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Editorial Reviews

Author Arnold Bennett lived a busy life. He was a prolific English writer who moved to France and became a high-ranking bureaucrat. He also dabbled in film and opera, and had a rich personal life. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day is chock full of Bennett’s tried-and-true advice. Bennett urges his audience to live authentic and ambitious lives. For Bennett, time is the great equalizing currency: No one can choose their allotment, or accrue additional time. So you must spend what you have wisely. Narrator Eric Brooks has an august British accent, and he expounds with the authority Bennett himself would have employed. Brooks methodically explains Bennett’s techniques for increasing concentration and self-awareness, both key tools to increase productivity and time efficiency.

Publisher's Summary

This classic personal time-management book, originally published in 1908, has inspired generations of men and women to live deliberate lives. Not just another collection of timesaving tips, this book is more of a challenge to leave behind mundane everyday concerns, focus on pursuing one's true desires, and live the fullest possible life. Reflection, concentration, and study techniques make it easier to accomplish more truly rewarding undertakings than anyone ever dreamed possible.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Well written, well read.

Would you listen to How to Live on 24 Hours a Day again? Why?

Yes. I liked the tone and the fact that it is a century old makes for interesting companrisons to life today. It was a pleasant read.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

We have to be at work for so many hours a week, but most people fritter away most of the remaining time. A little time each day should be set aside.

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Has some good points

This is an older book with some older ideas. However, there are some good takeaways. There is a reason is has lasted this long. It is worth the short read

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interesting but not super helpful

it was interesting to see this englishman's worldview from a century ago, but there are better books in how to be wise with your time

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Too simple

There are too many simple ideas in this book. It makes this book boring and not intresting.

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Love the humour

It is written years back, but very entertaining and still practical to follow today. It's short but powerful, but does slow a bit down to the end.

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Just what I needed!

Just what I needed. I laughed out loud at times. The thought-provoking material is so well presented. The way he arrives at simple conclusions, I felt like I was along for the ride. Glad I found this little gem.

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Excellent

Old school but excellent way of time management. The narration was well done and seem to capture the essence of the message.

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  • J
  • Port Moody, BC, Canada
  • 07-08-14

Not as much insight as I hoped

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't much time so it's not going to be one of life's huge regrets.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would make an awful movie about a day in the life of an old fashioned english business man. In which nothing unexpected ever happens.

Any additional comments?

Some nice ideas in early self help.

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  • Sean
  • United States
  • 06-26-14

Sarcastic, biting humor makes this a good one.

Would you listen to How to Live on 24 Hours a Day again? Why?

Absolutely. First, I really appreciated the humor. Second, the narrator is great. Third, the information, even though written more than a century ago, is still applicable today. Finally, enjoyed how it turned the axiom of "time is money" upside down. You have to hear the first few minutes to really appreciate how the author did this. I would do it no justice if I tried to express it here in words. It's really quite brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Live on 24 Hours a Day?

I enjoyed the line, "You can always turn over a new leaf in the next hour."

Which character – as performed by Eric Brooks – was your favorite?

There really weren't any specific characters performed by Mr. Brooks, However, he himself, was excellent.

What did you learn from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day that you would use in your daily life?

I like how it encouraged me to look at 24 hours as just that...24 hours. It's not like money. I can never go into debt by using too much. Outside of my dying, I get the same amount deposited into my account tomorrow. And EVERYONE is treated equally and given 24 hours everyday. While simple in it's story, it's fairly impactful.

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Not book to waste money on

What would have made How to Live on 24 Hours a Day better?

New narrator.

Has How to Live on 24 Hours a Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have found better books on this subject

How could the performance have been better?

Please try it with a different narrator. I just could not make it through the first 1/4 of the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day?

I didn't get through enough of the book to answer this question.

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  • Lillian
  • 04-19-15

Excellent wisdom

Although the narration sometimes feels more like a comic novel, it actually suits the content of this book very well. The author uses a gently teasing tone as he delivers some rather serious and challenging advice on how to make better use of one's time. I loved it, and will certainly listen to it again!

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  • Immanuel
  • 04-28-14

Too short and yet complete

Would you listen to How to Live on 24 Hours a Day again? Why?

Yes I would relisten to this book and anticipate to do so often. The struggle I find in getting through the day and week. Thank you to this book for some great ideas which I am working on putting in to practice.

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  • Ian
  • 05-09-13

The Best 1.5 hours of reading (listening) Ever!

After 105 years in print I am amazed that it took me so long to find this book. It surpasses all of the time management books ever written. Move over Covey, Franklin and Carnegie this man is a genius. I loved the old literary "Jeeves" style of writing but it may put some people off. However, I encourage you to persist and focus on the core principles that Bennett is trying to teach. If you are fed up with having too much busyness in your life and you want to enjoy "living" on 24 hours a day instead of existing then I invite you to apply these principles into your life without delay.