The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Audiobook, by H. W. Brands Play Audiobook Sample

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Audiobook

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Audiobook, by H. W. Brands Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 24.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 18.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781501974915

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Longest Chapter Length:

60:23 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:10 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

37:50 minutes

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Publisher Description

Historian H.W. Brands' acclaimed, comprehensive biography of Ben Franklin--the first in over 60 years--made the New York Times best-seller list, was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The New Yorker hails, "Like its subject, this biography is both solid and enchanting." Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much." Drawing from a wealth of sources, including previously unpublished letters to and from Franklin, Brands creates an unforgettable tribute to a man for the ages. Nelson Runger's narration highlights the incredible events and fascinating personality traits that made Franklin a legend.

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About H. W. Brands

H. W. Brands has written more than a dozen biographies and histories, including the The General vs. the President, a New York Times bestseller. Two of his biographies, The First American and Traitor to His Class, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. He holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin.

About Nelson Runger

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.