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Christmas Train [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)

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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades 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, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, The Christmas Train is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief . . . Part detective story, part disaster movie, part romance, this is a brilliant, heart-warming holiday tale.

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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades 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, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, The Christmas Train is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief . . . Part detective story, part disaster movie, part romance, this is a brilliant, heart-warming holiday tale.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (16 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00511QIAE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cashing-in on the festive season. 6 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know it was billed as a bit of a feel-good christmas story but the 'aren't we all just great pals' bonhomie throughout made me feel queasy! And I've heard more detailed plot lines in episodes of Scooby-doo. No sooner had a character raised a potential problem than it was resolved by another. I say character in the loosest possible sense, as they were all one-dimensional and interchangeable. Swap a name or bit of dialogue here and there and you won't tell the difference.

It quickly became irritating being told how train journeys are 'all about the friendships'. This occurs so frequently I think the author is on some sort of commission from Amtrak marketing. Even the villains were good, really. Saccharine! The disaster had me bored stiff, it was so poorly described. Just saying things like 'they recounted their amazing adventure' did not make it 'amazing' or an 'adventure'. The whole book left me wanting to kill the next person who said they live for the job on the trains and had so many stories to tell. Well tell them then, anything is better than this dross!

This book is not funny, not romantic, not bitter-sweet or poignant, not uplifting, not exciting, not memorable, not worth reading.

I bought another book by this author before reading Christmas Train, and I'm hoping he was just cashing-in on the xmas market with this one, otherwise I fear I've wasted even more of my money.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Trip 28 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
David Baldacci has given us such edge-of-the-seat thrillers as ‘Absolute Power’ and ‘Last Man Standing’, as well as ‘Wish You Well’, a critically acclaimed story of hope and family. Now Baldacci once again showcases his remarkable versatility as he brings us a uniquely entertaining holiday tale in fitting with the season: ‘The Christmas Train’.
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon, (a fictional distant relative of Mark Twain), must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades 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, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, this novel is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief. It is a story that shows how we do get second chances to fulfil our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles. A love story that has been down many roads and seemingly lost in transit is fired up again and throws some interesting obstacles in its path.
It also divulges interesting references to Mark Twain’s own writings, a well-researched history of the American train travel system and the numerous geographical locations it runs through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Banal 9 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Looking at the other reviews this is clearly a love-it-or-hate-it book. I hated it. I spent the first 25% wading throught the banal conversations (as interesting as most exchanges at the supermarket cash-out) and the tedious and irrelevant details about trains, assuming that at some point the 'mystery' would begin. I suppose if you are a fan of American literature (or maybe just American) you might find the literary references interesting but as I did not grow up with Mark Twain I didn't. In the next 25% it became a real page turner - in the sense that I was reading faster and faster to try to get to some point in this meandering tale. I found the attempts at humour cringe-making and weak and the characters cliched. By 50% I was speed-reading and it soon became clear there was no point whatever in wasting any more of my time. I rarely give up on a book, however bad, but this one threatened to seriously damage my kindle by being thrown through the window. If I ever get on a train like the Christmas Train I will lock myself in my compartment and have my food delivered. (BTW: Christmas is not the most important Christian festival - Easter is; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in Jerusalem not Bethlehem. Can't believe Baldacci would get such simple facts wrong.)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Well Written and Amusing Read 1 Sep 2007
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Format:Paperback
David Baldacci attended law school at the University of Virginia, and went on to work as a trial lawyer, and later as a corporate lawyer, in Washington, D.C. He is now a full-time writer whose best selling novels include Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth and Saving Faith. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

We have all felt like telling the over zealous person on the security search to watch where they are putting their hands, search wand, or whatever they use these days . Well that is exactly what Tom Langdon, a hard-up journalist did when he blew his top at LaGuardia Airport. Consequently he got himself a flying ban throughout the U.S. Because of the ban his only option if he wants to see his girlfriend for Christmas is to take the train to Los Angeles.

Tom decides to write a story of his train journey to finance the trip and thus begins one of the most hilarious and heartwarming train rides ever. This is the story of that journey and everything that happens along the way . . .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRISTMAS TRAIN
a very good seasonal read. David Baldacci, as always, does not disappoint and allows the reader to engage with the protagonists. Most enjoyable.
Published 16 days ago by mary lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars No espionage as is usual from Baldacci but another great story so well...
Just finished this one. No espionage as is usual from Baldacci but another great story so well written.
Published 18 days ago by valanniefan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his usual high standard
This never really got going. I kept reading, waiting for something exciting to happen. Towards the end there was a teeny bit of suspense but it was all a bit too late. Read more
Published 19 days ago by susan
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Train
A very enjoyable story thoroughly entertaining,as usual well constructed and delightfully well written. Am happy I chose this one. Great!
Published 20 days ago by Colin Foulger
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not my usual type of book it but read it anyhow ,it was ok bit different for Baldacci worth a read
Published 21 days ago by Dave m
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Top product and express delivery - Thanks
Published 24 days ago by Ian Beesting
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun all the way
Having read several of this author s books this one came as a bit of a shock Romance. mystery and comedy with a spicing of compassion
Published 1 month ago by gerryipl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another KIndle book, very American, most adventurous some what explicit.
Published 1 month ago by P SOWERBUTTS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by DAVID LILLO
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