The Way to Wealth, originally a preface to the 1758 edition of Franklin's beloved Poor Richard's Almanack, presents a brief fable of a local wise man, Father Abraham, quoting Poor Richard to an eager crowd. In this inspiring tale, Franklin steps out of the past and shares with you his famed maxims about wealth, knowledge, virtue, and all other elements of business success.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin offers Franklin's life story, at least the first few decades, as he died without finishing it, as he tries to identify and develop a formula for personal success. Included is the popular "Art of Virtue", in which Franklin lists the 13 qualities he hoped to possess.
An early and influential advocate of the idea that any of us can create in ourselves the greatness to which we aspire, Franklin speaks across the centuries to listeners as clearly and practically as ever.
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I liked the narration (clear speech, good inflections that drew me in) and Ben Franklin's tales are, at least to me, very interesting.
However, I didn't realize that Franklin's autobiography ends suddenly with his arrival in London 1757.
He doesn't talk about his influence during the Revolution at all.
At first I thought Audible's version was faulty because after 7 hours or so, Franklin's tales all of a sudden stop and there seems to be SO MUCH left to say.
But alas, that's where the actual book ends too.
Other than that it's an interesting listen for Ben Franklin fans.
Truly disappointing and frustrating to listen to such a poor performance.
It seems the narrator had neither read nor prepared for the text and language used in Franklin’s autobiography. There are too many awkward pauses (maybe during a page turn?) and the flow of the work is completely lost.
Save your money and look for a different version of this fine autobiography.
I might grab the biography at some point judging from others reviews. Merits include historical perspective and a few timeless points.
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I love Benjamin Franklin and most of his writings are great. I was really excited to listen to this book but overall, it's dry, dull and boring and not what I expected at all.
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