Benjamin Franklin: A Captivating Guide to an American Polymath and a Founding Father of the United States of America

Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.8 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Explore the captivating history of Benjamin Franklin!

Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father of America and had an enormous impact on America as it is today. In addition to that, there are many little-known facts about the man who is Benjamin Franklin. Unlike many of the other Founding Fathers, he started out in humble circumstances. Franklin never finished college because his parents couldn’t afford it. He hated his first job, and when he did get another one, he left without notice.

From a young age, Benjamin Franklin fought for the rights of America at home and abroad. Yet, he bore the burdens of leadership and never shirked nor faltered in his mission. His greatest asset was his charm and friendliness, but he had his detractors as well and felt the emotional impact of that. 

In Benjamin Franklin: A Captivating Guide to an American Polymath and a Founding Father of the United States of America, you will discover topics such as:

  • Young, earnest, and foolhardy
  • Naiveté Collides with reality
  • “B. Franklin, printer”
  • Philosopher, inventor, and public servant
  • Benjamin Franklin in England: 1757-1762
  • Benjamin Franklin in London: 1764-1769
  • Benjamin Franklin in London: 1769-1775
  • Home and to France
  • Benjamin Franklin’s last years
  • And much, much more!
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Excellent Audiobook

Throughout this biography, I learned more about Ben than I even knew was there to learn. It is written for the normal reader, not the scholar (like the other Ben biography I tried to read). It reads well and gives a nicely rounded picture of this incredible gent.

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Wonderful Book

This is one of the most wonderful books I have read in recent years, a true delight. Highest recommendation.

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What an informative book

This is an absolutely fascinating, beautifully written bio that covers both a man and an epoch. While the prose is extremely dense and well informed, the book never indulges in academic excess or obscure controversies in order to develop a point of view for reasons of career. It is just a great elegant read that completely held my interest from start to finish.

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Amazing Biography Of Ben Frankiln

This biography of Benjamin Franklin succeeds in being both revealing and readable. The genius and "errata" of Benjamin are presented in a highly interesting, detailed and candid story. Although I had read his autobiography and other books on the American Revolution, this biography revealed even more of this remarkable man. Highly recommended to those interested in the America's Founding Fathers.

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I Enjoyed This

I enjoyed this wonderfully told story of Benjamin Franklin's life, and learned a lot about history along the way. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a window into how America came to be.

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Awesome

A thoroughly enjoyable book especially for fans of Benjamin Franklin. Explores his strengths and social failings, but maybe a bit much for those who have only a passing interest.

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Very inspirational

I found this book to be very inspirational. Benjamin Franklin was really an outstanding individual and the author does a great job telling his story. Ben Franklin seemed to learn the hard and valuable lessons of life while he was still young. He learned how to fight for his beliefs and influence others with tact, cleverness, and success. He strove to be an active and valuable citizen.

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The book did not disappoint. The author is gifted with the ability to bring to life this remarkable man who has left a tremendous legacy to our world.

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Benjamin Franklin

For a non-fiction reader, I truly believe this is a must. For anyone interested in history, or the history of America, this is a must read.

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Informative Stuff

What a wonderful balance Franklin was with most of the highly elite, formally educated founding fathers. If he had not been around during the writing of the Constitution, we very well could be a nation led by Kings and Queens. His mind was sharp and always examining possibilities for explanations of nature.

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  • Charlie
  • 02-10-19

This is what i needed

An easy read that does much to explain Franklin's genius and contributions. Also provides insight into the science of his day, as well as the issues and tensions giving birth to the USA.

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  • Beca
  • 02-10-19

Amazing Biography

One on the best biographies of Ben Franklin. This author takes Franklin's life and sets it in all the history around his life. He was the first to support the middle class as the engine of our economy. If you love biographies and a fascination story. This is the book to buy.

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  • Mia Holy Jai
  • 02-10-19

Amazing History Book

Well written and contained a great many things that I did not know about Franklin. His family relationships were particularly notable and not necessarily in a good way.

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  • FREDERICK
  • 02-10-19

Short and To-The-Point

This book has been out for a few years and bought it because a friend recommended it to me. I very much enjoyed reading it and found it hard to put down. The life of Dr. Franklin is fascinating and exciting.

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  • IVY
  • 02-10-19

Great Personality

How great to read history this way! So well written, so many facts within so many stories within history itself, could no put it down. Would recommend it for HS students and discussions to follow. Fabulous will look got the next one.

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  • Oscar
  • 02-10-19

I Recommend this

Franklin is my favorite among the founding fathers. This book is full of detail and written with a style that, for me, makes it interesting. I also recommend his autobiography.

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  • David
  • 02-10-19

Well Done Author

The captivating history wrote this insightful biography in such a way that revealed the fundamentals of Franklin through broad themes as well as vignettes. Thus, the reading was both pointed and interesting.

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  • Alexandra
  • 02-09-19

Amazing Audiobook

The author has done a wonderful job of piecing together an accurate, if sometimes repetitive, book on Franklin's life. I learned a good deal while thoroughly enjoying the read.

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  • Lewis Bob
  • 02-09-19

Grab It

An excellent examination of great American. Some great lessons for today's politicians. The only problem is that Benjamin would have had to deal with out tabloid press environment. Benjamin makes us wish for a simpler time in political discourse.

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  • Daisy Luke
  • 02-09-19

Great Infomative Book

Haven't finished it yet, so far, so good. I love books about our founding fathers and the forming of our country. I think everyone should have a better understanding of how America came to be with the form of government we had. It would help people appreciate our country more!