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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"
  • 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.

    Jesse Hampton says: "Non-Idol"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Benjamin Franklin | Carl Van Doren

    Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carl Van Doren
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
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    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Carl Van Doren incorporates materials from Franklin's letters, manuscripts, journals, and published works to give the most accurate and comprehensive portrait ever written of this great American.

    Edward E McKenna says: "A Daunting Listen, But...."
  • 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"
  • The Way to Wealth | Benjamin Franklin

    The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
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    Benjamin Franklin's words are just as true today as they were 200 years ago. Although this book was writen before the American Revolution, the suggestions are still relevant today. This audiobook is full of lessons that seem to have fallen upon deaf ears in today's business world.

  • 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"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent Mackamy
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    The Way to Wealth, originally a preface to the 1758 edition of Franklin's beloved Poor Richard's Almanack, presents a brief fable of a local wise man, Father Abraham, quoting Poor Richard to an eager crowd. In this inspiring tale, Franklin steps out of the past and shares with you his famed maxims about wealth, knowledge, virtue, and all other elements of business success.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good narration but appears incomplete"
  • 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"
  • The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin | H.W. Brands

    The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By H.W. Brands
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    This course examines the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. 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.

    J. Rector says: "Fabulous!!!"
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Adrian Cronauer
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    A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American."

    Heizenberg says: "I wish high school history was this interesting!"
  • The Way to Wealth | Benjamin Franklin

    The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent McKamy
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    The first American book on personal finance, The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to Poor Richard's Almanack, this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning and saving, money and debt.

    Diana says: "Interesting!"
  • Poor Richard's Almanac | Benjamin Franklin

    Poor Richard's Almanac

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Unlike most editions of Poor Richard, this one includes essentially all of the text, not just the aphorisms and sayings. This gives you, Courteous Listener, a much better appreciation of how Franklin wrote and thought. In particular, you will find that the full body of the Poor Richard almanacs contains a great deal of religious and spiritual thought in which Franklin laid out and propounded his understanding of Christianity as it stood in his day.

    Cheryl says: "lame music inbetween every quote"
  • Benjamin Franklin: On Love, Marriage, and Other Matters | Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin: On Love, Marriage, and Other Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Adrian Cronauer
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    Here's a collection of essays and letters from the pen of one of America's shrewdest observers of human nature. During his lifetime, Benjamin Franklin was a successful publisher, printer, author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat. This collection of letters and essays illuminates Franklin's views on the subjects of marriage, savages, cold air baths, and a variety of other topics.

  • 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"
  • Time Is Money [Russian Edition] | Benjamin Franklin

    Time Is Money [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Vadim Pugachev
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    Izdanie vkljuchaet v sebja dve znamenitye raboty "Avtobiografija" i "Sovet molodomu torgovcu, napisannyj starym" Bendzhamina Franklina (1706 - 1790 gg) - amerikanskogo politicheskogo dejatelja, diplomata, izobretatelja i pisatelja, odnogo iz liderov vojny za nezavisimost' SShA. "Avtobiografija" - odno iz krupnyh i naibolee izvestnyh proizvedenij Franklina.

  • Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father | Thomas S. Kidd

    Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kidd
    • Narrated By Tom Perkins
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    Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other 18th-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the "thorough deist" who emerges in his autobiography.

    Keith Beutler says: "Masterful!"
  • The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit  | Sheila Skemp

    The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit 

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sheila Skemp
    • Narrated By Catherine Dyer
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    On January 29, 1774, Benjamin Franklin was called to appear before the Privy Council--a select group of the king's advisors--in an octagonal-shaped room in Whitehall Palace known as the Cockpit. Spurred by jeers and applause from the audience in the Cockpit, Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn unleashed a withering tirade against Franklin. Though Franklin entered the room as a dutiful servant of the British crown, he left as a budding American revolutionary.

    Ralph says: "A Very Good Book"
  • Benjamin Franklin - A Short Biography: 30 Minute Book, Series 4 | Doug West

    Benjamin Franklin - A Short Biography: 30 Minute Book, Series 4

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    • By Doug West
    • Narrated By Gregory Diehl
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    Benjamin Franklin was first and foremost a public servant, but he was also a prolific writer, humorist, musician, inventor, businessman, and scientist. He was always working to improve civic society. Among many other things, he organized the first volunteer fire department and established the first lending library in America. In the 18th century, he was celebrated as a scientist, inventor, and innovator who somehow emerged from the obscurity of his modest birth to prominence.

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