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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
  • 21-04-15

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Demelza

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

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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!

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Excellent book a joy to rmy ears and mind

I greatly encourage anyone to listen/read this book. Ross and Demelza's tale is most encouraging.

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  • Donna
  • 30-07-15

Corbett Does Justice to Demelza

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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.

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  • Michael
  • 07-04-16

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.