The Four Swans is the sixth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark.
Cornwall, 1795-1799. Although Ross Poldark - now something of a war hero - seems secure in his hard-won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer with his wife, Demelza.
All four women - the four swans - whose lives touch Ross' face a crisis in these years. For his wife, Demelza; his old love, Elizabeth; his friend's new wife, Caroline; and the unhappy Morwenna Chynoweth, these are times of stress and conflict.
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"From the incomparable Winston Graham...who has everything that anyone else has, and then a whole lot more." ( Guardian)
As with the previous books this is a great story that superbly captures eighteenth century life and Cornwall in particular. In is brilliantly brought to life by Oliver Hembrough who manages to perfectly capture the voices of all the main characters.
In the Poldark series books 5,6&7 go together in close sequence (they were written together within a few years in the 1970s and film as a series by the BBC) so I can't understand why book 7, The Angry Tide, is not available to enjoy.
The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters in these books alive.
Each book is more gripping than the previous one!
Very frustrating that books 7 and onwards are not available in audio format. Come on Audible we want more from the Poldark series by Oliver Hembrough!
Winston Graham's masterful and engaging writing combined with Oliver J. Hembrough's equally masterful impersonation of the dozens of vivid characters leave listerners of all six audio books waiting impatiently for the release of the last six of the Poldark series.
The other Poldark books by Winston Graham.
Oliver J. Hembrough captures not just the individual persons, but the entire, long, complex scene described by Winston Graham. It is like listening to a one-man theater where each character is shown the utmost care and carefully imbued with personality. After listening for a while, one is completely submerged in the ocean of the late 1700s; long gone, but not forgotten, its struggle for survival, its shivering cold and its blazing heat; an ocean remembered by Winston Graham and brought to life by Oliver J. Hembrough.
Absolutely. It is a good thing that chapters exist, considering the length of Winston Graham's capturing books and the very best quality of performance by Oliver J. Hembrough and also by Clare Corbett in book number two.
Extremely well done first half dozen!
Another great narration by Oliver Hembrough. During this novel, I often forgot that it was a single narrator and found myself in the midst of a crowd. Mr Hembrough has become a master of his craft!
The storyline continues to fascinate, providing a window into historic society, culture and politics. The backdrop is the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon, in the context of day to day subsistence in Cornwall
More please ...
I've listened to his previous Poldark readings and although he isn't brilliant, he's been acceptable. But for some reason this one lacks maturity and doesn't do justice to Winston Graham's wonderful saga. Worst of all is his crashing pronunciation of well known Cornish place names and Cornish family names, which surely should have been researched by him and his producer.. The whole thing is so bad that I've only been able to listen to the first 7 chapters and can take no more. Unfortunately, as I cancelled my membership before starting to listen to it, I cannot get a refund. So I have bought the ebook for my Kobo and shall read it for myself.
"Excellent and just gets better"
If you are up to this book, you are hooked. I actually slowed down the listening to this book as at the time the next book had not been narrated yet. Oliver Hembrough does an excellent job. The characters seem real and not two dimensional making these books beautiful stories. Loved the TV series and I am sure the latest remake is excellent but these books are a delight to listen to.
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