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A family moves to a house behind a railway after the father, a government official, is falsely accused of spying and placed in jail. The three children of the family - Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis - befriend a commuter who helps free their father. They also care for a Russian dissident searching for his family.
Renee Raudman uses a warm, bell-clear tone in her heartfelt performance of this tale of compassion.
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By Charles H. on 04-21-15
A Good Story Marred by a Bad Performance
Would you recommend The Railway Children to your friends? Why or why not?
I recently discovered the works of Edith Nesbit, and have been enjoying the Psammead trilogy on the Kindle. When I discovered "The Railway Children" on Audible, I gladly purchased it because Nesbit was a wonderful writer, and, as a driver, I have more time to listen to books than to read them. The story is quite good. I would have loved it had I discovered it as a child, and it is a very good read even in my adult years. I plan to read this book to my nieces and nephews, and have encouraged several adult friends to read it for themselves, too.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Other reviewers have mentioned Raudman's poor accents. Those are a little annoying, but I can't do other voices in foreign accents when reading aloud, either, so I don't fault her for that. The problem comes in the actual reading of the story: when Raudman is reading in her normal voice as the narrator, she does a very good job with proper cadence, stress, and inflection. When reading as a character, however, nearly every sentence ends in an upward inflection, and the sentences aren't vocalized properly using the appropriate emphases on syllables and words to express the surprise, wonder, etc. of the character speaking.
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By Judi Griffith on 03-02-15
Laughter and tears.
Where does The Railway Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is right in the top 5.
Which scene was your favorite?
Any scene with the "old gentleman". I love it when he came to the rescue of this precious family.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not at all. Best to look forward to what's going to happen next. Like other good things...I wanted it to last as long as possible.
Any additional comments?
Fabulous children's voices. Exciting, without car chases or murder.
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