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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Franklin Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry Collins | 2/20/2014

    " It is a must, every one should read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Haspel | 2/4/2014

    " Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is a masterpiece. Along with all of his other achievements and innovations, Franklin also stands at the beginnings of American literature. Highlights of the book for me include Franklin's account of his 1723 arrival in Philadelphia and his first walk through the streets of the city. He describes his start in business, his rise in the commercial life of Philadelphia, and his increasing engagement in public life. It's incomplete, stopping as of 1759, with the Declaration of Independence, the Revolution, and the Constitutional Convention still years away; there's more he would have written if he could have, as a lengthy outline that appears at the end of Part Four shows. It is not loved by all -- Mark Twain and D.H. Lawrence both denounced what they saw as the didactic, moralizing qualities of the Autobiography -- but it captures the American character like few other books, in Franklin's time or since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 1/16/2014

    " It was a pleasure to read his collections of anecdotes, memories and letters from his long and eventful life. This is history at its best, personal, colorful and clear. Franklin's stories of growing up, his first jobs, his experiences in the military and in politics all make for good reading. Some of the entries from Poor Richard's Almanac are laugh out loud fun "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amelia | 1/6/2014

    " Honestly not as good as I expected. From a man who is so greatly revered in our history, his autobiography is lacking. Not to mention the fact that it ends in 1757, long before he participated in any of the large events that shaped the birth of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 12/30/2013

    " Great to learn more about such a famous and important man. Sad he didn't write much about his experiences during the American revolution "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haaze | 12/5/2013

    " The first part of the autobiography was quite interesting depicting the early years of Franklin's life. It was written when he was in his 60's. However, the second part (written when he was in his 80s) is very different seemingly lacking in introspection while emphasizing logistics (where, when, names, titles etc) in a sligthly overbearing manner. Still a good portrait and perspective of the colonial days. There is a horrendous passage that conveys Franklin's view of the Native Americans and the habit of rum drinking. The autobiography was well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rbmead | 12/5/2013

    " Fun to read details not found in biographies of Ben Franklin, but the story seemed to wander with little purpose or focus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruie | 11/29/2013

    " It was an interesting read, though difficult because of the language and the font. He was a busy and organized man. It did make me want to find out more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise Bond | 11/21/2013

    " Franklin was a fascinating man, and much of what he says is timeless. The reader of the audio version I listened to was good, but a little too monotone. I found myself nodding off every once in a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 9/9/2013

    " For American Lit. I'm sorry but this is not my taste, though I could see the general appeal of what Franklin says here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 8/16/2013

    " Lots of history, some good anecdotes and not much else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Salaita | 5/29/2013

    " Of the so-called founding father generation, Franklin is one of my favorite writers. His observations on Indigenous peoples are well more intelligent than those of his contemporaries, and he has a shrewd sense of humor to accompany that intelligence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Harsha-strong | 4/11/2013

    " The book starts off fantastic. There are a number of gems and standards we all can live by. Then he writes closer to "his present" and the book gets bogged down by detail. Still a worthy read for anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/30/2013

    " While this was written in first person, I still found it a bit stilted, I imagine because of the changes in language over the years. It was interesting to read this, and then read a formal biography of Franklin. Having reference to both sides of a particular story helped understand the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/16/2012

    " I am so glad I read this book. Benjamin Franklin was a genius and our country owes him a great respect. It was a pleasure to learn about this productive man and his amazing accomplishments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonnieandmelanie Wibberding | 12/6/2012

    " One of the most readable books of the founding fathers. If you like Franklin history be sure to get Walter Isaacson's biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheree | 12/5/2012

    " This was just a great read about a great man. Amazing what he thought and how he accomplished what he did - and this ends in 1765! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 11/30/2012

    " Fascinating (and still relevant, in many ways) so far... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Phillips | 9/14/2012

    " Inspiring book that taught me that discipline goes a long way in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/3/2011

    " Really wish he had continued writing throughout his life. It ends before the American Revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/24/2011

    " Pretty interesting read, but man was the latter third of the book boring as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/25/2011

    " Written in first-person, reading this book felt like I was sitting in the same room with Benjamin Franklin just listening to him tell the stories of his incredible life. Free on my kindle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina | 6/12/2011

    " Quite possibly one of the most boring books I have ever read in my life. Benjamin Franklin's efforts to immortalize his heroism on paper are conceited, contradictory, and totally uninspiring at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergey | 6/9/2011

    " An excellent mind and strong will. In most aspects he was a man I like to be like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 6/7/2011

    " Though perhaps one of the most interesting people of all time, Ben Franklin's autobiography is one of the most boring books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/5/2011

    " An interesting account of his life in his own words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/30/2011

    " Everyone should read this!

    Did you know that besides discovering electricity he also founded the first library, U of Penn, the fire station and various benevolent societies? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danjewygros | 5/28/2011

    " It's written in the old english so it's a bit of a pain to read. I found it a bit boring, which is a shame given how amazing this homie was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickie | 5/22/2011

    " This is most interesting. A small glimpse into his ancestry. I'm not far into the reading but there is a way that Benjamin gets your attention and wants you to learn more about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/19/2011

    " Good read, but me and Ben, we wouldn't have been friends in his day! "

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About the Author
Author Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of the most celebrated figures in American history.

About the Narrator

Robin Field is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of numerous audiobooks, as well as an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and lyricist whose career has spanned six decades. He has starred on and off Broadway, headlined at Carnegie Hall, authored numerous musical reviews, and hosted or performed on a number of television and radio programs over the years.