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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

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Poldark

I loved all the books. I wish there could be more. Is there any Poldark fan fiction?

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Thank you Winston Graham

Thank you Winston Graham for a wonderful series. I am so sorry that I have just read the last one and I highly recommend that if you have not done so, start a wonderful series. It has taken a while for all the books to available in Audible and at last they are. Thank you

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I want more!

I think this is the last in the series, so sad if that's true. The ending leaves things open, i remain hopeful.

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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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  • Lady D
  • Chicago, Illinois USA
  • 09-06-17

Bella Poldark!

I really enjoyed this book ...I was taken aback when it finished as I was awaiting more!

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brilliant and sad that this is the last book

What did you love best about Bella Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1818-1820?

the characters of Harriet and George Warleggan shine in this last novel of the series.

What did you like best about this story?

i love everything about this book, including the additional mystery woven into the story line.<br/>although it could have easily been left out.

What about Oliver J. Hembrough’s performance did you like?

excellent reading. could not be better.

Who was the most memorable character of Bella Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1818-1820 and why?

Harriet and George Warleggan and to a lesser degree Valentine.

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i read these novels after the original series were aired on TV some 20/30yrs ago. brilliant. so it has been such a pleasure to listen to them again. and now i am going to re listen to them from the beginning again. everything else pales to insignificance. highly recommended.

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Another great book by Winston Graham!

I have enjoyed the series very much. This book is no exception. Thank you very much Audiobook.

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Sadly, this series comes to an end.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this Poldark series! From the opening tales, to the joyous ending. The only regret I have is that there are no more books to follow. The performance of Oliver Hembrough is excellent. He brings to life each character in as encountered in the stories. My special favorite is Jud Painter. Graham has researched the the historical era so well and written it so colorfully, that he takes one back to the time as if you were there! Where is The Angry Tide?

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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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  • 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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  • 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, &quot;Don't mention Poldark&quot;. &quot;Too late,&quot; 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.