I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
Wonderfully touching story.
There were many, so it's hard to choose. I think when Vivian gets a computer at 91 and we watch in as she sits in wonder as a whole new world of communication opens up to her...such a simple thing that we take for granted, but her intimidation becomes determination and her excitement is beautifully portrayed.
They brought both women to life with real personalities, especially the "bite" to Molly's personality.
If I had the time to commit, yes!
This is a "don't miss" book! Incredibly touching. You sit in wonder at these two strong women who have endured so much, so much loss. I wanted the story to continue!
I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!
I have never had a desire to hear a book a second time.
The Chaperone was similar.
I could not stand when she narrated the voice of Molly.
I would. It's a very compelling story which covers a large portion of early-mid Century American and some world history while telling an amazing story about kids who have been caught up in "the system".
When Vivienne meets up with her long lost friend from the train after 10 years.
Not really. I felt that the way it was read was different than how it was intended by the author. I felt the reader was TOO dramatic in some places and that her voice was somewhat grating. Were it not for the great story, I wouldn't have wanted to listen.
This book is told in the voices of young females. The narrator sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk. I had to quit listening, and when the voice leaves my head, I will try to read it. Right now it seems a little thin.
A gentle story of an orphaned girl in the 1920s, sad but uplifting in conclusion. Would recommend.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I hope you listen to this book. The main characters have lives that are sort of similar in experiences, but from different eras. However, the author does not hit you in the face with it, but rather lets it float into your consciousness through the narrative. I mention main characters, but one seems to stand out more. Both are females with disconnected pasts, but the narrative of the older creates growth in the younger, while that growth helps the older character find more connection. I really would have liked more background on the younger woman, but I think Ms Kline wanted to focus on historic events rather than contemporary ones. I usually tolerate interruptions in my listening experiences, but I got downright cranky during this book. It's definitely going on my over and over list!
The interplay between Molly's story and Vivienne's was extraordinary! The unfolding of Vivienne's history was perfect - how could a young child survive such overwhelming circumstances - and yet she did and lived to tell about them. The narrators were wonderful. I loved this book and will recommend to everyone! Beautifully written and compelling. My heart goes out to all the children who rode that orphan train!
As a work of historical fiction, a piece of genealogical interest, a story of redemption, an interesting narrative of the value of intergenerational communications, this is a great piece on many levels. It is also extremely well written. The narrators were amazing and added so much to the enjoyment. My only regret is that there was so much profanity in the modern-day section. I suppose it was a purposeful effort to draw a distinction between the generations, but for me it was jarring and unnecessary, particularly with the level of writing in this book. I only wish I could find an edited version to share!
Addicted to Audible!
Having recently listened to The Chaperone, the topic of the Orphan train intrigued me and I was eager to read more about it. This book contrasts the experience of a modern day "orphan" navigating the foster care system with the experience of a woman who experienced the Orphan Train as a child and how it affected her life. I enjoyed the way the book bounced between each time period drawing parallels between the common problems experienced by the orphaned children. The sadness of being unloved, the personality traits that are developed when you learn to mistrust, the attitudes of society. It also reminded me of The Language of Flowers. If you enjoyed either of these books I think that this would be a great choice. The only downside was the narrator, her narration was great except when she read with an Irish accent which was terrible. However, it didnt detract enough from the story to make it a difficult listening experience
Such an amazing, real, sad, happy, loving, and well written book. The story was so great, it opened my eyes to adoption and I wanted to save the main character! The narrator was fantastic as well!
Could not stop listening... great story. Real and yet, warm and sweet. The narrator took you right to the place and time so it felt so natural!