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  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • Written by: Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Written by: Benjamin Franklin
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Publisher's Summary

Written between 1717 and 1790, and originally referred to by its author as simply Memoirs, Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography is considered the pioneering example of the genre. In this influential account of the American Dream in action, Franklin recounts his early life, his inventions, his quest for virtue and self-improvement, and his political achievements. The unfinished work is a vivid depiction of life in early America, as well as a relatable and inspiring portrait of one of its revolutionary thinkers.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, this edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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As always a lot to learn about leading a good life

and contributing to society. importance of good character and values. How small inputs on clean liness shaped America as it is today.

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I wish Mr. Franklin could complete it.

What a wonderful collection of thoughts and experiences that to in a day and age of 1700s. Truly worth your time for a meaningful casual read.

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Too many details

struggled to finish. too many minute details. very boring. each and every action is spoken missing the main essence

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  • Nick M
  • 09-02-19

Brilliant man way ahead of his time

An amazing introspective look into a highly intelligent hard working man who was self taught and cared about improving his society. Good narrator as well, perfect for the story.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 11-12-18

Ben Franklin was a bad mutha!

For those who only know of Ben Franklin from their High School history class, what in injustice. An example of an American hero, scholar and an example of all that can be accomplished in one’s lifetime.

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  • Kico M
  • 07-12-19

Good reminder of this great figure

It is a good book, but I was expecting more from his life between 1770-1788. Anyhow, the book provides good insights of Franklin’s wisdom.

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  • John A.
  • 29-11-22

A great book

A wonderful book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age such as myself. I found this book to be highly relatable and generally worthwhile and I found great relation with the author. I further highly recommend this book.

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  • Rob
  • 04-04-19

Wait, you missed a part

it's hard to say that such a prominent founder did such a poor job with this work, however, given that it is unfinished it's fair to say that the most games parts of his life were left out.