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Orphan Train Audiobook

Orphan Train: A Novel

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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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    Sally Arizona 06-16-16
    Sally Arizona 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the story very much."

    Loved the ending!!! Great story, didn't know how it was going to end. Amazing part of our history!!!

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    lhb Englewood, FL 06-14-16
    lhb Englewood, FL 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    Heartbreaking and touching. This story is amazing. The author is very good at painting the picture with words. The accents and performance by the readers are great, although the male voices (done by female readers) all sound very similar. Be warned there is a sexual assault described in great detail... I had to fast forward. Look forward to reading more by this author. I was sad to say goodbye to the characters always the sign of a great book.

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    mamasita 06-14-16
    mamasita 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not your average JOE"

    The book moved just like a train slow and dreamy you could take your time and follow the rhythm of the story line. Then it comes speeding to a end to fast. Two ladies lives pass in a similar way but with a surprise at the end. I would recommend this book.

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    Christine Baptiste 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Orphan Train"

    This was my first audible book and it was amazing. I could not stop listening. Great story and the narrators did an incredible job.

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    K. Armann Pennsylvania United States 06-09-16
    K. Armann Pennsylvania United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting history, good plot and characters"

    It's a light easy read, based on an interesting bit of American history. The characters and plot twists were reasonably believable and the story moved quickly enough to keep me interested.

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    Jan Mc 06-09-16
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    It kept my interest but felt like it was a compilation of books I already have read. The main narrator's voice was not pleasant...perhaps tweaked in the sound booth too much.

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    A Rennie 06-09-16
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    "Amazing!"

    This is one of the best books I've ever read! Just beautiful! Give it a read!

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    Barbara 06-07-16
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    "Great story told too rapidly"

    I loved the story, but the narrator was a rapid reader so rapid in fact, I slowed the speed to .75. Really, I enjoyed her voice inflections for each character in the slower speed, but at times it was annoying.

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    CB 06-07-16
    CB 06-07-16
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    "Fun story, good depth and character development"

    I really enjoyed the story. The way it's laid out going between current times and past times is fun. It's interesting as it describes a real event though using fictional people. My only complaint is the abrupt end.

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    laura 06-02-16
    laura 06-02-16
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    "a must read. heartwarming & captivating"

    orphan train is fantastic. the girls narrating did a fantastic job. such a great story that is moving and captivating. explores human nature, what family really is and the strength everyone has inside them. definitely listen/read this one

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