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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"
  • Legion of Despair: Book Three in The Borrowed World Series | Franklin Horton

    Legion of Despair: Book Three in The Borrowed World Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Franklin Horton
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    In this third installment, Legion of Despair, the country is teetering on the brink of anarchy. While one of the stranded travelers, Jim Powell, made it home and is working to establish a safe, sustainable enclave for his family, his co-workers Gary and Alice are not faring as well. After spending hundreds of painful miles dreaming of his reunion with his family, Gary arrives home only to find his family under attack. Now he must face the painful decision as to whether his family's plan to bug-in is viable or whether they may need greater numbers and a better location to survive in this collapsing nation.

    anne says: "STORY GETS BETTER AND BETTER!!!"
  • Ashes of the Unspeakable: The Borrowed World Series, Book Two | Franklin Horton

    Ashes of the Unspeakable: The Borrowed World Series, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Franklin Horton
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    While just a few days have passed since the initial attack, the group finds that its country is quickly descending into a vicious, chaotic landscape where nothing comes easy. While they fight to close the distance between them and their loved ones, they cannot avoid the steadily growing number of people who have realized that they can get away with whatever they want in a world where there are no longer any legal consequences for their actions.

    jason says: "The best"
  • 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 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "perfect loved it. inspiring..."
  • The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1 | Franklin Horton

    The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Franklin Horton
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

    Kingsley says: "Close and personal story of the apocalypse"
  • 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"
  • The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love | DeVon Franklin,Meagan Good

    The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good
    • Narrated By JD Jackson, Allyson Johnson
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    President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment and former Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and award-winning actress Meagan Good have learned sometimes all we can do is wait for "the one" to come into our lives. They spent years crossing paths, but it wasn't until they were thrown together while working on the film Jumping the Broom that their storybook romance began.

    LaReena Singleton says: "Great Love Story"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin? | Jean Fritz

    What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Jean Fritz
    • Narrated By Jean Fritz
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    A new idea always in his mind, Ben Franklin's joy of living, his humor and ingenuity capture children's attention and spark their interest in American history.

  • Sterling Point Books: Ben Franklin: Inventing America | Thomas Fleming

    Sterling Point Books: Ben Franklin: Inventing America

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas Fleming
    • Narrated By A. C. Fellner
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    Perhaps more than even Washington, Jefferson, or Adams, Ben Franklin is the Founding Father who best exemplifies the authentic American spirit and values. Eminent historian Thomas Fleming paints a lively portrait of this self-made man blessed with a wealth of talents: a best-selling author, the most important newspaper publisher in America, and a world-renowned scientist and inventor before he took on the task of becoming the true "Father" of American independence.

    Ruth says: "Amazing and Inspiring"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • 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 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"
  • 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"
  • 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'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"
  • 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.

    Brett says: "Great at 1.5 speed"
  • Franklin and Winston | Jon Meacham

    Franklin and Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of "the Greatest Generation." Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly two thousand messages.

    Ronald Hull says: "Franklin and Winston Review"
  • Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court | Jeff Shesol

    Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shesol
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
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    Beginning in 1935, in a series of devastating decisions, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of Franklin Roosevelt's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices - and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.

    IRP says: "Excellent Book and Naration"
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