Regular price: $49.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Early American history is dominated by engaging and iconic figures - none more intriguing than Benjamin Franklin. Chandler, balladeer, poet, printer, writer, humorist, satirist, swimmer, businessman, inventor, philosopher, soldier, administrator, scientist, politician, ladies' man, musician, humanitarian, philanthropist - it's almost easier to list the things Franklin was not than try to explain the pursuits and interests of this multi-faceted man.

In this course, you'll study with noted historian H.W. Brands, the New York Times best-selling author of The First American, which also earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Brands is a scholar who truly captures the essence of Franklin and the times in which he lived. This course examines the life of Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer's apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin's thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him to the forefront of a changing world. His contributions through inventions, scientific investigation, and political thought still echo more than 200 years after his passing. 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.

©2003 H.W. Brands; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    48
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, The most interesting content was delivered via lecture which I enjoyed and which facilitated remembering the details. I learned so much about BF.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

Hearing that BF was one of the two "indispensable characters" of the American Revolution and founding of our country. Also that BF was, in the author's opinion, "the great genius of our country."

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Loved it. I look forward to buying Professor Brands books and listening to his other lectures. He is terrific!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I am blown away that one person could do so much. It is essential that our children learn about his life. BF embodies the American Dream, rising through his own efforts from poor beginnings to wealth and lasting greatness.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

A Good Beginning for Franklin

This book is a very good start on the life and time of Franklin; however, the listener should also read The First American by Prof. Brands.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love it

If I'm being honest, I've listened to this lecture series about half a dozen time. It's an easy go to book when I'm in need of something entertaining without app of the plot twist of a novel. I simply have a bad memory. The professor does a great job at keeping the listeners attention and Benjamin Franklin is a fun historical figure to learn about. Love and recommend it to anyone looking to learn as they listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

lecture not an audiobook

great story, great topic, wonderfully thorough. lecture is far more succinct than the book. one word remaining

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Course on Ben Franklin

The narrator in this course series was very engaging and did an excellent job in delivering information on Ben Franklin. He adds an enjoyable amount of personal facts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding lecture

I knew little about Ben Franklin other than the popular caricatures. This lecture series taught me a great deal. Lectures were substantive and articulate. First rate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great Man, but a biography is just better than a course

This was the first time I tried listening to a course, instead of reading a biography. I didn't like it nearly as much, as the conversational tone leads to much repetition and oversimplification.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary
  • LOS ALTOS, CA, United States
  • 03-14-13

Great book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is the best history book I have ever read. It is well researched and full of information.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin
  • Clearwater, Florida United States
  • 06-25-12

I Hated It!

What would have made The Modern Scholar better?

It would have been better if it was AN AUDIOBOOK! This is a college lecture by a college professor. If you have not heard enough dull,rambling, trite, platitudinal lectures in your life, then this one is for you!

What do you think your next listen will be?

An audiobook about Benjamin Franklin

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was not a narrator and it was not a book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

2 of 13 people found this review helpful