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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life | Walter Isaacson

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Brad Barker says: "My kinda founding father...mostly..."
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Qarie Marshall
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    Left unfinished at the time of his death, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has endured as one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies ever written. From his early years in Boston and Philadelphia to the publication of his Poor Richard's Almanac to the American Revolution and beyond, Franklin's autobiography is a fascinating, personal exploration into the life of America's most interesting founding father.

    John Lemos says: "I'm going to listen to this again!"
  • Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel | Sally Cabot

    Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sally Cabot
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    Sixteen-year-old Anne is an uneducated serving girl at the Penny Pot tavern when she first meets the commanding Benjamin Franklin. The time she spends with the brilliant young printer teases her curious mind, and the money he provides keeps her family from starving. But the ambitious Franklin is committed to someone else, a proper but infatuated woman named Deborah Read who becomes his common-law wife.

    Amy says: "A wonderful adult portrayal of history"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

    LuVogt says: "Inspirational"
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life | Walter Isaacson

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
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    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

    Douglas says: "suffers from abridgement"
  • Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography | Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    Franklin’s Autobiography, one of the most regarded works in early American literature, began as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but was soon transformed from reflective personal journaling into a work of national history. Filled with the inimitable nuances & wit of the inventor, philosopher, scientist and statesman, this engaging narration of Benjamin Franklin’s classic is as certain to delight modern readers as it did with his original audience.

    Dreamsmith says: "Wisely written and mesmerizingly read"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Fredd Wayne
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    Ben Franklin's own lively story of his early years is a unique, fascinating, and influential look at this American founding father. It has been taught in schools as a moral tract, as a guide to self-improvement, and as the Great American Success Story. It also is relished both for its insight into colonial life and the mind of the man who most affected the development of our democratic form of government.

    Rob says: "Fantastic Listen"
  • The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin | H.W. Brands

    The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By H.W. Brands
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    This course examines the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history.

    J. Rector says: "Fabulous!!!"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Gregg Rizzo
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    Born 1706 in Boston, Benjamin Franklin was the 15th of his father's 17 children. He went to school as a child with the intent of becoming a minister, as his father, Josiah, intended. However, that idea was dropped after Franklin showed a keen interest in reading and writing. He was apprenticed to his brother, James, at a young age, but after fighting with his brother he quit the job and moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for a man named Samuel Keimer.

    Christian says: "College book review"
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Walter Costello
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    Considered to be one of the best autobiographies written in colonial America, Franklin portrays a fascinating picture of life in pre-revolutionary Philadelphia. In his own words he describes his life as a printer, inventor, scientist, and politician.

    Jean says: "A great man"
  • Benjamin Franklin | Edmund S. Morgan

    Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Edmund S. Morgan
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
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    Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a best-selling author, the country's first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies' man, and a moralist - and the most prominent celebrity of the 18th century. Franklin was, however, a man of vast contradictions.

  • The Way to Wealth: Ben: Ben Franklin on Money and Success | Benjamin Franklin,Charles Conrad

    The Way to Wealth: Ben: Ben Franklin on Money and Success

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin, Charles Conrad
    • Narrated By Charles Conrad
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    Statesman, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor. Benjamin Franklin is synonymous with American ingenuity and achievement. It's no coincidence that his face is on the 100 dollar bill. This compilation, assembled by Charles Conrad, presents Ben Franklin's essential wisdom on money and success. It includes his three classic essays: "The Way to Wealth", "Advice to a Young Worker", and "The Path of Virtue".

  • A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America | Stacy Schiff

    A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
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    "In December 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins a dazzling narrative account of Benjamin Franklin's French mission, the most exacting, and momentous, eight years of his life.

    D. Court says: "Why abridged history"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    Benjamin Franklin's wide range of activities and interests opened the doors of the world to him. Printer, inventor, philosopher, ambassador, champion of liberty - his influence has been felt by every American generation. And to everything he touched, including this autobiography, Franklin brought originality and wit.

    Buhldog says: "Enlightening"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
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    Among other things, Franklin was a printer, philosopher, inventor, statesman, and not least, a writer. Franklin's autobiography captures the essence of his spirit. In it, we can see him as a product of the 18th century enlightenment, a type of Yankee statesman who could use the language of Addison, Steele, Swift, and Defoe. In his autobiography, Franklin asks himself, "Who am I, how did I come to be, and why am I a human being as I am?" And he answers with the honesty, wit, and charm.

    Alfredo Benitez says: "The lessons of a well intentioned genius"
  • The Way to Wealth | Benjamin Franklin

    The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
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    Benjamin Franklin's words are just as true today as they were 200 years ago. Although this book was writen before the American Revolution, the suggestions are still relevant today. This audiobook is full of lessons that seem to have fallen upon deaf ears in today's business world.

  • The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin | Gordon S. Wood

    The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    Central to America's idea of itself is the character of Benjamin Franklin. We all know him, or think we do: In recent works and in our inherited conventional wisdom, he remains fixed in place as a genial polymath and self-improver who was so very American that he is known by us all as the first American.

    Tina says: "My 3rd or 4th favorite history/biography book"
  • The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin | Mark Skousen

    The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time, but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life's story in 1757, when he was 51. He lived another 33 eventful years, serving as America's advocate in London, Pennsylvania's representative in the Continental Congress, and America's wartime ambassador to France. Now, at last, we get the rest of the story, in Franklin's own words.

    Michael says: "Facinating!"
  • A Companion to Benjamin Franklin | David Waldstreicher

    A Companion to Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Waldstreicher
    • Narrated By Scott Thomsen
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    This companion provides a comprehensive survey of the life, work and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, most distinctive, and multifaceted of the founders.

  • Poor Richard's Almanac | Benjamin Franklin

    Poor Richard's Almanac

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Unlike most editions of Poor Richard, this one includes essentially all of the text, not just the aphorisms and sayings. This gives you, Courteous Listener, a much better appreciation of how Franklin wrote and thought. In particular, you will find that the full body of the Poor Richard almanacs contains a great deal of religious and spiritual thought in which Franklin laid out and propounded his understanding of Christianity as it stood in his day.

    Cheryl says: "lame music inbetween every quote"
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