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)
The narrators pitch is way to high and uplifted at the end of every sentence. Perhaps this is meant to be 'period'. As in Valley Girl, but not a tone I found easy to listen too.
A wonderful story that weaves between now and a previous time. Wonderful language and the narration is so beautiful it makes the story come alive! I was so sad to see the book end. I will miss my friends.
teacher & book lover
This story blends past and present stories very well. The characters are likable and the action moves at a steady pace. A good book!
It is a powerful story of the human spirit--resilient, adaptable,forgiving in the face of extreme cruelty and selfishness. It is both sad and joyful--I wept, smiled and hoped as I read. I would recommend this book to my family and friends--well written and the reader is excellent.
Adored this story watching a young girl to adulthoood. truly shows we all have a story behind us that doesn't have to hold us back in life!
Interesting story. Not crazy about the narration, perhaps because the narrator sounded like a young girl. I get that the story is ABOUT a young girl, but the voice just bothered me.
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