Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home: an act which alters the whole course of his life.More
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A Remarkably fine adaptation
Wonderful - more please!
Yes. This is one of my favourite books, and it is beautifully read by Michael Maloney. My only slight caveat was his accent for Demelza, which to me sounded more Berkshire than Cornish, but all the male characters were highly convincing.
It is all memorable but the conflicts between Ross and his lackadaisical servants Jud and Prude, and his early encounters with Demelza, stand out particularly.
I have read the book several times so listening to it was an added pleasure. There are many moving moments, strong underlying conflicts for all of the main characters, beautiful evocation of eighteenth century Cornwall, strong understanding of the society and different social classes of the time, and a fair sprinkling of humour as well.
I only wish that this audiobook was not an abridged version; I would happily have listened to the whole thing. And why has no-one recorded audio version of the other novels in the Poldark series, several of which are even better than this first one? More please!
- Tim Vicary