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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.

    Cogsbox6.28 says: "I found a new life long hero."
  • 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.

    Oleg says: "Ben thru 1757"
  • 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 | 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.

  • 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 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!"
  • Benjamin Franklin: Statesman, Patriot, and Entrepreneur | Mark Steinberg

    Benjamin Franklin: Statesman, Patriot, and Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Steinberg
    • Narrated By Jim Johnston
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    This book is about the life and times of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was one of our founding fathers. As a founding father, Franklin contributed to the development of the United States by participating in the American Revolution, working on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and acting as ambassador to England and France for the American colonies. But Franklin was not just a statesman and patriot. He was a versatile entrepreneur.

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
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    Many people know Benjamin Franklin as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, but not many people understand exactly what the famed inventor and politician contributed to society. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a compilation of some of the great events from the man's life that have made him an American legend.

  • Four Great Americans: Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster, and George Washington | James Baldwin

    Four Great Americans: Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster, and George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By David Thorn, Bobbie Frohman
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    Essential learning for any young student of American History, biographies of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln. These stories help us get to know the gentleman as people and then take us through their great accomplishments that make us appreciate their place in American history.

    Mario says: "Very good!!! 👍🏼 but"
  • 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"
  • A Companion to Benjamin Franklin | David Waldstreicher

    A Companion to Benjamin Franklin

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    • 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.

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent Mackamy
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    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good narration but appears incomplete"
  • 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.

    Karen says: "Interesting"
  • 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"
  • Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United | Zephyr Teachout

    Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United

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    • By Zephyr Teachout
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
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    For two centuries, the Framers' ideas about political corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. In the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United.

  • 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 Way to Wealth | Benjamin Franklin

    The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent McKamy
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    The first American book on personal finance, The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to Poor Richard's Almanack, this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning and saving, money and debt.

    Diana says: "Interesting!"
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Good Beginning for Franklin"
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