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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By: Benjamin Franklin
Narrated by: Adrian Cronauer
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This expansive work follows the rich and varied life of America’s first Renaissance man, from his humble beginnings as a newspaper apprentice, to his command of a colonial militia, to his eventual audience with King George III. Renowned radio host Adrian Cronauer oversees the proceedings in his rich, fluid baritone. Having authored his own autobiography - the award-winning screenplay for Good Morning, Vietnam - Cronauer demonstrates his knack for adroit storytelling, well matched with Franklin’s manifold exploits. Over his lifetime, Franklin watches the colonies grow from wayward outposts to modern metropolises. The author’s pioneering contributions to public welfare are documented here, as Franklin funds libraries, hospitals, and infrastructure. Likewise, Franklin recalls his famous experiments with electricity and the formation, at his behest, of revolutionary militias.

Publisher's summary

A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American." One of the prime movers and shakers in our nation's history, Franklin was known for his common sense, practicality, and frugality. Here, Franklin describes his rags-to-riches journey with candor, optimism, and boundless humor. The voice is that of a young, vigorous Franklin, focused on action and eager to explore and learn from life.
Public Domain (P)1986 Recorded Books

Critic reviews

"...a landmark in world literature." (Masterpiece Library)
"Adrian Cronauer's rich voice is ideally suited to Franklin's autobiography. A skilled and smooth reader, Cronauer never intrudes on the material." (The Washington Post)

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