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Flashman on the March Audiobook

Flashman on the March

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Publisher's Summary

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.

A master of lechery, treachery and poltroonery, Flashy'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 lovliest (and most savage) women in Africa, from leather-clad nymphs with a penchant for torture to de-ballocking Amazons and a voluptuous barbarian queen with a reputation for throwing disobliging guests to her pet lions?

©2008 George MacDonald Fraser; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Hugh 17/09/2016
    Hugh 17/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "great yarn"

    dependably good storytelling. well narrated with the appropriate voices done for different characters. inspired me to read more flashman

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • D.
    Jacksonville, FL, United States
    26/06/08
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    "Another Great Flashman!"

    This is a great series "Flashman". The history of the British empire told by the rogue who always comes out smelling like a rose. I recommend this to anyone that likes history and has a sense of humor.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    16/10/13
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    "I gave in."

    I don't often give in on a book. This one, this time, I did. And about 80% of the way through! On the rare occassions when I abandon a book it is usually early on but this one took hours to grind me down.

    I suspect that I kept giving it the benefit of the doubt because I have enjoyed other tiles in the Flashman series.It may be because the historical background to this one is little known to me. It may be because the narration didn't strike me as well fitted. It may be because even a great author (MacDonald Fraser is quite good but definitely not great) pushes out a dud every now and then. More realisically it is a mix of all of them.

    I came to this after relistening to an old Flashman favourite (F in the Great Game) and a new addition (Flashman).

    The first of these is narrated by Timothy West who is perfect for the part.

    The second by Rupert Penry-Jones who was startlingly adequate at the role. I was wthin a whisker of abandoning that one when it finished.

    But this title is narrated by Toby Stephens whose performance was as patchy as they come. The reason West is perfect is because these are the memoirs of a man being read in his later years relating his exploits as a young man. They should be read by an old duffer and Timothy West does old duffer about a hundred times better than either of the other two. I'll be willing to bet cash money that he costs more than either of the other two but the quality is there all the way through the recording. It just sounds very very wrong to have a 12 year olds voice reading an old man story.

    So I'm left up a stump now. I had intended to build a listening career on this series but now find that unless they are narrated by West I am quite likely to abandon them.

    My advice is probably to either only listen to the ones narrated by West or never listen to them. Without his performance they are pretty insipid stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    5/11/16
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    "Not the same without David Case."

    I admit, I am biased. David Case IS Harry Flashman. His performances in the Flashman series are the best. I was so disappointed when I discovered this book had a different narrator, but I love the books, so have tried several times to listen to this audiobook...and so far cannot get beyond chapter one. If you own and love the other audiobooks, I recommend you listen to the sample for this one before you buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirk Ferguson
    15/08/16
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    "Flashy At His Worst (And That's A Great Thing)"
    If you could sum up Flashman on the March in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, Exciting and Fascinating


    What other book might you compare Flashman on the March to and why?

    Pick any one of the Flashman novels by GMF. They're all fantastic but Flashman is a complete scumbag. If you don't like reading a novel where the lead is a villain and cad, you might not want to read this or the other Flashman novels. He would be the villain in any other novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The waterfall scene, I couldn't believe he did what he did. I was crying with laughter and horrified at the same time.


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

    Both, the tears were from laughter. Flashman's warped perceptions on life in general and the historical figures within were highly entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Toby Stephens is fantastic. Not just a great actor but a superb narrator. He perfectly encapsulated Flashman's arrogance, self delusion and complete villainy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian English
    Cranford, NJ United States
    15/12/13
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    "Just doesn't work as an abridged book."
    What did you like best about Flashman on the March? What did you like least?

    While this is not anywhere near my favorite narrator of the Flashman series, he does a serviceable job. But what kills this audiobook is the fact that it's abridged. The Flashman series relies on historical detail and plot twists -- the abridged version simply skims the important points of action. You lose so much of the period flavor and historical feel of the complete books. GMF is a talent writer who is an utter joy to read; if you want to abridge something, abridge those awful lawyer books by hacks like John Grisham. Leave the good books alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jon
    Meridian, ID, United States
    20/08/13
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    "Switching Narrators in a series if rough"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a hard time engaging with this book. It is part of a larger series written by GMF. The prior books had the same narrator whose voice, tone, and tempo were familiar to me. I am not sure why Audible doesn't have the version the prior narrator performed, but this is a weaker version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Fremont, CA, United States
    24/05/13
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    "I expected a better story"

    This was... boring. I couldn't even finish it. The narrator did a great job, but I couldn't care about the main character at all, or stay focused on it enough to follow the plot. I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • brett
    new york, NY, United States
    22/08/12
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    "Indianna Jones and The Temple of Doom"

    Indianna Jones and The Temple of Doom images where sparking in my minds eye.
    This was my first Flashie . I can't wait to get more ....but which one ?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allan
    Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada
    30/04/12
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    "I liked the story not the reading"
    Would you try another book from George MacDonald Fraser and/or Toby Stephens?

    yes ... by another reader


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flashman ofcoarse


    Any additional comments?

    I have Flashman & the Great Game ...it was far better in the reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    PASADENA, CA, United States
    13/02/12
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    "Flashman Hits the Dark Continent"

    I listen to a lot of nonfiction and this was a nice break from reality. A fun romp across Africa with Flashman's typical pitfalls and high jinks. The narration was excellent. The story was average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    13/07/08
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    "Great stuff for Flashman fans"

    I love George Macdonald Fraser's Flashman series. They are rollicking good reads and give a tremendously fascinating insights ito some fairly obscure corners of our history. This one - alas the last as Fraser died earlier this year(?)- is right up with the best. Terrific stuff.

    I dont normally buy abridged versions but was attracted by Toby Stephens being the narrator - and he is excellent, indeed he makes the book for me, being as good as Timothy West who has been a peerless narrator in earlier books in the Flashman series.

    Strongly recommended - and if you like this, read the earlier books too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • M. J. Rafferty
    london
    29/03/14
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    "Why Abridged"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flashman, obviously


    Have you listened to any of Toby Stephens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He is very good


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

    Great Historical detail


    Any additional comments?

    Why have the Timothy West versions not been released in full?
    Toby Stephens is very good, but the fact that these are abridged is incredibly annoying. I keep feeling that I missing out on a lot of detail and tremendous dialogue. No Explanation as to why these have been cut down in size. Doubtless related to money. The listeners have been short changed.

    I would buy more Flashman with either Stephens or Rupert Penry Jones reading them. If they were unabridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    8/03/15
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    "A unique gem"

    Flashman on the march is a fabulous story, well narrated, flowing and constantly engaging. A great listen, I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    London
    15/02/15
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    "Flashy at his best again"

    Another good story from the flashman papers, easy to listen to and follow. Only criticism is the start is a bit abrupt but soon gets into the flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danuta
    Shell CoveAustralia
    9/06/10
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    "Excellent narration"

    This is my first experience with Flashman and while I found the story line not to my liking (might just be because it was an abridged version) I really enjoyed Toby Stephens narration. Very enthusiastically read and enough to convince me to try another Flashman story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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