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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: December 2005 ISBN: 9781482976113
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Hayes | 1/30/2014

    " zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. snoose--and this from a self-confessed history lover and general geek.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Latika | 1/18/2014

    " a few nuggets of wisdom, but otherwise an endless account of his comings and goings "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Duane | 1/17/2014

    " DNF. But maybe can try again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abriana | 1/16/2014

    " I read this about once every year or two. It's not very long so if you have a lazy day it's easy to read in one sitting. Benjamin Franklin was a true scholar, and having his life story from Franklin's point of view is really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brentley Campbell | 1/10/2014

    " What a book on life! Ben Franklin teaches through his mistakes and successes and helps one think about how one lives in a different way. An enjoyable read, especially considering it was written so long ago. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/13/2013

    " Finally finished. It's only 103 pages but it took me a long time to read... He is brilliant and oh so funny. At least the parts I could understand, I'm sure there were things that went over me head. :) So glad that I read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiloah | 9/5/2013

    " Fascinating read! I wish he had written more of his personal life and of his wife and kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Alaine | 7/16/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Beck | 2/27/2013

    " The story is was written at different times and put together later. As you advance in the book it becomes less friendly to an elementary reader. I found myself stopping several times to look up words. He never finished his story. All that said, I would recommend it to every American. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alishia | 12/31/2012

    " Wish I didn't read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.C. Lee | 12/15/2012

    " Difficult to put down. I bookmarked numerous quotes. Sometimes difficult to follow as Franklin explored events in his life not chronologically, but by topic. An extraordinary insight into the life of an extraordinary self-educated man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maim | 11/28/2012

    " It's the reader's choice to let the sapience and nobility of BFrank to change one's life for the sake of becoming the best person they can. It's not an explicit guide to being a polymath, but it might be an essential place to start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 9/11/2012

    " i like it, however my students hate it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 5/15/2012

    " Part I was amazing. Part II, not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 FeDeRmAn Galan | 4/14/2012

    " i was reading this book and i stop it because is toooooooo lo0000000000nggggggggggg "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GenieD | 4/14/2012

    " I love Ben Franklin. This is his autobiography. It was a free book. A very interesting story of his life ion his own words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Santos | 3/25/2012

    " I never knew he led such a grand life. It's fascinating to read what he did, more so to know that he wrote it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Conrey | 3/23/2012

    " Insightful and entertaining. Written in the english of his day makes for some interesting reading but it definitely hits the high notes of his pre-revolutionary war lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karolis | 8/30/2011

    " This is one of the best works on how to use every single day to improve yourself. One of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hal Farrington | 7/20/2011

    " Good read an insight into a brilliant mind "

  • 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

Fredd Wayne’s career includes stage, film, and television performances. He is the creator and performer of Benjamin Franklin, Citizen, which he performed off Broadway and toured with throughout Europe.