Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse....
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
©2013 Christina Baker Kline (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
“The narrator of Orphan Train, Jessica Almasy, does an incredible read. Listening to Almasy’s rendition of this book - so vivid and emotional - was as much fun as getting swept away by an Oscar-winning movie.” (Parents.com)
"Absorbing...a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home.... Kline lets us live the characters’ experiences vividly through their skin.... The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale." (Publishers Weekly)
“Kline's vibrant, sophisticated language comes alive with the sparkling talents of narrators Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren. Their finely paced, enthusiastic portrayals of the charming main characters quickly capture the listener.” (AudioFile)
By far, one of the best story lines and performances I've ever read/heard. I never even knew orphan trains existed before I read this book. I cannot recommend this book enough. Incredible read!
I absolutely enjoyed this book. The characters were so vivid and alive. Quick read and good for a book club.
This is the 2nd best audiobook I have listened to.
When the main character finally finds love and you feel like after all her hardships she has endured that she will be finally be happy, yet even that is stripped from her.
The changes in voice tones from child to teen to adult make the story very real.
A coming of age.
I loved listening to this book. It was such a fabulous story. The only thing I didn't like about the reading was the mens'
voices. But, it is probably difficult for a woman to do a man's voice. Otherwise, I would recommend this book to anyone, especially a book club which is why I read (listened) to it.
I listened to this for a Young Adult Literature course and listened from the perspective of a secondary English Teacher. This was one of those novels that crushes you when it is done but leaves you with a new perspective on life. I recommend this to anyone that wants to read a story of resilience and the connects we can make with others despite the challenges and hurt life can give us.
This book has so many layers that can be taught through multiple avenues. It has something all students can relate to.
"Lovely easy read"
I chose the book as it was on the New York bestseller list. I really enjoyed the way the story developed and especially Niamh/Vivienne's story. I did not particularly enjoy the 2011 part with Molly in it. I had no real interest in her but could see it was part of the setup of the story. It was really hard to read how orphan children were treated and how their lives were so disrupted or aided depending on who took them in. It makes you realise how lucky life is not to have had such experiences in it. I thought the narrative was very good and aided delivery of the story. I would highly recommend it.
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