Ross Poldark : Poldark

  • by Winston Graham
  • Narrated by Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Series: Poldark
  • 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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....

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What a disappointment

What disappointed you about Ross Poldark?

Winston Graham is a great story teller and I was really looking forward to having this read to me. What a let down! This terrible turgid delivery plodding through the text with all the pauses in the wrong place so that you often lose the thread of the plot. Couldn't Audible have forked out for a decent actor to read it? You're going to make money as there is a TV series on at the moment. I would really like my money back it's so terrible.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Ross Poldark?

It's a great story with lots of memorable moments, just not in this version.


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

Anyone who doesn't sound like a teenage boy trying to make sense of his first script.


What character would you cut from Ross Poldark?

None! It's one of my favourite books.


Any additional comments?

Please bring out a better version. I would buy it!

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- sue

I cannot believe how awful the narration is

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a MUCH loved book, I've read it at least five times and was so excited to see it appear on audible's listing as I now find it very difficult to read but the narration is so appalling that I'm sending it back before I've even got half way. I don't understand why a more sympathetic narrator could be found, this is a swashbuckling saga set in brutal hard times in a bleak but beautiful landscape and it is read in the manner of a Home Counties afternoon tea party. I don't know if I can forgive whoever it was to find a narrator for this story. I cannot believe a real Poldark fan would enjoy this audio book.


What did you like best about this story?

Winston Graham's writing


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

SimonVance, Rupert Degas would have been superb, both readers seem to take the time to get to know the characters before they voice them


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

As an audio book, none what so ever!


Any additional comments?

Get your act together audible!

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- Frances Roche

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.