- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air
- Audible.com Release Date: September 26, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075SK11S2
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Tom Swift and His Motor Boat Audiobook – Unabridged
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Anyone who thinks the Tom Swift novels are great literature probably never read a Tom Swift novel. In 1910 there were five Tom Swift novels published and in 1911 another five so these books were being cranked out very quickly. This is the second book in the series but the fourth I've read and it is so far the most benign. Tom fixes the boat and the readers are included in on the repairs. This is actually one of the coolest parts of the Tom Swift series as it's both entertaining and educational. Last book pitted Tom against some industrial crooks but this time Tom has to deal with the red headed bully from the first book, Andy Foger and his idiotic friend Sam Snedecker. We also get the return of Wakefield Damon, a silly character from the previous book whose accident with a motor-bike allowed Tom to get the motor-boat. In fact most of the characters from the previous book appear again including his future wife Mary Nestor.
Tom Swift is the classic hero so good hearted that he is often stupid in his actions. Andy Foger is the typical thick headed red haired bully but his attempts at revenge on Tom for winning the auction could easily be lethal and yet Swift insists on handling it himself even when his dad suggests going to Foger's father. At the risk of spoiling the plot we eventually do discover some actual villains who just happen to be the same crooks from the previous book. In the first book the criminals appeared to be patent thieves working for some corporation but now they appear to have a very broad range of crimes as they've branched out in a completely different direction even as they seem to continue to hang out in Tom Swift's hometown of Shopton. They also continue to steal secrets from the Swifts but at this point it seems like more of an aside as if they were doing it out of habit.
I am way older than the target audience and Tom's actions are often absurd but it's a fun series and an interesting glimpse back to the early 1900's. I've started reading the third book and it's already clear the author is sticking to a very tight story template. At least in the next book he moves past pedestrian vehicles like motorbikes and motorboats and lunches into the air with his airship.
This book has Tom buying a boat. And the bully gets a boat too. Also Tom's girlfriend is in there with a picnic. Yum!
Tom builds a blimp-zepplin thingy. That apparently has all sorts of modern amenities. Then he and some guests get all Gilligan's Island when they crash, but Tom saves the day once again!