I am not an avid book reader (or listener), don't take my opinions too strongly... this book was a "fun" listen, but wasn't that great. If you want a cute story that is very predictable but will make you feel warm and tingly... go ahead and get it.
Between the narration and shallow story, I was barely entertained. I would not recommend this. It's a composite retelling of the old black and white Christmas movies--totally clichéd and done before. The writing is sophomoric, the movies were original and much better for that time.
Great narrator and a great story about second chances with a lot of twists and turns. Fun characters and quotes from Mark Twain.
This book was good enough if you didn't have high expectations. I needed a fun Christmas story to listen to in December. It worked for me.
I really liked the sounds and descriptions of the train. It made me feel like riding a train somewhere myself some day.
I would recommend it if anyone is looking for a light-hearted, but somewhat mysterious Christmas story for the holidays.
Yes, when I first started to listen to the story it was a little slow to start but I was intrigued by the different characters that we met on the train. The more that I listened I started to connect with Tom and all that he experienced on the train! I loved the ending...it completely surprised me!!
I listened twice!
love comes to true loves eventually, no matter how much time goes by
Great with all the voices!
I laughed, cried & hung on to my seat.
loved the additional sounds, music, train, ect....
Great mystery, love story, and train lover's dream.
Too many to detail. Memorable moments throughout.
You would lose too much of the story to make a film.
My wife is a reader, but I got her to listen to the audio book. I keep it to listen to when I want light hearted great listening.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This story is the perfect Christmas read with just the right balance of holiday magic and interesting story. I listen to this every year and follow it up with Baldacci's Skipping Christmas. You can't ask for better writing or better performances.
Refreshing..enjoyable. Not the usual David Baldacci suspense novel.(no spies or killing) .It's a feel good, perfect holiday listen to lift your spirits. I listen to it on long drives or when I am baking for the holidays. It truly is my favorite audio book of all time. I love Baldacci, Patterson and old Patricia Cornwall Scrarpetta suspense/mystery books. Tim Matheson's narration is great.Just wish Baldacci would write another one...