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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, Renée Raudman Narrator: Reneé Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400178827
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The Railway Children is the classic children’s story by E. Nesbit. When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father’s disappearance. The Railway Children is one of the best-loved classics of all time.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/20/2014

    " The kids and I liked the story well-enough, and I liked the author's tongue in cheek style, though it was hard to read aloud at time because of the British styling. I liked the interactions of the siblings, though they were often a little "too" good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Portia S | 2/12/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/10/2014

    " What a lovely read. I wish I still had kids at home to read aloud to. Takes you back to 1900 England and the pleasant ruminations of turn of the century children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adela Bezemer-Cleverley | 2/6/2014

    " Even though this one is the only one of Nesbit's I've read that's not fantasy,it's my favourite one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Brattle | 2/3/2014

    " I never read this book as a child so I decided to read it now and I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would but it is still a good book. "

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

    " 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 ..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci Francis-danker | 2/2/2014

    " The kids and I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gypsyfly | 1/24/2014

    " Good for kids and learning a bit about life in the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/22/2014

    " The book of my childhood, I first read it when I was seven and am still reading it seven years later (do the maths! :P) It was a fabulous book, I don't rate it as highly as A Little Princess or Little Women, but I am definitely not one of those people who say it was actually far worse than the film. I think it was a funny, charming little novel, though due to Nesbit's crisp, no-nonsense style of writing, it was slightly lacking in the strong feeling needed to put across the tragedy of the book. However, definitely not a disaster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Swathi | 1/20/2014

    " This book will wake up the child in you, I did not know how i missed this when i am a kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trine | 1/20/2014

    " As a child I saw the film and loved it. As an adult I have now read the book and even though it is a likable story it is typical for its time and genre. It is about three children whose circumstances changes so they have to move to a small village with the railway as next door neighbour. They try very hard to be good and well-be-haved and of course there is a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy | 1/16/2014

    " This is a sweet story of a family that pulls through hard times. I felt like the children had a Pollyanna feel to them, meaning that everywhere they went they spread happiness through their innocent and natural goodness. I really enjoyed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 1/14/2014

    " I loved the book, but must say that I also love the author's name. "Nesbit" is just fun to say. And who remembers the reference to her made by Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story?? Comical... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariane Christina | 1/9/2014

    " I really have a passion for children's books and classic books and this is 1 of my all time favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 1/8/2014

    " i am currantly reading this and so far i ABSOLOUTLY LOOOOVE IT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poonam | 1/6/2014

    " Re-read this lovely classic after a long time. Written in a charming manner about a bygone era from Children's POV. It was a pleasure to read in Puffin Classic paperback. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/3/2014

    " This is magic. I remember when Papa read it aloud to us a few years back. The movie is also wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoe | 12/31/2013

    " Such a sweet and jolly book. Sometimes in summer the English countryside feels like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/25/2013

    " re-read to pass the time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 12/10/2013

    " My favorite E. Nesbit story. Brave and plucky children. Happy ending that tied all the bits and pieces together. A satisfying book good for a re-read every few years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trishit Banerjee | 12/2/2013

    " Wonderfully written, a must-read book for the young adults...the poem, the mystery and the climax is just awsome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethne Mcleod | 11/9/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah-Jane Suddick | 11/4/2013

    " 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 Annie | 10/19/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 10/19/2013

    " An enjoyable story of three children who have to face a complete change of lifestyle when they a forced to move from their comfortable city home to live with their mother in the countryside "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ayundabs | 10/3/2013

    " Interesting book, about some children who lived near a railway. Great story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 9/28/2013

    " An enjoyable story of three children who have to face a complete change of lifestyle when they a forced to move from their comfortable city home to live with their mother in the countryside "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ayundabs | 8/12/2013

    " Interesting book, about some children who lived near a railway. Great story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CLM | 8/7/2013

    " Although I prefer the Nesbit books with magic, this is an old favorite. I remember also enjoying a BBC dramatization with Jenny Agutter as Roberta. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha (Sammi) | 7/22/2013

    " 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 Teri | 7/1/2013

    " We listened to a librovox recording of this, because our library didn't have an audio version. The story was good, not great. I'd look for a professional audiobook version before I'd try librovox again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan | 6/20/2013

    " Logan loved this. I can't wait to read him the other Nesbit books. This one actually isn't my favorite, but I thought he'd like it since he loves trains and it's a good introduction to Nesbit's style and how deftly and realistically she handles children and their relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 5/31/2013

    " The gentlest, most beautifully and simply written piece of political propaganda that you're ever likely to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 4/24/2013

    " I'm stuck reading this because my little girl is enjoying it, but I'm still hoping to get out of it somehow. I think the British call it "twee." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwyn | 3/24/2013

    " A good story in a similar style to The Chronicles of Narnia "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen | 3/7/2013

    " I remember listening to this on tape at some point in Germany and I wanted to refresh my memory. It's a cute little story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Marshall | 2/22/2013

    " Not bad, very much a childrens book.. I thought it was a different book when I started reading it but then I didn't want to stop mid way. Needless to say it was a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/4/2013

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

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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.