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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George MacDonald Fraser Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Flashman Papers Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9780385393164
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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. 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.

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  • “Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter…It is the verve of the story-telling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory.”

    Sunday Telegraph

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " This is my least favorite Flashman, although I learned lots about German history. As always Fraser's notes are meticulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Card | 1/21/2014

    " this one was a movie and the book is better. read it. love the rascal that is Harry Flashman! hard to put down or forget. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/21/2014

    " I can see why Flashman has a cult following: he is deceitful and naughty and manipulative, but somehow still kind of jolly and likeable. He gets himself in and out of various scrapes, and it is a good thing that he is tricked as often as he tricks others. This is the first one i read, and mostly in the bathtub, so didn't pay strict attention to the plot. I do like the historical thing, and somehow this relates to the Prisoner of Zenda which I never read so it went by me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athena | 1/5/2014

    " Great fun. Quick and witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/30/2013

    " The writing was as witty and quick as in the first Flash book, but I preferred this. I think Flash feels more rounded as a character here, and while he is still a coward, liar, womaniser etc, he is just that little bit less of a villain, so easier to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/23/2013

    " Harry Flashman is a riot. Such a cad... but ends up making you laugh so hard. He's like someone who is tossed and lands on his feet. BEST so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anu | 12/18/2013

    " A bit too Zenda, but still a good second showing for Flashy. I'm going to be so sad when I finish this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Bobby | 8/19/2013

    " I love the Flashman novels. On to #3! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/28/2013

    " What a wonderful romp through another chapter of Ol' Harry Flashman's life. Enjoyed every moment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/7/2013

    " Always good to check in with the despicable but charming Flashman who in this episode ends up being a pawn in a game involving Otto von Bismarck, Lola Montez, and the solution to the "Schleswig-Holstein question." I'm looking forward to the next one in the series, "Flash for Freedom!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toki | 7/5/2013

    " Flashman was slightly less dispicable in this book and I was introduced to Lola Montez for the first time so I walked away having learned something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 6/21/2013

    " Great anti-hero true cad with the ladies ends up at the center of some of the greatest military faiures in british history about to soil himself but survives to a ripe old age "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 6/10/2013

    " An absolute rollicking pleasure from beginning to end! Bring on the remaining 9 (or 10) books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Davies | 5/12/2013

    " Another excellent read, although it does suffer from a relatively far fetched plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richie | 5/8/2013

    " Being that this adventure was set in Germany I got all the German nuances that the author was writing about. Ole Flashy is still a coward but much more likeable than the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 3/31/2013

    " Possibly my favorite of the Flashman series, if only for its borrowing of elements from "The Prisoner of Zenda" and rousing portrayal of Lola Montes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 1/31/2013

    " Funny and fresh - not a book I normally would read, but glad I picked it up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lance Caselman | 1/26/2013

    " Not as good as the first Flashman book. Maybe it deserves three stars, but it's basically a reprisal of The Prisoner of Zenda, though not as good. Still, it's worth reading if you're going to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 11/2/2012

    " The cad imposter is at it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Walker | 10/30/2012

    " Again, and excellent tale "

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About the Author
Author George MacDonald FraserGeorge MacDonald Fraser was born in England and served in a Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to the twelve Flashman novels, he wrote screenplays, most notably for the James Bond film Octopussy. He died in 2008.
About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.