• Flashman in the Great Game

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 8
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

What caused the Indian Mutiny? The greased cartridge, religious fanaticism, political blundering, yes - but one hitherto unsuspected factor is now revealed to be the furtive figure who fled across India in 1857 with such frantic haste: Flashman.

Plumbing new depths of anxious knavery in his role as secret agent extraordinaire, Flashman saw far more of the Great Mutiny than he wanted. How he survived Thugs and Tsarist agents, Eastern beauties and cabinet ministers and kept his skin intact is a mystery revealed here in this volume of The Flashman Papers.

©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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  • Gary
  • 11-07-16

one of the best

fantastic book. listened on three occasions and had the book finished on the last occasion.

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  • totty1@supanet.com
  • 07-23-16

More Flashy adventures

Revisiting my Flashman phase and his less than glorious adventures are still great fun. The stories are well narrated and keep the flow of the story going along at a good pace.

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  • M R Thrall
  • 05-16-16

amazing

the finest out of all the flashman novels. it has everything you could want in a flashman novel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

wow

Trip into history, great adventure . Flashman at his best. Good narrator only couldn't pronounce the Indian words ver well..

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  • Gruffalo
  • 08-08-21

Brilliant

I love the Flashman Chronicles.and this one did not disappoint, it was action packed and dramatic, tense and hilarious by turns.

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  • Brian
  • 05-24-21

Flashman in Great Game

Brilliant book, again well read by Colin Mace. One of my favourites in the series. Deals with the horrors of the first Indian revolt and paints the horror of war

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  • ndg
  • 03-26-21

One of the best Flashman stories

Funny and a great way to understand the history of the Indian uprising. You can’t fault a Flashman book for entertainment. They seem to be over in a flash, such a shame there aren’t many more in the series. Whoever reads/listens will be crying out for more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-19

Wonderful

I read the Flashman series as a teenager and 35 years later they are as good as I remember them to be. I highly recommend this audio series.

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  • Jono
  • 02-24-19

Vintage Flashy

Can Flashman ever be beaten?
NEVER!!

Excellently read, as enjoyable in audio now as when I read it for the first time as a teenager 20 years ago!

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  • d l murley
  • 01-18-19

Good story let down by poor volume control

Story was good as are most of GMF's, however Colin Mace's narration varies wildly in volume between inaudible to painfully loud. There's no volume at which the book can be comfortably listened to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-21

Is there a poor Flashman novel? No

I've read all the Flashman novels, and as others have noted, it took me to the history books. My only cavil is the reader, Colin Mace; not as good as Rupert Pendry-Jones, who read the first audiobook "Flashman". Pendry-Jones nailed the lolling, devil-may-care voice and general arrogance and insouciance I'd always imagined Flashman to have. Mace's accent is right, but he speaks too quickly at first, leaving nowhere to go when the pressure is on. He calms down later. Less OK is the mispronunciation of Jhansi and Pathan. Can't imagine what Harper Audio were thinking. Still worth the purchase, though.