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Publisher's Summary

Paullina Simons's internationally best-selling blockbuster The Bronze Horseman told the heart-soaring tale of a young Russian woman's transcendent love affair with a Red Army soldier during the siege of Leningrad in the dark days of World War II. The epic story continues in Tatiana and Alexander - a novel of the enduring power of love and commitment against the devastating forces of war and the equally dangerous forces of keeping the peace. A sweeping, intensely compelling romantic historical saga, Tatiana and Alexander is a Russian Thorn Birds, and a truly unforgettable listening experience.

©2017 Paullina Simons (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Second time around, still good

In this second book in the series, the storytelling is still masterful; the performance spellbinding. I did find that a lot of the material from the first book was recycled in this one so would not rate it as highly as the first Still, suspenseful and a highly entertaining listening experience.

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One of the best sequels ever written

Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

Every character!! James Langton is phenomenal. How he can transition from character to character so seamlessly amazes me. His performance in this trilogy is truly outstanding. He brings something different to every character that you wouldn't get from just reading the book. Instead of feeling like you're listening to a book, you almost feel emerged in the story and it's happening right in front of you. Bravo to James Langton.

Any additional comments?

Typically I find the second book of a trilogy to be the least enjoyable. Yes, this book is more about the struggles and revelations of the characters. However, Paullina Simons weaves the past and present beautifully together to tell an engrossing continuation of the incredible predecessor, TBH. This story was just as beautiful and exciting as the first. What more to say?! This trilogy is beautiful!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful to be back with my friends Tatiana and Alexander!

The Bronze Horseman is one of my favorite books. Second sequel did not disappoint. I couldn't stop listening!

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Please Make It STOP !

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was 21 hours long. They spent 15 hours and thirty six minutes repeating book one. Your best beat is not to listen to book one, because book two is a rehash.

What was most disappointing about Paullina Simons’s story?

The story went on for hours recovering book one, there was hardly any new story line. If the Character was coving herself with a blanket she went back to book one and told us about her and her husband covering themselves in a blanket. If she ate she remember her and her husband in book one. And the bad thing is that the author used the same script from book one she cut and pasted the pages.

What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clear character lines

Do you think Tatiana and Alexander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

They didn't need this one. All the author did was repeat what we already knew from book one, this was a complete cut and paste book. This was painfully to listen to. I found myself fast forwarding the book to find new story line.

Any additional comments?

DO NOT BUY BOOK ONE BOOK TWO TELLS YOU ALL YOU NEED TOP KNOW !!

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Too much repetition

At first, I appreciated the flashbacks to the first book as it had been a while since I'd read it. However too much of this book was that book. The storyline progressed very slowly.

I personally don't like the narrator's female characters. Too much of the time, the story sounds sappy for lack of a better word. Strong female characters come across as fawning desperate.

However, I like the story overall so I am giving in to temptation and listening to the last book! I just now noticed how many hours ideas and hope the increased number is not because it's going to recount the first two books in such detail.

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lovely historical fiction

I loved this romance! historical fiction at its best, brought to life with the most memorable characters!

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A Priceless, Amazing Gift!! What an experience!!!!

I would give this series 10 STARS if I were allowed!!

Sorry that I was too selfish to write a review after finishing The Bronze Horseman (the first novel in this three part series).

Spellbound and completely lost inside this amazing world, I immediately purchased Tatiana and Alexander (the second of the three). I was so ravenous for more, I tried to survive without sleeping or eating until I was finished !
I am delighted to report that the narrator is the same for both of these stories and that he is SUPERB!

This was my first experience with both narrator and author and I can honestly state that out of the hundreds and hundreds of books I have both read and listened to that this is my ABSOLUTE favorite.

Masterfully created to carry the reader into ... lives filled with love, loss, WW2, pre and post war life in the Soviet Union, and a fervent hope for life in America.
I am anxious to start the next novel and at the same time I am dreading it because I know that this the last story ... sigh... the conclusion.
Do yourself a favor and start the series when you have a Long period of Uninterrupted time on your hands. You will not want to put this down!

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Good second story

This was a good sequel. It was very nicely performed. I will listen to the last book in this series next. I am interested to see what happens next.

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Very interesting story!

I could not wait to find time to listen to this intriguing story. Narrator was great with male voices and okay with female voices. Great details on War World War II conditions.

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Passion, desperation, grief. All that and more!

This book fills in the gaps of the first book. It tugs at your heart and you can almost feel what the characters are going through! There was a long section of the book where the details dragged and I was desperate to find out what happened! I almost fast forwarded to find out, but hung in there, and it was worth it.