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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.

    Cathi says: "Good book, not crazy about the narrator"
  • 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 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: 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 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.

    D. Coulon says: "Interesting, but poor audio"
  • The Siege Winter: A Novel | Ariana Franklin,Samantha Norman

    The Siege Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin, Samantha Norman
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    1141. England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda, vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, not even Emma, an 11-year-old peasant, is safe. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger-haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead. When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her, she has no memory of her previous life.

    South Carolina Senior says: "Please give us more books!"
  • 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"
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel | Ariana Franklin

    Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
  • 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 Tilted World: A Novel | Tom Franklin,Beth Ann Fennelly

    The Tilted World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
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    The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver.

    Kenny Hogan says: "My Simple Short Review"
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II | Doris Kearns Goodwin

    No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
  • Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin | David Ritz

    Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Ritz
    • Narrated By Brad Raymond
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    Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapidfire string of hits.

    Unpumped says: "New and Renewed Respect For A Living Legend"
  • Grave Goods | Ariana Franklin

    Grave Goods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    England, 1176. Beautiful, tranquil Glastonbury Abbey - one of England's holiest sites, and believed by some to be King Arthur's sacred Isle of Avalon - has been burned almost to the ground. The arsonist remains at large, but the fire has uncovered something even more shocking: two hidden skeletons, a man and a woman. The skeletons' height and age send rumors flying - are the remains those of Arthur and Guinevere?

    Wadie says: "A surprising thrill ride"
  • A Murderous Procession: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel | Ariana Franklin

    A Murderous Procession: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
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    National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.

    Betty says: "The end of a fantastic series?"
  • Ben Franklin: Unplugged: .... And Other Comic Monologues | Josh Kornbluth

    Ben Franklin: Unplugged: .... And Other Comic Monologues

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Josh Kornbluth
    • Narrated By Josh Kornbluth
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    Gazing into the bathroom mirror one morning while shaving, Josh Kornbluth realizes that he looks remarkably like the guy on the $100 bill. Like any good Jewish son, he immediately calls his mother. From there he becomes obsessed with what it means to be a founding father, especially when your own father/son relationship (Ben had an illegitimate son named William who was a British loyalist during the Revolutionary War) is more than a bit strained.

    Susie says: "Satirical Disembowelment"
  • 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'd be better off just reading the book"
  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin | Jill Lepore

    Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jill Lepore
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin' s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.

    Candi Norwood says: "Back story of Ben Franklin"
  • Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and Other Women in His Life | Joseph E. Persico

    Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and Other Women in His Life

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Persico
    • Narrated By Ted Barker
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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the 20th century. While FDR's official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women - particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd - that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman.

    Connie's says: "Franklin and Lucy"
  • FDR | Jean Edward Smith

    FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
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    One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life.

    Thomas says: "wow-"
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