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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • YAKIMA, WA, United States
  • 09-15-13

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Watertown, SD, United States
  • 03-05-13

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Wyatt
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 07-11-09

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!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • H
  • Reno, NV, USA
  • 03-29-08

Ending was Worth Waiting For

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

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Very Imaginative and Humorous!

After hearing a mystery series that I somewhat enjoyed but had an issue with the moral value of the main character, I began to look through the browser for any mystery stories that would not have such an "adult" theme. I almost cancelled Audible because I couldn't find any mystery books that had mystery, adventure, and humor without any profanity or some moral issues. I went from adult mysteries to the youth section and for a while couldn't find anything that kept my interest until I found the Mysterious Benedict Society series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books and will definitely get the third. If Trenton Lee Stewart's other books are as enjoyable as these books, I may become a fan of his writings. I enjoy wholesome, imaginative, quality stories and these books are definitely so. Thank you Mr. Stewart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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M.B.S IS AWESOME

Sherlock Holmes meets H.I.V.E in this thrilling tale of four ingenious kids who "pass some stupid tests", give a recipe for " instant ton of bricks", and generally cause mischief for the benefits of there new friend Mr. Benedict. A book truly for all ages " hahemconstancehem" this book is great for learning new words learning important life lessons such as bravery and friendship. Trenton lee Stewart a true and modern Mr. Benedict. LA DROP-THE CURTAIN!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Story, Good Storyteller

This book is amazing. Del Roy is a good storyteller, and very naturalistic. Lovely story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful