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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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