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The Four Swans Audiobook

The Four Swans: A Novel of Cornwall 1795-1797

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Publisher's Summary

The Four Swans is the sixth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark.

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 a crisis 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.

©2015 Winston Graham (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"From the incomparable Winston Graham...who has everything that anyone else has, and then a whole lot more." ( Guardian)

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    Cherie 27/09/2016
    Cherie 27/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I loved it like all the other Poldark books so far! Ross is becoming more and more likeable in his old age!!

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    jacqui 09/06/2016
    jacqui 09/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Obsessive"

    I am obsessed with the entire story l don't want it to end, sensational. The characters fascinate , love the performance in all Poldark books so far, looking forward to the next.

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    Sandra 24/03/2016
    Sandra 24/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "So compelling!"

    So sad it's over, could this be the best in the series so far? All I know is I couldn't stop listening. Please Audible bring us the next instalment, with the same brilliant and entertaining narrator. I can't wait.

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  • Michael
    Sydney, Australia
    31/07/16
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    "Excellent and just gets better"

    If you are up to this book, you are hooked. I actually slowed down the listening to this book as at the time the next book had not been narrated yet. Oliver Hembrough does an excellent job. The characters seem real and not two dimensional making these books beautiful stories. Loved the TV series and I am sure the latest remake is excellent but these books are a delight to listen to.

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  • Nick
    24/06/16
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    "Brilliant, but when will The Angry Tide be on Audibe?"

    As with the previous books this is a great story that superbly captures eighteenth century life and Cornwall in particular. In is brilliantly brought to life by Oliver Hembrough who manages to perfectly capture the voices of all the main characters.
    In the Poldark series books 5,6&7 go together in close sequence (they were written together within a few years in the 1970s and film as a series by the BBC) so I can't understand why book 7, The Angry Tide, is not available to enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leyla
    DIDIM, Turkey
    10/05/16
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    "The series just gets better and better! "

    The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters in these books alive.
    Each book is more gripping than the previous one!
    Very frustrating that books 7 and onwards are not available in audio format. Come on Audible we want more from the Poldark series by Oliver Hembrough!

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  • Ole
    30/04/16
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    "Extremely well done first half dozen!"
    If you could sum up The Four Swans in three words, what would they be?

    Winston Graham's masterful and engaging writing combined with Oliver J. Hembrough's equally masterful impersonation of the dozens of vivid characters leave listerners of all six audio books waiting impatiently for the release of the last six of the Poldark series.


    What other book might you compare The Four Swans to, and why?

    The other Poldark books by Winston Graham.


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

    Oliver J. Hembrough captures not just the individual persons, but the entire, long, complex scene described by Winston Graham. It is like listening to a one-man theater where each character is shown the utmost care and carefully imbued with personality. After listening for a while, one is completely submerged in the ocean of the late 1700s; long gone, but not forgotten, its struggle for survival, its shivering cold and its blazing heat; an ocean remembered by Winston Graham and brought to life by Oliver J. Hembrough.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It is a good thing that chapters exist, considering the length of Winston Graham's capturing books and the very best quality of performance by Oliver J. Hembrough and also by Clare Corbett in book number two.


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely well done first half dozen!

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  • mrs j.dolan
    hyde cheshire, GB
    3/04/16
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    "Great book"

    such a lovely story and so well narrated can't wait for the next one .

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  • A H.
    24/03/16
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    "Engrossing storyline, brilliantly narrated"

    Another great narration by Oliver Hembrough. During this novel, I often forgot that it was a single narrator and found myself in the midst of a crowd. Mr Hembrough has become a master of his craft!

    The storyline continues to fascinate, providing a window into historic society, culture and politics. The backdrop is the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon, in the context of day to day subsistence in Cornwall

    More please ...

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  • gemma
    17/03/16
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    "great"

    another great book. wish audible would get the rest as now i.m left hanging. aaaaaggghhhh

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • VersaillesThree
    23/04/16
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    "Grating pronunciations"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver J. Hembrough’s performances?

    I've listened to his previous Poldark readings and although he isn't brilliant, he's been acceptable. But for some reason this one lacks maturity and doesn't do justice to Winston Graham's wonderful saga. Worst of all is his crashing pronunciation of well known Cornish place names and Cornish family names, which surely should have been researched by him and his producer.. The whole thing is so bad that I've only been able to listen to the first 7 chapters and can take no more. Unfortunately, as I cancelled my membership before starting to listen to it, I cannot get a refund. So I have bought the ebook for my Kobo and shall read it for myself.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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