People in Adenville are breathing a sigh of relief. It seems that Tom D. Fitzgerald, the Great Brain, has truly reformed. For months, not one kid has been swindled and not one stunt has been pulled. But when he gets a new bike for Christmas, the Great Brain heads full speed into his old ways. And this time his ideas are bigger than ever.
He puts all of Adenville in fear of a prehistoric beast from Skeleton Cave, solves a mysterious bank robbery, and captures the ghost of Silverload Mine. Don’t look now – the Great Brain is at it again!
©1969 John D. Fitzgerald (P)2011 Listening Library
"Amusing and touching, poking gentle fun at human foibles, this lively story of another day should please readers on any age level." (Chicago Tribune)
My three children (15, 12, and 9) and I listen to lots of audiobooks, and this book and its prequel have been two of our hands-down favorites. We all laugh out loud, even after multiple listenings. We'd love to see more of the books in the Great Brain series become available as audiobooks!!
My favorite fiction audio book, just beating out it's predecessor "The Great Brain". Most of the audio books that I listen to are non-fiction, but I do not think it a fair comparison between fiction and non-fiction.
The Great Brain
He vocalizes the characters in a way that brings you into the story... even when he is the 'narrator', he has it similar enough to JD (the character that is telling the story of the Great Brain), but distinct enough to make it clear that he is acting as the narrator.
The Great Brain series were the books that I used to practice my reading on... it was my favorite series growing up, so much of my reaction to the book was sentimental and very pleased at how the narrator captured the story and characters so well.
I really hope that the rest of the Great Brain series will be made available at Audible... preferably with the same narrator.
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