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  • The Railway Children

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By E. Nesbit
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (20)

    In this classic story, first published in 1906, a false accusation places the father in jail, leaving his wife and three children on their own. Circumstances force mother and the children to leave their ideal life in London to live near a train station in a rustic cottage. As the good natured children work to rescue their father, they befriend and help others along the way.

    Amazon Customer says: "Terrible.."
    "Worst reader I've ever heard"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Almost any other reader would have been better. Let me change that: any other reader would have been better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Railway Children?

    It is a slightly saccharin tale and shows its age (early 1900s), but the children are well drawn and the story is engaging despite the whiff of Victorian melodrama. The end still makes me tear up. The scene where the children celebrate Perk's birthday, and his affronted pride, is particularly well done.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is a sweet story, essentially ruined by an incompetent reader. Rene Raudner's fake English accent made me cringe. The various voices she employed were unpleasant to listen to. Her emphasis and pauses were often off. She pronounced 'row', as in argument, as if it referred to a way to propel a dinghy. There are a few other readers who are less than perfect, but this one was nails on a blackboard. Only my love of the story, read several times before, kept me listening to the end.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Railway Children?

    Nothing. The Raailway Children, like most of E. Nesbit's books, is dated but perfect in its way.


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