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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John D. Fitzgerald Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN:
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Ten-year-old Tom D. Fitzgerald is known to everyone as The Great Brain. J.D., The Great Brain's sometimes confounded but always-admiring younger brother, tells his story. Such people as Mr. Standish, the mean schoolmaster, regret the day they came up against The Great Brain. But others, like the Jensen kids lost in Skeleton Cave, Basil, the Greek kid, or Andy, who has lost his leg and his friends, know that Tom's great brain never fails to find a way home. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorrie | 2/17/2014

    " I read these books when I was nine-ish. Loved them then, found 'me and my little brain' recently while cleaning stuff out and realized I like this book best. Everyone wants to be the great brain as a kid but we usually are more like the little brother who is more realistic and actually nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fritz | 2/15/2014

    " I love this entire series. These books were favorites when I was a kid, and I've enjoyed re-reading them as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 2/14/2014

    " I loved these books as a kid. I got "The great brain is back" (which is the last book in the series) for a birthday present and it was so good that I read the whole series. The books are about a young boy, JD, and his older brother, Tom, who is the great brain. The great brain goes around swindling the community, and often times JD as well. Great series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/12/2014

    " My 5th grade teacher read these to our class. I loved them! They are still among my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 2/7/2014

    " The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old. Tom, a.k.a., the Great Brain, is a silver-tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. Whether it's saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/6/2014

    " I loved this series of books when I was the main character's age. I'm not sure what I would think of them now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " Read this book with my 5th grade son as a classroom assignment. We both enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book growing up. And Jimmy Osmond was the star in the movie! If you are from Utah or have any knowledge of Mormons, this is especially entertaining. Of course, the main character is a non-Mormon living in a primarily Mormon community. You've got to read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 1/13/2014

    " A funny about two brothers who one of them is a brain and the other is always getting trick by the great brain his Brother! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 12/12/2013

    " I love the adventures of the great brain. I have read all 7 many times. they are so funny and full of adventure. the small mormon community at the turn of the century is particularly intriuging to me. I love love love these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsha | 11/17/2013

    " I'm on a children's book kick. Liked this book as a child and enjoyed as an adult. The little incidents are funny yet it's frustrating to see the "Great Brain" manipulate the situations into his favor. The "Great Brain" probably turned out to be very rich and was already conniving. A good, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/13/2013

    " I need to track down some old copies of this whole series...i used to love these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/29/2013

    " Simple, easy to read story. Perfect for 6th graders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 10/27/2013

    " 3 1/2. Fun story; I liked the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 10/8/2013

    " One of my favorites as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Jackson | 3/10/2013

    " funny, I wish I was clever as him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/21/2013

    " I read this book over and over again as a kid and now I'm not sure why. It was sort of boring and sort of frustrating and a little offensive. And yet...I kind of want to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Tanner | 8/16/2012

    " I loved these books growing up but when I read them a few weeks ago I was astounded that anyone would have thought these were ok for kids to read. They talk about violence (the main characters beat up anyone who disagrees with them) and the swindling were too much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Gourley | 3/28/2012

    " I loved this book! I can't believe I haven't read this series before. Set in 1890s small town Utah, it is the story about 3 brothers and their adventures. I loved the unique setting of Utah, Mormons, and how life might have been back then. I will definitely read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John S | 8/25/2011

    " Someone bought me a boxed set of this series during my childhood. I read them over and over. And over and over. Recently found them in the basement, read them again. One of the great childrens book series in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Beaumont | 8/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this fun, fast-paced book, set just before the turn of the 20th century in southwestern Utah, about a clever, mischief-making boy and his family and friends. The chapter about the water closet is hilarious, but what I especially liked was that homemade ice cream! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bunn | 7/31/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I got the whole series from the Eagle library and read them all. I especially liked the illustrations by Mercer Mayer. I always thought it was funny that the parents used the "silent treatment" as an effective punishment technique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/18/2011

    " My daughter and I just finished reading this together. She thinks Tom had smart ideas she would never have thought of, but she didn't like how sometimes Tom didn't have integrity. He was a bit self-centered. We laughed out loud a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/23/2011

    " Every home library needs The Great Brain series. Entertaining reading for the whole family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 5/9/2011

    " Ha ha ha he he he ho ho ho "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 4/1/2011

    " A sequel that is almost as good as the first one. A true treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 3/4/2011

    " The kids love these and keep asking for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clonewarsgirl | 12/19/2010

    " It was funny and good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 12/9/2010

    " Great book, good writing and great plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 10/12/2010

    " More of the same fun as the first. "My great brain..." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/3/2010

    " I love this one too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrine | 8/24/2010

    " Another great book in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/5/2010

    " It took us a long time to get through this book, for some reason, but we really liked it. We were all laughing out loud at some of the parts. This is a great series to read with kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/3/2010

    " I love the great brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/4/2010

    " Second in the series. Lots of good stuff, including complicating Tom's character. He's not all bad, just mostly. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 1/4/2010

    " Read all these as a kid and loved them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dreepa | 1/4/2010

    " The next book in the series.

    I loved reading them as a kid. I liked it now.
    C Henry is going to love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 12/2/2009

    " Funny. Reminded me of my dad so we had a good laugh through it. The adults found it much funnier than the kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/17/2009

    " Really great, hilarious, old-timey entertainment. These books are classics! I really wish I'd discovered them earlier. These are definitely books for my permanent collection. "

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