New York Orphan

Tales of Flynn and Reilly, Book 1
Narrated by: Lee Brophy
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From fleeing the Irish Potato Famine to losing his parents on the ship to New York, seven-year-old Daniel Flynn knows about adversity. As Daniel sings the songs of home to earn pennies for food, pickpocket Thomas Reilly becomes his ally and friend until he, too, is cast out onto the street. A destitute refugee in a foreign land, Daniel, together with Thomas and his sister, Molly, are swept up by the Orphan Train Movement to find better lives with families across America. 

For Daniel, will the dream prove elusive? How strong are bonds of loyalty when everything is at stake? 

Based on real history, the strength of the characters in New York Orphan will move you with their desperate plight to survive. 

©2017 Rosemary J. Kind (P)2019 Rosemary J. Kind

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Great Story

I had a hard time putting this audiobook on pause.
The story was intriguing although sad in parts.
I sometimes have a hard time with a split plot line in audiobooks but not this one. It was very clear who was in the scene, who was talking, where the scene was etc. I liked that it started as one story line, split, and comes back together in the end. It is well done.
I am very intrigued as to what the next book will be.
Lee Brophy has such a beautiful, calm, soothing voice. At times I had to pause because his voice could put me to sleep (in the best way) just by relaxation. He did a great job of being a little more monotone in the sadder bits and brought more inflection in the happy bits. His voices were clear and distinct. Very easy to follow just by voice. I hope he continues to narrate the series.
I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Great Match of Narrator!

I’ve been interested in reading about the orphan trains since I first heard about them, but I have not had the chance until now. I could not put this one down. The story is really about three children that were separated by the orphan train and how they then developed each of their separate lives.

In the beginning I was unsure of the narration. I thought the narrator was monotone, but I loved the accent. He really puts you into Irish New York. As the story continued, I realized that the narrator is AMAZING! He’s not monotone at all; it’s just another element that allowed a reader to see dull, grey, dirty, New York, when the children were struggling. The longer I listened the more I was amazed at the perfect match of story and narration. Also, the narrator has a great ability to switch accents on a dime.

I listened to this in just about three days and I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know how everything turned out and I was not disappointed. I would certainly read this again and I recommend it if it is a topic or timeframe that interests you.

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Good!

I'm required by law to state that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Similar in some ways to Orphan Train, but I liked how their 3 separate storylines tied themselves up at the end. Highly recommend!

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Wonderfully heartwarming tale!

This is an awesome book about a journey of a small boy from Ireland. He has many pitfalls and horrible things happen to him, but in the end, he prevails and his dreams come true! This tale has such a happy ending, you may find yourself rejoicing and grateful by the end of it. The narrator was quite good and was able to make the characters distinguishable by voice, making this book that much better. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a history buff or is just in need of a "feel good" story.
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Heartbreaking portrayal of immigrant NY orphans

WHAT I LIKED MOST:
*Detailed character development and the complexity of how each person evolved throughout the story.
*Narration was excellent, taking the story to the next level, and giving the characters depth and life.
*Portrayal of the sad back story and heartbreaking plight of immigrant orphans trying to survive on the streets of NY.
*Depiction of the three very different life-changing situations the Irish orphans found themselves in and how they dealt with those circumstances.
*How the story ending was resolved.
*Learning about the good, bad, and misguided aspects of the Orphan Trains Movement, a supervised welfare program that transported homeless children from crowded eastern US cities to foster homes that were typically located in rural areas. From 1854 to 1929 an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement. When the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City.


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DISCLAIMER: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Orphan Train Historical Fiction


New York Orphan
: Rosemary J. Kind


This is a historical fiction, that follows three New York orphan children. They end up on orphan trains. Each one is dropped into different situations. Some are luckier than others. The story is well told. I found it difficult to stop listening. I found myself needing to know what was going to happen! This is book 1. I'm looking forward to a second book.




The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Lee Brophy gave each character their own personality with voice.



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Luck of The Irish

This book really hits home, as it shares what like was like during the Civil War, where people were coming to United States looking for more to life than what their homeland had to offer. During this story, brother and sister Thomas and Molly Reilly meet Daniel Flynn, who is an orphan on the streets of New York. Thomas and Daniel end up becoming blood brothers and as a means of survival, Daniel would sing for the crowds of people. While "singing for his supper", Thomas would go around and pick pocket the crowd. Once Thomas and Molly's mother passes, all 3 children are kicked out of their shack and left on the streets, where they are later place on orphan trains. Each child is separated and some had it easier than others, however by the end of the book, they are able to meet back up and realize how much each means to the other.

The narration was fabulous and I could not have asked for a better narrator. Brophy, made you feel like you were part of the movement with his Irish accent and he brought the book to life


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Great peek into this historical time frame.

This audiobook sure brings out the plight of the Irish people. That it happened to kids so young just adds to the tragedy of that time. I highly recommend this audiobook to all. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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These kids have it rough

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.
This story brings us the plights of four children. Daniel looses his parents on the ship from Ireland and gets taken in by a family once in New York. Things aren’t easy and the kids end up in another desperate situation. Eventually, they are put on the Orphan Train and each has a very different experience. We don’t get much background into the train itself, but the children’s circumstances are believable and true to historical accounts. There may have been good intentions behind the relocation of the orphans, but the follow through was often lacking in compassion.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Lee Brophy ) and I would listen to another. He did well narrating the story. His style brings out the feeling of how Daniel resigns himself to his various situations.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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New York Orphan

This was a wonderful story of family being torn apart,new family formed and the search for closure. So many children went on the orphan trains and this book tells only three of their stories,though fictional they are powerful. The songs of Daniel were so joyful and heartwrenching. Lee Brophy was a wonderful narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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This one of my favourite audible book this year.

My Review Of New York Orphan by Rosemary J. Kind

New York Orphan is one of my favourite audible books of this year. The narrator was nice to listen to. I thought Daniel Flynn, Thomas Reilly, and Molly were interesting characters with emotional stories in this audible book. Daniel Flynn has such a poetic and beautiful voice and the author does a great job at helping the listener to imagine him, lonely, lost and with the voice of an angel. I felt for him deep in my heart as his journey was full of heartbreaks, pain and a little hope from those who touched his life. This book should be read with a warm drink and some tissues to dry your eyes.

The story itself follows Daniel Flynn after he loses his parents and become a street boy with only his voice and singing with him. He’s left in a world he’s never experienced before and despite meeting Thomas who tries to guide him the best he can, he’s left in the open for the horrors in people to change his life forever. Will Daniel find someone kind enough to take care of him? Or will he be used and left in the cold for the rest of his life? Read this very moving book to find out.

I thought the author did a great job of helping the reader picture each character and their struggles. I really did feel listening to this audible book that I was right there with Daniel Flynn and his new friend. I could feel their distress and moments of little joys while listening.

I also loved Molly’s character as you could tell she cared for the ones she loves. Within her own tragedy, she brought someone else joy in their lives, and I think that was a beautiful sentiment that there are some good people in the world.

I loved the end of this book it will bring you to tears and make you smile at the same time. This moving audible book is about characters in search of a better life, about characters full of strength, charm and the will to survive hoping to find the life their families dream about. Don’t miss on this one!

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