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. Part History Detectives and part embarrassingly hilarious autobiography, Kornbluth’s resulting investigation of the man behind the famous spectacles will take you from the hallowed halls of academia to Kornbluth’s richly comic interactions with his mother Bunny and Aunt Birdie, sharing along the way his discoveries about America’s history, family foibles, and the surprises beneath the surface of even our most familiar American tall tales.
Please Don’t Tickle Me, Ben Franklin, You Crazy Diamond!
If you haven't peed your pants listening to Josh Kornbluth, you haven't LIVED. Kornbluth is a master storyteller and his comic timing is peerless.
After noticing a passing resemblance to Ben Franklin in the mirror, Josh Kornbluth embarks on a journey of—well not exactly SELF-discovery. More like satrical disembowelment.
I laughed til I cried.
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If only I had started on this book sooner, I could have returned it for a free credit. Instead I forced myself to listen to the first third of it honestly wanting to give it a chance. In the end I just couldn't take it any more and deleted it from my device. I suppose that there are folks who do appreciate the humor (yes I got it) but I thought it was boring and not very funny. As a firm believer in live and let live I would say that if you want to try this audiobook, do that first. Listen to a sample before you commit yourself, or get it for a credit so you can return it if it is not your cup of tea. De gustibus non disputandem esse. (To each his own).
The Franklin portion somewhat amusing but not as funny as he thinks he is. Continuing mostly boring.
Loved this, and I'm a right wing Christian! Great modulation on voice, very enjoyable! Good story telling, amusing.
Where does Ben Franklin: Unplugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have listened to a million (roughly) audiobooks ( : and I can't think of any I liked better than this one.
What did you like best about this story?
It is fascinating, intriguing, intelligent, funny, and brilliantly told.
Have you listened to any of Josh Kornbluth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This was my first.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes. I tried to listen to it while running. But I was laughing so hard, I would veer off track, which would make other runners stumble out of my way. So I started to walk instead while I listened. I have gained a little wait, but it was worth it.
Any additional comments?
I can't really begin to describe how entertaining I think this is. I think it's brilliant.
This audio performance consists of 4 different monologues. Only the first is about Ben Franklin but the other 3 were also very enjoyable. I was surprised to learn something about Ben Franklin as I had expected it to be solely comedic. While it was comedic, I also found it informative (though it was mostly comedic). There is something about Josh Kornbluth (in his content, his delivery and in his voice itself) that I find absolutely delightful. He is both funny and insightful. Before listening to this, I had been unfamiliar with Josh Kornbluth. I am so glad I took the chance on this audio performance as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Josh added a short commentary to the end of the audio (which I found hilarious) and in it he asked the listeners to let him know if he converted his monologues (which he normally does in front of an audience) well enough to fit the audiobook format. So Josh, if you are reading this, you did an excellent job translating your monologues to an audio only format. While I am sure your facial expressions, body movements and gestures enhance your live performances, you did a great job getting the mood across using sound effects and your voice. I would love to listen to another audio performance from youl
What did you love best about Ben Franklin: Unplugged?
Surprise, that is the first thing I felt when I listened to Josh Kornbluth's Ben Franklin Unplugged. Not at the quality of the writing or the delivery (I have seen Josh in concert), but the approach. I was expecting a Hal Holbrook-kind of presentation but what I got was more. Ben Franklin is like a mini-odyssey. From an off-hand remark by a relative, Josh looks for Franklin in history and in himself. It is both personal and universal. This is a good listen. Interesting. Entertaining.
What other book might you compare Ben Franklin: Unplugged to and why?
I do have a confession. I broke one of the cardinal rules in entertainment. I listened to Martin Short's I Must Say right after listening to Ben Franklin. I must say, I enjoyed Short's book, but it was not the same. I made more of a connection with Josh's Franklin than I did with Martin's Short.
Which scene was your favorite?
Hard to say. Enjoyed it all.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The theme of father and son.
The publisher's notes for this title are completely misleading. The author's overbearing references to progressive political views and entitled tone made it impossible to get beyond even the first chapter.
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What disappointed you about Ben Franklin: Unplugged?
At least one reviewer said that he/she "couldn't stop laughing." I suspect that it was one of the author's relatives. Josh is a good storyteller, and parts of the narrative were amusing, but NOT funny.
Would you recommend Ben Franklin: Unplugged to your friends? Why or why not?
No. There are many other, more productive and entertaining ways to spend time.
Any additional comments?
I had very high hopes, based upon prior reviewers' comments. Very disappointed.
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