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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William J. Bennett Narrator: William J. Bennett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1995 ISBN: 9780743541442
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Featuring performances by William Bennett, Elayne Bennett, Stephen Collins, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Megan Gallagher, Charlton Heston, Simon Jones, Rita Moreno, Tonya Pinkins, Richard Thomas, and Betty White.

More than two million readers and listeners have used William Bennett's The Book of Virtues to help their families learn the essential traits of good character. Now his inspiring and instructive volume, The Moral Compass, offers more examples of good and bad, right and wrong, in great works from literature and in exemplary stories from history.

Organized by the stages along life's journey, The Moral Compass moves from the first character lessons taught in the home to the countless choices that call the virtues into play. The stories and poems continually serve as reference points on a moral compass, guiding the reader through the ethical and spiritual challenges along the pathway of life: leaving home, entering into marriage, easing the burdens of others, nurturing one's children, and fulfilling the obligations of citizenship and leadership.

Offering well-known examples from Western history and mythology along with tales and folklore from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, The Moral Compass is an indispensable guide for the family to meet the challenges of life at any age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Drawn from the Bible and Homer, from the legends of cultures throughout the world, from plenty of Victorian writers, and from the popular magazines of the pre–World War II era, the selections are uniformly readable, definitely and honorably moral, as promised.”

    Booklist

  • “Believing that learning to be virtuous is a lifelong journey, Bennett has provided a kind of moral travel guide and map through each territory—childhood, adolescence, adulthood—along the way.”

    Library Journal

  • “A colorful patchwork of pieces that are irresistible for bedtime reading aloud and as spurs to family discussions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 10/24/2013

    " This, and The Book of Virtues, were my childhood storytime mainstay. Needless to say, I love these books and know them almost by heart! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 9/3/2013

    " Really great book. Read portions of it aloud to kids frequently. Every home should have this book. Love Bennett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Adamson | 8/8/2013

    " A very great book. Bennett give us hope that morality is the base of making lifes decisions. Great for working with youth and children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 7/30/2013

    " A go to book about morality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/30/2013

    " I started reading this book a few years ago, and really enjoyed it, but I didn't make it very far into the book. I'm looking forward to rereading and finishing this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bre Cregor | 5/17/2013

    " What wonderful memories I have of reading from this compilation to my little darlings. Those were the days! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 4/2/2013

    " This book has great stories on moral lessons. I use it extensively at school for the virtue lessons I teach. Not the kind of book you sit down and read cover to cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/25/2012

    " Much like the Book of Virtues - best to just open up at a random spot and read rather than a cover-to-cover read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 12/7/2012

    " Highly recommend it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine W7 | 12/5/2012

    " dis book is real good. a fabulous book for parents to read to their children before going to bed. parents and their children will learn morals from the touching stories. also a good way for parents to bond with their kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalisa | 8/18/2012

    " This book was given to me as a college graduation gift by a dear friend(13 years ago). I'm finally reading it cover to cover. It's the kind of thing where you can put it down, only to pick it up again weeks later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 8/8/2012

    " See my review of the Book of Virtues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/4/2012

    " The more adult version of The Book of Virtues; it's quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carel | 4/9/2012

    " Our young children slept with this book - no kidding - it was that cherished! However, Bennett's first "Book of Virtues" was their first love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 2/18/2012

    " Lessons to build character and integrity from our American heritage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Lindsey | 12/18/2011

    " I love these stories. I love reading them to my kids. I just like reading about good people doing good things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don't Look | 12/11/2011

    " Kind of one-sided, but I like some of the teachings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 8/18/2011

    " The idea of collecting stories to teach what is honorable, to show good and bad, etc has been done before -- with greater success. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone. In fact, I can't decide to give it away or throw it away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/4/2011

    " I actually listened to this on CD. It contained enjoyable short stories with overarching moral themes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don't | 9/18/2010

    " Kind of one-sided, but I like some of the teachings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/15/2010

    " Really great book. Read portions of it aloud to kids frequently. Every home should have this book. Love Bennett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bre | 2/1/2010

    " What wonderful memories I have of reading from this compilation to my little darlings. Those were the days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/4/2010

    " I started reading this book a few years ago, and really enjoyed it, but I didn't make it very far into the book. I'm looking forward to rereading and finishing this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/20/2009

    " The more adult version of The Book of Virtues; it's quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalisa | 10/12/2009

    " This book was given to me as a college graduation gift by a dear friend(13 years ago). I'm finally reading it cover to cover. It's the kind of thing where you can put it down, only to pick it up again weeks later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/16/2009

    " dis book is real good. a fabulous book for parents to read to their children before going to bed. parents and their children will learn morals from the touching stories. also a good way for parents to bond with their kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carel | 1/10/2009

    " Our young children slept with this book - no kidding - it was that cherished! However, Bennett's first "Book of Virtues" was their first love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 8/12/2008

    " This book has great stories on moral lessons. I use it extensively at school for the virtue lessons I teach. Not the kind of book you sit down and read cover to cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 8/9/2008

    " I love these stories. I love reading them to my kids. I just like reading about good people doing good things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 7/11/2008

    " The idea of collecting stories to teach what is honorable, to show good and bad, etc has been done before -- with greater success. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone. In fact, I can't decide to give it away or throw it away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/20/2008

    " A very great book. Bennett give us hope that morality is the base of making lifes decisions. Great for working with youth and children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 4/27/2008

    " Lessons to build character and integrity from our American heritage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 2/24/2008

    " See my review of the Book of Virtues. "

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About the Author
Author William J. BennettDr. William J. Bennett is one of America’s most influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio show, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America,” he is also the Distinguished Fellow of the American Strategy Group. He is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books, and lives near Washington, DC.