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The Christmas Train Audiobook
The Christmas Train
Written by: 
David Baldacci
Narrated by: 
Tim Matheson
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The Christmas Train Audiobook

The Christmas Train

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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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    Teri Kemah, TX, United States 01-16-13
    Teri Kemah, TX, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Christmas story!"

    Found myself looking up train trips when I finished this book. Was an awesome book to read during the Holidays!

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    Mary 01-16-13
    Mary 01-16-13
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    "What a ride!"
    What did you love best about The Christmas Train?

    I was hooked from the start of the trip. I could not believe how the story went from a romance to a suspense tale and managed to have surprise twists until the end.


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

    I cannot tell about a suspense moment without ruining the moment, and I cannot tell about a romance moment without revealing a surprise. So you will have to listen yourself.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Matheson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Tim Matheson narration that I have heard. He was great.


    If you could take any character from The Christmas Train out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to take tom to dinner and learn more about his adventures..


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    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 01-08-13
    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very light, very readable, good one for a vacation"
    What did you like best about The Christmas Train? What did you like least?

    Fast paced and light, great reading if you don't want to put too much effort into it. The plot was a little thin in places with a few inexplicable turns of event.


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

    The characters were colourful and fun.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not - not enough to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Matheson's "female voice" was very odd, sounded like a drag queen at times - would have been better off not trying I think.

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    Robert Sandpoint, ID, United States 01-07-13
    Robert Sandpoint, ID, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I want to take a Nostalgic train trip now."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pure, simple entertainment, could stand a few twists


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    Too transparent.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Relived some wonderful train trip memories.


    Was The Christmas Train worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    You will look up the Amtrak schedule after you read this book.

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    Ed Kingsley, MI, USA 01-07-13
    Ed Kingsley, MI, USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Trains..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Christmas Train the most enjoyable?

    After reading this, I really want to do a cross country train ride!


    What other book might you compare The Christmas Train to and why?

    I cannot think of a book like it... it was great!


    What about Tim Matheson’s performance did you like?

    He had a way of sucking you in to the story & you felt like you were there... not just listening/reading a book.


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

    Aw... Trains


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    Donna 12-19-12
    Donna 12-19-12
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    "Enjoyable quick story. Had me laughing out loud."
    Any additional comments?

    Very different from other David Baldacci books. A very good quick read/listen. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 12-13-12
    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2005

    With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.

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    "Don't waste your time"

    If I were David Baldacci I would be mortified. Obviously he isn't because this has been published. perhaps the reader takes it down several stars???

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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 12-13-12
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2011

    audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world

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    "The Christmas train leaves the tracks"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Tim Matheson?

    Yes


    Would you recommend The Christmas Train to your friends? Why or why not?

    I this I would, even tho the story ends up going weak and there should have been more of a focus on Christmas and more christmas on the train would have made this so much better.


    What about Tim Matheson’s performance did you like?

    I loved Tim, he did a great job and hope to listen to more from him


    Do you think The Christmas Train needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I wish he would redo it and make it more on Christmas and and more on the train then I think it would be so much more kick ass.


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    Charlene Modica 01-16-12 Listener Since 2010
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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!!


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    Mark Decatur, IL, United States 01-09-12
    Mark Decatur, IL, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Just what I wanted at Christmas"

    I love David Baldacci and would not dare to compare this to his other work. I wanted a short, light book for listening during holiday travel, and this perfectly fit the bill. Narrator Tim Matheson adequately brought the characters to life in a somewhat predictable, but enjoyable story. I recommend The Christmas Train for the very reasons and timing for which I read it, but not much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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