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.
I had to increase the speed to get through the book faster because the mouth noises were so disgusting.
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)...
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.
Very thorough, much more detailed than the autobiography.
It's a long and complete story of a complicated founding father of America. A truly fascinating book.
It's up there. Though because it's so long, I'll probably look into the Bio to re-read instead. The virtues of this man will live on forever.
Ben Franklin of course
I liked his performance. I don't know what the other reviews are talking about with his bad impersonations and "butter lips". He did a splendid job being a story teller and for a history/bio book,his cheesy impersonations keep it fun and indicate it's a direct quote.
Ha! 24+ hour marathon? I still have to squeeze in ear time for the wife.. so not for me in 1 sitting :)
Fantastic book. Only complaints are about instances of sudden jumps in topics without much warning. In history books that's to be expected but when covering grand topics, it's a little tough when it branches off into another persons tale with little build up. This book might be a little long for some so at minimum get the raw bio of Ben Franklin instead. His practical virtues should be red and studied by all.
Reading, listening and learning everyday
Very insightful book that covered an important part of our country's history. Franklin, far from perfect, was instrumental in so many scientific discoveries and advances. Loved his practical side and his willingness to give so much away.
Highly recommend this book!
A detailed linear look at the life and influences of Ben Franklin. The story was well narrated and enjoyable to listen