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
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!
I do wish that that the other books in this series was on audible. This is a wonderful story.
YES!! A THOUSAND TIMES YES!! I'll probably play it out till it breaks!!
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!!
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 :)
I generally prefer to listen to audio books as opposed to reading actual books, as i can multitask. i waited a long time for this book to come out on audio, and while the story was amazing and I loved it so much, i struggled with the narrator's portrayal of Tatiana, as he gave her a little girl whiny voice and she is a strong heroine. just for that reason I will probably read the other 2 books and not wait for them to come out on audio.
This book was amazing and the love story is epic!!!.
I never wright reviews but this one OMG deserves a outstanding review!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not mine lol) anyway i loved it the story was heartwarming, the main characters are refreshing and strong yet love each other deeply.
Its worth two credits lol! best story i have ever listened to or read! and i have read more the 200+ romance and all!
Read this book years ago, was so happy to finally hear the story told. It was gut wrenchingly beautiful. A lovely story full of love, hope, and life. The history of Russia during WWII was told with such vividness, I felt that I was there.
BEAUTIFUL STORY. AMAZINGLY STRONG CHARATERS. A STORY OF LOVE WAR TRAGEDY SURVIVAL COURAGE AND STRENGTH
In true Russian novel style, this story leaves little to the imagination. The delight is in the details. They go on and on and on....but it is in these details of Leningrad life during the great siege and the details of the great love between Tatiana and her soldier and Tasha and her sister that the great tragedy of war is revealed for what it is: the destroyer of old ways, the decimator of family, the assassin of love. True, I got a little bogged down during the honeymoon of Tasha and Shura, but hey! those days of first love do seem to go on forever, don't they? It is all halcyon days in the sun when you are young and in love.
I could not stop listening to this book.
I could not stop listening to this book.
I was VERY sorry when it ended.
"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.
Just brilliant. Gripping, passionate and emotional. Once I got into it, I couldn't stop listening.
"A Love Story"
A little long ,I think it could have been shorter but a good listen. Well told.
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