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
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.
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.
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.
This was a very good story. The two main characters were a teenager who ended up in foster care and an older woman who, when younger, was sent on an "orphan train" to the midwest for adoption. The two meet and realize their stories are similar. Enjoyable listen.
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.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
This book elicits strong emotions, as it tells the story of one girl who rode the orphan train in hopes of finding a family that would that would take her in and see her as a person, not just a servant. In conjunction with the telling of the now elder Vivian's heartbreaking story, we also have the story of Molly, a teenager who is not faring well in the current day foster system. Her most recent foster placement is hanging by a thread, and she must do community service to avoid criminal charges for a very petty crime. As a result, the their paths meet, they unexpectedly become friends, and they have a great impact on each other's lives.
Unlike many other listeners, I enjoyed the narration of this story and felt it added to the listening experience.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
This novel revolves around a 91 year-old woman, Vivian and a 17 year-old teenager, Molly. The two share a bond, they are both orphans. Vivian and her family sailed from Ireland to Ellis Island for a better life. Her family was killed in a fire, leaving her homeless. Vivian lived in various foster homes until she was finally welcomed by a loving couple.
Molly's father was killed in an auto accident. Her mother was unable to care for her and she was placed in foster care. She also spent many years trying to find that special place. However, she was almost 18 now and would soon be on her own. Foster care ends at age 18.
Molly and Vivian meet because she was caught stealing a ragged eared book from the library, Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre was Molly's favorite book but didn't know that the library had recently installed a detector to prevent library books from being stolen. Molly put the book under her coat. She was living with a foster care family at the time and Social Services was notified by the foster mother. Molly's punishment, after making a court appearance, was to complete 50 hours of community service.
Molly's boyfriend, Jack, coaxed his mom, Terry, into setting up an interview for Molly, with her employer, Vivian. Vivian needed help with cleaning out her attic filled with a lot of dusty, old boxes. Terry was Vivian's housekeeper and she had been putting off the dreaded chore and was happy to do as Jack asked.
That was how Vivian and Molly met and became friends. The novel goes back and forth telling their stories of what it was and is like being an orphan. They shared each others lives and told things about themselves that no one else was ever told before now.
The character's are very well developed and you'll think that maybe you know them. The narrators, Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren, do an excellent job. The book is well written and easy to follow and understand. The book provides you with some feelings that children experience living in foster homes. The book, Orphan Train, is enjoyable and an easy listen.