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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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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really pleased that I spent time listening to this
a very useful perspective on how to make use of all the hours in the day!

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a timeless way of thinking about the time you have

the examples are so out of date that I doubt they apply to anyone at all. yet the central ideas are so acurate that somehow it still applies.

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Patronising tone to narration

A great book in content. I should recommend it in printed text or kindle rather than audio even though 90% of my reading is on audible (while dog walking). Some books just don't narrate well.

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One for Arnold Bennett Fans

The narrator I have to say starts pretty poorly and at first, I thought it was one of those shaky Librivox recordings. Made by those good-willed but misguided individuals who perceive themselves as great narrators. In this caseEric Brooks improves a little but that might I got used to it, which is not the same thing as being enjoyable.
The first half or so is good highlighting ways in which time is wasted. And is very mildly humourous. It seems somewhat like one of those articles found in in-flight magazines. And had Bennett lived in current times would have added to his coffers writing for them However the second half had more of an angle of 'self-improvement' and seemed to offer little insight. So basically it falls being neither funny -wise enough nor relevant to time-management in the current society. Purely one for the Arnold Bennett aficionado.

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some great ideas that can be applied even today

some great ideas that can be applied even today. take time for yourself and do not waste it

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most annoying narrator ever

could not finish the most annoying narrator in the world, should got a robot to read it

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Alright

The book seems pretty plain and dull for even 1 and a half hours... and I couldn't wait to finish it.
There were a couple of useful pieces of advice but other than those... it was a narrow scoped book at people who are fed up with their 9-5.
Don't get me wrong the narration was good and humorous to a certain extent but overall it wasn't as likeable to me

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  • 21-02-12

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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  • 28-02-22

Great advice underneath

The language and context are outdated but the contents are not. I enjoyed this book and I believe it has a practical wisdom that everyone could use, but perhaps not everyone would be pleased with the delivery.

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  • 23-02-22

Advice via stream-of-consciousness narration

The microwave Hot Pockets generation will not appreciate the seemingly unstructured tangential rambling. Those with greater tolerance for ambiguity, however, will appreciate the subtle nuance, worldliness and elegance in the author's word selection.

This is an old work spoken in a received British accent at a slow, steady pace. Within is advice about how to enjoy a day of purpose and contentment, albeit by 19th century standards. Ironically, the author seems to believe that self-reflection seperates average minds from extraordinary minds, and that indulging in too much reading (or what today would be any sort of passive entertainment such as TV or social media) deprives most people of their needed self-reflection.

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  • 23-02-22

2022remake?

It's outdated in its examples but the concepts are still relevant today
I wonder if there's a remake

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  • Catherine
  • 17-02-22

What is he even talking about?

This was a struggle to listen to. Lots of talk about nothing. Felt like I was being scolded or talked down to. The narrator seemed to be ranting and raving and mostly, what I heard was blah, blah, blah.

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  • 02-02-22

Some Good Points To Flip Time On It’s Head

Most people think they don’t have enough time but this book reveals that you do.

I’ve said it many times that most lack focus and waste more time than they realize but much more to it than this inside of this book!

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  • Kris Holder
  • 26-01-22

Attention lost

While the content has merit I struggled to remain attentive. I also didn't enjoy the narrator very much.

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  • New Chic Gal
  • 26-10-21

Waste of Time

4 Chapters of useless information trying to convince us the importance of managing time. Don’t bother. Save your money and time by not buying or listening to this book.

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  • 27-09-21

Hundred Year Old Advice That Holds Up

Now more than ever the humor - and truth - of deliberate living holds up. A short and worthwhile listen.

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  • 16-07-21

Cheeky bugger!

Good cheeky British humor! I loved it! A good stoic primer on how to live well, without taking yourself too seriously.