• Six Days in Leningrad

  • The best romance you will read this year
  • By: Paullina Simons
  • Narrated by: Paullina Simons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The never-before-told story of the journey behind The Bronze Horseman, now in audio for the first time.

From the author of the celebrated, internationally best-selling The Bronze Horseman saga comes a glimpse into the private life of its much loved creator and the real story behind the epic novels. Paullina Simons gives us a work of nonfiction as captivating and heartwrenching as the lives of Tatiana and Alexander.

Only a few chapters into writing her first story set in Russia, her mother country, Paullina Simons traveled to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) with her beloved Papa. What began as a research trip turned into six days that forever changed her life, the course of her family, and the novel that became The Bronze Horseman. After a quarter-century away from her native land, Paullina and her father found a world trapped in yesteryear, with crumbling stucco buildings, entire families living in seven-square-meter communal apartments, and barren fields bombed so badly that nothing would grow there even 50 years later. And yet there were the spectacular white nights, the warm hospitality of family friends, and, of course, the pelmeni and caviar.

At times poignant, at times inspiring and funny, this is both a fascinating glimpse into the inspiration behind the epic saga and a touching story of a family's history, a father and a daughter, and the fate of a nation.

©2015 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd

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Tearful beautiful 1st hand look

This is what every fam of the bronze horseman series needs. As if the magic of Tatiana and Alexander weren’t enough, Paulina gives us first hand insight on why this series is more magical and close to her heart than we could ever have imagined. Thank you. I treasure your experience and the new outlook you have given me.

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Moving

Paulina Simons is Russian to the core of her heart. And she is American, Six Days in Leningrad is her moving story of leaving her Texas home, husband, children and life to travel to Leningrad and meet up with her father for only six days, to research the places of her childhood for her book, The Bronze Horseman. But what awaited her was much less research, and much more an immersion of emotion so intense that those six days became a lifetime of memories, conflict, guilt, thanksgiving, sadness, appreciation and self-reflection.

The people, the places, the events of the book, her family’s experience, her father’s heart, the war, the poverty, the joys, the food,, and even the smells, toilets and all, will also creep into you, the reader, and, perhaps tug and your own life and heart as few reads/listens can.

It took me a bit to accustom myself to the author’s narration, because her New York accent was so present. But as the story and her deep feeling began to take over, I accepted that I wouldn’t have been able to understand Russian.

Please carve out some undisturbed listening or reading time to allow the full impact of her return to a Russian experience to experience it, yourself, in a small, but powerful way. Let it move you.

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  • Kathy
  • 04-22-18

Loved it

I’m about to go to Russia again after last visit 39 years ago. Her book is so interesting and informative, I enjoyed every moment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-22

fascinating

I'm not sure how Paullina managed to make her research trip so interesting! couldn't stop listening. hearing these real encounters straight from Paullina herself made it so personal. It made me appreciate the luxuries we have!

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  • Debra
  • 08-15-21

The last hour was excellent.

I love The Bronze Horseman trilogy. I have read each book at least twice and listened to the audio of TBH three times. We have travelled to St Petersburg and seeing the places mentioned in Tatiana’s world was amazing. I keep hoping the other 2 novels will appear on audio. I did struggle with some of the earlier detail here but the ending was beautiful. I really admire Paulina and thank her for sharing her world so freely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-20

graceful journey

I love that Paullina Simon's narrated the no one, it made it oh so much more personal hearing her read her journey with her father. Thank you Paullina Simons , I will visit your motherland one day with my father.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-20

Great review of how you got your books started.

Loved how time with some can mean so much. Great book. Be grateful with what you have.

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  • book lover
  • 08-09-19

Reality check

We take so much for granted in our lives from running water and electricity to the people around us and the security of routine and infrastructure. This book challenges our basic assumptions about what we need to be happy. It gives a great insight into a different culture and the sacrifices made by others so that we can live the way we do. It puts our pet peeves into perspective.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-19

Thank you

I loved this story It was funny ,nostalgic and poignant It doesnt matter which part of the world you come from we all have our histories . We are not so far apart .

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  • Natalie
  • 05-25-19

Loved it

Love Paullina - for her openness and honesty and sharing her life, regrets, loves and laughs. Great insight into the rich history of Russia and the suffering of their people. Warm and real. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-19

Inspirational

I really loved this book. Really well written, I felt like I was there with her throughout the story. Really inspired, I am looking to book a trip to Russia myself

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  • Paullette
  • 04-21-19

So special

Such a lovely emotive story; thank you for sharing it, I was introduced to a country and culture from a beautiful perspective and it felt like I was on the journey with you.