The Great Train Robbery

  • by Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by Michael Kitchen
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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.

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- David E. Hurley

Horrible narration! Virtually ruined the listen!

This audiobook has among the worst narration I have heard, and I've listened to almost 250 audiobooks since joining It's pacing is incredibly uneven, sometimes with strange pauses between pieces of a sentence, or even between words, but other times proceeding at a normal pace. If it were too slow, I could run it at a faster speed, but the unevenness removes that possibility of improving things.

"But in the mid century this practice was coming under attack. The dislocation of poor people.....(pause)......whose dwellings were demolished to make way for the incoming lines was one argument" or maybe "The mid-century halt left several of the new lines at a disadvantage....(pause)....and one of these was the southeastern railway, which ran from London...(pause) the coastal town of Folkestone, some 18 miles away"

Occasionally, it sounded like each new word was being revealed to him as he read it, so there is unusual pronunciation and pauses rather than a fluid sentence. Very odd.....I don't know if it was ignored by the editors, or if this is somehow created in post production editing, but either way it is very, very distracting. I'm finding the history of England and the railways so far to be interesting, but the narration might be the end of it for me. I'll give it another hour of listening before I decide to abandon it.
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- Calliope

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio