Franklin's autobiography is fascinating in many ways. It gives true insight into how he thought, as well as interesting tidbits about life in the 18th century American colonies. His methodical, analytical, yet practical approach to a well-rounded life could well be used as the source for the ultimate self-help book.
Also, the book is read so well by the narrator that you'll forget that it's not actually Franklin himself doing the reading. You will have to pay attention, though, due to the use of 18th century words and idioms, but it is worth it.
After listening to "My Life" by Bill Clinton, I picked this book up. After all, if Hillary has continuing political aspirations, what better way to learn more about her than an autobiography? One would expect an auto-biographical work to reveal something about the psyche of the author, especially when read by the author herself. Unfortunately, this factual, emotionless narrative does little more than recount events, without diving any deeper. It's almost as if one of Hillary's staffers turned her datebook into prose, then changed the voice to the first person. This effect is magnified by Hillary's colorless reading of her own book. One does not get any sense of how Hillary's political beliefs developed, and what they are grounded in. Also, the Bill-worshipping gets a bit repetitive. It may well be that Hillary loves Bill as much as she says, but the frequency with which she mentions it leads one to believe that this book was written to assuage the public's doubt about the genuineness of their relationship. The same goes for her unfettered support of his policies. All of this said, it is still an interesting read and recounting of world events from the 1990's. It also reveals a lot about what she did after dropping out of the policy-making limelight and took on more "traditional" first-spouse duties.
This "book" does not make the transition to audio very well, despite being read by the author. It is a bullet-point list of comments on various ills of our society. Bill does much better on TV or stand-up, but here he comes off sounding whiny and in some cases, needlessly offensive. I like Bill Maher, but not this audiobook. It did make me laugh, just not nearly enough!
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