This is the 2015 edition of the memoir of BBC/Masterpiece Theatre actor Robin Ellis, the original Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC classic television series. This expanded edition includes an all new chapter documenting Robin's return to television as part of the new series produced by Mammoth Screen, on behalf of the BBC and Masterpiece/PBS, with Aidan Turner as the new Poldark.
First broadcast in the 1970s, this saga of thwarted love, passion, and swashbuckling adventure, set against hard times in 18th-century Cornwall, became an international sensation, popular in over 40 countries around the world. The memoir also describes the behind-the-scenes story of the original BBC/Masterpiece Theater series, the ongoing effect of "Poldark perks" on Robin's life, and his transformation into a cookbook author.
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Fascinating, Enjoyable, Satisfying
This audio book is an update of Robin Ellis's book about his star-making participation in the original "Poldark" series, which, in the 1970's, received frenzied attention in the UK,Europe, and in the US. Ellis's tributes to his fellow actors and author Winston Graham, and his own fine sense of story-telling, always made his book a pleasure to revisit over the years. The bonus in this new audio version, (perhaps one of the "Poldark perks", as he describes it) is that, due to his appearances in the 2015 Poldark series, he is again well-placed to provide new behind-the-scenes insights for us die-hard "Poldark" and Robin Ellis fans.
As always,training and experience will out: the author's performance is beautifully-read, and engaging.
I own the print book, but it was a new treat to hear this accomplished actor reading his narrative regarding both the vintage "Poldark" series and the 2015 version.
Yes! Absolutely. I first read this book when I discovered that it was in print. When I learned about the audio version, I couldn't wait to hear it. Even though I read the print version before, it is like I never read the book. Listening to Robin tell the stories with such great detail and colorful descriptive language in his gorgeous British accent brings everything to life. The stories are interesting and funny. Robin is such a good story teller and even if you aren't familiar with the Poldark novels, you will enjoy.
Robin gives listeners the inside view of what its really like to be a professional actor. There were many times when I laughed out loud or became sad just because life is always changing and some things we wish could last forever. Picturing him as a young actor in of all places, Cornwall, in the 1970s with the likes of Richard Morant and Angharad Reese should have every romantic pining.
He adds honesty and is humble which makes the listener love him and the stories even more! He reveals pieces of his personal life, which for fans like me, appreciate. We feel like we are taken in by his generosity.
I like hearing about the transitions of his life. Because he is an artist and also a risk taker, he ends up in places and situations that he never expected. That's what is fun. That is what life should be about. Taking risks and going for it. That's what all of us wish we could do and Robin Ellis has done it.
One side comment. As an American, I especially liked hearing how to pronounce Angharad's name properly. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I loved it.
As soon as I heard Robin's beautiful voice speaking the words I had read so often I knew I was in for a treat and I was. I laughed and cryed,it was like having an old and loved friend for coffee.
One of my favourite books is The Just so book because my father use to read it to me when I was a child, and if I am in doubt or don't know what to do I just pick.up the book and dad is with me and all is well.
Ross of course, he introduced me to so many other sides to this very talented actor.
Yes it did in many ways,the strength, the anger, but most of all the tender love that he possessed.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the words and Robin's full and rounded inclusion of other members of the cast, and now that the new Poldark is up.and running, his encouragement to the younger actors now taking on these roles,This is the true spirt of a very great actor and man.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read or listen.
I loved that it was written and narrated by the original Ross Poldark. Besides his acting skills, Robin Ellis is a excellent writer and raconteur. I first read the book in the late eighties and thought it felt like having coffee with a friend, confiding bits about his life. It's even better when you listen to the story instead of simply reading it -- since Robin Ellis also does the narration. My wife listened with me and felt the same; she said that it felt like sitting down with Robin and listening to him talk about his life and experiences.
I really liked learning "behind the scenes" bits about the filming of Poldark. It was also great to learn what Robin Ellis did afterwards - including the "what might have been" of the Poldark reboot at ITV in the nineties. (He was not involved in that, but he had information that was interesting to hear.)
I truly think this is a must-listen for any Poldark fan.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Robin Ellis is not Ross Poldark, but he did do a great job. Love the TV series where Robin played Ross and thought he did an excellent job. This book is really a good read, or listen to. Nothing startling and explained the whys and therefore of not only the TV series but also of Robin Ellis career. I thought in his later years that writing a cook book was a bit of a let down, but as he has Type 2 Diabetes and the cook book answers that, I was a little interested in getting the cook book. Actually I don't cook or have Type 2 Diabetes so perhaps not. Anyway, I enjoyed this short book and really would recommend any one who found the first series entertaining to listen to Robin narrate this book with his skill and matter of fact way.
I watched all the original Poldark when it was first shown on television. We were all a little in love with Ross played by Robin Ellis. I've watched the new series too and enjoyed it. I listened to this account through making shortbread biscuits, stuffed chicken breasts and a complicated chocolate pudding. Hearing Robin Ellis read his book was lovely, I am off to look for his cookbook now.
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