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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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exceptional book

Highly recommend. Enjoyed the story. Reader takes you there with warmth & strength for each character.

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An amazing story

Orphan Train was an amazing story. There were a few "F" bombs I wasn't expecting, but otherwise fantastic. I had a really hard time with the narrators. Their voices are inconsistent and extremely annoying, but if you can get past that and focus on the story you are in for a sweet ride.

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Loved it!

From the characters to the description of everything. I was enthralled and I cried at the beginning, middle, and end. So many emotions!!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

What a great, and satisfying read. These are two stories in one, as two lives are intertwined 70 years apart. Ms. Kline's writing of this story is so captivating. You will love Vivian and Molly....I promise.

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Enjoyed every minute!

I enjoyed this book immensely, every minute. the author is very descriptive in her writing. It gave me a visual sense of what was talking place.
The narrator was exceptional. She gave each character a fairly unique voice. I truly enjoyed the Irish accent of young Vivian. I was amazed that someone could be so versatile.

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I loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as the narrators. I highly recommend this book!

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Story, yes. Narrator, meh.

Great story but the narrator's voice was so nasally that it took a long while for me to warm up to it.

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Great story

A very heart warming story with the moral that all things, good and bad, lead you to where you are in life.

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loved this book

A very thought provoking book. Interesting, engaging and illuminating. It definitely leaves one wanting more.

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good narration, interesting history

I enjoyed being introduced to this chapter of history and all of the characters. I thought the narration was really good, with a variety of accents.