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The Christmas Train | [David Baldacci]

The Christmas Train

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.
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Publisher's Summary

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, David Baldacci's The Christmas Train is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief...and a story that shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

©2002 Columbus Rose, LTD.; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Lori 01-31-09
    Lori 01-31-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Couldn't finish this one"

    OK, so I bought this on sale for some light seasonal reading while I was doing Christmas prep last year. I have never read anything by this author and after this one, I may never again.

    After reading the synopsis I was not expecting or requiring great literature, but found this so trite and predictable and the characters, while not unlikeable, just too lightweight to hold my interest.

    The premise was nice - a writer taking a train cross country at Christmas and all of the "fascinating people he encounters." My reading has gotten me used to more substantial stuff and I couldn't even finish this one. I truly tried, mainly because I bought it and if I bought a book, the frugal side of me says I must finish it. There are just too many good books out there to be wasting time on fluff like this.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 01-15-13
    Sarah 01-15-13
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    "Fun for the Whole Family - Not Just for Christmas"

    Although this story takes place over Christmas, it is not just a Christmas story. I started listening to this book when it was on satellite radio and found myself missing bits and pieces. I decided to purchase it, and I'm glad I did. It has a good storyline (very different from Baldacci's normal storytelling, in my opinion). I also really enjoyed the narration. Tim Matheson made the characters come to life with his different accents.

    My six year old son even got into the story. I was a little hesitant listening to it in the car with him since it can be difficult to determine age appropriateness from reviews and summaries. However, it is one of those stories that the whole family can listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LEWISTON, UT, United States 01-18-12
    Lisa LEWISTON, UT, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A fun train ride for me!"
    Where does The Christmas Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was good enough if you didn't have high expectations. I needed a fun Christmas story to listen to in December. It worked for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Christmas Train?

    I really liked the sounds and descriptions of the train. It made me feel like riding a train somewhere myself some day.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend it if anyone is looking for a light-hearted, but somewhat mysterious Christmas story for the holidays.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene Sacramento, CA, United States 01-16-12
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    "Good combination of romance and mystery"
    Would you recommend The Christmas Train to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, when I first started to listen to the story it was a little slow to start but I was intrigued by the different characters that we met on the train. The more that I listened I started to connect with Tom and all that he experienced on the train! I loved the ending...it completely surprised me!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Livingston, TX, United States 01-16-12
    Susan Livingston, TX, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story for the holidays"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a good story; funny, sarcastic, and overall a good listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agnus Joe: she is funny yet a twist at the end makes you love her even more.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Matheson – was your favorite?

    Agnus Joe: he characterized her voice very well.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christina Harbeson, DE, United States 01-16-12
    christina Harbeson, DE, United States 01-16-12
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    "loved it"
    If you could sum up The Christmas Train in three words, what would they be?

    I listened twice!


    What did you like best about this story?

    love comes to true loves eventually, no matter how much time goes by


    What does Tim Matheson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great with all the voices!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, cried & hung on to my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    loved the additional sounds, music, train, ect....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James North Chesterfield, VA, United States 12-26-11
    James North Chesterfield, VA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Train Lover's Delight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great mystery, love story, and train lover's dream.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Christmas Train?

    Too many to detail. Memorable moments throughout.


    Which character ??? as performed by Tim Matheson ??? was your favorite?

    Roxann


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You would lose too much of the story to make a film.


    Any additional comments?

    My wife is a reader, but I got her to listen to the audio book. I keep it to listen to when I want light hearted great listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet PLANO, TX, United States 12-05-11
    Janet PLANO, TX, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2006

    A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.

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    "The Right Balance"
    Any additional comments?

    This story is the perfect Christmas read with just the right balance of holiday magic and interesting story. I listen to this every year and follow it up with Baldacci's Skipping Christmas. You can't ask for better writing or better performances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LivinInBend 09-08-11
    LivinInBend 09-08-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "One of my favorites"

    A fun, easy book to listen to. When I want to relax, I will put it on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Brooks, KY, USA 01-03-06
    Barb Brooks, KY, USA 01-03-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Adventure on a Train!"

    Once again this author has demonstrated why his books continue to be on the best seller lists. This is an easy listen, full of adventure, romance and comedy. It would make a great first listen gift for anyone-young or old and might get them hooked on Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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