It as an excellent adiobiogrfy
How He was Such a good statesmen and
Yes No it's impossible listen to one setting better than wonderful but Atland talking a lot about the first time
It took me about two weeks relisten to the spray
I recommend this book to anyone who wants Lermo history
As another reviewer pointed out, the story of this amazing person was just too hard to find. Although I appreciate the surrounding context, too much was available. Never have I wished for an abridged version of anything before, but I wanted it here. I stopped listening after 7 chapters.
I also found the narrator stilted and hard to stick with. Perhaps it was because my most recent audio book was a Bill Bryson work (A Short History of Nearly Everything) that my standards now require a narrator with more variation in his reading.
Overall, if you are really, really interested in history, perhaps these details shouldn't stop you. If you are like me and looking for more information about a historical figure, but not intent on a thorough study, pass.
Probably not. His research is impeccable but his main character is buried in so many details that interrupt the unfolding. I find my mind wandering as I listen.
I love history. Brand is no Bruce Catton.
I never got used to Nelson Runger's stiffness of voice.
As I said, the research was impeccable but often wandered away from the main tale.
This is the first book I've downloaded that I've abandoned. I listened to all of part I and half of part II. It just didn't engage me.
There are much better biographies of Franklin. Gordon Woods is much more insightful, though more complex and Bruce Thompson's Stanford Podcasts (free) are way better. Having said this Brands is workmanlike. which means you get lots of detail not great insights and it is a bit plodding. I listen to it wehn i am walking to work or gardening as it is not intellectually taxing.
Franklin is a fascinating person so even a so so biography holds interest. Unfortunately Brands feels the need to list way too many details. it is not well edited and drags on and on
Mr. Runger mispronounced many of the Frenchwords- for ex ne plus ultra and Aix . and once referred to poor Richards Almanac as"Poor Robin's Almanac."
no it is too long already
As an Australian, I wasn't as familiar with this story as most Americans no doubt are. This book really brought this period in history alive, and to some extent set the scene for what happened around this time in Australia. I'll be looking for more from this author.
It ranks at the top of the biographies I have read lately, along with Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs.
It told Franklin's story in great detail without ever becoming boring.
It made me both laugh and cry.
I could not stop listening. Like every other American, I knew some things about Ben Franklin, but there was so much more to this extraordinary man. His breadth and depth are hard to believe. I was struck by how much alike the people and politics of that day were compared to today's. Thankfully, however, it turned out well at that time,
Yes, this was more than a book about Benjamin Franklin, this was the story of the struggles of the first colonies and our heritage. I found that even though I had heard all the history lessons, I had only half the story, this book put them all in perspective.
The narrator was a little bland.
The part about how William Penn acquired Pennsylvania from the indians was very interesting and a story I hadn't heard before.
Great book for anybody trying to understand how character and integrity took part in the founding of our country. A good self help book if looked at in that perspective.
I enjoyed the story immensley, with detailed historical facts told with fascinating personal detail. What an amazing life Bejamin Franklin led! It was very challenging to get through however, due to frequent sounds of nasal breathing, swallowing and oddly placed looong pauses...quite irritating.
Franklin's delightfully human and historically profound life story is narrated in thoroughly captivating detail. Nelson Runger recites the text with an unrushed and interested voice, adding just enough to his performance to increase my attention and not to distract.
Yes as long as they were interested in history. I will actually be purchasing this for my father soon. It's a fascinating story about an amazing time in our country's history.
I love Franklin. I think he was an amazingly brilliant man. I wish I could have met him.
Maybe, he is a bit of a lip smacker and pauses a little too long in some places.
I actually teared up when he died. He did so much for our country, even 200+ years later, I mourn the loss of such a phenomenal mind.
This has piqued my interest in Revolutionary War history. I may now move on to the biographies of Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Maddison.