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The Great Train Robbery Audiobook

The Great Train Robbery

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In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamite - yet nonetheless explosive....

Michael Crichton wrote and directed the screen adaptation of The Great Train Robbery, starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.

©1975 Michael Crichton; Copyright renewed 2003 by CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    David E. Hurley Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US 01-29-16
    David E. Hurley Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US 01-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding Story and Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to everyone. This is the most perfect combination of story and performance I have ever heard, and I have heard a lot of good books. Michael Kitchen sets the perfect tone for Crichton's narrative. The writing is a history of Victorian England in itself and the story rushes along to a very satisfying conclusion


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot moves from episode to episode with a great flow and engaging dialog. There is a great education in the slang of Victorian criminals that is in itself worth the reading. Find out how Scotland Yard got its name and what the nicknames for police are at that time. Authentic insight into the mores of Victorian England.


    What does Michael Kitchen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Kitchen is the perfect choice for this story. His pace and accents bring Victorian England alive for the reader. This would not be the same without his perfect performance. His tone, pace and elocution are just right. When the occasion calls for it you can almost hear him insert his tongue into his cheek.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The narrative of the ploy used to enter the railroad office is particularly engaging, but so were many of the other schemes to leverage Victorian customs to the advantage of the thieves. Many of these will make you laugh out loud


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. It was great fun from beginning to end.

    39 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 11-21-15
    Matthew LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 11-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An unusual but rewarding listen"
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    Michael Kitchen is not a typical sort of narrator, but he ends up being absolutely perfect for Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery, which is not a typical sort of novel. If you're familiar with Kitchen from FOYLE'S WAR, then just imagine Christopher Foyle reading an audiobook and you have some idea what to expect. Kitchen uses the same cadence and delivery that he does in that character, offering unusually breathy, matter-of-fact, brisk narration. It doesn't sound like someone narrating an adventure; it sounds like someone recounting events. And... that perfectly matches Crichton's writing style.

    The Great Train Robbery is a novel, and some of the events are fictionalized, but it is based on true events. Crichton uses the same quasi-non-fiction style that he uses for his other historical novels like Eaters of the Dead or Pirate Latitudes. There are so many accurate period details and references to other events happening at the time or even events happening later that you think you're reading non-fiction... but then the events seem just a little too thrilling to be completely true. The novel is as much about early Victorian society as it is about the titular robbery, and it's largely a condemnation of that society. A story about the criminal element proves the perfect vessel for such condemnation, and Michael Kitchen proves the perfect narrator. He sounds like a professor - granted, a really interesting professor, probably the best you ever had - delivering a particularly good lecture. And that really does add to the reading experience!

    The downside to Crichton's historical style is that you never really get into the characters' heads, since the tale is delivered as if by a researcher who would have no way of knowing their inner throughts. But then, rich characterizations were never what Crichton was best at anyway. What he's best at is making details - be they about genetics or viruses or Victorian London - fascinating and exciting. And that's certainly the case here.

    Kitchen's unique style takes some getting used to, and despite being a fan of his, I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first. But stick with it, because you suddenly realize it's PERFECT for this material, and adds a lot!

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    Dorothy 08-22-16
    Dorothy 08-22-16
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    "Great Book with lots of fun Victorian Trivia"

    I opted for this book because it was read by Michael Kitchen. I had previously listened to a Robert Goddard book read by Mr. Kitchen (no longer available) and loved his style. This book was a perfect fit for his narration style. I do understand why some might not be drawn to him as a narrator. But, I love his voice, tambour etc. and the clipped nature of his delivery.

    The story itself is superb. What a great writer Mr. Crichton was! I am not a huge science fiction fan and I wished while listening that he had written more novels like this one.

    The characters are all perfectly drawn and you definitely find yourself cheering on the robbers.

    I don't want to give anything away. I did find that his little detours into history were fascinating and the explanation of Victorian street slang was very fun. I listened straight through. Could not stop. Highly recommend.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Soham Pablo Banerjee Singapore 11-15-17
    Soham Pablo Banerjee Singapore 11-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliant story engagingly told."

    loved it. could have had music and background sound effects to make it better. the story is good enough for that.

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    HiBobM 11-14-17
    HiBobM 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Great Story"

    I love this version of the Great Train Robbery. The style of a documentary is intriguing and captivating.

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    Allyvp 11-13-17
    Allyvp 11-13-17
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    "Full of interesting facts"

    This is a well researched account of a fascinating robbery. I particularly enjoyed the ancillary facts about the time period. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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    iamrobyn 11-13-17
    iamrobyn 11-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly Good Listen!"

    I picked this book on a bit of a whim, I think it may have been on sale. I wasn't sure what to expect having read Michael Crichton books, but the storyline sounded interesting and I enjoy history. I'm so glad I gave this a chance. It took me a little while to get into the story but after the first few chapters I was hooked. Michael Kitchen was fantastic as the narrator and Michael Crichton did an impressive job weaving souses together to retell the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Great Train Robbery. Very fun and educational!

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    InsideADog 11-13-17
    InsideADog 11-13-17
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    "This was a great amount of fun"

    I enjoyed The Great Train Robbery from beginning to end. Crichton is a great story teller and adds just the right amount of interest to take a grain of truth and make it engaging fiction. A fun listen for a road trip. I had never seen the movie so that might have helped my enjoyment. The reader was also good. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry. This did not bias my review.

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    Amazon Customer 11-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Transports you to another time"

    This fictionalized account of a historic train robbery shines for its intense research into not just the crime itself but the world in which it occurred. It is very entertaining and informative, and mixes Victorian vocabulary into a modern telling in a way that truly adds to the feel of the story. This is a great read for fans of crime novels and history buffs alike. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    Lonnie 11-13-17
    Lonnie 11-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A little history and a great story"

    When a master story teller gets the idea to take a great story from history and bring it to the masses you get this book. I hadn’t know. About the robbery until this book, and The author brings the story to life in a believable way

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    "Entertaining and Informative"

    As always with Michael Crichton, his research is phenomenal, entertaining storyline but you always feel you have learnt a lot about the subject matter too. So in this case Mr Crichton includes relevant details on the history and beliefs of the time, the social etiquette and class restrictions and on a variety of matters from dog fighting to safes, prisons and the police force. A sad day when we lost this amazing writer full of imagination but committed to researching his subject matter.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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