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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana - and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects - a secret as devastating as the war itself - as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
©2009 Paullina Simons (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dim on 31-03-2017

My Favourite Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absoulutely and constantly. It captures you in the story and it's the ultimate love story. Death, destruction and a somewhat happy ending.

What other book might you compare The Bronze Horseman to, and why?

I have compared this to Outlander for some reason (according to my Outlander review) and I think its the time setting (war time), the love story, and the strength of the main female characters. Both the female leads are nurses, they lose their families and they find the love of their lives.

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

He has a strong male voice and a fairly convincing female voice, but for some reason, Alexander comes across as Scottish in this reading. You get used to it and even come to love it.

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

Too many to choose.... the first meeting, the first kiss, the way Alexander is so protective of Tatiana.

Any additional comments?

I have reread this book so many times in the past 17 years, I nearly know it all word for word. I think Paullina Simons is an incredible author, I have read all her books; The Bronze Horseman series is by far my favourite of hers, as well as my all time favourite books. I would be ecstatic if the following 2 books in the series come out on audio. I did receive an email from Audible recently (25/03/17) saying the Summer Garden was available but apparently that is not true. :( I would highly recommend this book to everyone!!!!!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jemma on 29-05-2017

loved it!!

loved every minute of this beautiful story. please release the other two books in the trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 23-04-2016

Please give us the other two books in the series!!

I absolutely love this story I fell in love with it from the first chapter Paulina is an amazing writer. It would be an honor for me to listen to the other two books read by this narrator also, James Langton did a marvelous job. His voice brought all the characters alive couldn't stop listening. Please once again the next two books of the trilogy would be wonderful. No one should miss listening to this love story. My Grandfathers were in WWll on the US side and I throughly enjoy these stories, they tell how everyone suffered so much and all is for freedom to live and love under God. Thank You!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JANET on 21-03-2016

MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY EVER!!

Would you listen to The Bronze Horseman again? Why?

YES!! A THOUSAND TIMES YES!! I'll probably play it out till it breaks!!

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

This story was released a few months ago by a different narrator and he absolutely ruined the story! I don't know why but it was re-done by James Langton and I'm so grateful!!! He did Fabulous! Awesome! Wonderful!! I'll never forget it!! I wanna kiss him!! He brought the best story I've ever read alive like no one else could!!

Any additional comments?

So... I read this book like 3 years ago and since then I've read it at least 4 more times. I was never going to review it. Not because I didn't like it but because I'm scared of the inadequacy of my words. There are just no words. Do you hear me? NO. WORDS. That can explain to you the AWESOME EPICNESS that is The Bronze Horseman.

I use the word awesome because what it means...

adjective1.causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence of admiration...

That's just an inch of the feelings you get when you read the story of Tatiana and Alexander. For me it was this all consuming reverence that made me feel like my heart was being clutched in someone's fist.

It was heartbreak and joy.
Agony and happiness.
Desolation and reparation.
Grief and love.
It was sorrow and adoration.
Brutality and tenderness.
It was hunger and it was fulfillment.
It was regret and it was devotion.

It's my true love. Like the one person who no matter where they are, or who came before or after, it will ALWAYS be that person. Well for me The Bronze Horseman is incomparable.

I keep it on my night stand always. Whenever I miss them, I just flip it open and no matter where it falls I am sure to be sucked right back in to the beautiful tragedy of Tatiana and Alexander. It's filled with war that will leave you heartsick and a love so shattering it will leave you breathless. Don't take my inadequate words for it. Read it. I promise you. You'll never find another book thats written in such elegant poetic prose.

FYI: For the full impact of this story I'd suggest reading it first then doing to audio version :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Valerie on 11-05-2016

It made me cry

What a wonderful love story. I was gripped from start to finish. The cold of the Russian winter seeped through the text and the love of Alex and Tatiana burned through. I never wanted it to end and sorely missed it when it did. The characters were beautifully drawn and Paulina Simons writing flowed beautifully.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary L on 16-05-2018

Exactly what it says on the cover a Love Story

although this was a very good story, I was recommended this book as a travel companion, by a friend, as being about the struggles of a russian family as they entered the 2nd world war, for my taste it was a bit to much romance and not much about the struggles. i clearly read the recommendation wrong.

but I saw it through to the end, and although I can not fault the story and the characters were easy to identify with, it just wasnt for me.

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