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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Audiobook

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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From printer's apprentice to internationally famous scientist, inventor, statesman, legislator, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin led a most remarkable life. Seldom is history so well articulated by someone who was there.

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    Oleg 08-09-05
    Oleg 08-09-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Ben thru 1757"

    Enjoyable rendering, giving some feel in a surprisingly easy to listen style. Unfortunately, the account ends in 1757 with his arrival in England.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    LuVogt 01-09-06
    LuVogt 01-09-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspirational"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 11-26-11
    Ruth United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Amazing and Riveting... but I wanted more!"

    I knew Ben Franklin was impressive and famous and that he did a lot of things, but I had NO idea how many. His personal philosophy as well as his place in history are told in his own words. He helped found the US Postal service, created hospitals, banks, libraries, and helped establish many of the conventions that we enjoy and take for granted now. He had such tremendous powers of persuasion that just studying him to see how he did that is worthwhile. Almost all his learning was self-taught. You really get a feeling for his personal style and flair as well as the personal convictions that made him the man he was. My only regret is that he didn't write more and say more about his place in the founding of our great nation or more about his scientific discoveries. I think he just got too busy being a part of history. You won't want to stop here. I thoroughly recommend the audible book Ben Franklin: Inventing America to get the rest of the things Ben, himself, left out. If you don't read this one though, you will never really understand his inner workings and how he did what he did. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 02-19-12
    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 02-19-12
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    "Its a Tragedy He Didn't Finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to be better than the print version?

    No, but its a great book for the audio format, the language is fairly casual and the story witty and engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ben Franklin goes to make treaty with the Indians, who are sober during negotiations but all get drunk out of their minds afterwards. They come the next day to make amends, blaming


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately Ben never finished his book, only recording events up to 1757. It was interesting to get such a first hand account of life in the colonies, especially the religous atmosphere that so many misinterpret today. This is a great book and its a tragedy he never finished it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 11-28-05
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 11-28-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Too bad it had to end so quickly!!"

    You get a real feel for the man with an autobio and the narrator did an excellent job. But as the previous reviewer stated, it ended early in his life so you don't get to have his perspective on the revolution & independence. Still well worth the money and the time. If you love history, you'll love this first person perspective of the first half of the 1700's.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shin Yokohama-shiJapan 07-03-09
    Shin Yokohama-shiJapan 07-03-09
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    "Somewhat changed from the original text"

    The audio is brisk and nice, but somewhat altered from the original text.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 07-27-13
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Interesting but too choppy"

    Unfortunately, the book jumped around toward the end and it seemed that something was missing or it could be that I couldn't understand the context based upon the accent of the narrator.

    I learned some items but not as many as I hoped that I would gain from one of the country's founding men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    josh 04-29-16
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    "Solid Read"

    Wonderfully written and several times went into the details of how Franklin did the things he did. Can tell how he described his actions compared to those around him that his priorities were on a completely different level. Team Frugal and Team learn would both pickup BF as captain

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    Brian 02-28-16
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    "Recommend!"

    Great story of an American icon. The performance equalled the content of the story. Franklin's story is one of rags to riches, inventor, politician, and philosopher. Franklin also provides sage advice for those who want to emulate his success.

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    Amazon Customer 02-11-16
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    "A great, important, and relevant book"

    All sorts of historical, political, and financial insights to be had here. I hope this is brought into schools. The reader has a great voice and reads well. He earned with his reading a solid 4.4. However, that reader should resent his editor or whoever was responsible for the idiotic decision to abbreviate pauses between paragraphs, often down to less than one second, an unnatural, disruptive, reflection-killing tic that greatly mars what could have been something great. You get what you pay for. The text is available for free online and, as with all audiobooks, is good to see the words as they are because line readings - or pauses- can do so much to change meaning or disrupt your assimilation of the text. I am overall glad that I bought this, but that pause thing just kills me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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