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)
This book was absolutely amazing. I could not believe the conditions for these orphans. This story is extremely well written with two different stories of two different orphans in two different time periods. There are 2 narrators and you feel as if you are listening to a play. You must read this book.
Simple story of orphan trains bringing children from the East Coast to the Midwest to be adopted or taken in as laborers in the early 1900s. Worst narration ever ... Very annoying voice, similar to Alvin and the chipmunks.
sad, sad, and sad.
I have to give this novel props because it is based on a part of american history that is not widely known or discussed. I feel like the history was an important part of this, but the author really could have taken us deeper in with these characters and the plot line could have been a lot more than it was. This is a good book, and I do recommend reading it, I wanted more, more info, more emotion, more connection with the fictional characters though.
Au some story makes me want to learn more about the orphan train and its survivors
I read this book because it was on the top of many lists for 2015. But I did not really enjoy it at all. It has some interesting points in between but overall it was a bit dull and was very anti-climatic.
This book was magical. I'm not sure I can express how much I loved it, and certainly not in a way worthy of Kline's superb style. A beautiful, intricate, heartbreaking and uplifting twining of stories. Kline is the kind of writer I wish I was.
"Wonderful heartfelt story really makes you feel the history and have hope for the future at the same time"
I loved this story, and can't say enough positive about the storyline....however I will caution you that this book has a significant amount of profanity including numerous words beginning with F. Not for the gentle reader.
This book is at the top of my winner list!
I read it six months ago and still think about it.
The relevance between children of the past and children today. The historical journey this story takes you on and how it relates to today's youth is amazing.
It was my treat at the end of the workday.
Sorry, it didn't feel genuine for me. The narration was forced and grating with the Irish accent. It's odd that there is a preface that is lovely done in someone else's voice. My other issue is the credibility of the characters. Be sure to listen carefully to the sample reading before purchasing.
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