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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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    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!"
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    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 2014

    Tolkien King Wilder Seuss Rowling Montgomery Bradbury London Alcott Poe Dickens Twain Faulkner Shakespeare Lee du Maurier Wells James

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    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 2013
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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.

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    Michelle 07-15-14
    Michelle 07-15-14
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    "Refreshing story"
    Where does The Christmas Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. I love the storyline. I love books that make you inwardly reflect. This one did just that!


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    Martha Healy 02-13-14

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    "Special for train lovers"

    Ok, it is a level 3 story BUT if you are an Amtrak lover it is special for you. If you know the Capitol Ltd and the SW Chief it is great. The use of the train sounds, etc was a great idea. Pretty far fetched but surprise ending--no spoilers here.

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    PAT Loveland, CO United States 12-28-13
    PAT Loveland, CO United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2016

    wishccr

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    "A Short, Fun Read"
    What did you love best about The Christmas Train?

    It was funny--a nice, light read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was pleased that things worked out as they did--but maybe too neatly! I liked that it was funny, but some of the plot devices were a bit silly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Tom meets Agnes Joe.


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

    Agnes Joe, what a hoot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 12-22-13
    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 12-22-13
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    "becoming a Christmas reading tradition"

    I love everything about this book from the sound effects to the wonderful reader and certainly the story that entertains and keeps you guessing. This is my second year of listening and it is as great an experience as the first.

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    Vicki YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, United States 12-15-13
    Vicki YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Vicki

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    "wonderful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, this book was fun to read.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Matheson – was your favorite?

    Tim did a great job!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Christmas Train and why?

    Tom, he really stepped up to the plate with Elle.


    Any additional comments?

    what a fun read. Believe in the Christmas spirit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 11-02-13
    Book Lover 11-02-13

    yayalori

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    "Very enjoyable read."
    If you could sum up The Christmas Train in three words, what would they be?

    Loved the journey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt like I was on the train. I came to know the other passengers.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Matheson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 10-24-13
    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "Im told to give this a 2nd chance"
    What would have made The Christmas Train better?

    I felt this book had a newspaper article feel. It needed less of an interview feel and more of a story feel


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Yes I will try another ....every author has a bad book hopefuly I'll find one I like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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