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The Railway Children (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

E. Nesbit
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7 Aug 2006 BBC Audio
This is a BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of E. Nesbit's enchanting and unforgettable classic. 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 in this BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; New edition edition (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846071151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071157
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.3 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stand firm'" said Peter, "and wave like mad!"' They were not railway children to begin with. When their Father mysteriously leaves home Roberta (everyone calls her Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter must move to a small cottage in the countryside with Mother. It is a bitter blow to leave their London home, but soon they discover the hills and valleys, the canal and of course, the railway. But with the thrilling rush and rattle and roar of the trains comes danger too. Will the brave trio come to the rescue? And most importantly, can they solve the disappearance of their Father? BACKSTORY: Find out all about steam trains and learn what it was really like to be a child in Edwardian times. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The story of three children unhappily wrenched from their London home, who discover a new life in the countryside and become the Railway Children --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By H. Tagg
Format:Audio CD
Excellent story, which my daughter has been listening to for several years. This CD replaced the tape we had. She is nearly 13 and still listens to this story most nights. Having listened to it she then chose to read the book. It also opened her to a whole world of timeless classics, such as The Secret Garden, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and the Famous Five. It's been great for her education too. Her English teacher commented on her use of vocabulary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea! 7 Oct 2013
By sar1386
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Reading The railway children was something I've been wanting to do for a while as my auntie always talks so well of the film. I have never watched the film and I wanted to read the book before I did. This book was interesting as it was done from the point of view of the three siblings, which not many classic books are told from the aspect of a child or children. I didn't find the overall story Particularly interesting, but the one thing that kept me going back to finish the book was the big question Why and Where was their Father taken?. There is many adventures in the story that the children get up to involving the railway track and station as well as other areas, and it's great to see how imagination really was a work of art before technology came into place that children use so much nowadays.
The story also goes on to show how big life changes affect children and how well children adapt to things, such as moving home and settling into new surroundings and integrating with their new community. Which many adults find especially hard to do.
The characters experience great growth during the story as they go through different challenges and assist with crisis and injury as well as building new friendships and creating fond memories.
Overall I would say it was a different book to I'm used to reading but that's why I chose to push myself to read it. I would recommend to those who enjoy these sorts of books but personally it wasn't my type of read.
I hope this review helps you, please rate it, it really means a lot. Thanks for reading:)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better childrens' audio cd's 24 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Bought this last year and my children ask for it everytime we go on a long journey. They love it!! They gaze out the window whilst listening. Better than them watching the dvd player! Also played a lot in the kitchen whilst they colour/I clear up. A brilliant buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For car journeys 11 Jan 2011
By Digger
Format:Audio CD
One of the better read and produced childrens' audio books. The story is still relevant today, and the kids asked to listen to it 10 times
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, sweet story 11 July 2008
The brilliance of the Railway Children is that E Nesbit refuses to talk down to her readers - she handles a variety of complicated emotions, and she does so in a way that enables us to see things we wouldn't have worked out for ourselves about the character, but that are very true and beautifully observed. Okay, a few too many things happen to these kids - even the film removed one or two sensational twists too many - but those things all bring new insights and emotional rewards. It's a great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Railway Children 2 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent for its intended market and purpose. Bought for six year old young reader. Lots of illustrations. Plot simply but accurately related.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early classic 20 Dec 2011
The railway children and their parents live a happy, middle-class life in Edwardian London until their father is hauled off to prison. The rest of the family - mother, Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter - are forced to move north to the countryside and live a (relatively) impoverished life, their mother spending long hours writing children's stories to help make ends meet.

My children's book encyclopaedia calls The Railway Children 'sentimental' which seems a little harsh. Rather Nesbit is, like Dickens, alive to the frailty and suffering of human beings but, nonetheless, levens her work with humour. She captures the tension between adults and children, town and country and between different social classes perfectly and she pours much of her own life experiences into the story, adding a depth of realism and emotion absent from many other novels of the time.

The Railway Children is Edith Nesbit writing at the height of her powers and a true masterpiece of children's literature.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic writer's classic book 6 Jan 2006
Before J.K.Rowling and Roald Dahl, there was E.E.Nesbitt; the most prolific and inventive children's author of all time, even if the inventor of Harry Potter may be close to usurping that title. Even though her books were written a century ago, such was the universal appeal of her themes and the ease with which children could identify with her characters that she has remained in print to this day and the stories are just as good now as they were then.
As with any children's classic - and "The Railway Children" is both a classic and most probably her best book - its appeal lies in a cracking plot, good character development and adult accessibility; parents are as keen to read as their children are to listen. The plot is simple: well-to-do-kids living ideal life in London suddenly have to "play at being poor" in the country after Daddy mysteriously disappears. After a series of adventures, all based around the railway that runs near their house, events coalesce into a satisfying finale.
The story centres on Roberta (Bobbie), the eldest daughter through whose eyes the story is narrated. She is one of my own favourite literature heroines and, as she suffers loss and hardship; and gains friendship and love, I would challenge even the most hard-boiled cynic not to shed the odd tear. The story is not, however, nearly as fluffy as all this may intimate. Like Rowling, Nesbitt loved to include magic and enchantment in her stories (it is, perhaps, ironic that her best tale contains none although it is certainly enchantING). Like Rowling, her stories also tend to have a dark side: many contain, and even hinge around, an absent, idealised father, reflecting the loss of the writer's own parent when she was just six. I've worn my way through two copies already!). Buy dozens! Spread them around your own children, their friends, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, neighbours ... any child who can manage joined-up writing will be enchanted by this story - and so will their parents
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