I liked this book, but the author is not a good audible narrator. Read the book do not listen to it.
When I first heard Benjamin Percy's deep voice at a reading during an event in Gaithersburg, MD, I was so excited to purchase the audio. Well, Benjamin is not experienced in the audible world, and it did not work for this book. I need someone to get into the book and create some characters. Only an experienced narrative could have done this. For example, the sex scenes just sounded vulgar when read aloud. I read many audio books and I should not cringe while reading, rather listening, to this book. The book will make a great movie. Those scenes that I described as vulgar will be nothing more than gratuitous sex in a movie. The problem with the story is that I could not differentiate one character from another in the reading. I often went back to see which male character was the focus of the particular story. I also purchased the book, and I re-read certain sections because in the audio, it seemed the characters just disappeared or their story just ended.
Now that I have finished the book, I realize that he wrote the book thinking of a sequel, which was not the right thing to do. There were too many lose ends in this book. I will read the next book and probably watch a movie if there is one. I just think that the book would have been better if some of the characters’ stories had an actual ending.
With all of that being said, the author is a great writer and just needs to work on his story telling for longer novels as he very skilled at writing short stories. In some ways, that may have been the flaw in this book. Lots of short stories and sometimes the characters did not seem part of the same novel. He will get better and the sequel will probably be awesome. For audible, the author should not be the one to narrate it.
I loved reading this book. The story of two orphans developing an unexpected friendship was surprisingly a good read. I did not expect to enjoy this book as much I have because of the name of the book, and the fact that these trains actually existed. What I thought would be a story of all of the terrible things that orphans suffer, turned out to be a beautiful story of these two orphans re-discovering life while coming to terms with their past.
The 91-year-old Vivian and the 17-year-old Molly are kindred spirits - neither expecting anything in new in life nor anticipating coming to terms with their pasts. The author’s writing moved easily between the past and the present. This story captivated me. There was a balance of tragedy and good events in this book. I gave this book five stars because I did not once feel need to turn pages out of boredom with any of the stories within the story.
Yes, I would consider it. I had both, but then I just plugged my earphones into the Kindle and listened to book.
Jimmy. He sweet and naive and yet I could help want to know what happened to him.
Jimmy because he really had a vision about life and want to live it. You could always feel his quiet, yet unspoken zest for life.
The author did splendid job of slowly revealing the various secrets. Some people may not like the book because I constantly felt that I had the answers. The author’s style is such that I thought I figured it out the big secret, and then I was like maybe not. Sometimes I think that we, readers, are prone to look for big surprise twists. In this book, there are big twists and little twists. The excitement in reading this book is not to solve a mystery per se; rather it is to experience the characters’ lives, and in some ways examine their motivations. The author tells the stories in a deliberate manner that held my interest.
The bottom line is that the author tells stories of several individuals whose lives are inexplicably intertwined. Character by character the story unfolds and all of the characters’ lives are fully resolved for the reader. The story ends with the perspective of the small child from the beginning who is now all grown up. This book is a long relaxing read, but an interesting read. If this was a made for TV movie, it would be a mini-series and not a Sunday night movie.
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