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Ben Franklin's own lively story of his early years is a unique, fascinating, and influential look at this American founding father. It has been taught in schools as a moral tract, as a guide to self-improvement, and as the Great American Success Story. It also is relished both for its insight into colonial life and the mind of the man who most affected the development of our democratic form of government. Finally, it is savored for its language; Franklin's wit, his well-turned phrase, and his humanity shine through.
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A great book that stood the test of time

There are so many great insights from Benjamin Franklin which are relevant even now. The voice and tone matches somebody who lived hundreds of years ago and it is nice to hear and understand.

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  • Rob
  • 09-12-07

Fantastic Listen

The reader is superb. As the book continues I can't help but feel as though Franklin himself is talking to me. It is everything an audio autobiography should be.

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  • Karen
  • 25-09-07

Interesting

I admit, I listened to this one while I was painting a room in my house. Since it's written in first person, it was like having Ben in the room with me while I was working. I chose this book since I knew I was going to see the Ben Franklin exhibit at the Atlanta History Center, and the exhibit mirros much of the book. What an open thinker he was!

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  • Sherief Ayoub
  • 14-04-15

Best version

What about Fredd Wayne’s performance did you like?

I have listened to other versions of BF Autobio and Mr Wayne's narration is by far the best.

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  • Sapote
  • 31-10-14

Outstanding narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to be better than the print version?

Yes, because this narrator was so expressive as Ben that it was as if I was listening to the actual Benjamin Franklin telling me his story.

Which character – as performed by Fredd Wayne – was your favorite?

He WAS Benjamin Franklin.

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  • Charla
  • 04-09-08

Worth your time

I enjoy autobiographies over biographies. What is included or excluded and how it is portrayed lends great insight to the subject.

Very enjoyable and worth listening to!

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  • alan hosch
  • 03-02-21

Sketch of A Singular Patriot in the Making

In his own words, which are droll and heartwarming at once, Mssr. Franklin told of his Colonial coming-of-age and adult life. Bringing to mind that Founding Fatherly discourse that have caused so many over the centuries to love him above all, save perhaps Washington.

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  • Yas
  • 25-01-21

Iconic

You start off feeling this is another stuck up fellow but end up admiring his principled doggedness. Lovely read

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  • Joseph Gliba
  • 15-12-20

A must read

This is a must read/listen. Franklin is a fantastic writer and you hardly notice the language differences between now and then. On top of that the adventures and proverbs throughout the book explain how this man was able to do so much for the founding of America.

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  • lookn4quality
  • 02-12-20

In his own words

Worth sticking with it to get an understanding of the principles behind Mr Franklin’s varied successes. The archeological language requires considerable attention to catch the meaning but the fact that he wrote this is the prize, verses someone else’s ideas on his life.

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  • inpacem
  • 07-09-20

What Happened to the Balance if Franklin’s Life???

Very much interested in Franklin’ s life I listened carefully to the narrative. It stopped while Franklin was in England getting royal permission to tax the proprietors. Very unsatisfactory. :(

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  • Andrew
  • 31-10-08

A good insight into the character of the man

As one of the founding fathers, Franklin holds an important position in the history of the world, not just the United States. How the men of Franklin's era - many of them relatively young - thought the way they did, articulated those ideas and, most importantly, acted on them is inspirational.

The narration is particularly good - he really seems to capture the spirit of the man.

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