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Left unfinished at the time of his death, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has endured as one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies ever written. From his early years in Boston and Philadelphia to the publication of his Poor Richard's Almanac to the American Revolution and beyond, Franklin's autobiography is a fascinating, personal exploration into the life of America's most interesting founding father.

Public Domain (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Walking Man
  • 14/02/2019

Egregious omission of important passage.

I was appalled by the glaring omission of the single most character-revealing sentence in this classic work. Had the narrator chosen to read the text as it appears in every legitimate print edition, the following sentence would have been heard in Chapter 8 of this audio book. "In the mean time, that hard-to-be-governed passion of youth had hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell in my way, which were attended with some expense and great inconvenience, besides a continual risk to my health by a distemper, which of all things I dreaded, though by great good luck I escaped it."

Historians and biographers have discussed Franklin's sexual exploits at length in other works. Here, in his own words, Franklin voluntarily shines a light on this aspect of his character. I cannot imagine why any editor or narrator would choose to omit this passage from an audio version that purports to be an accurate portrayal of the original written work. It seems as if they want to turn the book into a children's story in which Franklin is portrayed as a choir boy.

To the modern reader/listener, parts of Franklin's autobiography are dull and boring at best. To edit out one of the most interesting and informative parts in an effort to sanitize it is totally irresponsible.

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  • Z Sterman
  • 30/01/2018

Probably Not What You're Expecting

I was interested in reading a book about Benjamin Franklin's life and contributions. I chose the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin because the Walter Isaacson biography is an absolute whopper - 24 hours, 45 minutes in audio. The autobiography is only 6 hours, 35 minutes.

The problem is that, counter to my expectation, Franklin barely did speak about some of his greatest feats. Turns out he died without having finished the autobiography, leaving some of the most significant parts of his life unwritten - such as his role in the founding of the United States of America. Instead, the book's focus is mostly spent on Franklin's formative years and experiences.

If you are looking for insight into the self-perceived development of Benjamin Franklin - how he grew into the person he became - you will gain a good deal from this book.

If you are looking for a historical account of Benjamin Franklin's life and contributions - as I was - then this book likely won't satisfy.

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  • John Coleman
  • 03/12/2019

Ben Franklin, in his own words

This book was a very quick read (listen). I actually listened to it, as a supplement after reading Walter Isaacson‘s biography of Franklin.

Isaacson suggests that many influential people have cited Franklin’s autobiography as having changed their lives. He further notes that Dale Carnegie and Scott Covey base many of their self-help “principles” on those attributed to Franklin and “Poor Richard.” Indeed that comes through quite clearly in this book.

If you are looking for a comprehensive history of Ben Franklin‘s life I would start with Isaacson‘s book, as I did. However, I wouldn’t skip this autobiography as it provides an interesting perspective once you know the greater historical context.

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  • Luke
  • 23/06/2017

Amazing!!!

WOW this is incredible! What a person! I will now listen again, and again. If I become anything like Benjamin Franklin (in personality and desire to better myself) I will consider it a victory in life. And one of the highest victory's I work to attain!!! Hope everyone else who reads this book will equally enjoy it!

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  • Thomas A Schleiffarth
  • 07/01/2020

an excellent listen

the dated language forces you to listen carefully oh, but it is well worth the effort. Benjamin Franklin I was truly an amazing man and a fascinating person to read about.

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  • Coach
  • 02/05/2019

Amazing

It is absolutely amazing that this was one of our founding fathers.This powerful and unbelievably smart man shaped the course of the entire United States of America. He was constantly trying to better himself for the sake of the people around him. He recognized that he had faults and would try to continually transform them. Whenever I watched historical shows about Benjamin Franklin they never showed him so personable. I'm looking forward to reading many more books about our founding fathers. Thank you to the author and team that put this book together.

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  • John Lemos
  • 14/10/2016

I'm going to listen to this again!

I loved the narrator, very well done. I enjoyed this rendition from beginning to end.

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  • Annie
  • 01/01/2020

More would have been wonderful but

I really enjoyed the book as there was a lot about Franklin i didn't know before, it i understood, however that there's a lot more about this man that was not in included here. For me it just means I need to read more about this interesting man.

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  • cory
  • 12/11/2017

AMAZING, All Development books reference this.

A Sack that is empty has a hard time standing on it's own accord. B. Franklin

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  • James Benson
  • 13/01/2021

Required study for everyone who loves America

Benjamin Franklin is a man all peoples everywhere in every age need as an example of habits, attitudes and virtues which completely cooperate with the natural laws God built into the universe.

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  • Silviu Blajut
  • 04/11/2018

A must read

The knowledge Benjamin is putting on the table is amazing. if people would have a mindset like his then greater things in world would be.

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  • Alex Bryant
  • 21/11/2018

Interesting insight into this historic figure

I enjoyed getting an insight into the times, behaviours and characters of the era, and to understand the volume of things Benjamin Franklin was involved in

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  • Craig C
  • 17/04/2022

Would give 4.5/5 if possible

Very intriguing to hear of this remarkable man’s life in his own words, and not the account of a modern day historian. This authenticity makes you feel as though you have travelled back in time, and the incredible narration by Qarie Marshall compliments this wonderfully.

There really are a few gems in this book that very much still hold true to this day. Franklin’s approach to conversing with strangers, and his views on religion stand out to me in particular. If modern day society could adapt and implement such tenets today, then I have good reason to believe the world would truly be a far better place as a whole.

Whilst deeply interesting and informative, the book is, at times, a bit boring and/or hard to follow. This is absolutely to be expected due to differences in language, and the period in which such events occurred, but it does - unfortunately - hinder the listening/reading experience ever so slightly.

That aside, I still thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and would have no trouble recommending it to pretty much anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/11/2021

splendid, what a man

what an incredible man. highly recommend Franklin's autobiography. i will now go onto Isaacson's biography.

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  • Collete Stubbs
  • 22/09/2018

Interesting ...

Enjoyed it.....would also liked to learned more of his family life and more of his struggles.