While the folksy narrating did grow on me and I came to understand it's rationale after listening to more of the story of Franklin's persona as a folksy scientist philosopher, I found the narrating at times distracting. That being said, the importance of the full scope of Franklin's life and the fascinating course that it charted through the colonial to revolutionary period in the nascent United States and the seeds of change in Europe that he either sowed or witnessed, make his story one worth knowing. The story makes some excuses for his cold dismissal (and possible neglect) of his family and it is here, with those serious and grave topics that the folksy narration draws too stark a contrast between narration and content.
Overall, it's worth the time because this man's story is so integral to the story of the establishment of the American story. I hope another biographer will take Franklin to task (McCullough or Chernow)...
I thoroughly enjoyed this once I set the read speed to 1.5x. The native speed of the narrator is painfully slow, hence the 2 stats. over all, I enjoyed it.
A must for anyone who want to rediscover the founding fathers.
Very well presented biography that helps reshape a false image of generality and criticism of one of the greatest American founders, philosophers, scientists and statesman in my opinion has ever lived.
The narration is good though at times the narrator has a few bouts of "peanut butter" noises that can be a little irritating, but it isn't throughout. In my opinion a lot of it is from the way it was recorded, and is obvious that the editing got lazy half way through and ignored these pauses.
Either way a great listen!
A very important, hard working and witty gentleman in our nation's history. It's always enjoyable to learn about people's lives, and every now and again, I always start with Ben Franklin.
The narator was very good. Having a voice that easily gave me the image of Ben Franklin himself, reading the biography.
Loved the book! Walter Isaacson is thorough and balanced. Great history lesson as Benjamin Franklin was a big player in a the American Revolution.
The reader was good, most voices done well, but his Ben Franklin voice is annoying through the whole book. The sound editing is not good and you often hear the reader swallowing and other saliva noises. After 24 hours of these noises, you start to get annoyed.
Isaacson's book is rich on the trivial and short on Franklin's thinking and involvement in key historical events. Is that the result of the subject or available material?
The narrator's impersonations got old vey quickly.
A decent book but not a great book.
The reader was great but I heard him swallow about 100 times and smack his lips. Why wasn't that edited out? It was very distracting and effected my enjoyment of the otherwise good material.
Although the content may have been interesting, I couldn't make it past the third chapter. The initial narrative voice was exactly what I would have expected for a book of this nature, but after the preface was read, the narrator changed to Nelson Runger, and it was like listening to that film strip voice from elementary school in the 70s. Because of the voice, which was relatively monotone with a forced effort to sound interesting, I doubt I will finish listening to this book.
His voice. His forced attempt at inflection. You simply cannot force a voice that naturally monotone to be pleasant to the ear.
I didn't even get far enough for him to have been born, I don't think. The voice was so awful that I had difficulty staying focused on the content.