Summary

Cornwall in the 1780s - when powerful forces of revolution and reaction are at large in the world. The first in the riveting Poldark series.
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....
©1945 Winston Graham (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cerisaye on 14-04-15

Entrancing

What made the experience of listening to Ross Poldark the most enjoyable?

I raced through this audio book wallowing in the pleasure of listening to a well loved story about characters I have been familiar with for nearly 40 years now. It is interesting that I picture some as described in the novel whereas others take the appearance of the actors who played the parts in the 70s and more recent BBC adaptation.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Poldark and have done since watching the 70s adaptation and then reading the first few books. There is romance in abundance, a brooding Byronic hero in Captain Ross, fiesty, wonderful Demelza who saves him, a complicated love triangle, dastardly deeds and scheming by the rapacious New Men of the Warleggan family, more information about copper mining than you are ever likely to find in fiction, social commentary and historical detail. The writing is excellent, the story told with obvious love and passion for Cornwall and its people, with a deal of humour in the telling. You can practically smell the salt tang, feel the warm summer breezes and wintry blasts. Graham has created characters that live and breathe in your imagination like real people that you care about, or love to hate. I love Ross & Demelza, obviously, but Verity has a special place in my heart, too. Now I am so much older than when I first came to Poldark I find I have more sympathy for poor Francis.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Other listeners have complained about poor reading but I had no problem with the narrator and enjoyed this audio book performance. The various characters had distinctive voices with what sounded to my ear (though I admit I am no expert) passable Cornish accents, better than the new TV adaptation. The female parts were read passably, too, which often is a problem with audio books read by male readers. I wasn't fond of the voice used for Francis, however, which sounded out of character, too old.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely!

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to the next book, and hope Audible issues the entire series, soon.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda Isbell on 13-04-15

Can't tell...

If I love this book because of the show or because I love the show because of the book. I love these characters and stories brought to life. I would absolutely recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 30-05-17

enjoyable story...

enjoyable to read/listen to while watching the TV series... I don't know how much I would have enjoyed it if I hadn't already watched the show but saying that, doing both together was quite a wonderful experience as this gave the already fantastic TV show some depth that I really enjoyed... would definitely recommend... 😊

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4 out of 5 stars
By Donna on 30-07-15

Excellent Book, Mediocre Narration

What made the experience of listening to Ross Poldark the most enjoyable?

The writing and the story. Hurray for Winston Graham and the ten (?) volumes in the Poldark series!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver J. Hembrough?

I much preferred Clare Corbett who narrated the next volume in the series "Demelza". I was hoping that she would continue with the rest, but alas not.

I find Hembrough's narration to be awkward and wooden and barely tolerable.

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