The Human Machine

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.6 stars; 149 reviews)

Bennett asks us to consider our brains as the most wonderful machine, a machine which is the only thing in this world that we can control. As he writes: "I am simply bent on calling your attention to a fact which has perhaps wholly or partially escaped you -- namely, that you are the most fascinating bit of machinery that ever was."

As ever, his prose is honeyed, his thoughts inspired, and his advice as relevant today as when it was written.

(2 hr 48 min)


01 Taking Oneself for Granted 12:31 Read by Ruth Golding
02 Amateurs in the Art of Living 10:02 Read by Ruth Golding
03 The Brain as a Gentleman-at-Large 10:32 Read by Ruth Golding
04 The First Practical Step 10:03 Read by Ruth Golding
05 Habit-forming by Concentration 10:40 Read by Ruth Golding
06 Lord over the Noddle 10:05 Read by Ruth Golding
07 What 'Living' Chiefly Is 11:01 Read by Ruth Golding
08 The Daily Friction 10:54 Read by Ruth Golding
09 'Fire!' 10:42 Read by Ruth Golding
10 Mischievously Overworking It 10:14 Read by Ruth Golding
11 An Interlude 10:59 Read by Ruth Golding
12 An Interest in Life 9:18 Read by Ruth Golding
13 Success and Failure 9:12 Read by Ruth Golding
14 A Man and His Environment 10:33 Read by Ruth Golding
15 L. S. D. 11:18 Read by Ruth Golding
16 Reason! Reason! 10:25 Read by Ruth Golding


(4 stars)

Another excellent read by Ruth Golding. Interesting book premise to now popular cognitive behavioural therapy. Worth a listen. Some interesting points although a little dismissive of the power and validity of passion in favour of reason I would venture. One point to Librivox why do your books regularly miss every other chapter when in run on. Bit annoying and detracts from experience. Thanks Ruth for bringing this book to our attention.

astounding reminder

(5 stars)

I might have of the message of the book at the back of my heas, but I would've not give it further thought if I hadn't listened to this. Really good reminder to me. I really recommend this.

what a brain boost!

(4 stars)

I know that I've gained more mastery of my brain in the one day I took to focus intentionally on the words of this book. eager to experiment daily towards evolving mastery of living

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant

(5 stars)

A masterpiece by Arnold Bennet about developing the force of Will. Witty, sharp and deeply profound. The narration by Ruth Golding is a work of art in itself. Simply brilliant!

Entertaining & Enlightening

(5 stars)

Arnold Bennett has become one of my favorite authors, both his novels and humorous self-help books. Ruth Golding is one of my favorite readers. Excellent book!

Nice insight about the brain.

(5 stars)

nice continuation on how to live open 24 hours a day. also, gives really detailed information about how to use your brain effectively.

Revolutionary, Thought provoking

(5 stars)

Just what I wanted to know and wanted to listen to, daily on my way to and from the office, in my car! Awesome stuff!

A machine called Sean

(5 stars)

Excellent and relevant for all today - somewhat, beyond belief, considering it age. Happy that I found such a gem, expertly read, too.