The Little Engine That Could

  • by Watty Piper
  • Narrated by Mike Ferreri
  • 0 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.

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I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can

My 3-year-old grandson, who loves this book when we read it aloud to him, immediately turned away from the sound of this narrator's voice and protested "Turn it off, Grandma!" Despite the narrator allegedly being female, his/her reading voice when not doing a specific character is a very grating, exaggerated-sounding old man voice, kind of like Robin Williams doing an impersonation of a very elderly and edentulous Ronald Reagan or the Mayor of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz.

Nonetheless, even if the toddler was repulsed, this is one of my favorite children's stories so I listened to the end, and was impressed all over again by the timeless message of this unendingly inspirational tale. Also, I discovered that the narrator's voice is an acquired taste, kind of like green olives. S/he is actually very good, and has a very versatile voice with so wide a range that if you didn't know better, you'd swear s/he was actually several different readers.

Special note to all the listeners who posted negative reviews stating their disappointment that the book has no pages to turn, that nothing moves, and that there are no illustrations: That's because Auible books are just audiobooks, not apps. You want to purchase The Little Engine That Could app, available in the App Store from Penguin Group USA. It's only $3.99 and it's fabulous; the original illustrations you loved as a child are all there, but now animated, and the words of the good, kind little blue engine appear in the smoke coming out of her smokestack as she chugs up and over the mountainside.
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- Gretchen SLP "Avid listener on my daily commute!"

Pay attention adults! This book is for you too!

What made the experience of listening to The Little Engine That Could the most enjoyable?

I'm an adult, so first and foremost is that it's 7 minutes long. Having said that, this book is an inspirational masterpiece bang for buck that can't be matched. Where else are you going to get this good of content for 7 minutes of your time?


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

LOL! Yes. I think I could manage to set aside 7 minutes of my day for this one.


Any additional comments?

If you suck at life, it's ok. You don't have to. Baby steps.

It starts with your attitude.

You must believe in yourself even when you think believing in yourself is unrealistic. If you think believing in yourself is unrealistic, fake it! I know, I know.... You don't want to lie to yourself, but answer this one question. What good is it doing you being honest with yourself? You're still miserable, so why not try something different. Do a little work for once, and maybe, just maybe you'll start feeling better about yourself. You have a choice. You can do nothing with yourself, and stay miserable, or you can put a little effort into your life and discover things about yourself you never knew existed.

Your attitude dictates EVERYTHING! Think you can!

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- Donald W. McCoy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible