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Crichton (Eaters of the Dead) now takes us to Victorian England in this excellent adaptation of his 1975 novel. We follow charming Edward Pierce in 1955 as he moves between England's aristocrats and its criminal classes, planning the theft of a fortune in gold from a train. The story is well paced, with Simon Prebble's outstanding reading, and contains a number of interesting characters, from bankers to safecrackers, pickpockets, prostitutes, and petty thieves. Numerous plot twists hold the listener's interest nicely, while recounting Pierce's 1856 trial offers many humorous moments. Crichton includes extensive commentary on Victorian society, which nicely frames the tale and helps one understand the historical period. A first-class production; recommended for all Crichton fans and all audio collections.DStephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.