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)
A good book that leaves you with a smile on your face. Really, really enjoyed this book. And to think I almost didn't get due to complaints in other reviews regarding the narration. I thought it was great!
One of the more enjoyable books I have been fortunate to enjoy and I highly suggest others invest the time to enjoy the book as well.
I disliked the use of the word fuck and never want to hear it again and so it would stopme from listening to more books from this author but everything else was absolutely excellent so I wish she would write some clean text
This book, if judged by it's cover, appears that it could be an incredibly sad story and for a short while I was convinced of it. But, at the end of this book I was left uplifted, almost refreshed and reminded that even in a lifetime of bad always comes some good. Lovely book.
Viv. Hands down.
This is not Little House on the Prairie, but it is a well told story based on real history. It also reflects the woeful state of the current foster care system, Kline does a great job weaving the stories of the two main characters together, and the narration is well done!
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