©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)
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!
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.
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?
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.
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 used to listen to these as a kid on long trips. We would borrow the cassette tapes from people in our neighborhood and listen to them on long trips. I introduced my kids to them and now they ask for them when we go on long trips. Great and humorous stories that both parents and kids will enjoy!
I love them both... When I read the book, the characters are presented in my mind the way I read them. Listening to this audio book, the narrator helps portray the characters. I like both versions a lot.
Tom (the "Great Brain" and conniving older brother and companion of the narrator character). Tom is clever, smart and it is interesting to see what he would try next.
John or Tom
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