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.
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I read and listen to books avidly but seldom feel strongly enough about a book to write a review. This one is an exception. I love long distance trains and ride as often as possible. I have ridden the Capital Limited and Southwest Chief many times and I have "met" all the passengers in the book at one time or another. Only someone who rides long distance trains would know how realistic the descriptions and situations are. The Amtrak crews in the book are true to life. The back ground sounds in the Audible book are realistic. They must have been taped at the actual stations and on board the trains. If you have ridden the long distant trains this book should bring back some memories, if not, it may inspire you to take a trip just for the experience.
I chose this selection because I was curious about how Tim Matheson would narrate. I knew I enjoyed David Baldacci even though this story was not his usual style. And I was not dissappointed.
I have never traveled on a train like this in my adult years, but I really want to now. My sense is that in today's society, this travel mode will dissappear just like families sitting around the radio after dinner time has. And as it was not quite a Miss Marple mystery, the tale was fun.
This is a pleasant diversion, which is one very big reason why I have a membership on this site. Sometimes I want serious, sometimes I want depth. Sometimes I just want pleasant and simple. This book reminds me of how to be a good friend and activities that would help us enjoy life together.
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.
This audiobook was very enlightening. It makes me want to take and appreciate taking a trip like that, especially for that reason and others like it.
This book grabbed me at the beginning and kept my interest all the way through. It is funny and entertaining. However, the reader does not know how to pronounce the names some of the towns and areas that are on the train route in this book. I wish that producers of audiobooks would research things like this because it can distract one from the story. I still loved the book.
I enjoyed every minute of this book.....the narrator was fabulous and brought the charactors to life and that was no small feat! Put me in the "Christmas Spirit" and I needed that because I'm somewhat of a "Scrooge"
A definite departure from other Baldacci stories but definitely worth the "listening time." Tim Matheson does a good job with the wide range of characters and especially with the "tongue in cheek" humor.
We totally enjoyed this book. It was refreshing that there are mysteries out there (and not just for kids) that are simply fun. This had to be one of the most fun books I have listened to in a very long time, even my husband enjoyed it and he is not one for books but really kept his interest also. Would love to see more of this type of mystery without the killing and bad language. I would highly recommend this book to all.
One of my favorite Christmas books. I want to take that train ride sometime, meet the people and have the adventure.
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