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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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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.

Public Domain (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A classic

Well worth reading. Couldn't fault it and feel better for the experience. A role model down the ages.

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the linguistics are sensational<br />

the wording is like smooth talk to me if it's definitely work any young man to listen to this many many times

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  • Z Sterman
  • 30-01-2018

Probably Not What You're Expecting

I was interested in reading a book about Benjamin Franklin's life and contributions. I chose the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin because the Walter Isaacson biography is an absolute whopper - 24 hours, 45 minutes in audio. The autobiography is only 6 hours, 35 minutes.

The problem is that, counter to my expectation, Franklin barely did speak about some of his greatest feats. Turns out he died without having finished the autobiography, leaving some of the most significant parts of his life unwritten - such as his role in the founding of the United States of America. Instead, the book's focus is mostly spent on Franklin's formative years and experiences.

If you are looking for insight into the self-perceived development of Benjamin Franklin - how he grew into the person he became - you will gain a good deal from this book.

If you are looking for a historical account of Benjamin Franklin's life and contributions - as I was - then this book likely won't satisfy.

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  • Walking Man
  • 14-02-2019

Egregious omission of important passage.

I was appalled by the glaring omission of the single most character-revealing sentence in this classic work. Had the narrator chosen to read the text as it appears in every legitimate print edition, the following sentence would have been heard in Chapter 8 of this audio book. "In the mean time, that hard-to-be-governed passion of youth had hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell in my way, which were attended with some expense and great inconvenience, besides a continual risk to my health by a distemper, which of all things I dreaded, though by great good luck I escaped it."

Historians and biographers have discussed Franklin's sexual exploits at length in other works. Here, in his own words, Franklin voluntarily shines a light on this aspect of his character. I cannot imagine why any editor or narrator would choose to omit this passage from an audio version that purports to be an accurate portrayal of the original written work. It seems as if they want to turn the book into a children's story in which Franklin is portrayed as a choir boy.

To the modern reader/listener, parts of Franklin's autobiography are dull and boring at best. To edit out one of the most interesting and informative parts in an effort to sanitize it is totally irresponsible.

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  • John Lemos
  • 14-10-2016

I'm going to listen to this again!

I loved the narrator, very well done. I enjoyed this rendition from beginning to end.

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  • cory
  • 12-11-2017

AMAZING, All Development books reference this.

A Sack that is empty has a hard time standing on it's own accord. B. Franklin

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  • Ivan Kiryazov
  • 18-09-2017

Hard to understand for a non native speaker.

The book is revealing many personal thoughts of Franklin that are really interesting to be heard today.

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  • Luke
  • 23-06-2017

Amazing!!!

WOW this is incredible! What a person! I will now listen again, and again. If I become anything like Benjamin Franklin (in personality and desire to better myself) I will consider it a victory in life. And one of the highest victory's I work to attain!!! Hope everyone else who reads this book will equally enjoy it!

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  • Jesse Hampton
  • 07-04-2017

Non-Idol

I am not a history buff. I do not idol famous figures. But still his is a story with amazing insights about ourselves that is still relevant to today. A genius and clearly a strong inspiration for "How to Make Friends and Influence people" written over 100 years after his death. A must buy!!!

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  • rgilla
  • 21-09-2016

incredible book full of wisdom

full of common sense, great advice, and wonderful insights from a master of human relations

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  • roger howeth
  • 08-05-2016

Wish Old Ben had finished this. Really enjoyed it

Wish Old Ben had finished this!
I really enjoyed his micromanaging.
He was definitely OCD.
He was extremely disciplined and helped many people get a great start in life.

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  • Natasha
  • 10-02-2016

Most in depth

This autobiography was really in depth and you can mentally see what pointe in history he is walking through as his story is told. The only thing is the narration is a bit monotone and so you can easily zone out when listening and miss some parts.

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  • Alex Bryant
  • 21-11-2018

Interesting insight into this historic figure

I enjoyed getting an insight into the times, behaviours and characters of the era, and to understand the volume of things Benjamin Franklin was involved in

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  • Silviu Blajut
  • 04-11-2018

A must read

The knowledge Benjamin is putting on the table is amazing. if people would have a mindset like his then greater things in world would be.

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  • Collete Stubbs
  • 22-09-2018

Interesting ...

Enjoyed it.....would also liked to learned more of his family life and more of his struggles.