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In the sixth book in the legendary Poldark saga, Ross is faced with a new battlefield, one involving the women whose lives are intertwined in his own.

Cornwall, 1795-1799: Although Ross Poldark, now something of a war hero, seems secure in his hard-won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer with his wife, Demelza. All four women - the four swans - whose lives touch Ross' face crises in these years. For his wife, Demelza; his old love, Elizabeth; his friend's new wife, Caroline; and the unhappy Morwenna Chynoweth, these are times of stress and conflict.

©1953 Winston Graham (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Four Swans Excellent

The book continue the saga of the Poldark and Warleggen families. I found the performance of Oliver Hembrough continued its excellence!!
I only wish the seventh volume of this series (The Angry Tide) would be available to Audible subscribers in the USA.

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Excellent Narrator for this Classic Novel

It took a while to get accustomed to the narrator but once I did, his talent really made this book come alive. Totally enjoyed it.

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  • Stevon
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  • 08-23-18

great series

I am one of the ones that started watching this series on PBS before ever reading a book. But I was intrigued enough with the TV series that I wanted to listen to the books. The TV series follows the series pretty well without taking great liberties in changing the story, at least so far. But in this book you get to dive more into the characters. Plus, the book delivers more on characters not so much emphasized in the TV series, such as Sam Carne, Methodism, and his love life such as it is.

The Four Swans refer to the four main women in Ross Poldark's life; Demelza, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Morwena. This book looks at life from each of their perspectives in detail.

I really like the historical aspect of this series. In this book, England is at war with much of Europe, the English government is in disarray, poverty reigns for the masses, they are hungry and the aristocrats don't seems to care but Ross does. This is the backdrop for the story.

The last 5 hours of this book went past where the latest season of the TV series ended. I'm going to try and stay ahead of the TV series so it will be all new. The next book, 'The Angry Tides' is loaded on my iphone ready for listening.,

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A Most Beautiful Series

This book only excites and makes you hunger for the next one. I am loving it.

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Brilliant book<br />

Loved it. Another well written book by WG. Easy listening because of the narrator.
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The Four Swans Is the Best Yet!

While many novels in series tend to wane, The Four Swans presents as exhuberantly as a debut. Centered around four women in protagonist Ross Poldark’s life, his wife Demelza, friend Caroline Ennis, former love Elizabeth Warleggan, and the latter’s cousin, Rowenna Osborne, the story is rich in historical detail of everyday life, politics, history, war, class issues, social mores, and religion. Oliver J. Hembrough’s great skill in bringing the text and characters alive enhances the overall experience. Start at the beginning of the series, Ross Poldark, and enter this fascinating, but never stuffy, period of British and Cornwall history.

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Loved this installment of the Poldark Series!

This narrative is filled with rich descriptions of the sites, sounds and smells of Cornwall. I loved the descriptive passages of the characters' inner thoughts. Mr. Hembrough's performance once again brings the characters to life and conveys an emotional story.

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Awesome series

The story just gets better and better. And Oliver J. Hembrough is the BEST narrator ever!

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Excellent Read and Hard to Put Down

This volume continues with rich detail and insight into new characters. The historical detail seems extensive at times, but understanding the times and struggles the characters are facing gives more insight into their purpose and added dimension.

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Loved this book!

This book, along with the entire series, is excellent! The story & narration make the time period & characters come alive!