Book Reviews of The Christmas Train

The Christmas Train
The Christmas Train
Author: David Baldacci
ISBN-13: 9780446615754
ISBN-10: 0446615757
Publication Date: 11/1/2004
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 289 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I have never read any books by this author before but I understand he is more of a mystery/thriller writer.

I really enjoyed the book. It was fast paced and quite beliveable. It does have more of a holiday setting but that does not detract from the book.

I would recommend it. Maybe good for a Book Club.
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Helpful Score: 3
Romantic mystery, set on Amtrak cross country train trip at Christmas. Fun for mystery, romance and train travel lovers.
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Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book and read it for a book club. Others didn't like it because they expected more suspense. I thought the characters were very amusing.
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Helpful Score: 2
It is an unusual David Baldacci book, since the main character is ot a "tough FBI guy". It si a Christmas story (lts of well known authors publish one) However, the characters in the story are very interesting. It contains a mystery and a love story. I like best the unique characters as well as some of the surprising twists at the end
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Helpful Score: 2
Entertainint, uplifting story of a group of passengers and the spirit of comaraderie on a long train ride.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a good fun read. Lost loves, actors and writers and an historic train ride. This is good reading with a few twists. And some very notable characters well written. And we end with a major avalance, near death and weddings. Worth the time, certainly.
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Helpful Score: 2
Although a Christmas story, it is filled with mystery, love and the joy of the season that can be enjoyed all year round.
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Helpful Score: 1
Predictable but fun read
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Helpful Score: 1
A little different Baldacci - but loved it!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this story, it is so fun to read. This book makes a great gift!
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Helpful Score: 1
A sweet novella with a naughty twist at the end that makes the story even sweeter! Tom Langdon is a descendant of Mark Twain and decides/must take the train to LA to visit a girlfriend for the holidays, the journey is way more than he could have even imagined!

As a fan of train travel, only from DC to NYC, I absolutely adored how this book gave train travel the Hollywood glamour that it used to have. The ease of getting on a train without security and the airport hassles and the ability to move around while travelling and meet people - I loved how the story mentioned the perks of train travel. The other piece that made it feel like old Hollywood was the ability for a pair to meet after so many years and reignite their old flames for each other.

What a great book to curl up with! It had travelling for the holidays, lots of snow and a little twist at the end!
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Helpful Score: 1
Heartwarming story, great for the holidays.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of the best books I've read in a long time. The tale of a train ride across America...just at Christmas, the interplay of the passengers and the bonds forged. David Baldacci weaves characters so well that I was absorbed from the first few pages and really couldn't put the book down. That actually surprises me since I didn't expect to like the book.

An excellent read...a beautiful story.
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Helpful Score: 1
A light and witty holiday read filled with romance, adventure, mystery and fun.
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I love this book!!
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This was a great book anytime of year! It made me want to ride a train!
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This is definitely one of the best Christmas stories that I have ever read! It is truely a heart-warming and touching story! I love the train travel aspect. I've always wanted to travel by train... it seems so fascinating to me! This will always be one of my holiday favorites....to be read year after year!
Also, the short story at the end is unbelievably beautiful as well.
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Fun reading during the holidays or not
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I didn't really care for the book. As it went along towards the end it just became more contrived. Not my cup of tea.
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I'm a Balducci fan. This book may not have been as deep as others, but I enjoyed it. Was an easy read. A fun holiday book. Light.
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This novel combines a little humor with a plot that will keep you guessing. You get to know a wide range of personalities that are traveling by train cross country. It was very enjoyable to read and there are no blood-soaked bodies.
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What a surprise! I can only say that if mystery readers like David Baldacci, then they must read The Christmas Train and the extra rider at the end of the book!!!

Be of good cheer,David Banfield
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This is a very easy and entertaining read. I finished it in only a few days. The characters are intriguing and I couldn't wait to see how it ended.
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This book was a nice surprise. A friend gave it to me, and I enjoyed it very much.
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Sweet story that is full of emotion. Each character is vivid and meaningful. Well done!
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I thought this book was a fun twisting turning adventure.
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sweet and quick read - would recommend for a rainy day
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Unusal book with a twist at the end.
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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, 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, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. The story is filled with memorable charactesr who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief, and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
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Great book with a little of history as well as a great story. Very captivating, I loved it and also saw a musical based on this bood that was very good.
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A nice light-heartfelt story.
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Great Christmas story about just a chance meeting! Loved it!
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Very entertaining xmas read but could be read at any time. This book took some twists and unexpected plot turns right up to the last page!
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Not his best but an interesting story.
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David Baldacci is a terrific storyteller...an author of ten consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Here's a heartwarming story.
It's an entertaining mystery filled with the mystique of train travel and the wonder and charm of Christmas.
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An excellent book to read, especially over the holiday's. A great story that will keep you guessing until the end. One of the best books for such a quick read!
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I really liked this book. I love the fact that it is a mystery without a lot of sex and vulagarity. I truly enjoyable read.
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A really sweet story. Fun to read. Especially with Christmas coming....
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Nice read. Slow at first but once the story picked up, I couldn't put it down.
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This is one of the best Christmas stories I have ever read. It made me want to hop on an Amtack at Christmas. Its a very nice cozy, quick read. I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I really knew all these people. I was very sad when it was done.
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Good quick read. Nice for the hoildays!
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i loved this book.....
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A very interesting look at the trains that are history and the adventure of one mans quest to keep a promise. Easy reading and an interesting outcome.
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Clumsily written and predictable.
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Really nice Christmas story. Not too sappy, not too unrealistic. My husband read it also and agreed that it was "okay." It is much different from the other baldacci books i've read.
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Great story a must read !!
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Didn't care for the romance element.
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Very good and easy to read.
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Terrific storyteller and great writer.
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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington,D.C. to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awaekenings, Thrilling adventures, and holiday magic.
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This is really different than most Baldacci books I've read.
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This was a diverting little book with a pleasant twist in the plot. Well worth reading from an author of several great books!
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A fun, delightful read. They don't write 'em like this very much anymore.
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Not one of Baldacci's usual mysteries, but definitely his inimitable style. Humor, a little pathos, well rounded characterizations, a plot that keeps leading you on - and a lot of train information. What more could you ask for - well what about a boa constrictor, a protagonist who needs to find out its not all fun and games, a large, wonderful singing train employee, a rather vague retired priest, a bar tender who is quite successfully a black version of Elvis Presley - and that's only scratching the surface.
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THIS WAS SUCH A FUNNY BOOK. IT HAD EXCITEMENT, HUMOR, TOUCHING RELATIONSHIPS AND PIZZAZZ. I AM AN AMTRAK TRAVELER AND HE GOT THE TRAIN RIDE RIGHT ON!! HE GOT THE HOLLYWOOD TYPES RIGHT ON!! THE BOOK EVEN HAD MUSCIAL ENTERTAINMENT-WOW!!! IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE CHRISTMAS TO ENJOY THIS BOOK.
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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. Thereupon begins one of the most hilarious-and heartwarming-journeys ever told. Along the way, Tom encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone's Christmas plans. As the mighty Southwest Chief chugs along, Tom learns what really makes the holiday special in a remarkable novel that will charm all who read it.

A couple of the beginning chapters were a tad boring but once the train got going --- so did the story, the characters, the plot --- a well written story with suspense, romance, mystery, comedy and just plain fun! This was nothing like the other Baldacci books Ive read and am so very glad I tried it!
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Fun book. Different side of Baldacci.
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This book is another great story and interesting characters that are a signature geature of his books. The setting sor this story is quite different. Reminds me of the Oriental Express setting.
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Great,fast-paced and funny! Totally different writing style than his suspense books- I loved it.
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Not his usual book...definitely a fun Christmas story.
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A wonderful uplifting book! A very quick read!
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Excellent Christmas story, surprise ending!
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Christmas season magic on a trainride
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"Evokes the glamour of classic romance." - People
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"Wonderful characters, all touched by the miracle of the Christmas season." --Houston Home Journal
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Light reading. Quick read. 1st Baldacci book I have read. Will read other books he has written even though they are very different then this book.
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I'm not a Baldacci fan, but this is a nice read for the holidays, and I learned a bit about trains.....
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An excellent read.
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A super easy read - pretty smarmy for Baldacci, but it's like eating cotton candy and enjoying it.
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Cute, but not amazing or anything.
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This is really good. It's more than a cutesie little romance, it's got a lot of interesting facts and information about the whole train scene.
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I haven't finished it yet but love it so far. I've always wanted to take a trip on a train!!

Pat K.
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A delightful novel full of memorable 'characters!' and twisty turns---

From inside blurb: Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from WAshington, D.C., to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, 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, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
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A cute Christmas read, but I wouldn't read it again.
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The wife liked it very much.
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"Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington, D.C., to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him deep into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. David Baldacci's THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief...and shows how we DO get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during the season of miracles."
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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. 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, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, David Baldacci's THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischiefand shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
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This is the same book, but with a different cover and a bonus story "Waiting for Santa".