Girl on a Train

  • by A. J. Waines
  • Narrated by Melissa Chambers
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Headstrong journalist Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years ago. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.
However, Anna believes that Elly's fears for Toby, her young nephew who was snatched from St. Stephen's church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly's distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly's killer.
But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband's suicide - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.

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Poor, unlikely story.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This story is not believable and does not hold the attention of the listener.


What was most disappointing about A. J. Waines’s story?

Poor plot with unlikely twists and turns.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Chambers?

Don't know.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.


Any additional comments?

I wouldn,t recommend it as the listener will be disappointed.

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- Mrs O.

This is probably not the book you're looking for!

Would you try another book written by A. J. Waines or narrated by Melissa Chambers?

Before answering the question I'd like to make other Audible listeners aware that this is not the book that has been made into a film. That would be 'The Girl on The Train'. 'The' not 'A'! I feel a bit silly for having made that mistake myself and don't want other people to waste their money.
Right, back to the review. I'll be as kind as possible even though I feel a little bit duped. Is this book deliberately trying to ride on the back of the other book's success? I mean, look at the similarity between the images used. Sorry, off track again. Track. That's a train pun. This is turning out to be the worst review I've ever written but it's a work of literary genius compared with A. J. Waines offering 'Girl on A Train'. So, no, I won't be trying another book by the same author. The narrator, however, was actually pretty good. Only one of her accents made me giggle a little bit every time the characters came up. If you've listened to this book you can have a guess at which one. I could listen to her again I guess. She didn't make me want to bang my head against the wall. Not like one I listened to earlier whose voice got a bit spitty. I hate hearing other people's saliva. Melissa Chambers - non-spitty voice - ok with me.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting: Ellie's clues.
Least interesting: The main character's best friend's love life. Didn't care. Wasn't sure how it added to the story.


Did Melissa Chambers do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes she was fine, except for one as mentioned earlier.


Was Girl on a Train worth the listening time?

Hmm, difficult one. Actually, I did enjoy the story as just that. A story. You could write down the main events of the book in a bullet point list and I would enjoy it just the same! The author's writing style lacks... well... style. The sentences convey the plot but aren't constructed to add anything atmospheric or clever. It's a good yarn but it's not a thing of beauty. In places it sounds like it has been written by a 14 year old girl.


Any additional comments?

Just in case you missed it at the beginning, this is not the book that has been made into a film. If you were looking for the genuine article, search for 'The Girl on The Train'.

I said I was going to be kind. I don't think I managed that, sorry. Honesty is always best though...

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2015
  • Publisher: Author's Republic