The Great Train Robbery

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense, Suspense
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: July 2000
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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In this classic caper novel made into a popular motion picture, best-selling author Michael Crichton transports you to Victorian London with all its lavish wealth and appalling poverty. As he leads you through teeming streets, he introduces you to the thriving underworld and the ingenious thief who orchestrated the most shocking crime of the century. Everyone knows it's impossible to rob the fast-moving train carrying the payroll for Crimean War troops. The gold bullion is packed in modern, uncrackable safes, and an elaborate system has been implemented to protect the safe keys. But Edward Pierce-a handsome young gentleman of good breeding-believes he alone can mastermind the unthinkable. With illuminating details, Michael Crichton creates a spellbinding tale of cunning and danger. British actor Simon Prebble provides the perfect voices for the colorful characters who inhabit glittery mansions, rowdy pubs, and crowded slums.

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.