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Left unfinished at the time of his death, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has endured as one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies ever written. From his early years in Boston and Philadelphia to the publication of his Poor Richard's Almanac to the American Revolution and beyond, Franklin's autobiography is a fascinating, personal exploration into the life of America's most interesting founding father.

Public Domain (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Z Sterman
  • 30/01/2018

Probably Not What You're Expecting

I was interested in reading a book about Benjamin Franklin's life and contributions. I chose the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin because the Walter Isaacson biography is an absolute whopper - 24 hours, 45 minutes in audio. The autobiography is only 6 hours, 35 minutes.

The problem is that, counter to my expectation, Franklin barely did speak about some of his greatest feats. Turns out he died without having finished the autobiography, leaving some of the most significant parts of his life unwritten - such as his role in the founding of the United States of America. Instead, the book's focus is mostly spent on Franklin's formative years and experiences.

If you are looking for insight into the self-perceived development of Benjamin Franklin - how he grew into the person he became - you will gain a good deal from this book.

If you are looking for a historical account of Benjamin Franklin's life and contributions - as I was - then this book likely won't satisfy.

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  • Jesse Hampton
  • 07/04/2017

Non-Idol

I am not a history buff. I do not idol famous figures. But still his is a story with amazing insights about ourselves that is still relevant to today. A genius and clearly a strong inspiration for "How to Make Friends and Influence people" written over 100 years after his death. A must buy!!!

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  • John Lemos
  • 14/10/2016

I'm going to listen to this again!

I loved the narrator, very well done. I enjoyed this rendition from beginning to end.

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  • cory
  • 12/11/2017

AMAZING, All Development books reference this.

A Sack that is empty has a hard time standing on it's own accord. B. Franklin

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  • Luke
  • 23/06/2017

Amazing!!!

WOW this is incredible! What a person! I will now listen again, and again. If I become anything like Benjamin Franklin (in personality and desire to better myself) I will consider it a victory in life. And one of the highest victory's I work to attain!!! Hope everyone else who reads this book will equally enjoy it!

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  • rgilla
  • 21/09/2016

incredible book full of wisdom

full of common sense, great advice, and wonderful insights from a master of human relations

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  • roger howeth
  • 08/05/2016

Wish Old Ben had finished this. Really enjoyed it

Wish Old Ben had finished this!
I really enjoyed his micromanaging.
He was definitely OCD.
He was extremely disciplined and helped many people get a great start in life.

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  • Natasha
  • 10/02/2016

Most in depth

This autobiography was really in depth and you can mentally see what pointe in history he is walking through as his story is told. The only thing is the narration is a bit monotone and so you can easily zone out when listening and miss some parts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/06/2018

many words of wisdom, but language is very flowery

Franklin is truly an inspiration and lived an amazing life. That being said, there were more than a few passages made obtuse through his use of language. Therefore, I did not learn as much from it as I would have liked.

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  • Mike
  • 21/06/2018

Not bad, not great either.

It never really grabbed my interest. parts of it had some relatively interesting tid bits, but otherwise it was just a chronological telling of his life up to the point he went to England.