The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

  • by Mark Skousen
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time, but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life's story in 1757, when he was 51. He lived another 33 eventful years, serving as America's advocate in London, Pennsylvania's representative in the Continental Congress, and America's wartime ambassador to France. Now, at last, we get the rest of the story, in Franklin's own words. One of the most fascinating of our Founding Fathers, Franklin was a polymath, a practical statesman, and an incomparable cynic and wit. The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, faithfully compiled and edited from Franklin's papers, reveals why he became a spokesman for American independence; his views on the Constitution; what he really thought of his fellow patriots, like Adams and Jefferson; his candid views on French women, the Penn family, and his own faith; and much more.


What the Critics Say

"The Compleated Autobiography retains [the] sophistication, humor, and sense of irony that made the original autobiography a classic, and is destined to create a renewed appreciation of Benjamin Franklin." (National Review)


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I was expecting more of a history lesson about ole B. Franklin, but this book delves into his thinking and insights and reveals a facinating revolutionary hero who had common sense and vision to see things how they should be. We could only wish someone like him would bring common sense to dealing with public problems. This books reveals his character and gives you a prespective of live in the 1700s. Great for critical thinking students!
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- Michael

Delicious, provocative, and precient

This goes on the must-read list - books that change the way I think about the world. Franklin's writing is delicious - witty, self-deprecating, charming, satisfying. His stories are sometimes intimate, sometimes jaw-dropping. His insights are prescient - more than 200 years ago, he looked forward and saw much of what we have since become - both good and bad - as a consequence of the way the constitution was framed. Before I read this book, I went back and read the autobiography he published when he was 51 - a rollicking good read. This one, though, covers the next 33 years - the really juicy bits. One gets to know him better here.

The reader did a fine job - excellent, interesting, clear presentation of the text. The pacing of the reader was a bit slow for my taste, so I ramped up the audible player to 1.5x, and it was perfect for me.
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- Briggs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.