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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel delivers one of her strongest books to date with this trans-generational narrative that draws inspiration from her own family history. Opening on the cusp of World War II and following an aristocratic German family who seeks refuge in America-with their magnificent Lipizzaner horses-this rich historical novel speaks to the transformative power of love and family.

Late 1930's Germany: Best friends Alex von Hemmerle and Nicolas von Bingen, titled childhood friends with neighboring estates, are witnessing the rise of Nazism when Nick's father reveals the long-buried secret of his son's partial Jewish ancestry. Warned by highly placed friends to flee, the only treasures Nick and his sons can take are two dazzling Lipizzaner horses, gifts from Alex. These powerful and majestic creatures become their ticket to a new life waiting across the ocean-one in which a job has been promised to Nick with the famous Ringling Brothers Circus. While Alex and his daughter face escalating danger in war torn Europe, Nick struggles to adjust to life in the circus…until a graceful young high wire walker manages to steal his heart.

Spanning multiple generations and continents, this is a rich, involving story of transformation, perseverance, fate, love, and loss, tied together by two families who were never meant to stay apart and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

©2014 Danielle Steel (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jenny
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • 04-06-15

Very enjoyable!

This purchase was totally worth it. It was pretty typical DS read but it had some very interesting historic references that furthered the story so well. The narrator was very good and I was sad to hear it end. Some parts were predictable but that's what is comfortable about DS books. I would totally buy this again.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Tedium at its most extreme!

My first and last Danielle Steel book. I was lured by the fact that it was on sale and because it had tons of 4 and 5 star reviews. I must have missed something. Every point in the story was rehashed again and again in boring, infinitesimal detail as if the listener hadn't the wit to grasp the meaning unless they were beaten over the head with it. The narrator was an American, though the main characters were all German, and he brought nothing whatsoever to the story. I made myself finish it but wish I hadn't.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Danielle has never let me down. I have always loved her books, and Pegasus was no exception. I felt like the characters were real and the story was tied together superbly.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Best book I ever read, even from Danielle Steele .

it was wonderful right to the end. Could't put it down. Loved it. Must read

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good listen

I enjoyed this book. Very easy listen. The narrator was very good. The story was engaging and you care about the characters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved the book

Where does Pegasus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed listening to this a lot

What did you like best about this story?

Loved that they brought out that not all Germans agreed with Hitler

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Narrarated well

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

Yes I wanted to learn what happened in the end

Any additional comments?

Liked it was about the Lippizanners. They are wonderful as I have seen them in preformance before. The topic did attract me to download book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An Unfortunate, Boring Waste of Time

If you enjoy meaningful plot lines and engaging characters, this book is not for you. I repeat, move along.

If you are looking for a plodding storyline and stale characters who never quite capture your interest... Well then Pegasus is the book for you.

Despite being the type of person who cries during Subaru commercials, I never quite connected the emotion that I was being told to feel in the writing. I mean seriously, it was like reading a Dick and Jane book except without any of the interesting plot twists. All tell and no show.

I expected to experience fear, joy, misery, and enduring hope alongside these characters who so wearily made their way through a world broken by WWII, but they were all so profoundly under-developed and predictable that I only felt weary that I was still wasting my time. For the first 1/2 of the book I honestly thought DS was still setting the scene upon which her story would take place, not even realizing it had already begun.

I can't speak to her other books, but with Pegasus as my guide I would recommend against this book and author.

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Touching

This book is beautifully written. I loved it from beginning to end!!! It makes that war vivid and the horrors real.

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  • Jill
  • BUENA PARK, CA, United States
  • 06-10-15

BRAVO!!!!!!

This might be my very favorite Danielle Steel book! Perfect for any horse lover, would make a GREAT movie too. Loved the horses, characters, history and old fashioned romance. This is a book worth reading over and over! The narrator did an excellent job too, I'll be looking for more of his audible book narrations. Thank you for writing this wonderful gift!

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Great book

Loved the story I love how it was also done in another place & time. It's awesome read when u can go back in another time to tell what it was like for them. You made me feel like I was there

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  • Tina
  • 05-01-16

Great Book

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

I would highly recommend it, great story and characters

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry but still a great moving story

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  • NO SOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 07-20-15

excellent read

loved it. a very good read and very sad but a page turner. I myself have a love of horses, especially white ones.

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  • Helen
  • 04-18-15

A wonderful book

This book was absolutely fabulous,and a real credit to the authoress. I love all her books., shall be looking for her latest ones.

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  • L. D. Lace
  • 07-07-17

predictable

typical Danielle Steele. I don't know why I've listened to every book she's written as we all know the ending before you read/hear it.

but it's nice easy listening background noise when I commute, because if I miss a sentence or 3 mins of it, there's no need to fumble on my phone in a crammed train to rewind as I wouldn't have missed anything.

I guess I stick with DS as it has the same effect on me as eating a comforting hot soup on a really cold morning - its predictability is calming in this era of terrorist attacks

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  • princessraza
  • 02-03-17

Magical

A beautiful story that is very unique from other Danielle Steel novels, with poignant and sad moments during a time that truly changed the world forever during the midst of WWII, from Germany to America, where lives are no longer even remotely close to how they were before. Danielle Steel manages to seamlessly interweave an extremely world changing event of Nazi Germany WWII with the wonderful, exciting and mysterious world of the circus with "The Greatest Show on Earth" - The Ringling Bros Circus. It will captivate your heart from moments of sadness to triumph and many interesting climaxes through the beauty and magic of the incredible Lipperzaner horses. The story will stay with you long after the final page.

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  • Emma
  • 08-22-15

Very enjoyable.

Interesting background to the times this was written for. A great story for horse lovers. A little drawn out but on the whole very enjoyable.

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  • Anna Blyth
  • 05-17-15

Never Fails to Deliver

Danielle Steel always grabs my attention in her books. It was exciting to listen to one of her books. The storyline was great and varied. I enjoyed the characters in the story and their experiences throughout the book. Was narrated brilliantly.

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  • Anhaj
  • 02-20-15

Not bad

Slow and long but great to listen to on a long drive. Good story, well read