I enjoyed the narraters voices, especially dialogs between characters and making different voices.
I love how this book is two stories in one. They both tie into each other also. You can say it's a book about Niamh. It's a touching story and you are intrigued with what will happen next to Niamh/Dorothy/Vivian. You are secretly hoping she runs away and lives happily ever after.
I cried when Molly did computer searches and her info was a few months to late. I smiled with the ending. I wish the romance with her first husband was longer, maybe another chapter where you could bask in their happiness. I would love a prequel or parallel of mazy's story, or a sequel of May's story. There's potential for Molly's continued story also if a sequel happened.
I've had this book in my wish list for ages. It kept getting great reviews but I wasn't so sure I would like i . Well, glad I finally got iit BECAUSE I LOVED IT. A really great story for young and old. Listened to it all in one day. Couldn't seem to make myself stop.
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.
The book and its subject is not something I would normally choose but was intrigued by the idea of shipping out kids into the countryside and dumping them. Was surprised how I invested into the narrative and cared for the principal characters. The story's protagonist and her soul mate experience abuse at the hands of cold foster parents but that's not the final take away message. The ending suggests that a ride on this train might not have been a bad thing. A parallel modern day story also allows us to contrast different foster techniques and one wonders if we have progressed much. Interestingly its was Duchy's story that haunted me long after the story ended.
Definitely worth a listen.
The Orphan Train tears at your heart, while you are fascinated at the same time. Very believable well rounded characters, you feel sympathy for the terror it must have been to be in their shoes.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
Starts out promisingly enough with depiction of an emigrant Irish family's disaster followed by eldest daughter Niamh's trip to Minnesota on what must have been one of the final orphan trains, in 1929. The depiction of the children, the train and the "adoption stops” seem authentic and kept my interest. The book uses the popular device of swinging back and forth between two characters - modern day foster child Molly and present day Vivian, now 91, nee Niamh. Molly's story line is far weaker. Molly is assigned community service for stealing a library book - an old, tattered paperback copy of Jane Eyre, not pinching "World of Warcraft" from Walmart, so as not to frighten sensitive readers. Molly's community service is to help Vivian sort old boxes in a large, roomy attic in a house on a Maine island that surely seems familiar to any reader of modern American fiction. The portrayal of Molly's foster mom is a complete caricature that annoyingly makes the author's bias crystal clear. For example, while I personally support Vegetarianism, I found myself rooting for the evil Foster mom to sling a T-bone steak in Molly's lunch bag. I strongly recommend ditching this book before Vivian grows to adulthood to avoid some of the most improbable plot twists in modern fiction. Certainly you want to bail before the final chapters. If the book went any further, elderly Vivian and young Molly would be posting selfies on Instagram. While the author appears engaged in the actual orphan train segments early in the book, she seemed to lose interest as the plot progressed, stringing together one wild coincidence after another until grinding to a neatly resolved, predictable halt. Narrations, I think, were supposed to be Irish accents but they were often too muddled to fully assess. Many a native Minnesotan is caught with a bit of the brogue, except for poor Mr. Sorensen's incomprehensible dialect from somewhere in the land of Evil Adults. The book piqued my interest in the topic, however, and if I ever make it to Kansas, the Orphan Train museum in Concordia is on my bucket list.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
Fantastic book. So well written. I past this and The Book Thief forever. I just kept skipping over them. I read the Book Thief which was amazing and then bought this. I had thought they were on the same topi, I have no idea why. They aren't in any way similar. This book I gobbled right up and was so sorry to have it end.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
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.