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Orphan Train Audiobook

Orphan Train: A Novel

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.
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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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    Elyssa Derka Starkville, MS 08-09-15
    Elyssa Derka Starkville, MS 08-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing story!"

    This tale is absolutely beautifully written! The jumping between times is well done and shows just how similar Vivian and Molly truly are.

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    Kathryn Staunton, VA, United States 08-08-15
    Kathryn Staunton, VA, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a compelling novel about a true and real event"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Orphan Train to be better than the print version?

    Orphan Train in its audio edition is every bit as riveting as the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    During the 1920s and 30s orphaned and abandoned children living in northeastern urban areas were put on trains headed to the mid-west, where they were farmed-out or indentured by the New York Children's Aid Society. The individuals who took or adopted these children were not investigated for their financial or emotional competence to raise a child. Although they made certain promises to the society, no effort was made to follow-up on the children's welfare. These children were out-of-sight and thus out-of-mind. Many children found themselves in the worst circumstances, facing abuse, neglect, and incredible exploitation. The juxtaposition of Molly Ayer, a modern teenager trapped in the foster care system, with Vivian Daly, an elderly woman who rode the orphan train and suffered some of its worst abuses, keeps the reader turning the page long into the night.


    What does Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrators Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren bring the two main characters to life. A particularly nice job is done differentiating between older Vivian and young Dorothy (Vivian). They also do an excellent job with the male voices. Sometimes the narrators read a little too fast but that aside, they did a wonderful job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The loss Vivian experienced throughout her life staggers the imagination, and the way Vivian handles her loss runs the gambit. It would be giving too much away to reveal the moment I cried out, "Oh my God" but suffice it to say, there are more than one of those moments in the story. Fear not! Both Vivian and Molly are triumphant in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in history and in current events--the recent surge of illegal and undocumented children over the Mexican border comes to mind--will appreciate this wonderfully written book. It reminds us that everyone has a story and some of our friends and neighbors have had life experience that would have reduced the rest of us to a quivering mass of gelatin. The story restores and reinforces belief in the indomitable human spirit.

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    Judy 08-08-15
    Judy 08-08-15 Member Since 2011

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    "pretty amateur novel...."

    simplistic and overly contrived... the narrator did a great job. And it certainly wasn't horrible... easy listen.

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    Shellbe 08-05-15
    Shellbe 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Would highly recommend. Loved how the story is told from 2 perspectives and 2 time
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    MR Stapp 08-04-15
    MR Stapp 08-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have loved history in school if there had been more novels like this one. I felt like I was a part of the story.


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    Robyn Houle 08-04-15
    Robyn Houle 08-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My new favorite book"

    By far, one of the best story lines and performances I've ever read/heard. I never even knew orphan trains existed before I read this book. I cannot recommend this book enough. Incredible read!

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    Deidre S. Lindsey Indianapolis, IN United States 08-02-15
    Deidre S. Lindsey Indianapolis, IN United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful, moving story"

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. The characters were so vivid and alive. Quick read and good for a book club.

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    Leo 08-01-15
    Leo 08-01-15
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    "A Pleasure"

    Loved this book. The characters are complex and well fleshed out. It's one that you hate to come to an end

    The narration was excellent.

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    Doris Piccinin 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"
    Where does Orphan Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the 2nd best audiobook I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphan Train?

    When the main character finally finds love and you feel like after all her hardships she has endured that she will be finally be happy, yet even that is stripped from her.


    What does Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The changes in voice tones from child to teen to adult make the story very real.


    If you could rename Orphan Train, what would you call it?

    A coming of age.


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    Sooner2010 07-29-15
    Sooner2010 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid story. Great narrator."

    Solid story.
    Narrator did amazing job with voices, distinct and not annoying. Will look for others read by her.

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  • Amelia
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    "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.

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  • Linda
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    "Surprisingly gripping!"

    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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