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.
I had to increase the speed to get through the book faster because the mouth noises were so disgusting.
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.
I'm not proud to admit this, but I just couldn't get through this audio book. There were so many details that to me needed to be trimmed off. I didn't feel like I was transported into this world, and Franklin didn't much come to life. I had no touble getting through the Steve Jobs biography by Issacson, but this one was just too dry and too hokey. I cringe a little bit just thinking about the "chore" of finishing this, of hearing the narrator speak in sing songy old timey voice. That voice makes me so much less interested in this period of American History and makes me dread listening to this...
I enjoyed the history and admired Franklin's political life, and learning the impact he had. I struggled with continually hearing about his immoral lifestyle, neglecting his wife and family and continually flirting and seeking the attention of women. That was annoying.
Great book, it goes in depth into his somewhat complex character. Franklin is truly one founding father that doesn't get the credit due.
This book goes beyond the facade we all know & revealing his true character.
What I didn't like was the references to other authors material. I also found the narrator a bit slow in his reading. It was an easy fix though. I speed the book up to 1.5x in Audible and it read much like normal reading with out the stereotypical New England accent or assumed slownes.