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Orphan Train Audiobook

Orphan Train: A Novel

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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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    Theresa 09-18-17
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    "One of the Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is one of the best books I've ever listened to. I was so sad when it was over!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian at all ages


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

    Vivian. Her story was amazing


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did an excellent job of grabbing my interest from the very beginning!

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    naomi carpenter 09-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it."

    A sweet story of two souls from different times finding they have much in common that they haven't been able to share with others. A journey of healing.

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    eunig 09-17-17
    eunig 09-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truth in fiction"

    I loved this book so much. I am mother of 7 children, 2 of which we adopted thru the foster to adopt program in out state. Molly's story rang true with every sentence and Vivian's story was moving beyond words. I cried and cried and shouted out protests throughout this unbelievably moving book.

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    Connie Hatley 09-15-17
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    "outstanding book!"

    love this book! The characters just came to life in the writing and in the reading, you couldn't help but find great love for Vivian. The history involved was finely drawn. Wonderful book!

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    M.Lee Fox 09-11-17
    M.Lee Fox 09-11-17
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    "Excellent novel and narrators!"

    This book was a struggle to stop listening to. a woman who was the main narrator spoke in accents so well that it was easy to understand who was speaking at all times. the story was extremely compelling and tugged at my heartstrings to the extent that I was crying and sobbing with the character during certain events. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys slices of Life, fiction, history, or happy endings

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    Amazon Customer 09-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Absolutely loved The Orphan Train and the Audible production. It is one that leaves you wanting to hear more.

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    Gary LLL Williams Weatherford, TX 09-06-17
    Gary LLL Williams Weatherford, TX 09-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great read and a heartfelt story"

    I enjoyed this story of a 91 year old woman telling her life story, which included orphanhood and a train trip with a group of orphans to be handed out to people in the heartland looking for children. The characters were vivid, and the story was moving without ever being maudlin. My only critique would be the narrator...she talked very fast and I found her voice a bit annoying initially. I got used to it after a couple of chapters, however. I would definitely recommend this audio book.

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    Jessica Kos 09-06-17
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    "Bravo!"

    Loved it all! Recommended with my whole heart. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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    DarkIrish Depew, NY United States 09-05-17
    DarkIrish Depew, NY United States 09-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable Read"

    Interesting, well-written with parallel story lines. Excellent performance. This would be a great book club read.

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    making my great escape 08-31-17 Member Since 2012
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    "That was AMAZING!!!"

    Know I know why colleges have orphan train on their required early reading lists for 101 literature. It is such a fantastic book well researched on life of immigrants in New York and Minnesota , and the hardships that they faced. What is more impressive is how well the author understands the emotions in fear of connecting to others that children as for fans or in foster care even to this day face. I just couldn't put this book down and had to devour it in two days. ❤️ I have read other books written by people who had been on those orphan trains, or their stories passed onto their children and this book rang true.

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  • Amelia
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    "Lovely easy read"

    I chose the book as it was on the New York bestseller list. I really enjoyed the way the story developed and especially Niamh/Vivienne's story. I did not particularly enjoy the 2011 part with Molly in it. I had no real interest in her but could see it was part of the setup of the story. It was really hard to read how orphan children were treated and how their lives were so disrupted or aided depending on who took them in. It makes you realise how lucky life is not to have had such experiences in it. I thought the narrative was very good and aided delivery of the story. I would highly recommend it.

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  • michael taylor
    11/19/16
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    "A wonderful read from start to finish"

    A rollercoaster of emotions and surprises. Would recommend to anyone as it's a great read xx

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  • ct
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    "fantastic"

    loved this from start to finish. strong story, strong characters and narrated very well.

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  • Suzy
    6/14/16
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    "Average slice of history"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The history - I want to find out more facts on the children who experienced this and inspired the story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No it was too fast and dismissive of the story being told. Not completely the fault of the narrator as the writing style is somewhat dismissive too.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to reading this but it turned out to be a lightweight, flat novel. Yes, I know it's fiction but still there was a great opportunity to share this hidden slice of social history when orphan children were placed with completely unsuitable families, albeit by authorities with the best of intentions.

    Told from two time periods the story follows the 1920/30 orphan train experiences of Niamh (Irish born immigrant to the US), alongside a modern day foster care child, Molly. Molly is clearing out the loft of Viviene in punishment for a theft and this is how the two time strands link together. I'm fine with this parallel approach but the novel jumped frequently between the two times which I found distracting.

    My biggest issue is the lack of emotion I felt, even when we hear about the terrible hardships Niamh experienced. I think the issue was the child point of view which meant there wasn't much depth to the reflection. The narrative also had a quality to it like someone is telling you a story at a party but it goes on and on without any respite.

    Added to this was the fast paced, almost breathless narration. I tried to slow it down but it didn't work well. The narration was almost dismissive of the events she was telling the reader about.

    In terms of the experiences of these children the novel has raised my interest and I would certainly seek out more on this topic. I did feel that Niamh seemed to have every disaster befall her, which may or may not be realistic. It isn't a bad novel per se, it just could've been done differently which would have increased my enjoyment.

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  • Linda
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    1/12/16
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    "Surprisingly gripping!"

    It is life story told marvellously well via flash backs that link the most unlikely fostered teenagers contemporary issues' spanning eight decades! A page turner without doubt.

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