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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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    "Humbled me more"

    This story was full of sad moments as well as happy ones. I've always wanted to adopt and this made my desires even more relevant. The part that affected me the most is how the orphans were automatically labeled misfits.

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    Rosalie E. Latham Virginia Beach, Virginia United States 06-30-15
    Rosalie E. Latham Virginia Beach, Virginia United States 06-30-15 Member Since 2006
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    "No real plotline"
    What did you like best about Orphan Train? What did you like least?

    The story was not exactly boring. Sometimes it was even interesting. But overall it was an underdeveloped plot.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The orphan train concept was new to me. That historical apect was interesting. However the story itself never really grabbed my full attention


    Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Many people seemed to like this book and the sample audio did not deter me so I decided to listen. In hindsight it was a waste of a credit. A rather short semi-boring story whose ending was abrupt.

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    Richard L. Barnhart 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderfully moving story!"

    I loved the manner in which the two life stories parallel and moved back and forth. It was also nice to have a little historical fiction included. My great grandfather was from Cork County Ireland. I have never thought about what he went through in coming to America! Maybe a little research is in order.

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    Tracy L. King Houston, TX 06-28-15
    Tracy L. King Houston, TX 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Two stories perfectly woven together"

    A narrative that begged to be told ... this story illuminates the dark places of this journey called life with heart, hope, and even a kind of happiness that is found when you least expect it.

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    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 06-27-15
    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing and Moving!!"

    Wow- a must read!! I want to hear more about these characters. So much to connect with in this story. Thank you Christina Baker Kline.

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    PaulaP 06-23-15
    PaulaP 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    The narrator was great. Loved the story.
    I would highly recommend this audio book
    I didn't know about this historical event, the orphan trains. Good learning is always a plus.

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    Ocean Pearl 06-22-15
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    "Does everything happen for a reason?"

    A footnote in history brought to light and made relevant to the present through two engaging, indomitable heroines.

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    J. Cooper Virginia 06-18-15
    J. Cooper Virginia 06-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful story and a fantastic narrator"

    I enjoyed this performance. The story was well put together and the narrator did well switching her voice slightly between characters so it was easy to understand who was the focal point of the moment. This book was a nice easy read. I am sure I will open it and recommend it again.

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    Susan 06-18-15
    Susan 06-18-15

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Orphan Train with Children You will Cheer For"

    I had read a few other stories of orphan trains, but this was a bit different. It is told as an older woman, Vivian, cleans out her attic and shares her own childhood memories as an orphan train rider with a teenager, Molly, that needs help getting through her own problems.
    Vivian is placed on the orphan train after a fire in which she believes her family has died in a fire. The train takes her to Minnesota where Vivian is placed with several different families. She has almost nothing to call her own and comes to live in homes where she is almost a slave and never has enough to eat. Vivian shows resilience, strength, and she never gives up believing she will have a better life.

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    Mary M 1 06-17-15
    Mary M 1 06-17-15 Member Since 2015

    New to audiobooks and wonder what took me so long to discover them!! Work on a PC all day so listening with my eyes closed is great!

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    "What a great listen!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that this really happened! And it wasn't all that long ago in American History


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to stop - and did lose some sleep


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