With a horse between his thighs and a weapon in his grip, the dashing Brigadier Etienne Gerard, Colonel of the Hussars of Conflans, gallops through the Napoleonic campaigns on secret missions for his beloved Emperor and his country. He encounters danger and hair-breadth escapes but never loses his bravado, his eye for a pretty girl, his boastfulness or his enormous vanity.
Gerard is Conan Doyle’s most lovable character. At times hilarious, at times touching, these stories are amongst Conan Doyle’s most popular.
Public Domain (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks
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"I was there... Watching... Listening..A great work"
Yes, you bet
Arthur Conan Doyle is a gifted individual, and anything he touches becomes magical.
Hard to come up with one... but any where Gerard becomes the cause celebre with heroism at his back and homage in his front became all too common his life,
A sad tributary to a magnificent battle
"A French Flashman - Classic!"
This book was a wonderful find. I had not heard of Brigadier Etienne Gerard before finding it on Audible as I suspect he is somewhat eclipsed my ACD's arguably more enduring character; Sherlock Holmes.
Etienne is an endearing buffoon, deluded that he is the greatest swordsman, a dashing lover, a masterful horseman and the toast of the French Army. His exploits allow Conan Doyle to poke harmless fun at both the French and English traditions and stereotypes in equal measure and produces some genuinely hilarious moments in the process. Gerard is doubtless a brave man, but his desire to be chosen for absolutely any dangerous mission seems more driven by vanity and a wish to be seen as brave rather than for the sake of the missions objectives!
He is a 'Pepe Le Pew' character in the romantic department, continually making discreet, gentlemanly 'denials' as to his many conquests, but through ACD's subtle prose, there is no doubt in the readers mind that most of it is wishful thinking or delusional on the part of Gerard.
The narration was brilliant by Rupert Degas who faultlessly pulls of a faux-humble french accent that perfectly depicts Etienne's over-the-top but lovable character.
I will be listening to 'The Exploits of..' with the next available credits!
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