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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (87 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Franklin Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated autobiography, published after his death, is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time—but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life’s story in 1757, when he was only fifty-one. He lived another thirty-three full, eventful, and dramatic years, some of the most dramatic years in American history—years in which Franklin was America’s advocate in London, represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, and was America’s wartime ambassador to France. During these years Franklin also helped write our nation’s Constitution and planned an American Empire that would displace the British Empire.

Franklin is one of the most fascinating of the Founding Fathers—a polymath like Jefferson, a practical statesman like Washington, and a cynic and wit beyond parallel. Now, at last, in The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, we finally get the rest of the story, in Franklin’s own words.

Faithfully compiled and edited from Franklin’s papers by Dr. Mark Skousen—Franklin’s descendant, acting as his devoted secretary—this is the closest we will ever get to Franklin sitting down in his study in Philadelphia, dipping quill into ink, and finishing his autobiography.

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  • The Compleated Autobiography retains [the] sophistication, humor, and sense of irony that made the original autobiography a classic—and is destined to create a renewed appreciation of Benjamin Franklin as an original thinker and primary figure in the founding of the United States of America.”

    National Review

  • “Ferrone portrays Franklin’s intelligence and wit with an understated style that brings out a personality that continues to captivate and intrigue. Ferrone clearly enjoys ‘being’ Franklin, and listeners will be similarly engaged by this book…the next best thing to having an autobiography completed by Franklin himself.”


  • “Ferrone is well suited to bring an elder statesman like Franklin to life. His deep, raspy delivery conjures up a man in the final years of a full and eventful life; and the first-person narrative makes the history up-close and personal.” 


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by J. D. | 11/12/2013

    " A superior edited compilation, from Benjamin Franklin's journals and letters, recreating the last thirty-three years of his life. It does, indeed, "compleat" the Autobiography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe Conklin | 6/1/2013

    " A wonderful compilation by Mark Skousen. Franklin's memoirs, speeches, notes, and letters were edited and arranged chronologically in an effort to complete his autobiography. Simply brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh Davis | 11/25/2012

    " Ok so guy had a lot of women and wasn't exactly a family man. Nobody's perfect "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 7/26/2012

    " Surprisingly readable; not hard to get through at all. Franklin is one of those figures that you think you know, and then you read something like this and realize that you don't, not really. The only problem I had with it is that it tended to kind of...go on. "

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