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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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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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Bravo!

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

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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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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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I loved this story. It was wonderful!

I was engaged throughout the entire story. I really enjoyed it. I recommend this book to anyone.

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best narrator performance I've heard yet!

tremendous narration performance across characters and accents; and a touching, we'll written story. I highly recommend!

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Beautiful story and beautiful performance

This was a recommendation from a friend and i cam honestly say one of the best I've gotten. The story is hopeful and heartfelt. The narration is dynamic and engaging. I can't praise this story highly enough. A new favorite

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Wow, what a story!

If you could sum up Orphan Train in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, compelling, and hopeful.

What did you like best about this story?

It seemed like it was really someone's story.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but they each did an amazing job!

Any additional comments?

A great listen!

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Predictable and Rambling Yet Entertaining

This might make a decent beach book. I managed to remain entertained as the book provides a little diversion from work and is an alternative to TV. But don't expect anything too deep. For the most part, it's all predictable and nothing happens that will shock you into being absobed in what might come next.

The big resolution is completely expected so I wasn't on the edge of my seat at any point.

To the author's credit, she can tell a story and keep it on track. Her characters are 2 dimensional but that's better that over the top sensational characters. I prefer a new writer play a consevative and safe game early and get better after the dreaded second novel. Kline has a future and I hope she developes into an author with more depth.

Recommended? Sure, why not? It's not bad. Read it for entertainment and a glimpse into history.

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Good thing I listened to this book on Audible because I would not have been able to see through the tears to read the book.

What an emotional journey. I'm sure Molly will be okay but I need more closure.