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3.00033921302578 out of 53.00033921302578 out of 53.00033921302578 out of 53.00033921302578 out of 53.00033921302578 out of 5 3.00 (5,896 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Tim Matheson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594833175
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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington, D.C., to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, 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.

David Baldacci’s The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief…and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

This audiobook includes the bonus short story “Waiting for Santa.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baldacci has ventured with success beyond the thrillers that made his reputation…The narrative is loaded with cool train lore and plenty of romance and good cheer…Baldacci’s fans will snap it up as the Yuletide treat it is.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tim Matheson reads this entertaining, though familiar, story with good humor, his broad accents adding to the color of David Baldacci’s holiday tale.”

    AudioFile

  • “Baldacci’s latest offering—a sweet holiday tale—is a departure from his last thriller, Last Man Standing…This latest Baldacci might not appeal to all of the fans who lap up his fast-paced thrillers, but the heartwarming holiday story might win him new fans who enjoy seasonal tales.”

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 12/22/2016

    " A friend of mine gave me a per copy of this book because I love train travel. I had it sitting on my shelf for a couple of years, so I bought the audio version. I ended up binge listening! It is a laid back story, which matches the laid back nature of train travel, the perfect mind cleanse after a hectic day. There are memorable characters, a bit of romance, some adventure, and a realistic look at what long distance train travel from New York to Los Angeles is like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 2/17/2014

    " A light read, a favorite to reread during my Christmas reading holiday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Carpenter | 2/9/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. It had a magical feel to me and I loved all the characters in the story. There was certainly a romantic feel to the story. I finished this book about a year and a half ago. I'm going to re-read this book. I'd love to buy it in hard back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 2/7/2014

    " A little contrived, but fun. All the principals met on a train traveling from Washington D.C. to LA to arrive before Christmas, but fate and weather have other plans. I enjoyed the train employee characters and their love for their jobs, along with the stories that they told. I only wish that our train travel from Philadelphia to Denver would have been as friendly, but then it was over the 4th of July, not Christmas so I suppose the magic is lessened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/7/2014

    " Many of these Christmas books get trite and tiring, but the great skill of Baldacci made this so entertaining, and I loved the surprise at the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne Weisz | 2/3/2014

    " not bad. very different for david baldacci. the mark twain reminiscences (word?) were not my cup of tea but the mystery and love story and stories on the train I enjoyed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 2/1/2014

    " Really enjoyed this story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 1/19/2014

    " This was a nice easy, entertaining book for the holidays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linnet | 1/3/2014

    " Tom Langdon, reporter, rides the rails from WA DC to LA. Who can imagine the adventures, even the finding of his lost love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Bukoskey | 12/12/2013

    " I learned a lot about the railroad. Some of it was fascinating. Wish there was more travel on rail these days. Who knows, maybe it will make a come back. Fun read around the holidays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 12/7/2013

    " The entire story takes about as long as reading the book. Great characters, terrific interaction. I was right there riding that train. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 11/6/2013

    " I love Christmas stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Busse | 11/1/2013

    " Excellent book. I thought I had it all figured out until the last page! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 10/22/2013

    " This is a little different than Baldacci's usual books. While there is still some mystery, the characters, especially the guy making the trip, are more develped and the reader makes more connections to them. It is a hearwarming story I think I would read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/16/2013

    " Generally a pretty basic straight-forward read, fun to read at Christmas. Not a typical Balducci. The ending was the best part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/16/2012

    " I loved the character development in this book and also the many twists and intrigues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauriesinclair13 | 5/2/2012

    " Good holiday story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 11/29/2011

    " very enjoyable book for the holidays "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~sheila~ | 11/1/2011

    " It was an easy read with a few twists thrown in to keep me on my toes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 10/3/2011

    " A; I knew I read it before but couldn't remember the full ending. The last chapter kind of snuck up on me, but it was worth a second read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Wright | 8/23/2011

    " Nice Christmas read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Strot | 7/14/2011

    " A little bit funny, a little bit mysterious, the characters a little bit out of the box all threaded with fun romance. Then add that the adventure takes place on a cross country train ride and you're ready for a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle | 6/30/2011

    " I listened to this book in the car on the way to my in-laws' for Christmas. It was okay. It took too long to get interesting that by the time it did, I was bored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda S. | 6/24/2011

    " I read this totally out of season because it was the only book I could find that was available for donwload on my nook at the library. Everything else on my "to read" list I had to put in a hold request. But I still liked it, definitely not a typical Baldacci book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/14/2011

    " If you want to read Baldacchi, but don't like thrillers, then this is the book for you. Easy to read, full of twists and turns and surprises, but everything works out in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/8/2011

    " Another one of my favorites ON CD! The sound effects and the Reader are a great enhancement to this wonderful adventure of a man on a cross country train trip! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/26/2011

    " Someone reviewed it and said the story reminds you of a Old Hollywood movie. Sort of like White Christmas if you need an example. It just doesn't have music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/22/2011

    " It was obviously a page-turner since I finished it in a few hours, ha. Definitely not what I expected at all but still good. Definitely a welcome departure from the normal legal-thriller stuff the author normally does. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 FRANCIS J | 4/14/2011

    " Wishy washy. Not up to standard of some of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britni | 3/22/2011

    " I loved his book wish you well. This one is going okay. I should be finishing it in the next day or so.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leesa | 3/5/2011

    " I always like to select a holiday themed book around to read around Christmas. This was a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CynthiaA | 2/9/2011

    " A nice light read, sentimental, appropriate for the Christmas season. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 2/3/2011

    " Did not care for the narrator. OK story. Missed chances and opportunity for a second chance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martine | 1/11/2011

    " I agree with Kelly's recommendation: predictable, somewhat cliche, with a twist at the end. Okay for a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 1/9/2011

    " Mindless read. Capitalizes on the romanticism of trains and snow and Christmastime. One of my mom's favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jerald | 1/8/2011

    " Did not like the story in fact did not finish the book.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/3/2011

    " This was a fun read, it left me with a srong desire to travel some where by train. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle | 1/3/2011

    " I listened to this book in the car on the way to my in-laws' for Christmas. It was okay. It took too long to get interesting that by the time it did, I was bored. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrator

Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking Eric “Otter” Stratton in the 1978 comedy Animal House, but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since including critical accolades for his playing Vice President John Hoynes on the television series, The West Wing, which garnered him two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series.