A sweet story of the orphans, the challenging times and the love found amongst the tragedy. I very much enjoyed the development of the relationship between Vivian, a past orphan train child and current-day Molly, the rebel orphan.
I must agree with the other positive reviews Ive read before I picked this story. Its heartwarming and an easy story to fall into. Rarely have I found characters that I felt more for and wanted good things for. It is rich with strong characters who overcome diversity and challenges, people who would be wonderful to know in life.
This book is extremely well-written and the performances really bring the book to life. Outstanding!
Absolutely wonderful performances
I would definitely recommend this audiobook. I found the story to carry a message of hope that strengthened my spirits. This book used two points of views, one from an adolescent perspective, and one from an senior perspective, which gave it a unique ability to deal with the both the emotions and wisdom that come from life's difficulties.
I liked the relationship that unfolded between the two protaganists. It gave me hope that love comes in all forms and when you least expect it.
Viv was my favorite character. She has both a whimsical and steely aspect to her personality that made me care about her experiences.
Duchy was the most memorable character. His character seemed to have a lot of heart and I really like the scratchy voice the narrator used for him.
The perfect mix of the 1920-30's orphan child experience and present day foster child experience - the coming together and forming of an immediate friendship and understanding where age was no barrier.
The detail of Niamh's (Neeve-Dorothy-Vivian) life as an immigrant child and the predjudices towards the children and the irish in general was very informative. The history lesson of the Orphan Train was very interesting.
1st time listening to both of these performers.
Vivian and her horrible ordeal as an orphaned immigrant, enjoyed Dutchie too.
Just too short - would like to hear more of the story!
I would listen again really enjoyed the story and felt for the lonliness of the children in this story
There were many but I liked the parrell of the two charactersl.
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.
I thought the performance was wonderful! My preference with this book would be audio.
I giggled out loud when Vivian interviewed Molly and asked her how she does her hair and what her natural color is. When Molly answers, "brown"; Vivian states her natural color is "red" (She is now 90 years old and her hair is grey) Also, it amazed me how people could TAKE the only thing these children had left - their name, and then not give the child their surname. These are just a few - the entire book is memorable. Perhaps the most memorable though is when Vivian has her baby. I will not spoil it - but the cladaugh and circle of life comes into play here for a twist that was unexpected.
If I have to choose a favorite, it would be Young Neave and Vivian.
It is titled perfectly
Loved this book!
I would definitely READ another book by Kline. I would not likely ever listen to a book narrated by Almasy or Toren again. As another reviewer wrote, it is difficult to tell whose voice is narrating, but both are very high-pitched and I found it extremely grating.
I would recommend the book, as I think it has a moving story and well-developed characters. I think the narration ruined this novel for me, which is unfortunate.
I believe an audiobook can either make you love a book even more (Colin Firth's narration of The End of the Affair by Graham Greene) or take away from the essence of the novel. Although the characters in this book were portrayed as young females, the choice of narrators was horrible. They did not mesh well at all, and the net effect was to detract from the quality of the book.
I do not normally take the time to write a review...usually, I use the rating system and go on my way. This book, however, with all its high ratings, forced me to step out of the box and write something. I read a number of mostly glowing reviews before buying this title, and as it's a book club selection for the group I'm in I went with it. I should have paid closer attention to the reviews that focused on the "chipmunk" quality of the narrators. Even listening to a sample doesn't prepare you for eight hours of it. If you have the time, I strongly recommend reading this book instead of listening to it.
Suzanne Toren was flawless in her narration. It was absolutely beautiful. Jessica Almasy, however, would emphasize weird words in the sentences. It was as though she hadn't read the book before. Or hadn't read the sentence in her mind before saying it aloud. For example, one sentence read "They piled ONE... upon another in a stack" and "she had not KNOWN... the markings would be ETCHED so deep." It's weird. Her voice was fine.... but the emphasis thing would have driven me crazy if there weren't a break in narrators every other chapter.
This book made me FEEL. I got so wrapped up in the characters, and felt a kindred spirit with them. I don't usually identify so much with a book on that level. It was a beautiful and moving story. And I feel like it is an IMPORTANT story, a forgotten page in our history. And it is very relevant today. It made me think about out foster care system, and it really made me care.I do wish that someone would have mentioned in a review that there is one chapter in the book where a child is molested. It made me physically ill. It was important to the story, but be prepared for that. One reviewer said this story can be listened to by the whole family, which is wholly inaccurate. There is definitely some language and the chapter with sexual abuse.That being said, this book is still uplifting. It offers a message of hope, and it is absolutely worth the read. I went online to research what the facts were after reading this book, and, as one other reviewer put it, it seems more historical than fiction. I'm surprised that this piece of history has fallen through the cracks.