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
"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)
"Infinitely engaging -- I'm 67 and would LOVE to adopt the whole tribe, beginning with Benedict himself, of course"
I'm sixty-seven, and would LOVE to adopt the whole tribe, beginning with Mr. Benedict himself, of course.
From being orphans to having a family these 4 children go on an amazing adventure to save the world from being brain swept and to be under the control of one man, can they do it?
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a great book for adults and children. Well worth the purchase.
This first book is convincing enough to buy the series in book and/or audio. Will be a great gift to those with young hearts and curious minds for truth and adventure, no matter the age (roughly 7/9 years old and beyond into adulthood).
The characters and details are written so vividly as if you were in the story itself. All the reason why it doesn't need a movie but would be worth for the movie entertainers to enjoy it as well.
Admittedly, I was a bit annoyed with the narrator's raspy voice in the beginning. However, he was a good narrator when it came to each character being read.
Once you start this book, you will find it impossible to not want to finish....or end. Bravo!
I would recommend this book without reservation to the right kind of person. I'm an adult and enjoyed the book, but I think this book would set best with the younger, middle school readers. I listened to it with my kids and we all enjoyed it.
What I liked best was the the thing that bothered me most in the beginning. The author writes dialogue in a slightly archaic manner. I believe this is to achieve the "above average" intelligence effect of the children characters. It stood out as odd in the beginning, but by the end I really enjoyed the dialogue between the characters. I liked the sense of danger throughout the children's mission mixed with the faith that they could succeed.
I liked little Miss Contrary and Mr. Benedict's evil brother.
I laughed at several points in the story. Overall it made me feel good.
Like many good books this was a story that grew on me. At first it seemed pretty ordinary as far as "exceptional kids" stories go, but it is saved by some really good character development.
This book was wonderful I am literally listening to it for the seventh time it was so good I have no complaints about the book and the rest of the books.
Proof that really interesting stories can be told without cluttering them with needless language & sexual implications.
Del Roy is very good with his performance of each individual character and I was very pleased to find that he was the reader for the entire series.
I can relate to this book and story line in the unique way that a person can understand things because they themselves have experienced some of the things within the story. I, too have narcolepsy.
The first of this series that I listened to was actually the last that was written. I enjoyed it so much that I searched for the rest of the series, while thinking that I had actually listened to the first book.
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