The Most Dangerous Man in America

  • by Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • Narrated by Lois Betterton
  • 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There have been numerous biographies of Benjamin Franklin, including his own notorious autobiography. This is the most charming and captivating account of all. Every chapter is a bewitching gem, and Franklin lives and breathes on every page. This is the last book in Catherine Drinker Bowen's brilliant career. With this, she did not intend to write a full narrative biography. Instead she proposed to write "only what interested me about this most consistently entertaining biographical subject". Thus the book focuses on specific scenes in Franklin's colorful life, including his youthful discoveries with electricity, activity in the Albany Congress of 1754, nine years in London and, of course, his part in America's revolutionary plans.


What the Critics Say

"Franklin, a charmer in his time, charms across the centuries....The book, like the man, is astute and delightful." (The New Yorker)


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Customer Reviews

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Did this need to be written?

There are several very good Franklin biographies which are both enjoyable and informative. This volume does not claim to be a biography, it seems like a bunch of unconnected notes with little theme or coherency put into a book form. . If you haven't read a Franklin biography, this would not be a good introduction, if you have read one or more good Franklin biographies, this would be unnecessary and unsatisfying.
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Slow narration

Lois Betterton, the narrator is not my cup of tea. She speaks very slowly. Her ennuciation is excruciately careful. Her reading style overall is leaden.

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- Constance

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.