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.
© Winston Graham; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Even though the book has been severely abridged, removing many characters and much of the historical content, the essence and flavor of Graham's remarkable book are well caught here. Congratulations to whomever wrote the script! The world of the Poldarks seems real, and one comes to care about the people living there. Michael Maloney's virtuosity as narrator is almost beyond belief. Not a line is spoken out of tune, each of the characters takes shape and holds shape consistently, and the timbre of his voice is a constant pleasure. Highly recommended!
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!
The narrator, Michael Maloney, really brought this much-loved book alive for the listener. He is SO much better than the recent recording made by Oliver Hembrough (like comparing vintage Rolls with a Robin Reliant). My only sadness was that this version by Michael Maloney was abridged.Please, please let him read the full 12 novels, all unabridged. He is perfect for Winston Grahams novels
Too many to mention, Meeting Demelza, taking off in the boat to watch the mass fish haul & the subsequent conversation, and the fun at Trenwith at Christmas.
A rounded maturity to these wonderful books, almost to imagine that it would be somehow Winston Graham reading his own words. I loved his 'Ross' voice, so masterful!
I doubt you could word it as the sexiest hero in print
Please, please can Michael Maloney read the whole series of books, unabridged.
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