I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I actually started listening to this book once, stopped and then started again. The second time was a charm. I found myself being drawn deeply into the lives of the two girls who later, it is revealed, have more in common than is initially evident. This book gives a disturbing window into the life of orphans who were sent on trains to find "people" who would look after them. Often they were abused and led very sad lives, often hardening into criminals. This was a book I enjoyed reading from beginning to end in just over a day.
The author's writing style was very authentic and beautifully done in order to allow the reader into the heads of the two girls. A wonderful read.
I'm not sure! I'm about 1/2 way through this book and I'm trying to like these characters, but the narrator reads just fast enough that I feel like I'm being rushed through the story. It isn't a pleasant journey.
The performer could slow down just a little bit and let the listener enough the story, the sceanry and conversations that take place. Just feel like she trying to get this done and over with.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
I always read that these families had lived "happily ever after." This story suggest maybe it wasn't true!!
This is a truly heart-touching book. It is a rare author that can bring you to tears in sympathy with created characters.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
First off, I have to say that I ALMOST gave up on this wonderful audio book in the beginning, because I found the narration to be way too fast. I checked my Ipod several times to make certain that I hadn't accidentally put it on double time. I even tried slowing it to 1/2 time, but that, too, was unbearable. I think that the narrator was trying to portray the Irish accent, but in my opinion, missed. That part was NOT enjoyable. I could NOT listen with my ear buds at all, which I normally enjoy. But I stuck it out, and began listening with my speakers, and I am glad that I did. The story itself is absolutely wonderful, and as time went on, I grew accustomed to the narration. I love the contrast and the similarity between Molly and Vivian's stories. This is the first story that I have had the privilege to hear about the orphan trains, and it is incredible what the children endured, even more incredible who and what they became in life.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
This is a story that captures you quickly and holds you closely as you make your way through the parallel lives of two persons. They have a 60+ year age difference and yet their orphan roots cause bonding and curiosity that neither person can deny. The narrators are huge positives. My only regret was that it had to end. Cheers, Ken
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Some awful decisions were made about orphans in the early parts of the 1900's East Coast cities-where the influx of immigrants who had no work but many children lead to train loads of youngsters being brought to the midwest and literally given to people who wanted kids to work farms or sew or even act as nanny to the receiving parents own children.
This novel really got to my heart as it details the story of two orphans-one a victim of the orphan train and the other a product of the foster care system we have today. They come together and each learns from the other.
A wonderful listen...made me grateful for my parents.
Listened to this moving story in one listen. I was reluctant to use my credit for this, as I prefer the mystery/thriller genre. Boy, I'm glad I went ahead with it! I won't spoil it, but there are two women, so different in appearance yet with such similar experiences. Don't disregard this amazing journey full of life, experience, and love. The narrators nailed it!!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
What triggered me to read this book was the fact it was based on an almost forgotten period of American history. The Children’s Aid Society moved East Coast orphans by trains to the other states and by the end the Orphan Trains carried orphan to all states except Arizona. It is estimated somewhere between 105,000 to 200,000 orphans were transported from 1854 to 1929. These children were either placed in homes or as workers with little or no investigation or supervision of the homes or business. Kline weaves her two fictional characters into a historical situation. Kline employs a dual narrative format as she takes us from contemporary Maine to Minnesota in the midst of the depression and war. Molly Ayer a Penobscot youth is 17 years of age and months away from being aged out of the foster care system. Over the past nine years she had been in over a dozen foster homes. Molly stole a book “Jane Eyre” from the library and is assigned to do 50 hours of community service. She is to help Vivian Daly an elderly wealthy widow to clean her attic. During the cleaning process Vivian reveals to Molly about being an Irish immigrant orphan and was on the New York City to Minnesota Orphan train. Vivian and Molly have connected because of both of them are orphans. Vivian tells of going from family to family under hardship, hatred, abuse. Everything stripped from her including her Irish name. Molly’s history teacher assigns the class an oral history project and they are to interview someone. Molly decided to interview Vivian and write her story. Her teacher is impressed with her report and nominates her for a national award and scholarship. As the story end Vivian has learned to use the computer with Molly’s help and is tracking down the other riders from her train car. The author does a good job of trying up the story at the end. Jessica Almasy does a good job narrating the book.
One of the more enjoyable books I have been fortunate to enjoy and I highly suggest others invest the time to enjoy the book as well.