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  • The Four Swans

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1795-1797: Poldark, Book 6
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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The Four Swans

By: Winston Graham
Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
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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

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

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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

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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.

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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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great

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

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Loved this story,.

Loved this story, Winston Graham is an amazing storyteller. I can't wait for the next book The Angry Tide.
I have listened to all twelve books before and still enjoy them so much. Thank you.
The reader is just right, hearings the characters to life.

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Adequate continuation

Not as good as earlier novels in series but pleasant to visit with those characters again and see how their stories evolve.

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tragic, happy, sad

A beautifully read, and beautiful story told with skill and feeling. Cornwall at your feet.

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A damn good read

I loved rereading this book I gobbled them up when 18.,but rereading gained more insight into the 18th century life

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great stories don't like the narration.

If you could sum up The Four Swans in three words, what would they be?

Good story book

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the characters and setting

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really quite disappointing

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

a few parts

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would be so much better with different narrator

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Brilliant beautiful story

Such a beautiful well written story by winston graham and very well read. Highly recommended!

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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.