The second book in the legendary Poldark series. Demelza Carne, the impoverished miner's daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground rabble, is now his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their love.
Demelza's efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - bring her confusion and heartache despite her joy in the birth of their first child. Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of the mining communities - and sows the seed of an enduring enmity with powerful George Warleggan.
©1946 Winston Graham (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
A very good listen for any busy person. Hard to believe that this book was written in the 1940's it is still as fresh today as then. Has the book ever been out of print - I don't think so, that must be a tribute to the fabulous writing.
It is a sequel, and what person doesn't want to know what comes next in the lives of Ross and Demelza of their love, loss and human nature. Winston Graham not only deals with the lives of distressed gentry but the ordinary working folk, with all the twists and turns that life brings.
Clare Corbett is a perfect choice for the narration, her Cornish accent is most appropriate, so you almost get to feel that you are in this County. Her pronunciation is so good that it does not detract from the beautiful story telling. Thank you Audible for such a good choice.
No, never, and shall be revisited at frequent intervals.
I have been long waiting for unabridged versions of this saga, which I first read long ago when at school. I do hope that Audible revisits others of this series, and uses Clare and Oliver to narrate. No wonder Mr Graham continued to write about the Poldark's long after the 1975 BBC serials, and I believe almost up until his death.
Following on from the first book, I enjoyed this one just as much. Nicely read. The other Poldark book was read by a man so was unsure how this would be but Clare Cobbett was very good. Poldarks are my favourite audiobooks so far.
Oh my goodness, I don't want to spoil it for anyone but near the end of the book when there was sickness in the area. I was driving along listening to the story with tears in my eyes. So moving.
Clare Cobbett was a wonderful narrator.
Clare Corbetts reading of it. And the story is good.
Demelza has to be I suppose since she's the sort of central character in the story
Her reading is excellent - one of the best I have heard on audible. She really brings the characters to life. I don't know how she manages to remember which voice she has used for which character but she does is exceedingly well.
No - just enjoyable to listen to.
I hope Clare Corbett will continue with the other volumes. I very much enjoyed her reading on this book and will look out for other books she has narrated.
Throughly enjoyed this book. It would have taken me much longer to read it in book form.
Would recommend this book to dyslexics and anyone else that finds the written word difficult.
The 2nd in the series but just as good as the 1st. Winston Graham was so good at writing period dramas.
I read the Poldark books many years ago, and it was a joy to listen to them whilst I was working. The reader rendered this book beautifully. The only part I would change was the pronunciation of the word 'rowlocks'.
The plot and characters are beatuifully drawn, but the pace is perhaps slightly slow. Glad I listened to the audiobook, because the reading experience makes it come to life.
Very reluctant walker for fitness made less so by addictive audiobooks. I like family saga, thrillers, memoir and biography.
Yes definitely, if only because I'm being read a story, so it takes so much less effort!
The scene of stripping foundering ships on the beach during a winter storm in the middle of the night.
Anything where Ross puts George Warleggan in his place
Jim Carter losing his arm, only to lose his life to shock a few hours later
The only criticism I have is that Ross seems to think that Demelza will recover from the death of her baby without too much difficulty. That struck me as unrealistic.
No because it's the same story of course. What is fantastic is that someone reads it to you. Great for bed time listening-or any time listening.
The plot and the characters and the fact that it has just been serialised really brought it to life.
When Demelza goes to visit Andrew Blamey and then he visits her back.
Yes-but a bit long for that!
Yes, so long as she wasn't reading any in the Poldark series.
I thought that question already has an obvious answer! Perhaps a better and more attentive question would be, "Given the massive success of the TV series, would you welcome ALL 12 Poldark books to be read by Oliver Hembrough EXCLUSIVELY and be published as audiobooks very soon"?...and the answer would be...... YES PLEEEASE!
My problem is not with the book but the reader.
Perhaps to the publisher, the plot of Demelza suggested that a women narrator might make sense. Clare Corbett, clearly an accomplished actress was cursed by having to oversee the wholesale re-reading of Oliver Hembrough’s wonderful portfolio of voices in the first book (Ross Poldark). This sort of change is something listeners do not generally like. That said, the true skill of a narrator is that we soon recognise the character’s voices and become lost in the plot. I gave it several hours but couldn’t settle.
Unfortunately, Corbett’s lower register of some male voices took on a strained cadence whose irritation never dissipated. The effect was to make Ross sound rather too pompous than his character suggested.
Perhaps for reasons better known to my psychiatrist or science, male actors in general seem to carry off the higher voices of women far better than vice versa. Perhaps we warm to the general absurdity in men, yet perhaps I concede it is my prejudice.
I’m glad Hembrough returns for book 3 and may long it last. GET TO WORK COMMISSIONING THE REMAINING SERIES PUBLISHERS, A THIRSTY PUBLIC WAITS!!
"Corbett Does Justice to Demelza"
Clare Corbett does Winston Graham proud. Her accents and pacing are excellent, although her male voices tend to be almost uniformly on the heavy baritone side. I thoroughly enjoyed her interpretation of Jud and Prudie. Would have preferred to have Corbett do the whole series and was disappointed to see that Hembrough is doing the next volume.
"The series gets better with every book"
Clare Corbett does not do mens voices or characters well but the rest is perfect.
Winston Graham has captured Cornwell and the period so well you are transported back to a time when class mattered and the law as an ass.
I look forward to the next book Jeremy Poldark.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.