"Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy," advises Benjamin Franklin, and he was a man who lived up to his own words. 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.
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"Wisely written and mesmerizingly read"
I cannot praise the writings of Benjamin Franklin more. The narration has certainly done justice to Ben's beautiful autobiography. Highly recommend.
"Inspiring and humbling"
I read Franklin's biography in college and had remembered only the part on self-development from the system he devised. I had decided to start reading more autobiographies and in perusing the first ones that came up under that word I picked this particular version. This book is easily 500 percent more enjoyable and compelling because of the incredible talents of the narrator, who truly channels Franklin in his own way and puts just the right amount of inflection and creativity into the words to make them come alive.
I would recommend this autobiography to anyone, especially those interested in the lives of people who have come from very little and made deep and broad impacts in their communities. Franklin is the epitome of curiosity, commitment to community, empiricism, integrity and pragmatism.
As is noted at the end of this autobiography, his character and works strongly molded the character of America during its founding. To understand his life is to understand the roots of the United States.
It is hard to be critical of autobiography. Benjamin Franklin tells his own story in his own words. You do need to understand that this is almost exclusively limited to his life from 1706 to 1757. Franklin basically quit working on his autobiography at that time. To hear the rest of the story, you will want to listen to Mark Skousen's, Completed Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I loved Robin Field's reading in the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant. Field's reading is very smooth, well inflected, and has enough variety to give you a sense of different characters. Download this audio book. If you are interesting in Benjamin Franklin, you will love it.
The narration made it seem as if Benjamin Franklin himself was reading it. Recommended highly.
Robin Field sounds better than what I would imagine Benjamin Franklin would sound like. He reads with such feeling it's as though he actually lived Franklin's life. Highly recommend.
"Great book. Poor narration."
It's a pity for such a great classic to be spoiled by this gruesome narration. It's hard to believe the guy reading is even human! Although these days I don't think a computer would do such a poor job. Save yourself a credit (or a few bucks).
"Important piece of history"
Not sure... How much one learns from this book (except for the vivid snapshot of history) is debatable. Benjamin Franklin himself is a bit tedious and vain.
As a autobiography the only character that strongly features is Ben Franklin himself.
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