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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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    Amy 08-09-16
    Amy 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story, fantastic narration."

    Beautiful story. The narration was the best I've heard on audible thus far. Very enjoyable.

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    Carmel 08-09-16
    Carmel 08-09-16

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    "Very touching story"

    One of the best stories yet that I've listened to. Told in such detail it was easy to picture and feel the characters lives throughout the story.

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    L. Mullaney Chicago, IL 08-08-16
    L. Mullaney Chicago, IL 08-08-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful story from US history"

    Loved this story and had no idea about the orphan trains originally.
    Great perspectives of foster children as well

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    Peggy Wright 08-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read"

    This was a fascinating story. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, separated in age by so many years. This story inspired me to research the true stories of the orphan trains.

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    cumminspub 08-04-16
    cumminspub 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart Warming Book"

    Great book with a heart warming and feel good ending.
    Great reminder that life happens for a reason.

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    GB 08-02-16
    GB 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    What disappointed you about Orphan Train?

    I was disappointed that the author created an unappealing character (Dina) and then described her as someone who listens to conservative radio. The author has a bias
    against people who may have opinions other than hers. There was no need to bring
    politics into the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It will be literary fiction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was not consistent in her use of an Irish accent.


    What character would you cut from Orphan Train?

    I would not elminate any characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Molly was such an obnoxious teenager that it was difficult to be
    sympathetic to her.

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    Margaret M. Bacon 08-01-16
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    "Good story but needlessly sketchy scenes"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes but there were three very graphic sex-related scenes that could have been more modest in description without losing the good story-line and lessons. I also thought there were some unfair over-generalizations with regard to describing characters. I thought there was a bit of a theme of making morally conservative characters out to be very mean, judgmental, and unkind.


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

    I loved the history and how the author wove the personal life experiences of the young character and the elderly character together.


    What about Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    Fine job.


    Could you see Orphan Train being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh man I think Maggie Smith would be good as Niamh. And maybe Elle Fanning for the younger character?


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    Meghan Hagerty 07-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "fantastic!"

    i loved this. i sat in the car an extra 20 minutes in the driveway just so i could finish it. my only problem is that i felt it ended too soon... i want to know what happens to Molly in the future.

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    Mrs. Nash 07-30-16
    Mrs. Nash 07-30-16

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    "Magnificent, Wonderful, Delightful, Heart-warming."

    The story brings to light a little known piece of 20th century history. It is very well written, with dissimilar characters that mesh well and tell an entertaining, believable story that spans several generations. The main players appear to be vastly different, but in the end, are the same. This is one of the best books I have ever read. As human nature goes, I suppose there really is nothing new under the sun.

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    Beth Wise 07-28-16
    Beth Wise 07-28-16
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    "Gripping"

    This story is one of joy, laughter, heartache, and perseverance. The parallel stories of Vivian and Molly gripped my heart. The narrators are fantastic, especially when she portrays the 91 year old Vivian. More than once I found myself wishing I could meet Vivian. I highly recommend this book.

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