Saturday, April 18, 2015

It Happened on a Train: A Great Audiobook for GUYS!

If you've followed this blog for a while, you'll know that I am a HUGE fan of the Brixton Brothers mystery series. They're funny, they're hip and they have some really good mysteries in them. And good action scenes too. So I was very, very glad to see the library get audiobook copies of them! And I was very, very, very glad to see that the great Arte Johnson was the person reading them!. Now you may or may not know who Arte Johnson is but guys who grew up when I did are very familiar with him and knew how funny he could be. He's the perfect guy for these audiobooks and he did a great job on this one.

And this one, It Happened on a Train, is my favorite of the four Brixton Bothers. (all of them written by the marvelously-talented Mac Barnett) It wold take too long to recount the plot, so if you want to see what this one is about, see my review of the book here. Just let me say that the story has lots of unexpected twists, characters who will surprise you, good laughs and suspense. Plus, Steve Brixton is the only guy who can be a hero and a goofball at the same time--as when he climbs on top of the train, as you see on the cover. Arte Johnson does a terrific job, pacing his reading to give you the maximum suspense and humor. Get this book next time you take a road trip or even if you if you're in a carpool. Especially if you're in a carpool. We've tried these books when driving kids to school and found that no one can fight, bicker or complain when they're laughing or trying to figure out the mystery.

One more note--don't forget that today is the day for the ALIEN DUDE author visit! See the post under this one for more info!
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8 comments:

Greg Pattridge said...

I haven't heard of this series so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I'll be tracking it down for an upcoming road trip.

Iron Guy Carl said...

Great! Write in and let us know what you think.

Cheriee Weichel said...

I have never heard of the Brixton Brothers so I went to my local library and reserved an audiobook of The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity. Im sure I will like it so much that I will end up purchasing a set of them for our school library.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

I'm dating myself here but I do remember Arte Johnson. Nice to know he's still alive and kicking. Your description of the humor in the Brixton Brothers books reminds me of Gordon Korman's Bruno and Boots series, probably now out of print. I will check these out. Thanks for the recommendation.

Iron Guy Carl said...

I'm glad everyone will check out the BB audiobooks. Be sure to look at the physical books also because the "Bailey Brothers" (aka retro Hardy Boys) type of illustrations are priceless. Also, the first book is rather unlike the other three--it has a lot of over-the-top humor ("all librarians knew seven types of martial arts") while the others focus on the mysteries.

Rosi said...

I'm not an audio book person, but my grandkids might like this. Thanks for the tip.

Iron Guy Carl said...

Your grandkids will love it. Bet you will too.

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!