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Demelza Audiobook

Demelza: Poldark, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Helene Brunssum, United Kingdom 21/04/2015
    Helene Brunssum, United Kingdom 21/04/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautifully read 2nd in this dramatic Cornish Saga"
    Where does Demelza rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    No, never, and shall be revisited at frequent intervals.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 02/12/2015
    Sue 02/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great 2nd book"
    Where does Demelza rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Clare Cobbett was a wonderful narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paulinet 21/04/2015
    Paulinet 21/04/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Demelza the most enjoyable?

    Clare Corbetts reading of it. And the story is good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Demelza has to be I suppose since she's the sort of central character in the story


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - just enjoyable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    wendyjane 07/03/2016
    wendyjane 07/03/2016
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    "Fantastic book"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 23/07/2015
    Marianne 23/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Revisited with pleasure"

    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'.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sollenbum 18/07/2015
    Sollenbum 18/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Slightly dated historical fiction"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Hawley 29/06/2015
    Dawn Hawley 29/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Demelza"

    I would really recommend this I have so enjoyed it after watching it on TV

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Drawing Lady 27/09/2016
    Drawing Lady 27/09/2016 Member Since 2016

    Very reluctant walker for fitness made less so by addictive audiobooks. I like family saga, thrillers, memoir and biography.

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    "I'm not at home, I'm in 18th-century Cornwall"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Demelza to be better than the print version?

    Yes definitely, if only because I'm being read a story, so it takes so much less effort!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Demelza?

    The scene of stripping foundering ships on the beach during a winter storm in the middle of the night.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Anything where Ross puts George Warleggan in his place


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jim Carter losing his arm, only to lose his life to shock a few hours later


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Barbara Ashcroft 01/06/2015
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    "Great series-even better book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Demelza to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and the characters and the fact that it has just been serialised really brought it to life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Demelza goes to visit Andrew Blamey and then he visits her back.


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

    Yes-but a bit long for that!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ddodson 26/11/2016
    ddodson 26/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed but too negative for me"

    I did enjoy this second book in the series as I did the first. However I did find the book negative that is to say if it could go wrong for Ross and Demelza it did, I could predict the book pretty much. I got fed up with them receiving all the bad luck. So the ending (I won't spoil it for others) just finished me off, which is a shame because it is well written and need not have always gone this way. So I don't want to carry on with the series.
    The narration was excellent so well done.

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  • Donna
    Langley, British Columbia, Canada
    30/07/15
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    "Corbett Does Justice to Demelza"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
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    07/04/16
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    "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.

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