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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | [Benjamin Franklin]

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American."
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This expansive work follows the rich and varied life of America’s first Renaissance man, from his humble beginnings as a newspaper apprentice, to his command of a colonial militia, to his eventual audience with King George III. Renowned radio host Adrian Cronauer oversees the proceedings in his rich, fluid baritone. Having authored his own autobiography - the award-winning screenplay for Good Morning, Vietnam - Cronauer demonstrates his knack for adroit storytelling, well matched with Franklin’s manifold exploits. Over his lifetime, Franklin watches the colonies grow from wayward outposts to modern metropolises. The author’s pioneering contributions to public welfare are documented here, as Franklin funds libraries, hospitals, and infrastructure. Likewise, Franklin recalls his famous experiments with electricity and the formation, at his behest, of revolutionary militias.

Publisher's Summary

A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American." One of the prime movers and shakers in our nation's history, Franklin was known for his common sense, practicality, and frugality. Here, Franklin describes his rags-to-riches journey with candor, optimism, and boundless humor. The voice is that of a young, vigorous Franklin, focused on action and eager to explore and learn from life.

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What the Critics Say

"...a landmark in world literature." (Masterpiece Library)
"Adrian Cronauer's rich voice is ideally suited to Franklin's autobiography. A skilled and smooth reader, Cronauer never intrudes on the material." (The Washington Post)

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    Prairie Prairie du Sac, WI 03-20-05
    Prairie Prairie du Sac, WI 03-20-05 Member Since 2003
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    "I wish high school history was this interesting!"

    Simply outstanding! Never read a history book? Try this one and you'll be hooked. We need a few more Ben Franklin's today!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 01-02-12
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Good, But Unfinished"

    Benjamin Franklin was one of the great minds that our country produced. He excelled in business, publishing, science, inventions (the lightning rod, Franklin stove, bifocals), politics and diplomacy. He also founded the first public library, the first volunteer fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania. His life in any one area would have been distinguished, but his life in totality is almost unbelievable. He was a great and prolific writer, and his straight-forward writing style is eminently readable today. Franklin not only lived a long life for his time (84 years), he began working when he was 10 and continued working until the month before his death. His autobiography is a great book, but is unfinished. It covers only about the first 50 years of his life. Although Franklin had achieved a lot by that time, there was a lot more ahead including the most important and interesting parts of his life. If you want to read a more complete treatment, I suggest Walter Isaccson's biography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Auburn, AL, USA 06-19-05
    Sean Auburn, AL, USA 06-19-05
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    "Great American Lit"

    Franklin's Autobiography is an important work of American literature. He is witty and gives and interesting glimpse into early America. I think the reader does a fine job. I appreciate the unabridged format: great for studying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 05-19-13
    Jim 05-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin?

    This is a fine book but is read like it is your most boring high school history teacher!
    The performance is so deadpan and dead I cannot rate the book well at all.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Needs a new performance


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He just killed it with boredom


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    Disappointment


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    Irma 02-14-12
    Irma 02-14-12
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    "What an Amazing Man!"

    I knew some of the personal characteristics of Benjamin Franklin from other books, but learned much more from this book. He was truly an amazing man.

    If you read no other book this month, read this one. History will come alive for you.

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    Michael Suwanee, GA, USA 05-11-07
    Michael Suwanee, GA, USA 05-11-07
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    "Good Listen"

    Nice to hear about the other aspects of Frankiln's life I was not aware of.
    Recommended.

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    Dave 08-04-05
    Dave 08-04-05
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    "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin"

    Not really what I expected, it was somewhat interesting, but I am no history buff. I didn't really remember much about him & was interested as I hear a lot of his quotes used. The book opens you up to where the man is coming from but does little to talk about any of what most consider his major acomplishments.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger arcadia, CA, United States 06-23-03
    Roger arcadia, CA, United States 06-23-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Oops, I fell asleep again..."

    This book just seemed to go on forever...

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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