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  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,289

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

‘Where should we begin?’

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I have listened to so many audiobooks-many very engaging and worthwhile-some less so! But I cannot not write a review for this one! For anyone interested in historical American fiction this is a must. The narration, expertly done by Jessica Almasy, is so well done, I felt I could see the characters as they spoke, right down to Niamh’s transition to the Americanized Vivian. The story is beyond a mere 5-star rating and leaves the listener with an ache for more. I could not have asked or expected more of a a book worth investing my own time in listening to.

  • Surrender the Sun

  • By: A R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she's barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she's completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Apocalyptic cold snap? Yes please!

  • By Chris on 11-15-16

Surrender does not equal suicide

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Although accepting the inevitable 'Maunder Minimum,' the main characters of Surrender the Sun refuse to accept mankind's imminent demise as inevitable. Though dealing with the depravity many survivors exhibited and excused as survival of the most ruthless, Bishop and Mave fought to survive yet maintain their humanity and compassion for other, often weaker, survivors. Unfortunately, many times this presented an ethical dilemma of life-and-death proportions.

Although much of this book held true and typical of doomsday fiction, I was especially intrigued by its empathetic, but not overly sympathetic treatment of main and secondary characters suffering from PTSD due to wartime or from surviving the apocalypse or its more sinister human elements.
Without being overly detailed about preparation or tedious in describing survival tactics, this book concentrates on the human elements-good and evil-and in doing so gave encouragement that moral and physical survival is possible even when surrender to that that cannot be avoided is inevitable.

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