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)
I wish I didn't read this book. What a horrible story that made me cry and feel like crap. I had to keep turning it off and listening to the ending in small doses. It's a real bad feeling story. Spoiler.
With a 10 year old molestation and a widow giving up her baby for adoption because she's selfish. Ugh. Dumb dumb dumb. Would not recommend.
I can't believe I've waited almost a year, since this book was first recommended to me, to read it. Not only
Is it a rich, full, story, but I like novels with historical backing, a glimpse into a part of life you don't normally read about. (Midwest, early-mid-century)
One of the best! Very pleasant to listen to and great story.
The way the author wove the two lives together
They were very animated, yet they were very easy on the ears.
I like the name as it is.
Thoroughly enjoyed this story - my road trips are sometimes spaced a few months apart, but this book was easy to jump back into each time.
This book had me hooked from the first chapter it is very well written with descriptions that bring each page to life. The narrator does an excellent job of voicing the characters and expressing emotions. I cried laughed and held my breath in anticipation throughout the book as it took me through a journey I could never have imagined on my own. The end of the book will leave you wanting more.
"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.
It is life story told marvellously well via flash backs that link the most unlikely fostered teenagers contemporary issues' spanning eight decades! A page turner without doubt.
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