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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Franklin Narrator: Michael Edwards Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Among other things, Benjamin Franklin was a printer, philosopher, inventor, statesman, and not least, a writer. Franklin’s writings span a long and distinguished career of literary, scientific, and political inquiry—the work of a man whose life lasted for nearly all of the eighteenth century and whose achievements ranged from inventing the lightning rod to publishing Poor Richard’s Almanac to signing the Declaration of Independence. His autobiography captures the essence of his spirit, and in it we can see him as a product of the eighteenth-century enlightenment, a type of Yankee statesman who could use the language of Addison, Steele, Swift, and Defoe. In his autobiography, Franklin asks himself, “Who am I, how did I come to be, and why am I a human being as I am?” and he answers with the honesty, wit, and charm that have made this possibly the most famous of all autobiographies.

This is an intimate look at the life of one of American history’s most notable figures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Franklin’s is one of the greatest autobiographies in literature, and towers over other autobiographies as Franklin towered over other men.”

    William Dean Howells

  • “The most widely read autobiography ever written by an American. It has served many Americans as it may have served Franklin—to define what it meant, what it had meant, and what it ought to mean to be an American.”

    Edmund S. Morgan, emeritus professor of history, Yale University

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tiffany Alaine | 2/18/2014

    " It was fun to see what kinds of things Ben Franklin was interested. His way of thinking is unique. I love that he was always coming up with ideas to make things better, and then carrying those ideas out. He didn't wait for someone else to do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Crystal | 2/13/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD on a roadtrip. I don't think I could have gotten through it otherwise. It's really long and boring at some parts. It had some pretty amazing ideas. I now have a ton of respect for Benjamin Franklin. He's a genius. It made we want to learn and work hard, contribute to society, write an autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff Thorpe | 2/8/2014

    " What an interesting life. If you can look past some of his more interesting choices we could use more statesmen like old Ben. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shelby | 1/27/2014

    " There are some very interesting bits in here, but its basically two fragments of an autobiography, and it gets bogged down in his personal philosophy for long stretches. The first fragment especially provides a good illustration of American life in the first half of the 1700s. "

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