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Publisher's Summary

Is travelling on The Train a means to an end...a way to complete one's journey...or is The Train the destination itself, rolling endlessly through realms both magical and mechanical? And what of Javan, the lad from Pingaspor whose third-class ticket entitles him to a spot on a hard bench? He has given up everything he had for that cherished spot. But where, exactly, is he headed?

Javan's story is followed by the tale of nanny Eli, hired by Baroness Vasri to take care of her son and daughter as they travel on The Train in first class. But the Baroness' agenda may run contrary to that of those running The Train...and what will become of the children?

©2012 Harry Turtledove, Rachel Turtledove (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Turtledoves père and fille offer two stories set on a railroad-girt world. Harry Turtledove (Supervolcano) introduces Javan, a young man from the city of Pingaspor whose third-class ticket allows him to expand his worldview, and whose ambition allows him to make a life for himself in the narrow confines of the Train. Rachel Turtledove’s story describes the first-class travels of nanny Eli, hired by the Baroness Vasri, who becomes entangled in the world of the Directors of the Railroad and the slinkers who stow away. The world of the Train is insular even as it circles the planet, offering only fleeting glimpses into the wonders beyond, whether the ravages of war or the effects more magical regions have on the Train’s mechanism. The original setting and likable characters have a surprising number of possibilities that could easily be explored in future books." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 08-05-21

Double the horsepower One of the best narrations I have ever heard.

Forgive the bad pun but both of these are entertaining reads. I love it when two authors take a premise and come at it from different perspectives. The train is great backdrop for characters to be placed in for hours, weeks, or years. Both books’ protagonists are wonderfully developed and are easy to connect with.

Julie McKay is an outstanding narrator. Her voice is powerful and seems like one you have known your entire life. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and was shocked I couldn’t find any of the other books she narrated were ones I had heard. The power and emotion she puts into her reading draws you in in such a way that makes your connection to the story and characters a wonderful experience.