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Flashman and the Seawolf

Adventures of Thomas Flashman
Série : Adventures of Thomas Flashman, Volume 1
Durée : 7 h et 38 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical

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Following the popularity of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, the Victorian scoundrel who got himself embroiled in many events of his age, this book introduces a new generation of the family: Thomas Flashman, whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era. This first book covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time. From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane. This book covers the start of Cochrane's career including the most astounding single ship action of the Napoleonic war. Thomas Flashman provides a unique insight as danger stalks him like a persistent bailiff through a series of adventures that prove history really is stranger than fiction.

©2012 Robert Brightwell (P)2016 Henlow Publishing Limited

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  • N. J. Simicich
  • 14/01/2019

Not quite as good as the Harry Flashman series

The original Flashman series was nothing short of superb, and you really got the sense that the author had spent at least as much time plowing through historically significant documents and determining what might have happened. The series was about the easiest possible way to absorb English political history that I can think of. It was not politically correct at all, Harry spoke as a Victorian Englishman would.

I can't rate that series highly enough, and, while the actor who read the books had a bit of a thick accent, it was authentic, or so I, as an American, believed.

I said all that to say this: This series is good, but not as good. You get the sense that Brightwell worked just as hard as Frasier did in his historical research, but I kept thinking that it just was not a person speaking in an authentic voice, but a person speaking through the politically correctness filter of the late 20th and 21st century. This impacted my enjoyment of both the story and the performance.

But, I am a Flashman addict, and I don't see as well as I used to, so I am dependent on audiobooks. And these were not unenjoyable, I just enjoyed the Frasier books more. But we will see no more from Frasier.

So, if you are a Flashman addict, you will probably want to read or listen to these books. If you are not, then it depends on how you feel about political correctness. If the "N" word offends you such that you can't read "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" then this is the series for you. If not, start with the Frasier series.

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  • Eve Howard
  • 07/08/2018

Not a Flashman book in any sense

Got most of the way through this one and realized, it's dull and I'm really not learning anything either. Let's face it, it isn't possible to clone genius or wit. To execute a true pastiche of a great writer's style, is a huge talent; to combine that with an exciting and original plot line requires even great abilities. I know of no sequels or prequels by imitative writers that ever brought me any personal joy. The Bond books are labored and no fun, and just the thought of imitation Austens makes me shudder. If you're a true GMF admirer, don't even go here, you'll only be bored.

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  • Jean
  • 20/09/2017

Great Historical Novel

George MacDonald Fraser wrote the original Flashman series about the Victorian Harry Flashman. This is a spin-off about Thomas Flashman whose career covered the Napoleonic era. The spin-off is written by Robert Brightwell. This is a historical novel. The protagonist is placed in a historical situation that includes the real people. One of the most famous was Admiral Thomas Cochrane (1789-1872) 10th Earl of DunDonald. Captain Cochrane was a daring Royal Navy officer in the Napoleonic War. Napoleon called him “Le Loup de Mers”.

Thomas Flashman is the uncle of Harry Flashman. Thomas is a spy courier and is to take forged letters to Spain to trick the Spanish Fleet to leave the Cadiz Harbor. The ship that is to take him is the HMS Speedy captained by Thomas Cochrane.

The book is well written and full of historical details. The story is full of action and suspense. Brightwell is a good storyteller and, in my opinion, he would have been better off having this book stand on its own instead of a Flashman spin-off.

The book is eight hours long. Henry Clove Harrison does a good job narrating the book. This is my first experience with Harrison as a narrator and the author Brightwell.

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  • peter
  • 12/05/2019

Not Flashman

George Macdonald Fraser almost created his own genre with the Flashman novels which while opening up whole periods of 19th century English history made a virtue of political incorrectness. I really doubt he could enjoy the same popularity if he appeared newly on the oppressed and fractured literary scene today. I would expect to seem him vilified by the media and the touchy-feelie radical left. But whatever his sins against hyper-sensitivity, his novels were hilariously entertaining while historically accurate and educational. What I read of Thomas Flashman and the Seawolf fell into the latter category. I felt I was being led into an historical background but without any reason to linger there. Maybe other listeners will enjoy these novels more than I did.

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  • Patrick Greiffenstein
  • 09/11/2017

Impossible to listen to

I have been a fan of the Flashman papers for decades and was excited to see this potential continuation of a great tradition. Indeed some of the other reviews were excellent. But I could barely sit through the first hour of this nonsense without gritting my teeth in frustration and wishing I could throw the iPad at the drooling, monotonous, uninspired narrator. I have also been in love with audiobooks since they were on tape, filling many hours of manual labor and road trips all over the country with some truly excellent performances, narrators who sucked me into the book and transported me into the middle of it. This book transported me alright, to a bathroom stall in a gas station listening to the odiferous body functions of a witless stranger. That anyone actually paid this guy to narrate anything is unbelievable. That anyone else finds this performance in any way acceptable is baffling. That I spent a good credit on this garbage is infuriating. I don't know what the story is like or if the book overall is any good, if I am to judge by the discriminating taste of the publisher, I'd venture to say no. Do yourself a favor and listen to a sample first, maybe I'm just an audiobook snob. Don't listen to me.

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  • Shane Hensley
  • 28/08/2017

Excellent continuation of Fraser's work!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Robert Brightwell seems to be channeling George MacDonald Fraser from beyond the grave. It's perhaps slightly less bawdy, and the new Thomas Flashman isn't quite the coward his nephew turned out to be (so far, anyway), but it's a spot-on spiritual successor. I can't WAIT to listen to the rest.

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

This fits perfectly in the Fraser series, in my humble opinion.

What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?

I miss David Case (who narrated the original series), but Harrison does a fantastic job and I was engrossed every minute of the performance.

If you could take any character from Flashman and the Seawolf out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Cochrane. What an amazing individual. I plan on ordering his autobiography today. :)

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Mr. Brightwell, for doing such a great job not just capturing Fraser and Flashman's adventures, but carrying on the expert historical research that really brings this series alive. Can't wait to read / listen to the rest. :)

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  • Kevin
  • 18/01/2017

Better than his nephew

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This has the great interest of good historical fiction without the extreme loutishness characteristic of George MacDonald Fraser's earlier "Flashman" novels. I can't wait for the next one to be voiced.

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  • Maxwell D.
  • 08/10/2019

Pale Imitation, Worsened by Narration

The writing is an imitation of Fraser, and a bland one. Story elements, such as the brothels, often feel tacked on for the sake of similarity to the original Flashman books, but lack the color and zest that Fraser puts into them, leaving them feeling extraneous and pointless.
Similarly, the protagonist seems to drift almost aimlessly through life, borne into events outside of his control without either forging his way towards them or trying to avoid them. When the defining character trait of your protagonist seems to be just going along, there's something off. The novel attempts the same adventurous, villainous, historical fun of the old Flashman books but lacks the finesse to achieve it.
All this would leave it merely a mediocre experience, if not for the narrator. He's utterly lacking in the two most important things in an audiobook narrator, emotion and timing. Singlehandedly he converts text with the potential to ride the line between mediocrity and decency into an utterly boring non-experience. Even the man's accent feels half-hearted.
Henry Clore Harrison is the worst narrator I've ever heard, and I pray I never encounter him again.

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  • jon
  • 31/03/2019

Better title:"Falshman's uncle watches paint dry

so, a side from some moderately interesting historical facts this book has nothing to offer. read a history of the war and naval engagements of this period. it would be more entertaining.

the characters were not engaging at all. dull, without depth, and really without charm. I loved Sir Harry Flashman because he was a charming rogue. this character hardly meets either standard.

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  • Ian G. Drake
  • 06/12/2018

Fun and different

If you like Hornblower, Aubrey, Lewry, Sharpe, etc then you will like this book. These stories are told in a much different manner which was a welcome surprise. Many thanks to the author for allowing me to continue listening and enjoying this genre.

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  • Steve Stein
  • 07/05/2018

Great Adventure Novel

an absolutely worthy continuation/predecessor to the original Flashman novels! Can’t wait to continue the series.