Demelza is a heartwarming, gripping, and utterly entertaining saga that brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters and one of the greatest love stories of our age.
An impoverished miner's daughter, Demelza Carne is now married to Ross Poldark, who once rescued her from a fairground brawl. Her efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - place her in hilarious and embarrassing situations, through which she becomes self-assured, mannered, and lovely, and the birth of her first child brings a joy she never experienced before.
But tragedy strikes where least expected, and sows the seeds of an enduring rivalry for Ross Poldark and the powerful George Warleggan, and tests Ross and Demelza's marriage and their love....
©2010 Winston Graham (P)2015 Random House Audio
"From the incomparable Winston Graham... who has everything that anyone else has, then a whole lot more." (The Guardian)
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As a previous reviewer noted, this book is even better than the first. I found out about this series by way of the recent BBC production. I wanted to read (listen) it before the series aired here in the U.S. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, I really loved this second book. The author delves more into the story and the characters and especially Demelza. It ends in such a way that you will want to get the third novel. I'm really hoping that audible has the next books available. Makes me want to visit Cornwall! The narrator is good, had no problems with her.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
Having been a fan of the POLDARK series on PBS/BBC, I jumped into the first two books and have not been disappointed. Winston Graham really knows how to tell a story and never gets caught in the weeds. His plot moves along quickly and his characters are easy to love or hate.
In Book 2, we learn more about Demelza and her marriage to Ross Poldark, we see Ross' struggles with the mine and Demelza's attempts to reunite Verity with her unrequited love, Captain Blamey. Through these experiences, we see more the life in Cornwall and get to know the supporting players in the story.
We feel their happy times and cry at their sad moments. All in all, it's a wonderful story and I can't wait to get into Book 3, JEREMY POLDARK.
The narrator was a bit problematic for me. I listen to books almost exclusively while driving or taking the train; the narrator had a difficult habit of softening her volume at the end of sentences, making it so difficult to hear! I wish the director and producer of the audiobook had taken more care to abate this habit. Otherwise, her voices and accents were good and easy to understand.
I hope all of the Poldark books are released on Audible soon. The narrations on all of them are spot on.
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Held me captive throughout. Winston is an amazing writer, and Corbett exquisite as narrator. Although I believe she tried too hard to sound like a man by over-deepening her voice for many of the male characters, making them sound not really male at all and with little differentiation among them. Trust that our imaginations can carry out the rest if the focus were to remain on narration, rather than having to "act out" their voices. One big exception to this is Judd's voice: Perfect!
I remember watching the original series with Angharad Reese as Demelza, I like the new one just as well!
This book series is great and the recordings are excellent. Please hurry up and make all of Graham's Poldark series books available on audio!
Enjoyed the history of Cornwall mining and the struggles of that hard life. Touched by Dezmelda's growth as a character. Side stories were excellent as well. Love this series.
This delightful audio book allows you to join along in the magic of Poldark season one on Masterpiece theater.
Demelza steals the show as she evolves into a great Lady.
The rich audio tale adds many nuances to the television show.
It made me fall asleep to dreams of Cornwall England in the 1700's...
A wonderful companion to all things Poldark season one!
I have enjoyed both books, this one was more enjoyable. Demelza develops into a strong, refined woman who is tested by family, friends and destiny.
Demelza is one of my most favorite Poldark characters. Her honesty and unwavering love toward Ross is tested in ways I cannot imagine, yet Demelza displays the fortitude of a miner's daughter with the class of the gentry she has become. Another win for Graham, this book easily sent me running for book three.
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