Reviews for Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma


AudioFile Reviews 2010 December
Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance come to life once more in the third installment of the Mysterious Benedict Society series. Del Roy does a fair job of involving the listener through inflection and the occasional chuckle at the antics of the broad cast of characters, though his ability to voice individuals falls flat. This fast-paced story describes the children's adventures as they attempt to thwart the evil Ledroptha Curtain. Stewart's quirky, intelligent dialogue allows for the characters' personalities to be determined easily from the start, though Roy's interpretation occasionally missteps and distracts from the narrative. His pacing also leaves something to be desired, as drawn-out phrases and lengthy pauses leave the listener impatient. K.M.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 April

Gr 4-7--Smart kids score again in Trenton Lee Stewart's third adventure (Little, Brown, 2009) about the Mysterious Benedict Society. This time, Reynie, Kate, Stickie, and precocious Constance are in protective custody in Mr. Benedict's house to keep them from falling into the hands of the nefarious Mr. Curtain who is determined to steal back the Whisperer machine and control the minds of the people of Stonetown and the world. When a blackout thrusts the town into darkness and Constance goes missing, the Society puts their heads together to thwart Curtain, recover Constance, and save the day. As in the previous two books, Stewart fills his story with poems, riddles, and puzzles that will delight listeners, and he never shies away from intelligent vocabulary. Del Roy returns as narrator and permeates the tale with his rough, gravelly voice. Elegant writing and charming narration fuse to give the feeling of an old, treasured classic. A fine entry in an enjoyable series.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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