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Publisher's Summary

Bella Poldark is the 12th and final audiobook in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark.

Cornwall, 1818. We continue the tale of Ross and Demelza; of the wayward Valentine Warleggan, whose existence keeps open the old wounds of the feud between Ross and George; of Bella, the Poldarks' youngest daughter, whose precocious talent as a singer is encouraged by her old flame, Christopher Havergal, and by a distinguished French conductor who has more in mind than Bella's music; of Clowance, the Poldarks' widowed daughter, who considers remarriage to one of two rival suitors; and of a murderer who stalks the villages of West Cornwall.

"From the very first lines we tingle with the sense that we are in good hands, transported by Graham's atmospheric prose back to 1818 and the treacherous coast of craggy Cornwall." ( Daily Mail)
©2017 Winston Graham (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"From the very first lines we tingle with the sense that we are in good hands, transported by Graham's atmospheric prose back to 1818 and the treacherous coast of craggy Cornwall." ( Daily Mail)

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Great performance

Hembrough is superb! He brings a good story to life. His skill with the many voices accents and language is amazing.

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Oliver Hembrough is fantastic.

I will not only miss all these characters but will equally miss Oliver Hembrough.
Thank you for entertaining me for these last months.

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I can't believe it's OVER

I've listened to all 12 books - straight through and watched the 3 seasons of Poldark. When this book ended yesterday I cried! 240 hours of being with the Poldark family ended way too soon. I wish there would have been a nice synopsis of what happened in the future to all the major characters instead of just Bella. This series could go on for a few more books - at least until Ross and Deleza die! Today I feel a homesick like feeling - the first drive to work without them in quite some time.

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Wonderful 💕 Exciting Wrap to a Beloved Series

Tears, Fears, and many Joys. I can't help but wonder what else might have been in Winston Graham's wonderful mind in years ahead for these characters who live themselves out of the pages. Still. It's a nice stopping place.

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Sweet satisfying ending

I binged listened to the 12 novels this summer after seeing the newly revamped Poldark PBS Masterpiece series. Got hooked immediately, and since the books usually leave more scope for the imagination, started the journey. Winston Graham’s creativity did not disappoint throughout the delightful time from 1778 thru 18xx? The sentence structure was typically short, but he did add enough description to the scenes for adequate character development, period attire, scene backdrops & and storyline. I loved Oliver J. Hembrough’s excellent narration, holding to the character’s true voice the whole duration. Well done!

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Poldark series: A Novel of Cornwall.

Each book left me craving for the next. So we'll thought out, wish there were more to come.

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Satisfying

The ending is brilliant and makes the reading of the other books worth every minute.

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I can't believe it's over!

This is a series that you never want to end but are grateful that the author saw fit to write as much as they did. The storytelling coupled with the performance of the narrator really sweep you along. I enjoyed it so much, I'm tempted to start the series all over again!

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So sorry to say goodbye

Thoroughly enjoyed this series and the narration of Oliver Hembrough. Intriguing characters and a compelling storyline held my attention throughout the series. So sorry it’s over!

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Sad that it’s over, but so satisfied!

This series of Winston Graham’s has been a constant friend for over a year. When traveling full time you can sometimes feel a loss of a permanent community, but this series has been a sort of family for me. I’ve loved every bit of it down to the very last sentence. I began to be attached to this story through the PBS Masterpiece series, but had to read the books to have more. The narrator, Oliver J. Hembrough did a masterful job to the point where the voices matched that of the Masterpiece actors so closely that I could envision the show in my head while listening. Just marvelous!!! My only criticism of this series is that it had to end. I wish it could go on, but now I’m going to go watch the rest of the Masterpiece series and see how well they follow and give honor to the books :)

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  • Veronica Deane
  • 10-16-17

Fantastic saga.

An amazing delivery of a truly wonderful novel. I have listened to all 12 and they have been simply spellbinding.

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  • Cillalan
  • 09-27-17

An excellent conclusion to the series.

The whole series of Poldark books has been thoroughly enjoyable and goes highly recommended to anyone who enjoys historical drama.

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  • Tina Philbin
  • 09-01-17

A Delightful Dozen

Having just completed all 12 Poldark novels, I am, as listeners may identify with, a little saddened. Coming to the end of a series of fabulous reads comes with the realisation that in reaching the finish line, your pleasure is also at an end and the search must begin for your next focus.
Oliver Hembrough does a beautiful job with all in Winston Graham's series. His natural ability to voice a West Country accent in an authentic way is admirable and adds much to the enjoyment for listeners. The voicing of Ross and Demelza in particular is so consistently done that they become familiar friends over the course of the books. His background in the dramatic arts leads him to be able to portray the events and emotions extremely effectively. There were one or two occasions where I questioned the pronunciation of certain words in the text and similarly in the use of the punctuation to apply meaning in certain passages but these were minimal over the reading of many many chapters and that was me being picky. I did squirm at his voicing of George Warleggan for whom he chose an overly affected and smarmy voice. However, maybe, with George's desire for social climbing, he would have tried to be more affected than his high born adversaries.
Bella is a great story about the youngest and most gregarious Poldark daughter's journey to fulfil her ambition as a singer/actress of note. The listener journeys with the Poldarks on the trials and tribulations involved. The book also ties up the loose ends with other key characters and does finally suggest answers to the questions of Valentine Warleggan's parentage from the point of view of those closest to him. The warmth and realism of relationships between all Graham's characters stands out, as always, in his books. I shall miss the Poldarks but if I cannot replace them, I may need to delve right back to the start of their story as, for me, finishing the series is like missing loved ones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-18

Another brilliant installment of Poldark.

Loved it, another wonderful final piece in the Poldark saga, just sad that it's now come to an end 😢

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  • Gareth Williams
  • 06-22-18

What homework?

It is a pity that the editor(s) of this narration about Cornwall thought not to use somebody with either a soft West Country accent, nor a credible French one. Our cousins across the channel would shudder at his "Merveilleux" and "Ravissante" which sounded more that a little Italian, and the Marseillaise - oh dear. Surely your company - which, after all, will likely sell more books as a direct result of the audio version - is in a position to ask the author about the names in his book. Are we really to believe that he abandoned standard linguistic practice to put a short vowel before two identical consonants - e.g. the short vowel "Cubby" as in the audio, replacing the long vowel Cuby (as per e.g. Ruby), or "Booto" in place of Butto for which there is a direct clue in that some of the characters misname him 'Button', and Clowance ( pronounced here Cl- oh! -ance) which should surely have been Cl-ow!-ance -as in 'now', again, more easily mistaken by some for Clarence. Did anybody actually DO any homework before starting on this work?

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  • 04-28-18

Thank you

This is the first time I have read 12 books in s series and in such a short time. I first bought the book, then bought the next three. Seeing that it is not like many other series but was able to keep the same level, I bought the next 8.

I am literally in love with Demelza and Ross and thanks to O. Hembrough who gave life to all characters

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  • Ned
  • 04-12-18

Consistent to the end

Despite the books being published from as early as 1945 and as late as 2002 I found them remarkably consistent. I only wish there were more. I think my favourites would be 'Ross Poldark' and 'Black Moon'. Book 11, 'The Twisted Sword' had some tragedies for our heroes and I hoped that the main characters would survive intact in the 12th and final book 'Bella Poldark'. It isn't the best of the series but is probably better than 'Stranger from the Sea' and equal to a number of others. It had its moments of peril, the ape story was a bit far fetched but so what. The ending wasn't at all dramatic but was gentle and appropriate leaving the remaining Poldarks to carry on their lives.I absolutely loved listening to the whole of this series and wouldn't change a thing...well perhaps Francis and his fate in the mine but Winston Graham knew best.

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  • JB
  • 09-04-17

Outstanding!

How is it possible for this latest in a long series to hold one as spellbound from beginning to end as the very first encounter with Ross Poldark all those years ago? How does Winston Graham get better and better? Engaging characters (actually shed a tear at the fate of Valenitine, having enjoyed disliking hm for years!) wonderful setting of scenes, hisirica l perspective, sensitivity without too m ugh sentimentality, and an impossibly eventful narrative made plausible by a master of his genre. Splendid!

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  • Mr J
  • 11-19-17

A very poor ending to the series

I found this book to be very poor indeed. Winston Graham has definately run out of ideas an seemed to be dragging the story along. The story was so far fetched. I mean, a cigar smoking ape. Please....
I only carried on listening in the sheer hope the story would improve. The book was long an went nowhere.
All in all a very poor ending to the Poldark saga.....

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  • Drawing Lady
  • 09-27-17

What a disappointment

I am a Poldark nut. Recently I was with a group and the next evening my sister-in-law said to them, "Don't mention Poldark". "Too late," they replied. I found this book very disappointing. Weird, even. The story was pretty disjointed, and the characters behaved oddly. The way Agneta was described as mentally feeble made for uncomfortable reading - and the way she was given voice was awful. Then her seducer says she's putting it on. Putting on being mentally feeble - even though her father had said she never experienced menses, and it was stated that she had epileptic fits, neither of which are easy to fake. Very weird. I found the treatment of women to be strange in this book, nothing like the treatment given to them in previous books.
One of the characters goes on to acquire a gorilla. I know this because I read reviews. I actually couldn't read it. I had to send it back - unheard of for a Poldark book.
Then again, if I wrote something one fiftieth as good as that at my current age (around 50) I would be grateful - never mind 95, which is what Graham was when the book was published.

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  • Margie.c
  • 08-07-18

A wonderful set of novels

There wasn’t much not to like. The story from Book one to Book12 has been one of my most enjoyable reads ever! Superbly narrated by Oliver J Hembrough, I feel as though I have lost a family now I’ve come to the end! Amazing talent Winston Graham.