Franklin really comes to life in this biography through the selection of his writing and correspondence. In one early passage where Franklin lists all the virtues he would like to master, a friend notes that he forgot humility.
I thought the narration was just fine - I did not hear any of the strange noises a few of the other reviewers commented about.
This is an amazing biography of a man that had such a great influence on our countries foundation even when he seems to struggle with some moral choices. In the end, his views on life are filled with compromise and grace. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Isaacson is an accomplished writer and keep you involved throughout the book. I didn't want the book to end.
Franklin's ability to write. He was a master with the pen.
The favorite is really the most striking for me. He leaves a dying wife, misses his illegitimate son's wedding and his daughters wedding with little remorse.
The book opened my eyes to the great founding fathers and their own personal scabs and scars that they had walking through life.
It was good to hear the magical life of Ben Franklin, and to discover his selfish as well as generous sides, but Isaacson tends to repeat his formulaic read on Franklin over and over, while clearly hiding some of Franklin's more illicit behaviors in Europe. I found Nelson Runger's reading too slow and, even more irritating, he put on a "folksy" voice any time he quotes Franklin's letters or writings. Might be better to read this volume or find a better biography altogether.
Don't know. I do know that I really enjoyed the story and would certainly recommend it. I didn't have no idea the complexity of his life. I appreciate him even more now.
The variety of info. It wasn't just about this guy who impacted lives with inventions, electricity and politics. It was about family, friends and virtues.
Through voice inflection, I understood what I should pay closer attention to.
Nothing specifically but I was saddened when I realized his namesake ended and nobody carried his name.
Excellent book.. I'll likely listen to it a second time,
This wonderful book separates Benjamin Franklin from the caricature that usually clings to him. His lived a big and imperfect life and left the world a better place when he finally departed.
The story is well told and kept me interested throughout.
Mr. Runger does a good job of narrating, but I found his Ben Franklin 'voice' a bit limited, as he applied the same pacing and intonation regardless of the situation.
Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.
I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in American history and one of the great characters thereof. Isaacson is brilliant as usual,and the performance is quite good.
like a great biography.
The story itself is great. A life well lived. An Inspirational man.
I would have chose a more inspired and narrator. Hard to concentrate when the book is so long and the story telling is slow and monotone. I recommend speeding it up if listening through the app.
Slow, monotone (ish) mouth noises.
No single moment really.
Great information to know about this historical figure. Wouldn't listen to it again...
I would encourage listeners to try the abridged edition for two reasons: 1. Isaacson's writing does drag on, especially at the end, when he delivers a dry bones evaluation of Franklin's character. 2. Nelson Runger has a pleasing voice, but he made a critical mistake that is funny and annoying. He speaks all the quotes from Franklin - and there are hundreds of these - in the worst, sing-song, old man voice imaginable. Ironically, the text says it's a shame to categorize Franklin as a "genial codger," while this is exactly the way Runger portrays him. I don't know who made the decision on Franklin's voice. I'm not sure this convention of changing voices works, anyway. I'm in favor of the old, "Quote," "Unquote."
I learned some interesting things about Franklin. He was a typical egomaniac, brilliant at communication, always holding others to standards he avoided himself. For example, he expected his family to follow his instructions and support his politics, even though he chose to spend most of his life far away from them.
26 years in SAC with the B-52's during the Viet Nam War.
The great detail about his personal life
Held my interest and went into great detail