Edith Nesbit's classic story of three children whose lives are turned upside down when their father suddenly goes away and they have to move to the country. They are captivated by the local railway and make friends with the local station staff and the old gentleman who travels daily on the train.The children experience all kinds of adventures, but the biggest adventure is the one which they do not even understand themselves... the reason for their father's absence and the mysterious quest to bring him home. A captivating story for all ages. The Railway Children, published in book form in 1906 and never out of print since, has a special and enduring place in British children's literature.
Public Domain (P)2011 Red Door Audiobooks
Their father disappears and the rest of the family goes to country.
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The story is a classic and I felt it would be a pleasure to listen to it again on a long road trip with my grand-children. Unfortunately, the narrator seriously put my grand-children off. Her tone was patronizing and put on... like she was reading to children aged two or three in a Victorian nursery. My grand-children felt like she was talking down to them and consequently couldn't get beyond the narration to appreciate the story. In fact, as we tried to listen to the book, they began to mimic the voice and tone of the narrator and this became the fodder for jokes for the entire trip. I believe the narrator seriously misjudged her audience because this is not a story that one would read to a 2-3 year old in the first place. For what it's worth, the first part of the book is the worst so if you can get through that, the story itself makes up for the narration.
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