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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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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 12-02-07
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 12-02-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Fun"

    Lot of fun. Very imaginative. Characters you'll fall in love with and hate to leave at the end of the story. Great for adults that think most adult novel/thrillers are pretty boring. Funny. Can't wait for the next in the series...

    C.G.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wyatt Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 07-11-09
    Wyatt Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 07-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome!"

    A very good book for people who like mystery, suspense, puzzles, the way that Trenton writes this book kept me listening for hours on end, Del Roy also did a very nice job on the reading too, overall a very good book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 04-17-07
    Matt 04-17-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Marvelous Mysterious Benevolent Benedict Society"

    This will prove to be an instant classic, full of timeless and important lessons, and a joy to all ages.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 09-15-13
    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.

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    "I want to share it with my daughter"

    I read this as an adult (without my kid) on the recommendation of a friend. I liked the story, though it was clearly aimed a little younger. I'd like to share it with my daughter, who is almost 6, but I'm not sure if it would be just a bit much for her at this point.

    There were some fun surprises in your basic smart, resourceful kids save the day in a new way without much adult supervision story. I would imagine a midlevel reader (I'm not really sure what age that would be) would get a kick out of solving some of the puzzles just ahead of the kids in the story--or just behind them.

    I look forward to reading this and the next with my kid. I'm not sure if I would read the next on my own as an adult, but I would recommend the first to an adult alone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katie westfield, NJ, United States 08-03-12
    Katie westfield, NJ, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "fabulous adventure for kids"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's an adventurous and challenging book for kids. An entertaining story for adults.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mysterious Benedict Society?

    I love the character description of No. 2.


    What about Del Roy’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyable.


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

    an exciting adventure for smart kids


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    H Reno, NV, USA 03-29-08
    H Reno, NV, USA 03-29-08
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    "Ending was Worth Waiting For"

    This book was such a pleasant surprise. Witty, funny, great narrator. The ending made me laugh out loud.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 11-14-13
    Ashton Mishima-gun, Japan 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Harry Potter for adults and smart children."

    The narrator sounds like Mr Benedict, he has a slight lisp whichannoyed me at first until I got it then well, then I got it.

    I enjoyed the story and the waiting room. Parts are a little messy but overall a good listen.
    One thing, the kid with the bucket, I just don't buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Watertown, SD, United States 03-05-13
    Kathy Watertown, SD, United States 03-05-13
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    "Kept Us All Guessing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The characters each have strengths that compliment each other. This makes the Mysterious Benedict Society stronger than its parts.


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

    Roald Dahl books come to mind because the children take the lead in the adventure. In some ways it is like the first Harry Potter, but without the magic and fantasy. The kids are fighting a mysterious evil. They go to a school for the exceptional students. Three of the main characters are orphans, as was Harry Potter. They have a kindly adult watching out for their welfare.


    Which character – as performed by Del Roy – was your favorite?

    Reynie was my favorite, as he is most like me in his problem solving strategies.


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

    Absolutely. It nearly killed me when each chapter ended and I needed to put it away for the day.


    Any additional comments?

    It is so good that I have purchased the next two in the series to read in hardcover. I may have to buy them from Audible as well. I really enjoy the performance of Del Roy. It is like having a favorite adult read an almost hypnotic, mesmerizing story to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tory Anderson Levan, Utah United States 07-12-15
    Tory Anderson Levan, Utah United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2013

    PapaT

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    "Slow Becoming Friends, But Won Me Over In the End"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Del Roy – was your favorite?

    I liked little Miss Contrary and Mr. Benedict's evil brother.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at several points in the story. Overall it made me feel good.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Harvey Fort Wayne, IN 07-09-15
    Tim Harvey Fort Wayne, IN 07-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I can't stop listening to it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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