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Summary

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.

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Interesting insight into this historic figure

I enjoyed getting an insight into the times, behaviours and characters of the era, and to understand the volume of things Benjamin Franklin was involved in

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A must read

The knowledge Benjamin is putting on the table is amazing. if people would have a mindset like his then greater things in world would be.

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Interesting ...

Enjoyed it.....would also liked to learned more of his family life and more of his struggles.

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  • Z Sterman
  • 30-01-18

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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  • John Lemos
  • 14-10-16

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
  • 12-11-17

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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  • Ivan Kiryazov
  • 18-09-17

Hard to understand for a non native speaker.

The book is revealing many personal thoughts of Franklin that are really interesting to be heard today.

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  • Luke
  • 23-06-17

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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  • Jesse Hampton
  • 07-04-17

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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  • rgilla
  • 21-09-16

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
  • 08-05-16

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
  • 10-02-16

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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  • 2∞&➡!
  • 26-11-18

It's skipping, and/or cutting off words.

The reader sounds like a robot. would you please allow me to exchange? Thanks so much.