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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: Fredd Wayne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Benjamin Franklin was not only one of America’s Founding Fathers—he was also a fascinating character who lived an exciting life. Whether carousing with prostitutes in Paris, taunting lightning bolts with kites, or founding America’s first volunteer firefighting organization, Franklin was always at the center of activity. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin details this American’s early years, his career, and his conflicted relationship with his son.

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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

  • “Benjamin Franklin set the tone for more than a century of positive-thinking American literature with this inspiring 1791 account of his education and early career as a printer, inventor, and diplomat.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/11/2014

    " Sometimes it was difficult to get through, but other times was an easy read. I always knew Ben Franklin was smart, but it's only recently that I've learned just how smart and funny he was. And so real. I especially enjoyed the section where he explains how he "...conceiv'd the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection." He includes a full description and even includes a sample of the charts he used. The original self-help book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betty Ann Baer | 2/3/2014

    " I don't know if this is the exact book that I read. I did learn a lot about BF. He was a very religious man. He didn't think any one church was right. He was a printer and a very successful business man. He wrote some works under a different name because some people didn't like him, but accepted his work under a different name. This book didn't dwell on his discovery of electricity, but electricity was mentioned. I enjoyed learning more about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doreen | 2/3/2014

    " This book was really good. Franklin had some amazing insights into how a person should approach different life situations. A lot of good advice. I would recommend this as a read for high school kids or young people looking for some sound, time-tested advice on life. The only bad part of this book is that it can be a little daunting with Franklin's style of writing, kind of like one long thought that never ends at times. It felt like it took me forever to finish the book but well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leighann Blackwelder | 2/3/2014

    " It is interesting to read about his life from his point of view. The things that I remember him for are not the things that he notes as the most important or memorable. His system for self improvement was ingenious. Ben Franklin became one of my hero's after reading this book. "

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