Benefit Audiobook, by Siobhan Phillips Play Audiobook Sample

Benefit Audiobook

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Read By: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212012508

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Longest Chapter Length:

71:23 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

56:43 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

64:20 minutes

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A young woman discovers what lurks beneath the system that anointed her among the best and brightest of her generation.

Laura, a student from a modest background, escapes her small town to join the ranks of the academic elite on a Weatherfield fellowship to study at Oxford University. She enthusiastically throws herself into her coursework, yet she is never able to escape a feeling of unease and dislocation among her fellow chosen “students of promise and ambition.”

Years later, back in the United States with a PhD and dissertation on Henry James, she loses her job as an adjunct professor and reconnects with the Weatherfield Foundation. Commissioned to write a history for its centennial, she becomes obsessed by the Gilded Age origins of the Weatherfield fortune, rooted in the exploitation and misery of sugar production. As she is lured back into abandoned friendships within the glimmering group, she discovers hidden aspects of herself and others that point the way to a terrifying freedom.

Benefit is a vivid story of personal awakening that offers a withering critique of toxic philanthropy and the American meritocracy.

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“Phillips’s assured debut novel blends a complex journey of personal realizations with insights into the dark side of ambition and power.”

— Booklist 


  • “Incisive…Pulls back the veil on university hierarchies and social privilege.”

    — Publishers Weekly

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About Siobhan Phillips

Siobhan Phillips is a Rhodes Scholar who studied English Literature at Yale and Oxford Universities and Poetry at the University of East Anglia before earning her PhD in English Language and Literature from Yale. Her writing has appeared in the ToastBelieverLos Angeles Review of BooksBoston ReviewArtforumAeon, and elsewhere. An associate professor of English at Dickinson College, she lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

About Elisabeth Rodgers

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers.