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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. Nesbit Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455170494
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Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis were quite happy living in their ordinary red brick house in the London suburbs. But when their father is taken away, the children and their mother are forced to move to a dark, shabby cottage in the country, changing their lives more than they could ever imagine.

At first, the country seems lonely and dull. Then, one afternoon, a walk leads them to a railway tunnel where they meet Perks, the porter, make friends with the kind station master, and wave to the Green Dragon train as it goes by. Soon every day is filled with the excitement and fascination of the railway. Little do they know that the friendly old gentleman who waves back to them holds the key to the mystery of their father’s disappearance.

Since its first publication in 1906, The Railway Children has been one of the most popular and beloved children’s books, and it is sure to charm many generations to come.

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  • “As a listening experience, the story holds up well, for the plot contains plenty of action and lively episodes in which the children demonstrate their courage...The different characters are well conveyed in light, expressive tones by Ward. The cast of characters grows as the children get to know people around them. Their various dialects and speech patterns are narrated distinctly by Ward. Nesbit’s vivid writing has a freshness that has the potential to make this a pleasurable listening experience for youngsters.” 

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah-Jane Suddick | 2/14/2014

    " Ryan got bored as it took too long to get into "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Servini | 2/13/2014

    " One I can come back to time and again and never get bored. I've read to the kids and to other people's kids, roll on grandchildren (but maybe not quite yet). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this because it was a touching story about children who saved people from all sorts of things like trains, and landslides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/9/2014

    " Another one of my all time favourites. I never tire of reading this charming novel! I went to Haworth in Yorkshire last year and rode on the old steam train through the station that was used to make the film of this delightful book.....it was like going on a journey into the Past....yummy stuff! CK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2014

    " I had fun reading this to my six-year old daughter. She was captivated and managed to really pay attention despite the rambling Edwardian-era writing. I particularly liked the messages of resiliance and non-judgemental compassion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 2/1/2014

    " Ahhhhhhhh!!!!! This had no magic aspects, and i got lost in one of the chapters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2014

    " Like jumping in a time machine back to 1933 - with formal language, formal sense of honour and formal dinners; in a time when even being 'poor' meant paid 'help' of some sort. I loved it - the dramas, the adventures the brashness of these children asking for money from everyone!! What's not to love ..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 1/27/2014

    " great books but may be tough for kids to appreciate today unless they are familiar to the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bushra Punna | 1/16/2014

    " no matter how many times I read this book, I always fall in love with it every time....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria M. Elmvang | 1/15/2014

    " A charming children's classic in the style of "Seven Little Australians" and "Five Peppers and How They Grew". A delightful story of people being generally good to each other and therefore a perfect comfort book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/14/2014

    " Read as a child - loved E. Nesbit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stricklandaircraft | 12/29/2013

    " This book is our family evening reading selection. E. Nesbit is a wonderful author! We've read several of her books. I don't know how I could have not known about so many great classics when I was a kid. I might have learned to love reading sooner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 12/28/2013

    " My kids and I really enjoyed this book! BBC did a fantastic job of making it into a movie as well. Edith Nesbit has quickly become a favorite in our home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 12/28/2013

    " Lovely children's book from 1906. Rather nicely the girls are as brave and resourceful as the boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Lim | 12/26/2013

    " it's different when you reread a beloved children classic when you're already an adult (or a parent). I questioned many of the decisions the mother made in this book. but i still loved the countryside atmosphere, a bit enid blyton-ish with more sarcasm... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethne Mcleod | 12/2/2013

    " I absolutely loved this when I was a child but enjoyed it just as much when I read it to my children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/28/2013

    " Read as a child - loved E. Nesbit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/10/2013

    " This was the first book I ever read on my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/23/2013

    " Re-reads very well. Still a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Portia S | 9/6/2013

    " One of my childhood favourites, where a group of siblings share several adventures when they move to the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anisha | 8/1/2013

    " I have watched the film AMAZING and the book is incredible!!! The film is funny aswell "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Looshi | 5/20/2013

    " Good for a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/21/2013

    " I saw there is a play in Toronto based on this book and realized I had never read it . It is a childrens classic and I didn't want to miss out. It is quite entertaining so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 3/29/2013

    " English children make the best of hard times and have adventures. This is comfort reading, for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 3/13/2013

    " Although this is aimed for children, it shouldn't stop you reading it as an adult, it's well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri Daskam | 1/5/2013

    " Oh man, this was an incredible book. I read several chapters aloud to Cate and Wes but I couldn't stand to read the whole thing at their pace. I love the way this book describes "lovingkindness." It's definitely one of those favorites I only wish I'd known of sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabiel | 7/23/2012

    " One of my all-time favorite children's classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angharad John | 4/12/2012

    " A brilliant and feel good tale about the Three Chimney Children. Whilst the plot is not overly complicated and at times, a little predictable, I simply could not put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/8/2012

    " I began reading this aloud to my kids before bed. It's refreshing to read that children CAN use their imaginations. Reminds me that my children probably could if they turned off the nintendo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha (Sammi) | 11/19/2011

    " Enjoyable but very old fashioned. Close to the film with a few new storylines. Enjoyed the film in this case more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Fackler | 7/13/2011

    " A story about children who do things that only children in stories ever actually do, and it is okay if you decide to confuse this with the Boxcar children. I can say the latter, because I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/30/2011

    " a sweet book with a beautiful ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa McAlvey | 6/17/2011

    " This was very cute and a fun classic read that I hadn't ever picked up before. It is set in England and originally published in the early 1900s so some of the customs and expressions were a challenge to understand but entertaining at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/10/2011

    " I saw there is a play in Toronto based on this book and realized I had never read it . It is a childrens classic and I didn't want to miss out. It is quite entertaining so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/23/2011

    " This was very cute and a fun classic read that I hadn't ever picked up before. It is set in England and originally published in the early 1900s so some of the customs and expressions were a challenge to understand but entertaining at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 4/17/2011

    " My children listened this on BBC audiobook and absolutely loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 3/8/2011

    " Pre-read for the kiddos. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/24/2011

    " I love the fun adventures and the subtle moral lessons in this book. Very fun childrens book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/9/2011

    " Loved the heroic adventures of these three siblings, and lots of life-long learning about courage, faith, work, loving kindness and honesty. Wonderful book, will read again to my children in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/8/2011

    " a sweet book with a beautiful ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/1/2011

    " Very sweet; great bedtime reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 2/1/2011

    " More than the film the book gets me everytime. Each time I read it to my children almost every chapter would cause my voice to catch in my throat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/26/2011

    " "Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right---in a way that's best for us." Mother to Peter p192 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/16/2011

    " good book, classic novel too... will have to read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/14/2011

    " It was cool, it was fun and it ended happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/11/2011

    " re-read to pass the time "

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About the Author
Author E. Nesbit

Edith Nesbit (1858–1924) lived in England and had dreamed of becoming a poet since she was fifteen years old. After her husband fell ill, it was up to her to support her small family. For the next nineteen years, she wrote novels, essays, articles, poems, and short stories; but it was not until 1899, when The Story of the Treasure Seekers was published, that she achieved great success. Her groundbreaking style of depicting realistic, believable children quickly gained a popularity that has lasted for more than a century.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie® Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.