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Orphan Train Audiobook

Orphan Train: A Novel

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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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    Pat 04-11-13
    Pat 04-11-13

    I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.

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    "I didn't want it to end!"
    If you could sum up Orphan Train in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderfully touching story.


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

    There were many, so it's hard to choose. I think when Vivian gets a computer at 91 and we watch in as she sits in wonder as a whole new world of communication opens up to her...such a simple thing that we take for granted, but her intimidation becomes determination and her excitement is beautifully portrayed.


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

    They brought both women to life with real personalities, especially the "bite" to Molly's personality.


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

    If I had the time to commit, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a "don't miss" book! Incredibly touching. You sit in wonder at these two strong women who have endured so much, so much loss. I wanted the story to continue!

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Donnise columbia, tn, United States 06-20-13
    Donnise columbia, tn, United States 06-20-13

    I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!

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    "A Wonderful Story"
    Would you listen to Orphan Train again? Why?

    I have never had a desire to hear a book a second time.


    What other book might you compare Orphan Train to and why?

    The Chaperone was similar.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ?

    I could not stand when she narrated the voice of Molly.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    N. Hoefer Redwood City, CA 06-24-14
    N. Hoefer Redwood City, CA 06-24-14 Member Since 2014

    home mama

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    "Great story. Somewhat annoying voice of reader."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. It's a very compelling story which covers a large portion of early-mid Century American and some world history while telling an amazing story about kids who have been caught up in "the system".


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

    When Vivienne meets up with her long lost friend from the train after 10 years.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really. I felt that the way it was read was different than how it was intended by the author. I felt the reader was TOO dramatic in some places and that her voice was somewhat grating. Were it not for the great story, I wouldn't have wanted to listen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    miss Manly, Australia 04-17-13
    miss Manly, Australia 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A gentle story of an orphaned girl in the 1920s, sad but uplifting in conclusion. Would recommend.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-14-13
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "Excellent!"

    I hope you listen to this book. The main characters have lives that are sort of similar in experiences, but from different eras. However, the author does not hit you in the face with it, but rather lets it float into your consciousness through the narrative. I mention main characters, but one seems to stand out more. Both are females with disconnected pasts, but the narrative of the older creates growth in the younger, while that growth helps the older character find more connection. I really would have liked more background on the younger woman, but I think Ms Kline wanted to focus on historic events rather than contemporary ones. I usually tolerate interruptions in my listening experiences, but I got downright cranky during this book. It's definitely going on my over and over list!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Petrea 08-02-13
    Petrea 08-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible Narration"

    This book is told in the voices of young females. The narrator sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk. I had to quit listening, and when the voice leaves my head, I will try to read it. Right now it seems a little thin.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 04-10-13
    Michele 04-10-13
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    "Phenomenal Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Orphan Train the most enjoyable?

    The interplay between Molly's story and Vivienne's was extraordinary! The unfolding of Vivienne's history was perfect - how could a young child survive such overwhelming circumstances - and yet she did and lived to tell about them. The narrators were wonderful. I loved this book and will recommend to everyone! Beautifully written and compelling. My heart goes out to all the children who rode that orphan train!


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    Rappers Mom 04-11-13
    Rappers Mom 04-11-13

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    "So much impact at so many levels!"

    As a work of historical fiction, a piece of genealogical interest, a story of redemption, an interesting narrative of the value of intergenerational communications, this is a great piece on many levels. It is also extremely well written. The narrators were amazing and added so much to the enjoyment. My only regret is that there was so much profanity in the modern-day section. I suppose it was a purposeful effort to draw a distinction between the generations, but for me it was jarring and unnecessary, particularly with the level of writing in this book. I only wish I could find an edited version to share!

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-15-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "The Chaperone meets The Language of Flowers"

    Having recently listened to The Chaperone, the topic of the Orphan train intrigued me and I was eager to read more about it. This book contrasts the experience of a modern day "orphan" navigating the foster care system with the experience of a woman who experienced the Orphan Train as a child and how it affected her life. I enjoyed the way the book bounced between each time period drawing parallels between the common problems experienced by the orphaned children. The sadness of being unloved, the personality traits that are developed when you learn to mistrust, the attitudes of society. It also reminded me of The Language of Flowers. If you enjoyed either of these books I think that this would be a great choice. The only downside was the narrator, her narration was great except when she read with an Irish accent which was terrible. However, it didnt detract enough from the story to make it a difficult listening experience

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Magdalena Wyko St. Petersburg, Florida 11-24-14
    Magdalena Wyko St. Petersburg, Florida 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book... so good!!"
    Where does Orphan Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Such an amazing, real, sad, happy, loving, and well written book. The story was so great, it opened my eyes to adoption and I wanted to save the main character! The narrator was fantastic as well!


    Any additional comments?

    Could not stop listening... great story. Real and yet, warm and sweet. The narrator took you right to the place and time so it felt so natural!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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