Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • by Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by Walter Costello
  • 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Considered to be one of the best autobiographies written in colonial America, Franklin portrays a fascinating picture of life in pre-revolutionary Philadelphia. In his own words he describes his life as a printer, inventor, scientist, and politician.

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A great man

This is the unfinished record of his own life as a young man written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however Franklin himself called this work his memoirs.

Ben Franklin was the youngest son and 15th of 17 children of Josiah Franklin soap and candle maker who had immigrated to Boston form Northamptonshire, England.

Ben Franklin dislikes his father’s trade but loved reading; he was apprenticed at the age of 12 to his brother James, a printer. He later moved to Philadelphia and worked for Samuel Keimer. Later he owned his own printing shop.

From his early years, Franklin constantly struggled to improve himself. His passion for improvement was not spent exclusively upon himself. Public projects included Philadelphia’s first public library, Fire Company, public academy, philosophical society, militia, defense system, sewer, street improvement, hospital and he created a more equitable tax system.

It is great to read Franklins own words and obtain his insights and thoughts of his early life. It is too bad that he did not complete the book. Franklin was truly a brilliant, talented man with many area of interest. Walter Costello narrated the book.
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- Jean

Love the man, dislike this audiobook

Absolutely terrible audio and very dry reading of a great man's account.

Instead, I highly recommend "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson.
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- Jalal J. Dallo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio