Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Listened to: "The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey" by Trenton Lee Stewart

Listened to: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart, downloaded from Overdrive.com

Eh. I listened all the way through and liked some parts but this is still a poor substitute for the Baudelaire orphans.

The four "Society" members - Constance, Sticky, Kate and Renny - are joined together a year after the first book's happenings. They are to take a trip with Mr. Benedict. The trip's destination and purpose have been kept a secret from them. Before the trip happens Mr. Benedict is and Number Two are reported kidnapped. Renny and friends try to follow the clues created by Mr Benedict for their secret trip as a way to find him and Number Two.

Renny and all catch a super-fast container shipping ship on it's maiden voyage to Portugal. Meet the ship's captain, an old friend of Mr Benedict. Land in Portugal. Visits a famous landmark castle and see some of Curtain's henchmen. Find the secret directions leading them to Holland. Travel to Holland. Find more directions. Meet up with Milligan. Catch a sea plane to a deserted island in the North Sea. More trouble happens. Lives are threatened.

Throughout we discover more of Mr. Benedict's past and family heritage. The briefcase wielding bad guys are now called Ten Men. Renny doubts the ship captain's loyalty. Milligan is feared dead. Blah Blah. Blah Blah.

I'm not sure if I'll listen to the third book or not. I liked the polite and smiling villainy of the Ten Men. The exotic travel is a nice staple of juv fiction.

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