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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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    "A moving story that makes you think."

    A great story of becoming someone. Orphan Train is a great story of how two people move through the terror and hardship of their young lives to become something else, and become inspirational to another. Very moving story with lots of introspective.

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    Bill Bloomington, Minnesota 03-18-16
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    "Touching, moving, very enjoyable"

    This book was well written, well performed, and I truly truly enjoyed it. I highly recommend that anyone read it

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    Blair Broughton 03-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I adored it. It will move you and change you."

    The performance and story were both fantastic. I can't explain how much I enjoyed both the modern story as well as the historical one. Loved it!

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    C. Cadwell Boulder, CO United States 03-12-16
    C. Cadwell Boulder, CO United States 03-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Cliche after cliche..."

    So poorly written I wanted desperately to give up on it, but I was in Africa with no other audiobooks on my device and no access to the internet. So... I kept listening and hoping it would get better. No luck. From the narrator's grating voice to the one-dimensional characters (evil foster mother, uncaring social worker, misunderstood goth teenager) to the abundant use of cliches, the book was a complete waste of time and money. Save your money and choose something else.

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    what a beautiful and heart wrenching story. I LOVED this book and narrator. loved it.

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    "Little Known History Woven into Improbable Story"

    Well researched story of the horrific conditions orphaned and throw away children endured in the early 20th century folded into an engaging story of the similarities in the early lives of a very young and a very old woman. Listening to the story while driving cross-country made me completely ignore all of the discomfort of an otherwise very dull experience. If all history were taught this way many more people would know much more about our world.

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    Loved the way she wrote. Recommend to all

    Was probably quite true to history of the time

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    C. Holmes Reno, NV USA 03-05-16
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    "Very intriguing story but..."

    I loved the story line, well written and very interesting. I don't understand why such bad language needs to be included? The F word multiple times in addition to others. It doesn't add to the story, only takes away and makes it difficult to listen to when my family is around.

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    Michael H. Goldner Albuquerque, NM 03-04-16
    Michael H. Goldner Albuquerque, NM 03-04-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Engaging story"

    Christina's story keeps you interested in the next step of Vivian's and Molly's lives. Two womens lives, at different times and circumstances, yet with many similarities. Narrated in a parallel way that flows with ease and maintains the momentum going.

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    Jodi M Safford 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful story! "

    I loved it!! I really had a hard time putting it down. My audible books are great for the drive to and from work!

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