As they journey by rail from Edinburgh to London, four strangers pass the time by sharing tales of trains that have changed their lives. A keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an eighteenth-century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Outback. A middle-aged American patron of the arts sees two young men saying goodbye in a train station and recalls his own youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner-and into his life.
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by Alexander McCall Smith
"Four strangers, three men and a woman, are seated together as they travel on a train from Edinburgh to London. Hugh is English, Andrew is Scottish, David is American, and Kay is Australian. As the individuals exchange their stories, Robert Ian MacKenzieOs voice is rich, delightful, and droll. His pacing matches the reflectiveness of the characters and SmithOs philosophical musings. However, MacKenzie is less adept with the different accents required, so itOs easy to forget that two of the characters hail from countries other than Britain. A.B. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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