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)
Was good but not necessarily memorable. It made the drive better while listening, but I didn't feel like I couldn't leave it. didn't grab me. so it was not bad but not great.
The research, the writing, the narration, all are superb. I had never heard of this title and didn't know what to expect. Kline delivered a powerful work of historical fiction and masterfully wove together present and past to draw the reader in and hold her there until the tale was finished. I loved this story. The narrators are talented actresses, giving distinct, believable voice to each character. Take the time to listen to this audiobook, you will not be disappointed.
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.
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.
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.
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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