Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society there was simply a Boy Named Nicholas Benedict.
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but also he has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he's sent to a new orphanage, where he encounters vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances - and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he has one important thing in his favor: He's a genius.
On his quest to solve the mystery, Nicholas finds enemies around every corner, but also friends in unexpected places - and discovers along the way that the greatest puzzle of all is himself.
©2012 Trenton Lee Stewart (P)2012 Listening Library
"Gives readers a reason to fall in love with the series all over again...[with] adventures, danger, cleverness, dry wit, and good-hearted characters at the center of the action." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"Stewart fills in the back story on the narcoleptic genius founder of the Mysterious Benedict Society...[with]...admirable insight." (Kirkus Reviews)
We're so glad to finally get the history on Mister Benedict! We missed Reny, Sticky, Kate & Constance, but you'll find out why Mister Benedict connected to them so much in the first three books. This is a great story and it stands alone - you don't have to read the earlier books to enjoy this one. The story features some great new characters. We can't wait for the next MBS story - whether it features the young Nicholas Benedict or Reny, Sticky, Kate & Constance!
Most of this book was boring. It just dragged on and on as the main character moved through one intense situation where he was not in any danger to another. Also the only thing that make the main character compelling is that he is very smart, but the only time he acts at all smart, is when the author is putting in a concentrated effort to make him look that way.
Also this narrator was not good, not good at all.
Not unless the book came really highly recommended, and even then I'd probably rather read it.
I have not read the print version, but I very much enjoy Del Roy's narration.
Other titles by Trenton Lee Stewart - Tales of young persons using their intelligence and willingness to learn/risk/develop to accomplish a great feat.
The mystery of the secret treasure
I hope & pray that this book becomes recognized as worthy of a multi-million dollar movie deal. It has so much potential! I am 30 years old and I loved it! The characters, the plot turns, the suspense...so enjoyable.
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