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)
When I need an escape and cannot openly read a book, I whip out my headphones and press play on my Audible app.
I enjoyed Vivian's story alongside Molly's story, it showed how difficult life is for a foster child in the throes of a broken system.
I can't fully explain why, but the first thing that came to mind was the movie Free Willy. The boy is a troubled foster kid who finds an animal that needs help, as Molly to Vivian.
The Irish accent was nice, although it wasn't reflected at all in the older Vivian voice.
It left me in a melancholy mood, there were both happy and sad moments that balanced out.
I enjoyed the book, although the narrating was confusing as it switched between Molly and Vivian, it's worth listening to.
A wonderful, well told story with beautiful and poignant narrators. If you like the book thief, you will love this book. Highly recommend this book.
The characters were really interesting and relatable. The story was great. I couldn't turn it off.
I have not.
just a nice meandering story. not spectacular or mind opening concepts, thrilling character or world. just a good story.
If you like highly descriptive novels of war, anguish and love/lust, this is the book for you. It was too graphic for
My taste but I finished it. I think some of the haunting images from this book will be forever etched into my brain. That said, this is a book that you will either hate or love.
I just everything about this book. It kept my attention like no other before. I look forward to reading more from this author and narrator.
This book was absolutely amazing. I could not believe the conditions for these orphans. This story is extremely well written with two different stories of two different orphans in two different time periods. There are 2 narrators and you feel as if you are listening to a play. You must read this book.
Simple story of orphan trains bringing children from the East Coast to the Midwest to be adopted or taken in as laborers in the early 1900s. Worst narration ever ... Very annoying voice, similar to Alvin and the chipmunks.
sad, sad, and sad.
I have to give this novel props because it is based on a part of american history that is not widely known or discussed. I feel like the history was an important part of this, but the author really could have taken us deeper in with these characters and the plot line could have been a lot more than it was. This is a good book, and I do recommend reading it, I wanted more, more info, more emotion, more connection with the fictional characters though.
"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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