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 was drawn into this story from the first page. I was glad I purchased this book after much consideration as I wasn't sure it was for me but it was wonderful and would recommend to anyone.
quilting since 1979
a great look at how "the more things change the more they stay the same" The idea that any of us have unique experiences - never happened before or no one can understand what I am going through. Finding an understanding ear in the most unlikely places.
No, I like this genre, story not that interesting
no, story not necessarily great
needs to be more relevant
I would read another but it wouldn't be high on the list. From a narration perspective I would read one narrated by the person who played the older Vivien but probably not by the younger narrator.
I would always be willing to read but it wouldn't be top of my list because I felt like the depth of characters was just not there. If I needed an easy quick read then I might attempt another
I like the older voice, it was easy to listen to. I found the younger voice a bit grating and then when she was playing the Irish Niamh I felt it difficult to believe the Irish accent - it sounded a bit forced. Grew on me after a while but can't say I enjoyed it, particularly the Molly sections.
I don't think so
It was a shame that there wasn't more of a story to link the present day with the past. Niamh's story is an interesting one but Molly's was a bit predictable and dull and there really wasn't too much point to it. I have to say it was refreshing to have a happy ending though as too often these types of books can be very depressing (and rightly so) so it was nice to be able to smile and put it away at the end.
This story had me captivated from the first spoken word. It was full of highs and lows and you live every minute of them with the two main characters who find each other by accident. Molly is a young girl in foster care who is almost old enough to age out of the foster care system and seems to be her own worst enemy. Vivian is an elderly wealthy lady who appears to be all alone in the world living in a large mansion in Maine. Molly commits a minor crime and is sentenced to do hours of community service which she fulfills by helping Vivian clean our her attic. Together they uncover the story of Vivian's life as they go through the boxes in her attic that contain items from each stage of her life. Vivian, a recent immigrant from Ireland just prior to the Great Depression, was orphaned at 8 or 9 and placed on the Orphan Train from NYC out to the Midwest. There the orphans were given to families who applied for a child, whether the home they were being placed in was safe, clean or not. Her story is compelling, having so many downturns that you can't understand how this plucky little girl could go on (that squirrel hunter guy and his family creeped me out from the first minute Ms. Kline described him).Once she winds up in a stable family where she is loved, the story doesn't end there.
Meanwhile, Molly is facing her own issues and as she works for Vivian, her life starts to turn around. However, the foster mother she currently has resents her and the tension at home continues, even as she turns her grades around, cleans up her appearance and starts growing up.
Don't miss this book! It would make a wonderful movie.
one of the very best, story is brilliant, concept and connections incredibly well linked along with the honesty of foster families.
The attic, discovering the memories and links
the depth of feelings
the rotten foster mother
take the time to listen to this book
We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.
This is so well written and narrated. It's touching, funny, and very heartbreaking what these women go through in life. I love the way the author used the past and present in this and how these women became so close. Get your hanky out, you'll need it in several places. Worth the credit and them some.
Listening to a book read by a good reader takes me back to the art of story telling.
Yes. The reading is enjoyable and engages me in the story.
I like types of historical fiction. This brought alive a time in history in the development of our country, a time that we have grown beyond. The two women develop a friendship that surpasses different cultures and generations.
The reading is so absorbing that I found myself not wanting to stop. Thoroughly engaging.
I eagerly await more work from them.