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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Hannah
  • ATCO, NJ, United States
  • 04-15-12

Well worth the wait!!!

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome prequel

This was a wonderful story and performance. We were left wondering a few things we thought would be resolved in this prequel!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Refreshing contemporary fiction with heartwarming narration

This book, which is the prequel to the Mysterious Benedict Society, was the first in the series we listened to a few years ago. It captivated us from the beginning with the well written character descriptions from the mind of an extraordinary orphan boy in "ordinary" orphan circumstances. The plot has a great many features: secrets and mystery, struggle and suspense, deep friendship and ultimately a wonderful and unexpected ending that leaves every reader wanting to make the world a better place right where they are. This is the theme that continues throughout the series, and we've recently purchased the boxed set of paperbacks after having listened to each story 2-3 times on audible. These books are indeed one of the greatest series of our time and should be sought out and valued as the great treasure that they are!

The narration by Del Roy is perfectly suited to the character of Nicholas Benedict throughout the series and enriches the experience even more. My 9 yr old daughter says she loves that as she reads the books in print, she hears Del Roy's voice in her head, as do I: the gentle, intelligent, animated and constant voice of the extraordinary, mysterious Nicholas Benedict.

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excellent wrap up

Loved it. It was very sad in parts but had a great message about telling the truth. He also overcame bullying through his own ingenuity. A very touching and compelling story.

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a Great Read

If you are in any way curious about how and why the children of Mysterious Benedict Society were so special. This book shows that Nicholas was just like each child all by himself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing!

I have all of the Benedict Society books. Please write more! I am such a big fan.

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This was not a great book.

What disappointed you about The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict?

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.

Would you be willing to try another one of Del Roy’s performances?

Not unless the book came really highly recommended, and even then I'd probably rather read it.

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Extraordinary!

It was very detailed and I liked how. Nicholas is very wonderful. Best book ever!

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All Good....

Things come to an end. Wonderful 4 Series for adults and children. Well worth investment.

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Excellent listen

Can't wait for the next book. I love Nicholas Benedict even more after listening to this fourth book. Hurry Mr. Stewart, I'm saving up my pennies.