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 have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book - it gives you a historical perspective of a child who rode the orphan train along with a current perspective of a young adult who has been abandoned by the people who were supposed to love her forever. It really is a lovely story and well worth reading.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This story is very interesting and I enjoyed the two narrators' interpretations of the main characters. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, so I was surprised, but it was a good surprise. I felt the ending was a little abrupt, as though the author was at her deadline and had to just stop, but even that wasn't bad. I recommend it.
The characters were compelling and the narration superb.
The story thoroughly brought to life for me the characters' heart aches and joys.
I have never before written a review, though I've been using Audible for years. This book is too good to miss. You will love it!
I really had a hard time with the narrator. I felt like she was rushing through the story, not breathing between sentences! Maybe it's a Southern thing, but I prefer a slower, more feeling pace. I think I would have liked the book better if I had read it myself.
This was a very deep novel, captivating and gripping. I finished it yesterday and did not want it to end. It has stayed with me. The characters were real, it was wonderfully narrated and beautifully written. It was not predictable and kept my interest throughout the entire book. It was a part of history I didn't know anything about. Other reviews have done a wonderful job explaining the story so I won't do that. I would definitely recommend it.
There is one thing I wish I was warned about in other reviews. There was a little bit of profanity in the book. I normally read Christian fiction and was a little shocked when I heard it. It wasn't enough to make me reduce my 5 star rating but I could've done without it. It was definitely not throughout the book and only a few words but I wanted to warn others.
I first heard of the Orphan Trains on a history podcast. I was fascinated that this could have happened on such a widespread basis. The lack of protocol in locating prospective parents and the many bad experiences reported from the accounts of the adult children from the Orphan Trains amazed me. The 1920's was not so very far in our nation's history.
When I heard about this book, I downloaded it immediately. Christina Baker Kline did a fantastic job! The way she paralleled the experiences of a Vivian, one of the survivors of the Orphan Train, and Molly, a troubled teen currently in the foster care system, was brilliant. Molly heals herself and makes peace with her own troubled circumstances by helping Vivian to tell her story.
I could not stop listening! The narrators were chosen well and really added to the listening experience. You won't regret spending the time on this touching and uplifting novel.
this was very well done book, with 2 wonderful story lines woven together. It was hard to stop listening and I would consider this a worthy of anyone's attention!
Longing survival story
Oliver Twist which is a tale of orphanhood. Deprivation, cruelty and abuse at the hands of most everyone. It also allows us the privilege of witnessing the hero of our story triumph and retain his heart. Orphan Train follows these themes from a split narrative. Our protagonist Nieve who is a young person from 2011 and her employer Vivian who is in her 90's. Both women have experienced being orphans and they share their tales.
*Spoiler* When Vivian gets to meet her daughter.
When Vivian finally allowed herself to explore her painful past and trusted Nieve to help her through it.
The story line was not unusual but I felt for the characters. I would have enjoyed more detail in the descriptions but I like that sort of thing.
This is a moving tale of two orphaned women, one much older than the other. On the surface these women are quite different people yet their lives contain surprising similarities. The younger, Molly, is still a teenager. Molly has bounced from one foster situation to another, landing in her latest, where she is not quite wanted and is definitely unhappy. A minor misstep on Molly's part leads to an order to perform community service. To fulfill that order, Molly finds herself working a few hours per day with Vivian, helping the elderly woman sort through the mementos gathering dust in her attic. As time passes, Molly surrenders the chip on her shoulder and begins to absorb Vivian's life story. Vivian had been orphaned in New York during the early 1900's and, like so many unwanted urban children, had been sent west on an "orphan train" in search of a new home. Unfortunately, a child midway through grammar school was less desirable than an infant or toddler. Most in Vivian's age group were taken in by couples who sought cheap labor from the orphans. After a few sad and frightening placements, Vivian was adopted by a kind couple who gave her the love and support that every child deserves. She helped expand her new parents' business, married, and lived a long, successful life. As Vivian relates her tale over the course of time, Molly gains understanding and hope for her own situation. In the end, Molly surprises Vivian by helping her complete the circle of her life--but I'm not going to ruin that part with a spoiler.
This was a moving "read." I am glad that I bought both versions of this story. The audio version was perfectly narrated by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren, who portrayed the two main characters. But the printed book is equally wonderful. Christina Baker Kline's writing is superb. The characters are believable and engaging. The story has lessons for us all. And there are surprises that I did not describe. You'll have to read or listen to this book to find them. Enjoy!