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The Mysterious Benedict Society | [Trenton Lee Stewart]

The Mysterious Benedict Society

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.
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Publisher's Summary

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES?

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.)

Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it, they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden labyrinth of the school's underground tunnels is more than your average school supplies.

First time children's novelist Trenton Lee Stewart takes listeners on an adventure that puts friends, family, and foe to the test. Are you up to the challenge?

©2007 Trenton Lee Stewart; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Through its interesting characters, the book...tackles personal concerns: abandonment, family, loyalty, and facing one's fears....Stewart writes with such attention to the intricacies of plot and personality....Smart kids who like Blue Balliet's books are the natural audience for this; but, read aloud, the novel will attract many others as well." (Booklist)

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    Jennifer S Hill Boulder, Co. United States 02-17-15
    Jennifer S Hill Boulder, Co. United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good storyline"

    I think this is a great story for adults and kids. It wasn't the best narrator but it met my expectations. It was also a good storyline, and a good story.

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    Steve Totte 01-22-15
    Steve Totte 01-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!!!!!!!!😄😄😄😄"

    I love this book it is so. So so so so so so so so so so so so goog

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    Chris Coyne 11-23-14
    Chris Coyne 11-23-14
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    "Not just for children."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Because it's a a great spy story. It may be written for children, but it's very suspenseful.


    What other book might you compare The Mysterious Benedict Society to and why?

    The 21th century's answer to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the three investigators.


    Have you listened to any of Del Roy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. But I like to hear more of him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's better than Spy kids.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Plan to read more of the series. My only complaint is that the audios for the series is little to expensive in my opinon. This a children series, not a overpriced bestseller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 07-21-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2015

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Rules and schools are tools for fools!"

    When you have a stressful job and just want a book to relax to - then this would be a good book for you. Yes, it is a children's book. However, it is enjoyable, and funny, and has some very interesting characters. It is not too complicated, it helps to zone out after work in the car on the way home. Some great quotes too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Careena 03-11-14
    Careena 03-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Jane Austen, Doctor Who, Elizabeth Gaskell, Doctor Who, other period drama, Doctor Who.

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    "Brilliant story, poor narrator"

    The narrator doesn't know how to do believable, normal inflections, which kind of breaks up the story a bit. It takes a while to get used to it, which is too bad, because the story is brilliant. I would skip the audio, read the book several times, and then get the audiobook to listen to when you just HAVE to have this book in ALL it's forms ALL the time, because it's THAT GOOD.

    Four gifted children are specially selected as secret agents to infiltrate a school run by a man who is trying to take over the world. It's not a matter of them developing the skills needed to form an effective team, it's about discovering that those qualities are already there inside them, and they need each different member of the Mysterious Benedict Society to bring out the best in each other. It's a tale of discovery, risk, and friendship.

    I really don't recommend this audio to a first-time reader, but do go and read the book. It's worth it.

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    Marie Florissant, MO, United States 04-11-13
    Marie Florissant, MO, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Five Stars"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysterious Benedict Society to be better than the print version?

    Wayy better than the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Mysterious Benedict Society to and why?

    The Secret Series.


    What about Del Roy’s performance did you like?

    The PREFECT voice for reading this kind of book. AMAZING.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joun, Hackensack, NJ, United States 11-29-12
    Joun, Hackensack, NJ, United States 11-29-12
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    "Fun to read even for adults!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Absolutely Constance! I love the way she talks and acts.


    What does Del Roy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a non-English speaker, it was very helpful while listening. I could readily recognize the emotions and feelings of each character and I could know about the pronounciations of difficult words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. But unfortunately I didn't have enough time to listen regularly since I am taking care of a 5 month old baby. : )


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit hard for me to understand some parts of the story in the beginning since the reader has a husky voice. But I got used to it as time goes by and I started feeling his voice is very friendly.

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    Loves Books SPANISH FORK, UT, United States 05-17-12
    Loves Books SPANISH FORK, UT, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Books are where I can clear my head and fall into another world for a short while.

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    "A Society I want to Join!"
    Where does The Mysterious Benedict Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent narration. I enjoyed the voices of the various characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Kate and her fabulous bucket full of tricks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyra Fort Collins, CO, USA 01-22-09
    Tyra Fort Collins, CO, USA 01-22-09
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    "awesome"

    this is a awesome book constance was great!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Philosopher Mom 10-29-14
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    "So sad this doesn't sync with the Kindle book"
    What would have made The Mysterious Benedict Society better?

    Great story, nice narration. Unfortunately this Audible version won't WhisperSync with the Kindle version. Now I have to deal with getting a refund :-(


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    So disappointed that it won't WhisperSync with the Kindle book. It's the first book we've had this problem with.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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