Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci (author), Tim Matheson (narrator)

Hachette Audio, December 2004

Journalist Tom Langdon is tired and disillusioned, and has abandoned his career as a war correspondent to write fluff pieces. He's living in Washington, but has a girlfriend in L.A. Temporarily banned from air travel, he boards a train to reach L.A. by Christmas.

He's thinking he can probably get a story out of this, about the mix of people from all walks of live traveling across America. He has no idea what he's about to experience. Transcontinental train travel necessarily crosses some rugged territory, but the big surprise Tom gets, early on, is that old lover and reporting partner Eleanor is one of the "Hollywood people" he's heaTherd are on the train.

The storm trouble they're going to encounter is nothing compared to the emotional upheaval he'll experience.

This is a Christmas story. That means, in the end, that it is positive and heartwarming. It is well-done, with varied, interesting characters, and nicely managed twists and turns as we wait to see what the happy endings are, for the varied characters on this train.

An enjoyable, satisfying, Christmas story.

I bought this audiobook.