The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • by Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by Kevin Theis
  • 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My business was now continually augmenting, and my circumstances growing daily easier, my newspaper having become very profitable, as being for a time almost the only one in this and the neighbouring provinces. I experienced, too, the truth of the observation, "that after getting the first hundred pound, it is more easy to get the second", money itself being of a prolific nature.
The partnership at Carolina having succeeded, I was encourag'd to engage in others, and to promote several of my workmen, who had behaved well, by establishing them with printing-houses in different colonies, on the same terms with that in Carolina. Most of them did well, being enabled at the end of our term, six years, to purchase the types of me and go on working for themselves, by which means several families were raised. Partnerships often finish in quarrels; but I was happy in this, that mine were all carried on and ended amicably, owing, I think, a good deal to the precaution of having very explicitly settled, in our articles, every thing to be done by or expected from each partner, so that there was nothing to dispute.

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The Greatest American

Benjamin Franklin is my kind of guy, he is a renowned polymath. Not just a scientist, not just a politician, not just an entrepreneur, he is all of these things and more. Probably the best autobiography I've ever read. He is obviously extremely accomplished, but in many ways more importantly, he lived an interesting life and writes about it very well. His stories are not only super entertaining, but are filled with timeless wisdom. This version is excellent, I preferred this narrator to the others and he does an excellent job.
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- HH

Wonderful Autobiography and Great Narration

This book is almost like a time machine insofar as the construction of his sentences and the words he uses are clearly from a very early America. At times he uses euphemisms and metaphors that we wouldn't commonly use or understand today. Franklin really gives you a sense of the time as he describes scenery, print shops, modes of transportation, difficulties of communication and travelling relatively short distances, etc. I like to imagine sometimes when I'm driving down the freeway just how difficult it was traversing the exact same terrain back in the 1700s.

Franklin is all over the place in this book. He seems to skip large chunks of time and misses events only to come back to them later. However, this is a brilliant look at his development as a young man and gives details of how and what influenced him in his youth. As one of the most influential people of early American history, this book serves to give the reader a better understanding of the men responsible for creating the nation we all enjoy today.

The narration was done exceptionally well. Kevin kept up a good pace, but not so fast that you would have a hard time following.

All in all, this was a very good book. I think the narrated version will be preferable to most people. It brings the book to life in a way that just reading it surely wouldn't accomplish for most people, specifically because of the slight accent and pronunciation of his words.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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- Eric Reeves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2016
  • Publisher: Essex Audio