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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Franklin Narrator: Walter Costello Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Blessed with enormous talents and the energy and ambition to go with them, Franklin was a statesman, author, inventor, printer, and scientist. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and later was involved in negotiating the peace treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War. He also invented bifocals, a stove that is still manufactured, a water-harmonica, and the lightning rod.

Franklin’s extraordinary range of interests and accomplishments are brilliantly recorded in his autobiography, considered one of the classics of the genre. Covering his life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania assembly, this charming self-portrait recalls Franklin’s boyhood, his determination to achieve high moral standards, his work as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, experiences during the French and Indian War, and more. Related in an honest, open, unaffected style, this highly readable account offers a wonderfully intimate glimpse of the Founding Father sometimes called “the wisest American.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sergey Pustylnikov | 2/19/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Eiler | 2/18/2014

    " I read this between the time I graduated from college (1990) as an undergraduate and when I started grad school in 1991. I think my views on life might have changed some since then, but I am betting this would still be a good read. What an amazing man - even if you factor out the autobiographical embellishments! Remember that Franklin's autobiography was likely written to his young son, in the hopes that his son would emulate the father's path toward personal growth and ambition and you'll find this a compelling, interesting, amusing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/11/2014

    " all thinking people are vegetarians "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book. I was immediately impressed at how a man from the 1700's was such a good writer! He was funny, witty, and intelligent, and I loved reading about him. I would've given this 5 stars, but I felt in the last 20 percent of the book when he talks about Braddock's army, some of his writing is to intricate and some parts maybe a little confusing. However, I highly recommend this to all my friends. "

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About the Narrator

Walter Costellois an actor, known for Cops and Robin.