Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel

Read by Tom Weiss

(4.5 stars; 103 reviews)

The Titus Brothers Contractors company have won a government contract in Peru to blast a tunnel through a mountain and connect two isolated railroad lines. The deadline is approaching, and the contractors have hit a literal wall: excessively hard rock which defies conventional blasting techniques. The company is under pressure to finish, or else the contract will default to their rivals, Blakeson & Grinder. Mr. Job Titus has heard of Tom Swift and Tom's giant cannon, which is used in protecting the Panama Canal, and wants to hire Tom to develop a special blasting powder to help them finish the excavation.

Mr. Damon, Tom's very good friend, arrives in the middle of this conversation, and is unaware of the situation. By coincidence, Mr. Damon is invested in a business which procures cinchona bark from Peru, but production has all but ceased, prompting Mr. Damon to invite Tom to accompany him to Peru and discover the source of the problem.

Tom, Mr. Damon and Mr. Titus (along with Koku, Tom's giant) embark for Peru. On the way, they encounter Professor Swyington Bumper, who is on a life-long quest to locate the lost city of Pelone. Professor Bumper returns to Peru each season, and has thus far been unsuccessful. When Professor Bumper discovers that Tom is headed to the same general area, Rimac, Professor Bumper decides to join the company. (Introduction by Wikipedia) (4 hr 24 min)


01 - Chapter 1 10:43 Read by Tom Weiss
02 - Chapter 2 11:16 Read by Tom Weiss
03 - Chapter 3 10:16 Read by Tom Weiss
04 - Chapter 4 13:10 Read by Tom Weiss
05 - Chapter 5 10:01 Read by Tom Weiss
06 - Chapter 6 10:59 Read by Tom Weiss
07 - Chapter 7 10:21 Read by Tom Weiss
08 - Chapter 8 10:36 Read by Tom Weiss
09 - Chapter 9 9:27 Read by Tom Weiss
10 - Chapter 10 7:49 Read by Tom Weiss
11 - Chapter 11 12:33 Read by Tom Weiss
12 - Chapter 12 10:53 Read by Tom Weiss
13 - Chapter 13 11:01 Read by Tom Weiss
14 - Chapter 14 14:38 Read by Tom Weiss
15 - Chapter 15 6:50 Read by Tom Weiss
16 - Chapter 16 10:40 Read by Tom Weiss
17 - Chapter 17 13:50 Read by Tom Weiss
18 - Chapter 18 9:27 Read by Tom Weiss
19 - Chapter 19 8:47 Read by Tom Weiss
20 - Chapter 20 15:26 Read by Tom Weiss
21 - Chapter 21 8:39 Read by Tom Weiss
22 - Chapter 22 7:49 Read by Tom Weiss
23 - Chapter 23 9:25 Read by Tom Weiss
24 - Chapter 24 7:23 Read by Tom Weiss
25 - Chapter 25 12:55 Read by Tom Weiss



(5 stars)

awesome book and great narration, I just wish that there were more books by this author there are well over 100 books between Victor Appleton and Victor Appleton II (Victor Appleton II however is actually various different authors) Here's the wiki link to the Tom Swift Jr page:,_Jr. The link to the main wiki entry for all of Tom Swift: Lastly the link to all of the Tom Swift books written including both public domain and non PD books: (yes this review is from my phone and the link's are .m. for ease the of those on tablets and phone's) Better than half of the series aren't in the public domain. However books #1-#25, and #39 of the original series are in PD, and a few others of the "Tom Swift Jr." series are also works in the PD


(5 stars)

thiz book is prity pretty

More adventures with Tom Swift

(5 stars)

There are quite a few on Librivox/Archive, and I enjoy them all. They are light and amusing reading. Tom Swift is an inventor who is tapped to help solve a unique problem: how to blast through super hard flint. He comes up with a way, and takes his solution to the mountains of Peru, where a huge tunnel is being dug through the mountains. Upon arriving, he finds the project being sabotaged and facing delay after delay. Will Tom save the day? What a silly question. :-) The reader is excellent, as is the quality of the recordings. Enjoy!

Shows the inherent advantage if choosing to be born white

(5 stars)

Tom Swift, the white cis gendered heir of wealth and privilege, demonstrates just how far you can go in life when you happen to be born white. Tom Swift, as a result of his whiteness is able to lead a crew of BIPOCs to dig a tunnel through a mountain that seemed impossible. The mountain is alegorical for the unmolested and uncolonized indigenous female. As a result if a pathological melotonin deficiency, Tom is driven to blast a hole into the mountain, thereby forever corrupting the virginal mountainside and future generations of indigenous peoples. We all need to be less white and realize just how raycyst tunnels are

nice story for children, read very well by Tom W

(4.5 stars)

Grate book, Shame no one Wright's books like this anymore

(5 stars)

(5 stars)

best and most believable in the series so far