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Orphan Train: A Novel | [Christina Baker Kline]

Orphan Train: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Mariana Valenzuela 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    I loved this story and it is narrated beautifully, the performance was amazing. She even changed her accents and voices through out the book

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    Tina Stanko 07-15-15
    Tina Stanko 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Orphan Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great Story about these times.


    Would you recommend Orphan Train to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it explains the lives that these orphans lived and the way that they were passed around like merchandise.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ?

    yes she was good at narration


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes when she left in the bitter cold


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    T. Meghreblian El Dorado, AR United States 07-15-15
    T. Meghreblian El Dorado, AR United States 07-15-15

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    "Good book"

    The story was entertaining and worth listening to; however the narration was a bit too dramatic for my taste. It was a bit distracting from the story.

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    Laura J Armstrong 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching story"

    It is a touching story with a wonderful ending. I was not impressed with the narrator.

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    Corey L. Francis 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Orphan Train in three words, what would they be?

    So Very Captivating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphan Train?

    I really liked all of the book... couldn't put it down.


    Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No... we read this book in our Book Club


    Who was the most memorable character of Orphan Train and why?

    I really loved Vivian, but Dutchy was pretty awesome!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book... so good and well written. I actually got it as an audible book, but well narrated. Kept me hooked at every chapter. The ending wasn't what I thought would happen, but perhaps left open for a second book about Molly's life?

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    Dominique 07-12-15
    Dominique 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept my interest from beginning to end"

    I have been wanting to read this book for a while and so I chose to listen to it on a road trip. Best decision ever.... I loved everything about this book. From the woman narrating, all the way to the final chapter. Very pleased, would recommend to all.

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    Donna Leatherman 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    Jumps a lot but story moved. Would be interested to read sequel. If there's one.

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    Mindy720 07-10-15
    Mindy720 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic story"

    A must read! Well performed and extremely interesting. Not the type of book I would typically select but glad I did.

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    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 07-09-15
    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 07-09-15
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    I loved everything about this. The story, performance and characters. This one made me cry from happiness.

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    Thomas (Tom) Coe 07-08-15
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    "A good read/listen."

    Excellent book, story and performance. I wish I could've given it more stars than five.

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