The Great Brain

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278 Ratings

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-19-04

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!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By S. Nelson on 01-25-09

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.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Liz on 04-13-05

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 04-23-12

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Walter on 01-17-12

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?

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By valli m. re on 04-28-04

The Great Brain

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

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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