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  • The Twisted Sword: A Novel of Cornwall 1815

  • Poldark, Book 11
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

The Twisted Sword is the 11th in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1815. Demelza sees a horseman riding down the valley and senses disruption to the domestic contentment she has fought so hard to achieve. For Ross has little option but to accept the summons - and travel to Paris with his family as an 'observer' of the French armed forces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As always, an amazing performance

  • By Amalia on 08-08-18

Another gripping Poldark novel, superb historical context

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-17

Gripping, I found it hard to stop listening. I even found myself loitering on the school run, and loving my slow commute.

Fabulous historic context with the Napoleonic Wars, which inspired me to read more on the subject.

The Poldark story itself was sufficiently rich to ensure a good yarn, there are many ends to tie up in the final volume to follow.

Oliver Hembrough continues to totally own the narration of this series. He is the voice of Poldark (and so many more). I lose myself in his dramatic delivery. He is a total genius!

  • The Horse Dancer

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet!

  • By lynn on 03-11-09

An emotionally exhausting addictive listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-17

I've just finished this book and I need a holiday. I'm exhausted! It's a compelling listen. I've no experience with horses, and it was still excellent. I found myself shouting in the traffic jam at one scene, 'Nooooooo'!

I struggled with the character of Natasha. I couldn't sympathise with her at all. And I was so very frustrated with Sarah, but that's by design.

Superb narration.

  • The Loving Cup: A Novel of Cornwall 1813-1815

  • Poldark, Book 10
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

The Loving Cup is the tenth in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall 1813. A silver cup lies half forgotten in a dank cave, amongst a pile of stolen goods. Yet the tiny vessel and its inscription, " Amor gignit amorem", haunts the lives of the still-feuding Poldark and Warleggan families, as Ross, Demelza and the ambitious and powerful Sir George Warleggan watch their children make the decisions that will shape their destinies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent rendering of the Poldark series

  • By A H. on 23-04-17

Another Excellent rendering of the Poldark series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-17

A dark and nail biting plot. It had me shouting 'no!' several times during my traffic jammed commute to work. Wonderfully narrated by Oliver Hembrough, who delivers a fully theatric performance. I am always drawn in and absorbed by his narration. Ross Poldark persists with some uncomfortable views on 'how to get your woman', I put this into its historical perspective, but it may cause offence to some.

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  • Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

  • A delicious Cornish romance
  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed. For the first time in Ronan's life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option. Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface. The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some lovely twists

  • By E S. on 14-07-17

Brilliantly narrated, feel-good fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Imogen Church provides a fully theatrical performance of this lovely story. Her voices for the step-sisters are brilliantly developed to capture their contrasting personalities, but sympathetic to the listener's changing emotional relationship with these lead characters. Imogen's male voices were great too (especially the 'dude' and the romantic hero ... how does she do that?).

I really enjoyed being stuck in the traffic jam on my way to work, wrapped up in the going's on at Beachcomber Bay. I'm sad to leave this little community behind!

  • The Angry Tide

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1798-1799: Poldark, Book 7
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

The Angry Tide is the seventh novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, towards the end of the 18th century. Ross Poldark sits for the borough of Truro as Member of Parliament - his time divided between London and Cornwall, his heart divided about his wife, Demelza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this saga!

  • By Celticprincess on 29-09-16

Gripping Drama, fabulously narrated... Again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-16

More gripping historical drama from the Poldark series. Oliver Hembrough is a master narrator bringing the story alive in true theatrical style. I look forward to the next audio-book, will it be soon?

  • School Ship Tobermory

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh (Illustrator)
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Follow the exploits of the children who go to a most unusual school - the sail-powered training ship Tobermory. When a film crew arrives in Tobermory Bay, Ben and Fee are invited to be extras. But their suspicions are soon aroused - is the film crew genuine, or are they up to something sinister? Ben and Fee soon discover the truth when they uncover a dastardly plan masterminded by a South American businessman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Famous Five reborn

  • By A H. on 23-06-16

The Famous Five reborn

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-16

Lovely setting! Simple story with captivating nautical detail. Take me to the School Ship Tobermory, what a fabulous place!

I recommend this book to the same demographic as Blyton's Famous Five (this Mum enjoyed them too!).

  • The Black Moon

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1794-1795: Poldark, Book 5
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 151

The Black Moon is the fifth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1794. The birth of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan serves only to accentuate the rift between the Poldark and Warleggan families. And when Morwenna Chynoweth, now governess to Elizabeth's eldest son, grows to love Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, the enduring rivalry between George and Ross finds a new focus for bitter enmity and conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poldark's story

  • By Perranmaid on 13-08-16

Inspiring an interest in European History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-16

Another gripping Poldark novel, retold through great narration.

As the series moved on, the historic, social, cultural and political backdrop becomes increasingly enriched. I've found myself checking out multiple threads from the story line; e.g Pitt, Wilberforce, the French Revolution, Napoleon (The Four Swans), the history of currency (The Four Swans - introduction of paper currency) etc. The series is proving to be a rounded educational stimulus as well as a darned good dramatic romp!

  • The Four Swans

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1795-1797: Poldark, Book 6
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 161

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, but when will The Angry Tide be on Audibe?

  • By Nick on 24-06-16

Engrossing storyline, brilliantly narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-16

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 ...

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  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indeed a whole lot of marvellous

  • By Mark on 12-11-10

Not one to relax to!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-15

I have mixed feelings about this book. I found that it's not one to relax to at night time. The angry teenage voice of Dora grated, although I sporadically found it highly amusing... In the end the book proved a good car journey companion, not a bedtime companion.

I was into the swing of the story by chapter 50 and found myself engaged from there on.

Dawn French is a brilliant narrator.

  • Warleggan

  • Poldark, Book 4
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

Warleggan is the fourth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall 1792. Ross plunges into a highly speculative mining venture which threatens not only his family's financial security but also his turbulent marriage to Demelza. When Ross and Elizabeth's old attraction rekindles itself, Demelza retaliates by becoming dangerously involved with a handsome Scottish cavalry officer. With bankruptcy an increasingly real possibility, the Poldarks seem to be facing disaster on all fronts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nasty George! Great read (listen)

  • By Drawing Lady on 12-10-16

Compulsive listening!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-15

Oliver J. Hembrough has nailed the narration of Warleggan. Maybe I've become accustomed to his female voices, especially that of Demelza, because this performance seemed very smooth and drew me in completely. I was able to immerse in the story without being jarred by male overtones for my romantic heroine. I think this is a very talented performance.

The storyline continues to be excellent, as we tumble through the Poldark family highs and lows (Ross, very bad, you fell of the pedestal there!). My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next instalment... Let it be soon (and let it be Mr Hembrough as narrator)!


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