©1967 John D. Fitzgerald; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"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)
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"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!
"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.
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.
"Highly entertaining -"
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?
"The Great Brain"
Made for a very pleasant car ride for the grandchildren. Provoked quite a bit of interesting conversation after.
"The magic of childhood"
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.
Wanted to? I did! Long drive, good book....
Waiting for the rest of the series.
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.
"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!
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!
I read this as a kid and rest of the series. Always looking for good books and never without a book in hand.
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