I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
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When she met up with her long lost friend.
I loved it all.
A great book! A true stand out and much more fulfilling of a read than most of the crap out there.
I highly recommend Orphan Train to anybody who likes emotional stories about women. The main characters are easy to like, and the story was engaging and believable. The performance was well done and well suited to the book. If you only like stories with car chases, murders, and explosions, then maybe you should look elsewhere. But if you enjoy any engaging and well performed story no matter the subject, then this one is a terrific choice.
i like to read. i like to listen.
Amazing story about two "orphans" from different time periods who's lives intertwine in a way that brings joy and comfort to both of them.
i thought that both these women were such strong characters. Niamh/Vivian had such a heartbreaking yet hopeful story...the truth behind the story of the Orphan Train is also something crazy to behold. Of course after reading this book I did extensive research on the actual train, and it's insane! What the government of our country used to allow is just unfathomable. Molly was a character, of course, that I could relate to. Goth, literary, snarky. I loved her.
I found the book to be a joy to listen to, despite some of the darker parts. It is well written historical fiction with extremely strong female characters that drive the reader to engage in their outcomes. Jessica Almasy does a fantastic job reading both Vivian and Molly...which is pretty amazing being that they are such different characters.
I LOVED it.
This was a riveting tale of parallel journeys. I thought the author wrote an amazingly believable story except for one part. I don't want to give anything in the story away, however, I want to warn you that toward the end of Vivian's tale, she does something that I can't believe any adopted woman, no matter how distraught, would ever do. There were many ways to keep us interested and I'm sorry the author decided this approach. I was really loving the Vivian character till that part.
I still highly recommend the audio despite that one part. Mostly the characters captured my heart.
I wasn't sure I was going to truly like this book and get caught up with it the way some reviewers seemed to have been. I expected a complex story with complex characters and maybe getting bogged down in the details as some authors can do with their writing style. Well, what I expected is not what I got. That isn't a bad thing either. The telling of these two stories, the older Vivian and the younger, Molly ,didn't need a whole lot of complicated backstory to make you enjoy who they were and to see how the seperate personalities, weaved their own brave stories together and made it true emotional journey. I found myself holding my breath a few times, tearing up more than I will admit and laughing outloud. It didn't leave me hanging in the end either..it came to an almost complete circle in its telling and I, for one, like that. The narrator, Jessica Almasy, I wasn't sure about her . She talked really fast and I thought perhaps I had sped up her voice but after checking more than once, I figured out it was just her. I am sure there was a reason behind this and after awhile it stopped bothering me. The story, the book, is a wonderful one tho. Its a good credit spent.
In this case, I believe the audio brings the characters to life rather than overpowering them like it does with some books. Each character's personality comes through with the accent the narrator gives him or her.
The somewhat parallel character arcs. The ending.
The bar scene and the piano player.
If Fate is the conductor of the Ophan Train, will the next stop be home?
I am pretty new to audiobooks, but this was outstanding!
The historically based story writing seamlessly weaves back and forth, from the present to the past, much like Tracy Chevalier's The Virgin Blue.
To choose one moment that moved me is difficult. This book moved me in so many ways. The orphan trains are a part of American history that I knew nothing about. Learning what these poor children endured is heartbreaking. Molly's and Vivian's foster stories are similar, yet so very different. The bond that is created by two seemingly unlikely people is inspiring.
I would love to see this book become required reading in American schools. After finishing this book, I took a poll at work. In a group of 25-55 year olds, no one knew of the orphan trains. Doing further research, I learned that it is estimated that there are around 2 million descendants of Orphan Train Riders.
Bouncing between time periods, we follow the story of two orphans who must find their way in a world that wants to mold them to fit into boxes that society views as their roles. Through their two stories we come to see that while society has changed, certain fundamental truths about how people view the most vunerable among us has not. I love stories about young women with spirit and depth and both of the main characters have both. As they deal with what the world dishes out to them, we find that what sustains them changes them.
I liked when Vivian realized that all of the bad things that happened to her (and there were ALOT of them) were actually the things that led her to the good things and that she was grateful for everything.
My favorite scene was when Vivian realized the handsome stranger was actually a young boy she met on the Orphan Train many years earlier.
I listened to this book constantly and found myself sitting in the car to finish a section. It was a compelling book with many emotional scenes.
I liked the way two people with many years age difference find each other, find how much they have in common, and help each other.
When Viv finds Dutch
When Viv and Dutch get married.
Yes, I stayed awake until after 4:00am to finish it.
I found it interesting and thought provoking that these two character face much the same problems even though they live 70 years apart.
SLIGHT SPOILERS, but nothing a blind man couldn't see coming....
If I sat down and listed the cliches and stereotypes that the author uses, I might be here all day, but if you like books with:
-bitter teens in foster care who have been failed by the system
-drunken Native Americans and Irishmen
-foster parents who care only about the money they get for fostering
-pervy, gross adoptive dads
-wicked step/adoptive mothers
-wealthy old white women with secrets
Then this is the story for you! Honestly, it was terrible. Was everyone else reading another book? I have read other fiction that had the orphan trains as a central detail and found them interesting and entertaining. This book was neither. It feels like a rambling, painful story written by a 9th grader who thinks that all their ideas are SO original and that no other teen on earth feels like they do. The narration doesn't help the unlikable "present day" character sound anything more than whiny and ungrateful and angry at the world.
I gagged my way through it, but do yourself a favor and skip this one.