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A daunting listen, but ... I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I warn you dear listener, if you ever wanted to know about the life and times THE most important American ( and dare I say European? ) before, during, and after the Revolutionary War, this is the book you should start your journey to understanding with.
But, the wealth of information is almost overwhelming ( at times, a bit tedious ), and at 35 hours, it's quite a challenge to fit into a working mans' schedule.
Despite that ( minor ) negative point, I found Patrick Cullen's narration pleasant and engaging.
Overall - if a true, comprehensive insight into the lives of the one, indisputably, most important men of the era, titled a "Founding Father", is what you seek, then THIS is the book ( and the man ) you should start with.
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Very disappointed in this Pulitzer prize winner; Benjamin Franklin is such a great figure in American history, however after two hours of listening, I find the author more interested in demonstrating his own intelligence rather than that of Franklin. This perception isn't helped by the very dry delivery of the narrator. There's no inflection and a lack of emphasis that would aid in keeping the listener engaged. The voice is mechanical, like the computer generated voices for NOAH weather radio giving the same intonation for "severe tornado warning" as "partly sunny". A poor analogy maybe, but the great kite-flyer in the thunderstorm would appreciate it. I didn't even download the last two files of the book.
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