as always

Excellent but for one entirely wrong rendition of ‘heart of oak’ with no idea of how the tune goes!

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Flashy on top form

More splendidly politically incorrect yarns from the Flashman papers. Wonderfully narrated, and meticulously researched. This is peak Flashman. For the first time in the series, we get to hear things from Elspeth’s perspective. Elspeth being Mrs Flashman. This innovation adds a whole new level of intrigue and humour.

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Flashy

As always excellent I've read them all but better in audio will buy others mmmm

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Let down by the narration

Colin Mace does his best, but gets a lot of proper nouns wrong, and has no clue about holding a tune when called on to sing.

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  • Meg H.
  • 12-02-17

Great story, difficult to hear

Excellent story as with all Flashman books, but slightly spoiled by the performance. The narrator alternated between very softly spoken and very loud, which made it difficult or impossible to listen to in the car, on earphones etc. A pity, because he was otherwise quite good.

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