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 thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The backdrop of the not-to-known-about orphan train service was intriguing. If you love a novel that connects past to present, this is for you. Although I can't imagine making the same decisions the main character made, the end came full-circle. I usually love mysteries in this time period, which caused me some reluctance is reading this one, but I'm glad I did. This kept me listening from page to page. No slowness. No dullness. No overly expressive and flowery narrative. She tells a great story with the perfect depth and timing needed. Good read!
The only reason I gave narrator 3 stars was bc she didn't offer distinguishable male voices for the various male characters. They all sounded the same, more or less. This is no way affected the story though.
This was a truly amazing story. If you are a foster parent adoptive parent or child this story will inspire you and give you hope for a happily ever after. From the history of the orphan trains to the modern day look at the feelings and fears of a child in the foster system I was rivited I listened straight through once I turned it on I couldn't turn it off. Read and enjoy!!
this book has been on my list to read for several months. I wish I hadn't waited so long. I am going to have trouble choosing my next book. I'm afraid it won't be as good as this one.
the narration is great. different accents come through without being phony.
overall a great story that captivates you, and leaves you wanting more
This book provides the reader with a delicate balance of heartache and joy. The characters are vividly described as well. The ties between Vivian and those in her life are threaded into the story with deftness that seems almost unintentional.
My own father was orphaned in 1916, just before his 10th birthday and sent by train with his brother to live with family. His life was also formed by closing and opening doors.
I loved the story and wished it almost would have gone on forever! I have been totally turned off from a audio book because of the reader before (so much so I stopped listening all together) but that wasn't the case at all for the Orphan Train. I loved the voice and accents of this reader. I really enjoyed it!
I appreciated learning about how orphans were treated in the 1920's and 1930's. I really wasn't aware of how our society and government were unprepared and somewhat heartless in how to care for orphaned children. Perhaps things haven't really improved much. I have gained more compassion for kids in foster care.
I didn't like all the swearing in the book. Some swearing makes sense, given the difficult life Molly had. But there was much more than necessary.
Also, the narrator's voice drove me crazy a lot of the time.
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