Book Reviews of The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Author: Michael Crichton
ISBN-13: 9780099482413
ISBN-10: 009948241X
Publication Date: 4/6/1995
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Gardners Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Fascinating true story written in a compelling way! It is a quick read because you can't put it down.
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I bought this book on a business trip when there wasn't much of a selection from which to choose. I like other books by Michael Crichton so went for this one. The book was very enlightening about the Victorian times and I'm glad I live in today's world. There is a bit of reference to animal cruelty which I found very disturbing. I could have used a Victorian dictionary for some of the terminology. It's a true story and somewhat entertaining. I didn't see the movie.
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I read this as part of a Victorian Lit class, an introduction to the era. Even though I'm not normally a fan of Crichton, I found it rather enjoyable
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One of his best books ever. Too bad he died, and won't be writing any more great novels.
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Well writen exploration of a great criminal mystery.
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I loved the way this story is so true to fact. I felt like i couldn't wait to see what was going to happen even though we had all read about this in history class and already knew they were going to rob the train. But you feel like you are right there, in on the plan. I enjoyed this book. If you are a history buff you'll like this one.
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What a neat book!! A fictional retelling of a historical train robbery. What a cool idea!! The story is taken from the men involved from their confessions in court. The dialog is period "correct" to give a flavor of being there. Wonderful read!! One of the best I've read in a long time.
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!! THE BEST FROM ONE OF THE BEST !!
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A great book. A Must Read. If you've read any of Michael Crichton's book you need this one.
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Not my favorite Michael Chrichton, but exquisite. Very grand story of a well-thought train robbery (the perfect crime?)...
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Very detailed historical recreation.
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Chrichton has written a rich with detail description of the British train robbery in the 1850's. He has managed to insert every detail of the planning and execution of the robbery, as well as the aftermath. One almost chokes from the soot and smoke of the Victorian era in London.
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A very interesting account of the scams common during these times. Intriguing premise, amazing how this heist was pulled off. You won't be dissappointed.
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Crichton's best, and I've read them all. In TGTR, he weaves a complex exciting tale into a realistic historical setting. I don't know how accurate the details of London's 19th century criminal world are, but they are so believable in this book that I don't really care. A+++
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One of Crichton's best. This guy can turn a story. He takes a real life story and makes it into a period setting of the 1850's in London thrilling page turner about one of the largest gold robberies in the history of England. I loved the research he must have done to keep it on track for the language of that period.

BTW, if you catch anyone in the pull of hoof snaffling tell a crusher.
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Fascinating true story written in a compelling way. It is a quick read because you can't put it down.
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This true story was a fascinating read. I especially liked reading about England in the 1850's, the crime element and how they operated. Criminals lived by their wits and not always successful. I would recommend this book.
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Just read this for the second time, and it was just as interesting. Crichton, as usual, teaches you more than you ever thought you'd learn about an esoteric subject, in this case, Victorian England. This is not sci-fi, and it's better than the movie.
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Almost a history book of the Victorian era in England, this book goes to great lengths to explain how a train robbery could be a notable event. There was a movie made of this book, starring Sean Connery, which was also good, but lacked the explanations that Chichton included in the book. Highly recommended!
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Lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side in Victorian London - and Edward Pierce easily navigates both worlds. Rich, handsome and ingenious, he charms the city's most prominent citizens even as he plots the crime of his century- the daring theft of a fortune in gold.

In this book, Micheal Crichton has turned his talent for suspense in a different direction, with excellent results.
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It's ok - fodder