May 292018

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Narrated by Renée Raudman

Age Range: 9 and up
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Unabridged Classics in Audio
Audio CD
Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (December 21, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400101891
ISBN-13: 978-1400101894

Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis lead an ordinary suburban life with Mother and Father and trips to the zoo and the pantomime. But when Father is mysteriously taken away one night, everything changes. The children must move to the country, to a little white cottage near the railway line, where eventually they find that there are plenty of adventures to be had and friends to be made—including Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. But the mystery remains—what has happened to Father, and will he come back? The story of Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis and their life in the country has never been out of print since it was first published in 1906. Charming, sentimental, and unforgettable, the novel retains all its enchantment and enduring appeal.

This book is adorable! I liked how kind the three children were and how they treated everyone and each other. They were used to living a wealthy life and were suddenly thrown into a whole new world. A world of poverty, which they handled very well.

I enjoyed all the characters they met and reading about all the things they did. They were heroes a few times and very humble about it.

I liked how the story ended and wish there was a sequel. This is a perfect story for children and grown ups. I can’t imagine anyone not loving it.

I thing the narrator did a great job.

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  18 Responses to “Audio CD Review:
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit”

  1. This sounds like a wonderful story. It would be extra special on audio, I think. Terrific review! 🙂

  2. This sounds like an idyllic read. I do hope it ends well.

  3. You make this sound very appealing — I’ve been meaning to read “The Railway Children” for years. I think parts of it were read aloud by a teacher when I was in elementary school, but I’m not sure.

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  4. Sounds like a nice book! I haven’t been doing very much reading lately. Lots of listening to them on Audible. And I have been horrible at blog visiting. I hope to remedy that. I need to add blog hopping into my bullet journal! Hope you are doing well.

  5. I didn’t discover this series until I was an adult and I still haven’t read it. It sounds like the kind of children’s classic that I’d really enjoy. I’ll have to look for the audio of this.

  6. Sounds like a good one.

  7. Very nice review! Thank’s for sharing.

  8. This sounds so similar to the Boxcar Children series! I wonder if it inspired that series of books, since it looks like the original publication predates them.

  9. My daughter loves trains. Me too. I’m sure she’d like it.

    • My youngest granddaughter loved trains when she was little. We bought annual passes to Busch Gardens and took her a few times a week just so she could ride the train all day.

      I took a train from North Caroline to Florida once and loved it. The rocking motion made me sleepy but I stayed awake so I could look out the window.

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