Great Brain Audiobooks – Where Have They Gone?

Where have all the Great Brain audio books gone? That very question greeted me this morning on Great Brain Series Facebook.

The First Wave Audio –

They hired Morgan White, voice actor, character actor, and radio DJ to vocalize the narrator, J. D. Fitzgerald.

White’s porch rocking mid-western drawl swept listeners to days by gone. Long before automobiles, telephones, and fast food. Hours slipped away under his soothing spell. No wonder Colleen, the Great Brain Facebook fan, wrote, “I wasn’t a good reader growing up so I did most of my via audio books. The Great Brain series was my childhood favorite. The book on tape was awesome! The reader was entertaining.”

Today, nearly three decades later, Colleen asks, “Does anyone know if and how I can get a copy of the original tape recordings but on CD or mp3 file? I have 2 kids who desperately need to listen to these books (and I want to listen, too)”

Well glory be, a portion of an answer exists. Another diligent Great Brain fan got hold of two of the books. He was able to share them on the web.

The Great Brain

https://archive.org/details/TheGreatBrain_201601

And one of my favorite of Fitzgerald’s books…

The Great Brain Reforms

https://archive.org/details/TheGreatBrainReforms

So beloved were these versions of the audio books, commenters beneath both recordings asked, “Do you happen to have more of this series to upload?”

Sadly, not online.

However, WorldCat, a huge online library catalog appears to have a few others in cassette form on hand.

Now all we need are cassette players.

Second Wave Audio –

When technology moved from cassette to compact disc’s, Listening Library recruited, Ron McLarty, to read the beloved stories. This was a gift to readers everywhere. John D. Fitzgerald’s books were getting harder to find. The slim silver disc’s were the last accessible way for legacy fans to share the stories with their kids on long trips.

A few of those recordings can be found at audible, audiobooks and scribd.

With summer in full swing, what better time is there than now to take an audio trip to Adenville.

Download. Enjoy.

4 thoughts on “Great Brain Audiobooks – Where Have They Gone?”

    1. Hi Rick,
      I am glad it could help. Thanks for reading through the crazy characters on the page. I am getting ready to relaunch the site and it’s a little wonky right now. Would you be interested in receiving random newsletters from this site? I only send them out once a month or so. If we have an event or major update I might send two. No more than that per month.

      Let me know.
      Thanks,
      Carrie

  1. These audiobooks helped set the tone of my childhood. Whenever we were in the car, my mom had audiobooks like the Great Brain, Hank the Cowdog, Homecoming, etc. I was hooked on books from then on. I *love* the Great Brain audiobooks, with a voice acting narrator, fun music, sound effects, and even a theme song that I still find myself singing under my breath some thirty years after I first heard it. I used to have copies of the tapes, but have no idea where they went. I nearly cried when I found the archived first book and The Great Brain Reforms, complete with theme song! They’ve been my internet “white whale.” But now that I’ve found two, I won’t be satisfied until I can get my hooves on the rest! Thanks for being as into these books as I am! Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Brian,

      Audiobooks are amazing. Congratulations on finding another one. So many Great Brain fans have fond memories of these. Keep searching. Keep me posted as you go. If you have any links where others can get copies I would be happy to share those. I don’t know if you are on Facebook, but may I post your comment on our Great Brain page. So many people would love to read it and add their 2 cents.

      Thanks for boosting my spirits. I love sharing this little nerdy habit.
      Carrie

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