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 was a reluctant to read this story b/c I thought I knew all about orphans & their plight at the turn of the century. However, the storyline has some interesting twists...
This story was so addictive that I listened to all 8 hours in just two long sessions. The characters were beautifully developed and so interesting, and easy to care about. The only disappointing part of this story was that it had to end.
Though sometimes a bit predictable the author writes with and integrating flair. I really enjoyed the story. The ending seemed.a bit abrupt not sure if we should be expecting a sequel. I would be interested if there was.
The story narration was wonderfully done. The characterization was clear in the readers voice. I fully enjoyed the audible
I loved it from beginning to end. I loved the narrators Irish accent, it made me feel very present whilst listening and relaxed. I have a one hour drive to and from work and this book made me really look forward to it. This is a well written book which had me experiencing every emotional possible. The historical side to the book was fascinating.
I liked the story line and the history. The characters were interesting. I would listen to more by this author. I was so into listening that I did not expect the book to end when it did. I would have listened to hours more of the story if it was available.
Jean the Bookie
Spellbinding story. I felt immediate empathy with the heroine. I plan to follow this author. Well worth a listen.
I had never heard of the orphan train before, but after reading this I may have to look into it more....it's so amazing to me how things work out in the worst situations in life....you will be in love with both women's stories....so different because of their ages, but yet so much alike. The only thing I did not like was the readers voice in parts of it.....I got use to it or she got better as the girls grew older with her voice change....just don't give up listening because you won't be disappointed
"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.
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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