Since its first publication in 1906, The Railway Children has been one of the most popular and beloved children's books, and it is sure to charm many generations to come.
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By Gemma on 22-01-12
Funny, sad and touching all at once
This is such a beautiful story and Edith Nesbit has that rare talent among adults of remembering what it is like to be a child. I read this story countless times as a child and still love it, so I downloaded it mostly for nostalgia's sake. I'm so glad I did as I can now relate to the adult characters in the same way as I related to Bobby as a young girl.
If I had one criticism it would be that Nesbit uses the Victorian convention of speaking directly to the reader as the author, and for example announces at the beginning of the last chapter that it will be the last. But I doubt any children listening would notice or care about that.
Johanna Ward's narration is superb. I especially love the voice she uses for Phyllis which is suitably endearing for such an endearing character.