The Bronze Horseman

Narrated by: James Langton
Series: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 30 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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!!

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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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Relieved when it ended

The story in the first half of this book was fairly good. I can not say that any of the characters were likable-most were actually annoying. But I was able to chalk that up to their difficult life circumstances. The narration made things tougher to get through - the females sounded like cartoon characters and Alexander sounded like a Scotsman ... seriously? An American posing as a Russian that sounds like a Scotsman? THEN, a little over halfway through the book, it seemed we switched authors. Dialogue became silly and the sex scenes were so frequent and unromantic it became maddening (not in a good way). I was actually becoming angry for wasting my time listening to this foolishness and decided to abandon the book. But...as I do not like to give up on a book no matter how little enjoyment I am receiving from it, I resumed listening after a couple of days. The ending was not quite as bad, although there was a disgusting scene where Alexander, lying on what could have been his death bed , has Tatiana shove her bear breast in his face - ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
I was very disappointed in this book, actually hated the unnecessary and unpleasant sex scenes which took up probably a third of the narrative, and disliked the characters. I can't recall ever being so relieved at the conclusion of a book.
Sadly, I could not recommend this book nor will I read other books by this author.

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More please....

I do wish that that the other books in this series was on audible. This is a wonderful story.

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Breathtaking

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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!

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15 hours too long

This starts out as historical fiction for the first half that I quite enjoyed and ends up as an annoying sappy love story. Very disappointing. I'm not a prude but the detailed sex scenes were overkill and the constant bickering between Tatiana and Alexander get on the nerves fast!! Their relationship was borderline abusive, he wouldn't allow her to do things or see people she wanted, when he looked at her she HAD to look at him, told her what to wear, ugh it went on and on like that. With 9 hours left I just couldn't listen anymore. The narrator was good but used a Scottish accent for his American character living in Russia. I wouldn't waste a credit on this and cannot understand all the rave reviews. Pass on this one!!!

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Disappointed.

For starters, the narrarator confused me by having the character of Alexander speak with a Scottish brogue. Then his female voices were aweful. The story was about 20 chapters too long with repetitive dialogue and so much unnecessary sexual content. We get it, they had a lot of sex. I don't have to know every detail of the million times they did. And I'm sorry, but this story was not believable in anyway, I kept listening hoping it would improve and it did not. I definitely will not be listening to the other 2 of this series, I don't think I could take it!

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Really??

I'm not even half way through this story and I'm just dismayed at the cliches, at the stereotypes, and the poor characterizations. All the wonderful reviews and yet I cannot go on. I just cannot see this evolving into anything close to "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, or "Saphire Skies" by Belinda Alexandra, or even "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly, and so many more that didn't heavily rely on the above mentioned stereotypes, all while portraying the same in much better taste - with horror and dismay. The only difference is the ex-patriots from other countries vaguely referred to. As far as I can see the romance is a bit shmalzy and over done, and I haven't even gotten to the good parts yet.

There are SO MANY other excellent WWII books - oh my gosh I didn't mention "The Firebird" either - that are about Russia, that this tawdry tale cannot hold a candle to.

The narrator apparently is a second choice, yet... Why have a man try and portray a woman's (girl's lets face it) story? He was not a good choice for this book.

It is going back ASAP. I have other books to hear!

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Started with a bang and ground slowly to a halt

The first half of the book was exciting and fact-filled about the Siege of Leningrad. Then half way through the book, there was about an hour and a half of just arguing between the two characters of the story. Why? Why? Why? It was soooo boring. I don't know that I can finish this book.

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I didn't read enough reviews

I glanced down the reviews and saw nothing but 5 stars so I decided to give this new author a try. After trying to listen through the second chapter I went back to the reviews and scrolled further down and ....ahh haaa! Like minded people!! I can't remember reading about a more insipid, annoying, vapid character than Tatianna-seriously-she lives with her grandfather who fought in WWI and when news comes that Germany has invaded Russia she thinks it's a lovely Spring day and a good time to buy ice cream? When she is given all of the family's money she thinks it's a good idea to put on her best dress and heels to go shopping? Because seeing all the shops empty of food and of the ones still open having long lines of people streaming from them, knowing the banks have closed doesn't cause her to think maybe something important is happening? I don't know which is more ridiculous-her father for giving her all of the family's money or a seventeen year old who doesn't understand the significance of Russia being invaded by Germany. Originally, the narrator was fine but as the story meandered into the absurd he began to grate on my nerves. What a shame-I thought the subject, setting and time had promise. Apparently there are a lot of sex scenes-I never made it to them-I'm thankful for small favors-

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  • Valerie
  • 05-11-16

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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  • Mrs U
  • 11-29-18

Epic love story

Absolutely loved James Langton's performance. I really couldn't stop listening. Lost myself completely in this story.

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  • Gary L
  • 05-16-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-17

Bad choice of narrator

I've loved this book from years ago and even asked for it to be brought to life on Audible when life got too busy for me to sit and read it again. My excitement about my wish finally coming true soon turned to poutiness when the narrator was male and he gave Alexander a Scottish accent and didn't give him the strong accent he deserved. Then other characters had English, sometimes London accents and I couldn't help but roll my eyes with disappointment.
Ok that is said and so if you've never read the book you will probably enjoy the narration.
This is a love story, it's beautiful and you'll fall in love with Tatiana and Alexander. Despite the narration I'll listen to this again and again while I wait for Rothfuss to get the last book out (The Kingkiller Chronicles)

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  • Mrs NSW
  • 09-26-16

Brilliant

Just brilliant. Gripping, passionate and emotional. Once I got into it, I couldn't stop listening.

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  • June Howley
  • 03-12-20

Read but don't Listen

Having read this wonderful book some years ago I thought I'd re-visit via Audible. Big mistake as the narration simply does not match up to the brilliant, often harrowing story of love and war. very disappointed as it's one of my all time favourite books (and the second two in the trilogy are almost as good). After a couple of chapters I abandoned it.

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  • Kenzie Millar
  • 07-29-19

Traumatising (TW in post and book)

This book is horrendous. It is the story of domestic violence, not romance. Do not purchase. At first I forgave some elements as historical context, but this goes way beyond that. It's such a shame because the visceral description of life in besieged leningrad is great, but that same visceral description describes violence and rape between the two characters you are supposed to hoping live happily ever after. With 4 hours left, I couldn't even finish the book, I was so disgusted.

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  • Mrs J Morris
  • 09-24-16

A Love Story

A little long ,I think it could have been shorter but a good listen. Well told.

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  • Jemma
  • 05-29-17

loved it!!

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

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  • Dim
  • 03-31-17

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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  • Kaitlyn
  • 12-01-18

Annoying Accents

I have loved The Bronze Horseman for many years, and was happy to find it on Audible. However I am finding the voice actor very annoying. Firstly, at least half this book is narrated from the viewpoint of Tatiana, and the voice actor is a male. His feminine voice is irritating and not well done. Secondly, this book is set in RUSSIA. I can understand the characters having neutral accents (if the voice actor is not Russian), but the characters of Alexander and Dimitri have been given what sound like Scottish and English accents. Why!? Why would you not have a Russian voice actor to voice Russian characters!? Or at a bare minimum, don’t voice them with British accents!? I know it’s dramatic, but it is honestly ruining the story for me.

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  • Debra
  • 07-09-16

When is the second book coming?!

Have been waiting for this to appear on Audible for a long time. Great story. Highly recommend.

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  • Libby
  • 03-30-16

Love this story

Just the best story I was so happy to see it in audible and can't wait for the rest of the series. I found the voice of Alexander a bit odd more Irish accent than American and I think a female narrator might have been better but I didn't even notice after the first hour as the story is so consuming. Fantastic audiobook

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  • Sim
  • 08-05-19

a bit hard to listen to

Having read the book myself, i found it hard to listen to this version. I agree its very hard to read a passionate story. However the funny accent threw me - sometimes russian, sometimes irish. very funny and distracting. There is no need to try to do any accents. But, again, it's very hard to read a story like this, i understand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-20

Fantastic book, strange accents

The story is amazing but Alexander’s strange Scottish accent never stopped puzzling me considering they are in Russia and he has American heritage.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-20

Narrator should have been female

I read another review about the narrator that explained my thoughts. The protagonist was female so it would have been great if the narrator was also female.

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  • Emma
  • 08-21-20

Stunning historical fiction and love story.

Ten out of ten. This book has everything, love tragedy, adventure, heartbreak, and history. Well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-20

Terrible narrator choice

I’ve read the Bronze horseman trilogy many times over the last decade and was so excited when I found it on Audible. I should have listened to the preview, because the English man narrating is the worst for unfortunately. The voice that the narrator has chosen for Tatiana is very childlike, and the voices switch between sounding English, Russian, and some other accent I can’t quite figure out what is going on. The story is SENSATIONAL but best done as a read rather than listening I’m afraid.