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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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  • Lauren
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.

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  • Nasrullah
  • 12-03-21

Classic

An all time classic. Wish I had taken this advice seriously and followed it 40 years ago. Any way it's never too late.

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  • Booklover127
  • 06-01-21

Yuck

Written and read with such a condescending tone, it was very unpleasant to listen to. I don’t recommend this short audiobook to anyone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-20

Great listen

Motivational topic about the true currency of life. Makes one ponder what is truly relevant.

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  • mcleansibanda
  • 15-09-20

Interesting Quick Listen

Sounds very similar (verbatim) to Og Mandino's book The Greatest Mystery in the World chapter that deals with time - did one copy.the other?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-20

Delightful

Not a chore. Ninety minutes spent nicely. (Ignore the novelist steering you towards book-length poetry.) Eric Brooks will remind you a little of Wilfrid Hyde-White, if you like the sound of that.

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  • Jacob P
  • 22-03-20

Classic Work on Time Management

Long before Time Management became a standard staple of self-development, this work showed people how to be more aware of the time they possessed and how to make the most of it. While the example work/life schedule has shifted from the example of a typical day presented at the time this book was written, the principles and practices are still the core of essential personal time management today!

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  • Robert Chrisenbery
  • 07-02-20

good, short read. interesting thoughts.

good short read. interesting thoughts to ponder. I'll listen again to drill it in for memories sake.

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  • 07-01-20

Useful advice

Simple and dated, liked it.
Takeaway: Read poetry. (Look up: On Poetry in General BY WILLIAM HAZLITT)