I sometimes struggle with books that switch back in time. This begins with the immigration of the irish to NY, and the story of the Orphan Train is fascinating , I had no idea that had happened. The story flips to the present to follow on with characters that will eventually be connected. The narration was wonderful and helped me easily keep on track with who, what,when,where. I became very involved with the characters. The narration added greatly to the entire impact of the story. The only reason I did not give 5 stars - I was slightly disappointed in the end, I wasn't ready at that moment that it would end like that, and wanted more closure, But still, an excellent audible listen.
This is about an interesting period in American history. There was a real effort to deal with orphans and as the book demonstrates we as a society, have made little progress. I found the story interesting but unrealistic. The 90 year old woman only described the part of her life relevant for the book. The foster child was not well developed. I thought the read was ok.
This historical novel gives depth and dimension to a fascinating piece of American history. I knew a little about the orphan trains that carried NY's "unwanted" to the midwest but what became of them forms the basis of this compelling novel. The readers are true actors, making the characters fully dimensional from an Irish 9-year-old to a 91-year-old woman in Maine.
The quote by Vivian that prefaces the story establishes expectations upon which it doesn't deliver. The early scenes of New York and the orphan train are the best part of this book - it goes downhill from there, into one tired cliché after another. Character development is uneven - one gets the feeling that the author rushed through the most important years of Vivian's life, while Molly is another cobbled cliché.
The entire premise of the book - that, together, the two women go through Vivian's saved possessions and become entwined - is given short shrift. We are not privy to any specific items or memento that triggers Vivian's memories - which is the entire premise of the book, after all. The author leaves us outside the house, as it were, wondering what it is that Molly and Vivian are finding up in the attic. There are so many holes, and unraveled ends, that I reched the final pages feeling empty and cheated of the climax the story seemed to be building towards.
The narrator's voice and delivery were so incongruous that she set my teeth on edge. High-pitched and girlish, it seems appropriate enough at the beginning as she narrates young Vivian's story in the first-person. But it never changes - she sounds like a 13-yr-old child right to the end. Her inflection is always cheery, inappropriately so in many instances, and far too contemporary for the storyline. She speaks too quickly, with a vague Valley Girl flatness that robs many key passages of the gravitas needed and - again - the childlike pitch of her voice is simply incongruous and off-putting.
In the end, the book promised what it didn't deliver, and tolerating the narration in expectation of a satisfying "read" made it that much more of a disappointment and waste of time.
An incredable journey into the US immigration history
They story line stayed interesting
No I have not
Children immigrants alone and surviving
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book even with the great reviews. I loved it! It turned out to be one of those books that I found myself listening to well into the early hours of the morning.
This was a really enjoyable book. The narrator used different accents to make the narration really rich. It was a great story, and would appeal to those who have been touched by the issues surrounding being orphaned/foster care/adoption issues. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
Rarely do I rate books with 5 stars. I reserve the 5 for classics or books that WOW me and can't stop talking about them for weeks. Orphan Train isn't either but this book is beautifully well balanced and enjoyable. The heart wrenching parts are countered with sweet moments, there's suspense and predictability, past/present, and all nicely weaved together. The narrator also did a very good job overall.
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written. The narrator did a good job with the characters voices and an Irish brogue.
Yes, i would. I gives you a different perspective of orphans and their lives. I really enjoyed the book and the narrations were done really well.
When Vivian reunites with her lover from the train. It was very touching.
i honestly can't tell who is narrated by whom, but i think all characters were narrated very well.