Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.
Grover Gardner reads this autobiography splendidly as the voice of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin's dry wit and brazen sarcasm is captured with a charm that you can't help but grin at as you are listening. As for the biography itself, Franklin turns out to be a surprisingly interesting and innovative (as well as hilarious) spokesperson about his life and history. A fantastic read.
A MUST READ/LISTEN FOR ANY AMERICAN. You will learn about one of the most important men in our struggle for independence as well as someone who transformed his personality into one of the most pleasing of all time. A pleasing personality is part of the 'Carnegie Formula' for success, as related by Napoleon Hill. Dale Carnegie references Ben as someone who knew How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Ben Franklin's story end's abruptly. He must have intended to get back to it later, but died before finishing it. That's the only reason I was disappointed. The reader's voice is very good, but often does not pause between sentences. This is annoying, as it feels hurried, and gives you less time to mentally process.
Notwithstanding something that cannot be changed as to the former objection, and something that is minor in the latter objection - I highly recommend listening to this book.
If you enjoy history you will enjoy this book. I loved the narration and the whit of Benjamin Franklin.
Grover Gardner was a wonderful narrator - it felt like listening to Ben himself talking of his life and events.
This was the first time I have listened to him, but I will anxious to listen again!
I think it would be hard to listen to in one sitting because it requires focus to take in the flowery language and sentence structure used two hundred years ago. I listened during my morning commute of 30 minutes, which was perfect.
That is was an autobiography made the book all the more interesting. Benjamin Franklin was brilliant and was able to accomplish much in his lifetime. The book was hard to follow at times, but overall was outstanding and helps the reader to understand our history and the men who molded the foundations of our county.
While I found the book interesting, it was mainly about his politics, his business ventures, and some references to his religious point of view. It was lacking in information regarding his personal life about which I have read tidbits in biographies about his peers. The lack of inclusion of his personal life made this book impersonal and lacking in depth.
I don't recommend this as it is incomplete. The performance is good, but it cuts off halfway through the book.
There must be better audio out there on Benjamin Franklin. It was an autobiography so it was interesting hearing it from his perspective. That said it ended to early in his life for it did not even cover the revolution. Also, one has to focus due to the use of 18th century words and phrases. Overall it was very dry.