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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5 out of 5 stars
By Valerie on 11-05-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-09-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 23-04-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By JANET on 21-03-16


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!!

Any additional comments?

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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