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Category: Historical Fiction
Average Rating: 4.0
From fleeing the Irish Potato Famine to losing his parents on the ship to New York, seven-year-old Daniel Flynn knows about adversity. As Daniel sings the songs of home to earn pennies for food, pickpocket Thomas Reilly becomes his ally and friend until he, too, is cast out onto the street. A destitute refugee in a foreign land, Daniel, together with Thomas and his sister, Molly, are swept up by the Orphan Train Movement to find better lives with families across America.
For Daniel, will the dream prove elusive? How strong are bonds of loyalty when everything is at stake?
Based on real history, the strength of the characters in New York Orphan will move you with their desperate plight to survive.
This trio of characters are strong and well drawn, but a picture of day-to-day life for them is not so fully developed. Still, the story is engaging and poignant.
Lee Brophy's performance is satisfactory with just a hint of the Irish apparent at times. He mispronounces a word here and there, but nothing overly distracting. His character voicing is distinctive enough to follow dialog successfully.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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