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The Christmas Train Audiobook

The Christmas Train

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Publisher's Summary

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, David Baldacci's The Christmas Train is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief...and a story that shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

©2002 Columbus Rose, LTD.; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Momtastic Wilmington, DE United States 12-14-15
    Momtastic Wilmington, DE United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun!"

    It was great little story with a little mystery and intrigue. Enjoyed the holidays more with this sweet book.

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    Mike Murphy 12-12-15
    Mike Murphy 12-12-15
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    "Are all David Baldacci's books this bad?"

    "The Christmas Train" is the first of four books I've bought to try and read myself into the Christmas spirit. It didn't go so well.

    The start of the book was so sickly sweet, I thought it might raise my blood sugar enough to push me over into type two diabetes. I persisted because it's a Christmas book and a certain amount of schmaltz was to be expected and I hoped things would get better when the book go into its stride.

    The book never got into its stride. It stumbled along from scene to scene, clumsily structured and underwritten.

    David Baldacci seemed to be trying to do some kind of homage to Mark Twain but ended up simply emphasizing the gap between Twain's storytelling ability and his own.

    I could have forgiven the cardboard characters in the supporting cast and the inept attempts at some kind of magical realism, and the over-long info-dumps and pro-Amtrack propaganda that sat in this under-cooked Christmas Pudding of a book, as indigestible as a sixpence, if only the main character, Tom Langdon had been worth caring about. Instead I got an implausible, inconsistent, cipher of a man who, it seemed to me, was a self-absorbed, immature, manipulative, prankster who didn't seem up to the task of being the romantic lead.

    The book is narrated by Tim Matheson. He did the dialogue reasonably well but the prose dragged him down with its mediocrity no matter how much seasonal cheer he tried to inject.

    The only thing that made it worth trudging through the slush of this book for seven hours were the insights into the, to my European eyes, peculiar attitude of Americans to passenger trains. I use trains for long journeys all the time. These days, the high-speed, high-tech trains are a viable competitor to planes for many business trips, yet here they were presented as a dying anachronism. Still, given how bad the rest of the book was, I'm not sure I can rely on this information.

    This was my first David Baldacci book. I assume, as the book cover declares him to be a "Number One International Bestselling Author", they can't all be this bad but my experience of "The Christmas Train" doesn't encourage me to find out.

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    Courtney 12-09-15
    Courtney 12-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I listen to this little Gem every holiday season."

    This selection is one of my favorites at Christmas, it a holiday story with twist and turns as fun and exciting as the rails the book is written about!!! Love it!

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    J. Tulsa, OK, United States 12-02-15
    J. Tulsa, OK, United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Something new"

    Great read! A side of Mr Baldacci I hadn't seen. Very fun story for Christmas time

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    Kerri 04-28-15
    Kerri 04-28-15
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    "Great book for the holidays!"

    Loved the Amtrak setting & story line. The characters are well developed & the characters' past stories are integrated nicely.

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    Susan ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-20-15
    Susan ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Awful!"

    I got this book based on reviews. I was looking for a nice book to listen to on a long drive over the holidays. It was awful! I made it through, but it was torture. The story was lame and the characters were not interesting. I wish I had quit after the first chapter.

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    Jenny 01-12-15
    Jenny 01-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story for the holidays ...very well read!"

    Loved it! Great story for the holidays or other any time ...very well read!

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    Martha Las Cruces, NM, United States 01-08-15
    Martha Las Cruces, NM, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this Christmas book. I really like it when these great authors write them. Hope for more!

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    Shutterbug267 12-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A decade between... "

    Heard this as a book on TAPE several years - it is as good now, as it was then. And it still makes me long for a trip on the rails :)

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    Dan United States 12-18-14
    Dan United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Someone's Creative Writing project"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story. Better reader.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written dialog that people in the way people actually talk. People not talking about trains every fifth paragraphs (not everyone who rides a train talks about trains for there entire journey.)


    What didn’t you like about Tim Matheson’s performance?

    Way too earnest. Annoyingly so.


    What character would you cut from The Christmas Train?

    Agnes Joe. Just because of her annoying name...oh, and because she pushes the main character down some stairs for no apparent reason.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this. It's amateurishly written and will not get you into the spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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