Train They Call the City of New Orleans

Version: Unabridged
Author: Steve Goodman
Narrator: Michael McCurdy
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Drama
Publisher: Live Oak Media
Published In: April 2004
Length: 20 minutes
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Good morning, America, how are you?
Said don't you know me? I'm your native son.
I'm the train they call the city of New Orleans.
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

This classic tune captured the timeless soul of the American countryside and the golden era when people crossed it by train. Immortalized by the magical voice of Arlo Guthrie and sung around campfires by millions, "City of New Orleans" narrates the journey of the train with that name as it runs from snowy, industrial Chicago through small Midwestern towns to lush Louisiana.

Michael McCurdy's striking scratchboard-and-watercolor illustrations capture the change in landscapes seen out the windows and the lively events inside the cars, including a young adventurer exploring the entire train during his trip.

Reviews (1)

Read along

Written by Renae on February 4th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

If you were looking for a substantive audio experience, this is not it. This audio production is a readalong for a picture book with fewer than 10 words per page and sounds of pages turning. Great for little children looking for a storytelling experience that they should get be able to get from doting parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friendly neighbors. But if that is just not possible, then this audiobook might be an adequate (however, sad) substitution.