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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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    Great narration! Story really tugged at my heart and was so rewarding! I loved it!

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    loved it. went to a historical society program in Aztec , New Mexico a few years ago. saw a presentation on the Orphan Train.

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    R. McLeod 02-22-17
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    A must read, would give it 6 stars if I could. Well worth your time and money. The Audible narration is top notch, too.

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    Monika 02-15-17
    Monika 02-15-17 Member Since 2011

    Never too busy for a good book!

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    of two unlikely people to meet and share the story of their lives. Once you get started it is hard to stop listening, you just want to hear more. . . . great performance!

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    "I loved this book"

    This is my first book by this author. I am going to go look at her others!

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    "Unique, but lacking depth"

    This book gave an adequate narrative but I found it lacked depth in parts that could have been much more solid and could have gone deeper.

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    "Great listen, very absorbing."

    I was so into this book and then it just stopped and I was disappointed. I want to know more. What happened to Molly? How was the reunion? Was Vivian finally surrounded by family? So many questions. Maybe a sequel?

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    "wondetful book"

    this book truly touched my heart. it shows that miracles still happen even when you think life can't ever get happy again

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    G. Strong TN United States 01-27-17
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    "Beautiful story of bravery and growth"

    I LOVE the characters, the narrators' voices, the history of the orphan trains, and most especially the heartwarming premise of the teenager listening to an elderly woman's story and developing a strong bond from shared experiences. BEST . BOOK. EVER! Going to go through my jewelry box and pull out my own claddagh to wear again.

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    "Touching story, but abrupt ending"

    very touching and well written. it ended a little abruptly though. would have liked to have gotten a little more closure.

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