We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
 >   > 
The Great Brain Audiobook

The Great Brain

Regular Price:£9.63
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Ten-year-old Tom D. Fitzgerald is known to everyone as The Great Brain. J.D., The Great Brain's sometimes confounded but always-admiring younger brother, tells his story. Such people as Mr. Standish, the mean schoolmaster, regret the day they came up against The Great Brain. But others, like the Jensen kids lost in Skeleton Cave, Basil, the Greek kid, or Andy, who has lost his leg and his friends, know that Tom's great brain never fails to find a way home.

©1967 John D. Fitzgerald; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"The strength of [Tom McLarty's] narration comes from his storyteller's ability to build each adventure with suspense, warmth, humor, youthful indignation, and the matter-of-fact tone that Tom maintains through each crisis." (AudioFile) "A lively, funny and not infrequently touching book written with flair." (Saturday Review)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.0 (2 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
1.0 (1 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
1.0 (1 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Amazon Customer
    19/07/04
    Overall
    "Clever and thought-provoking"

    Great story, with lots of moral dilemmas that provoke discussion. Enjoyed the stories and hearing about what life was like in Utah in the early 1900s. Would definitely recommend for children of "all" ages, especially those with elementary school aged youngsters!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • S. Nelson
    Brigham City, Ut USA
    25/01/09
    Overall
    "Great choice for adults, too!!"

    This is an amazingly darling book geared for the younger crowd, but highly entertaining for the adult,too. I've read the whole series to my boys when they were 6 and 9 years old and then again to my two little girls. We've giggled,cried and laughed ourselves silly through each "business adventure" Tom D. managed to come up with. Although Tom's little brother J.D. is the innocent teller of these tales, Tom is the instigator of much mischief and genious and...trouble!! The book is cute and adorable,innocent and so very informative of the late 1800's/early 1900's. It has a good moral to each story and keeps you coming back for more. Can't go wrong here! Hope to see the remaining six books on audio soon,too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Chapel Hill, NC, United States
    13/04/05
    Overall
    "Great listening"

    This book was a delight for our whole family (kids 8 and 10). It sparked interesting discussions on a variety of topics. The reader really made the book come to life and the story was compelling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Walter
    Goleta, CA, United States
    17/01/12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Highly entertaining -"
    If you could sum up The Great Brain in three words, what would they be?

    and wonderfully immersive turn of the century (19th/20th!) stories that I loved when I was a boy. I hope that the rest of the books turn up on Audible soon, my children are 11 and 8, and we only have a few years of interest left, I am afraid. At least, until they are parents.

    Other reviewers have given great descriptions of the historical setting, so I won't bother to repeat that.

    We listened to this audiobook on a road trip with my children and they made me sit in the driveway when we finally got home (for 10 minutes) to hear the end of a particularly suspenseful chapter. Good stuff - thrills, history, and laughs, what more can one ask for?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • valli m. re
    28/04/04
    Overall
    "The Great Brain"

    Made for a very pleasant car ride for the grandchildren. Provoked quite a bit of interesting conversation after.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Mountain View, CA, USA
    23/04/12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The magic of childhood"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is part of my series of books I remember reading as a kid, and now am rereading to view them from a different perspective. I find facinating that while the story I loved as a kid, the story that captures the essence of childhood play and wonder, is as I remembered it, as an adult I can still enjoy it, while also taking intellectual interest in how life was different back at the turn of the (last) century. We take so many things (like toilets) for granted that it gives us a new perspective to see life without them, or see them as new and marvelous. I find the change in perspective helps me find the magic in that which is around me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to? I did! Long drive, good book....


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JillianM.
    23/09/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book."

    My whole family enjoyed listening to this on our family trip. There were a few parts I wondered about "um, is this ok for my kids to hear?" The whole thing ended up being an excellent story, especially of the fondness between brothers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Welty
    07/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A classic, fun for the whole family!"

    I read these books as a kid and now my four kids love the Great Brain too. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Prina
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    23/09/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great fun!"

    Loved it. Took me right back to when I was in junior high! The narrator truly does this book justice! If you were a fan of these books, give them a listen. You won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SciFi
    Utah
    21/08/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story"

    I read this as a kid and rest of the series. Always looking for good books and never without a book in hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.