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The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

The Christmas Train (edition 2004)

by David Baldacci

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Title:The Christmas Train
Authors:David Baldacci
Info:Warner Books (2004), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

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    The Edge by Dick Francis (SylviaC)
    SylviaC: Trans-continental train journeys full of railway atmosphere. The Edge has more suspense, while The Christmas Train is light and cheerful.

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This was headed for a five star rating until the cheesy and, in my opinion, totally unneccesary and unbelievable ending. The characters were varied and nicely developed with enough twists and turns in the plot to create a great tale. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it, the stupid surprise ending not withstanding. You might want to skip the last two pages and leave yourself with a fine story, well told. ( )
  brucemmoyer | Jul 25, 2015 |
This was a very uplifting and lighthearted book set on a train during the Christmas season. (I have a love trains and have always wanted to take a ride across country, as seems so adventurous). I listed to the book on audio and offered great sound effects, which made it very realistic and put you in the mood and the narrator Tim Matheson was excellent. Reminded me a little of Richard Paul Evans’ books as his books tend to be centered around the holiday season.

It was full of colorful characters from New Orleans jazz, funny eccentric older ladies, actors, movie producers, and writers. Tom Langdon is the main character and writer taking the train to California to see his girlfriend to go skiing in Tahoe for the holidays. Ironically, he runs into his former love Eleanor, whom he has never gotten over who is now a big movie director. From romance, snow storms, thief, undercover folks, and Max the movie guy and a staff full of fabulous friendly Amtrak employees – making this a humorous and fun trip. Makes you want to plan a train trip soon to meet all the fun people along the journey in a slower paced time.
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Probably won't finish reading it. It is just ok... ( )
  DeanClark | Nov 9, 2014 |
Great little read. Read it every year. ( )
  pife43 | Jul 23, 2014 |
Tom Langdon is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who used to write important stories from war zones but now he writes fluff pieces. His latest assignment is to write about his experiences crossing the country by train at Christmas. On the way, he encounters a famous director and his film crew which includes his first love, the girl who got away years ago and whom he still loves. When the director learns of Langdon’s assignment, he sees movie potential and wants Langdon and his old girlfriend to work together to come up with a possible movie outline. They do so reluctantly but, along the journey, they may just find each other again.

The Christmas Train is mostly a heartwarming tale of loves lost and found, of redemption and forgiveness, and of the true meaning of Christmas. There are some very likable and eccentric characters with some sweet, charming, and often humorous tales to tell. However, this is, after all David Balducci so you won’t be surprised to learn that there is a bit of a mystery as well as more than a little of the thriller in the story.

I know, I know, you’re thinking why would you want to read a Christmas tale at this time of the year even if it is by a master storyteller like Balducci Well, I don’t know about you but I have had it up to here already with winter and, with those pesky ground rodents predicting six more weeks of the same (who asked them anyway), a tale full of the spirit of Christmas seems perfect to help me get back into the spirit of winter or at least give me an excuse to put the shovel away for a few hours. ( )
  lostinalibrary | Feb 4, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446615757, Mass Market Paperback)

This edition of the "New York Times" bestseller--a heartwarming tale of humor, romance, and mystery by the bestselling author of "Split Second"--includes the brand-new short story, "Waiting for Santa." "Baldacci whips up a pleasant holiday confection."--"People."

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Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los Angeles in time for Christmas with his girlfriend. To finance the trip, he sells a story about a train ride taken during the Christmas season.… (more)

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