Yes, I recommend this audiobook.
Benjamin Franklin was arguably the greatest American ever. He was the wise counsel to the Founding Fathers. He was the finest man and the greatest mind of his age. He changed his world. The lighting rod alone was enough to argue the point, in that he saved more lives and more property than any man before the 20th century when penicillin and other drugs were invented. He also was the most moral of leaders. His example is one for all to emulate.
This biography succeeds in explaining his successes as they evolved through his process of development. It is a great listen!
The language is clear and competent. But sadly, the book feels like the author was doing a distasteful homework assignment rather than presenting a topic in which he had some genuine interest. Chernow, Ellis, and McCullough bring their subjects to life. Brands made Franklin's life and times seem duller than a red brick.
It was only by sheer force of will that I was able to listen to it all. Those of us who finished this book deserve some kind of prize, either for perseverence or stupidity. I'm not sure which. (LOL)
With my eyes failing I increasingly turn to audio books, but they are a frustration for this reason: there is no table of contents that one can use to access book chapters. Instead the whole screen on my iPhone is filled with some sort of useless image that tells me nothing about where and what is in the book. Yes, above this worthless image, in print too small for my eyes to read, there is some sort of virtually useless numbering but it is of no help. I have stopped buying Audiobooks for this reason.
I couldn't get past the first hour. It was like listening to someone read a phone book. Disjointed and uninteresting. Half the time I didn't know who they were talking about or how they were related to Ben Franklin. Father, uncle, brother, friend??? Sorry I wasted my credit on this one.
Tell us about yourself!
From the start the author is "fantasizing" about Mr. Franklin's thoughts and some of his actions. If I read a non-fiction book I want to be not fiction, esp. a biography. I can do my own imagining thank you. If I could return the book I would.