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Tatiana and Alexander

The Bronze Horseman Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: James Langton
Series: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (911 ratings)

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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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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 !!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!!

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A retelling of the first book.

The narrator is amazing! This book was frustrating. I felt like Simon's retold the first book and made little advancement in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the first

Would you try another book from Paullina Simons and/or James Langton?

No. James Langton does a great job narrating. The first book in this series was good, but this one took a steep turn and not for the better!

Has Tatiana and Alexander turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like historical fiction and this did an ok job with telling some history. But, I found it too unbelievable. Alexander was like an invincible superhero who could not be stopped.

Any additional comments?

I do not understand the 5 star ratings at all. If you like to read about this time period, there are hundreds of historical fiction books that are so much better. Personally, I love Alyson Richman's books that focus on this time period.

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This one was good, necessary but more difficult to get through. It had a few too many flashbacks and just dragged a bit.

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Very disappointing ... story repetitive therefore BORING. Really glad I didn’t purchase the third book in the trilogy!! BOO!!

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Way tooooooo long

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I enjoyed the first book of the series. It was long, but not repetitive. This book went on and on and on. It repeated to much of what was in the last book. I was happy when it finally ended. I thought I accomplished some thing. This book would be sooo much better if the length were cut in half. Longevity does not equal success unless you have something worth saying.

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  • Shi
  • Paso Robles, CA, United States
  • 09-03-19

Repeat of last book until the end

I wish this book had been half the size, I enjoyed hearing about their current situation, but then the characters spent most of their time remembering their past, it slowed the story down painfully.
The voice actor is great but his female voices are so whiny.