Mental Efficiency

Read by Ruth Golding

(4 stars; 307 reviews)

In this light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising the mind, organising your life, the advantages (and disadvantages) of marriage and other pocket philosophies.

The book stands the test of time, and much is still relevant and amusing - perhaps even more so, with nearly 100 years of hindsight, than when it was originally written.

The book "X" to which Bennett refers in Chapter 5 is An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus, of which there is also a Librivox recording. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(2 hr 50 min)


1 - Mental Efficiency 39:25 Read by Ruth Golding
2 - Expressing One's Individuality 10:05 Read by Ruth Golding
3 - Breaking with the Past 9:04 Read by Ruth Golding
4 - Settling Down in Life 12:07 Read by Ruth Golding
5 - Marriage 28:13 Read by Ruth Golding
6 - Books 17:46 Read by Ruth Golding
7 - Success 30:23 Read by Ruth Golding
8 - The Petty Artificialities 11:39 Read by Ruth Golding
9 - The Secret of Content 12:02 Read by Ruth Golding


Very good reading!

(5 stars)

This book provides hints for a better life and successful personal growth. The book covers the topic of mental efficiency, expressing one's individuality, breaking with the past, settling down in life, marriage, books, success, the petty artificialities and the secret of content. Ruth Golding did it again and as well as usual! Many thanks for your valuable reading.


(5 stars)

I can't believe this fell in my lap when it did! I really enjoyed. I feel it is a timeless piece teetering between quantum physics and the quarrels of everyday life (i.e., feeling completely stuck in a mental haze for years and the remedies for relief. Apparently my search for such a correlation isn't at all a new dilemma).


(3 stars)

The reader of this book was fantastic, the material on the other hand was questionable at times. I appreciated the ideas that were presented in this book but at the same time the material did not necessarily have anything to do with mental efficiency. Most of the time it seemed that the author was just rambling on about one thing or another with no true central idea.

One of a kind

(5 stars)

I haven't read a book in a while that impressed me as much as this did. I believe the Bennetts are the most knowledgeable philosophers on the human mind. That being said, this book has to be one of a kind, and it definitely is.

fun book

(5 stars)

an excellent and fun read, manifesting a magnificent nonchalant and casual pose, touching an array of topics all respectful and ingenious in their own right which, read by the infalable Ruth Golding is definitely a worthwhile read.

(3 stars)

Disagreed at some points. He does give some helpful hints especially towards the beginning of the book about methods to help concentrate. However the rest kind of gets a hazy and I suppose that's part of his other hints and I felt like it could've been its own separate book had he had clearer thoughts.

(1 stars)

This is a very boring books I've read, and the title has little to do with the context. I'd Its more like mental inefficiency and waste of time type of reading.


(1 stars)

Good narator but that's about it. Thiis book is all over the place and has nothing to do with mental efficiency. It was anything but an efficient use of my mental time.