• The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • By: Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by: Fredd Wayne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (467 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ben Franklin's own lively story of his early years is a unique, fascinating, and influential look at this American founding father. It has been taught in schools as a moral tract, as a guide to self-improvement, and as the Great American Success Story. It also is relished both for its insight into colonial life and the mind of the man who most affected the development of our democratic form of government. Finally, it is savored for its language; Franklin's wit, his well-turned phrase, and his humanity shine through.
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Best version

What about Fredd Wayne’s performance did you like?

I have listened to other versions of BF Autobio and Mr Wayne's narration is by far the best.

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Interesting

I admit, I listened to this one while I was painting a room in my house. Since it's written in first person, it was like having Ben in the room with me while I was working. I chose this book since I knew I was going to see the Ben Franklin exhibit at the Atlanta History Center, and the exhibit mirros much of the book. What an open thinker he was!

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Fantastic Listen

The reader is superb. As the book continues I can't help but feel as though Franklin himself is talking to me. It is everything an audio autobiography should be.

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Outstanding narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to be better than the print version?

Yes, because this narrator was so expressive as Ben that it was as if I was listening to the actual Benjamin Franklin telling me his story.

Which character – as performed by Fredd Wayne – was your favorite?

He WAS Benjamin Franklin.

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Worth your time

I enjoy autobiographies over biographies. What is included or excluded and how it is portrayed lends great insight to the subject.

Very enjoyable and worth listening to!

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Indispensable!

This is one of the indispensable, core texts of U.S. History. Franklin's style is witty, clear, and plain spoken, just like the man, and if he seems to brag every once in a while, he's 100% entitled to. Vivid period details and insights that stand The test of time. The narrator is perfect for this book.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Interesting view into the life and thinking of Ben Franklin and pre-revolutionary America. remarkable man who shaped many events and was dedicated to a life of service and virtue.

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Franklin is Funny

While it is not all humor, I found an underlying sense of good humor in Mr. Franklin's accounts. I might think that those of our time would benefit greatly from modeling their own conduct after that of this man.

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ended abruptly may be missing ending

The book seems to end as if there are is more that is missing from this version.

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I really enjoyed the narrative. I wanted to believe it was Ben himself reading to me.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-31-08

A good insight into the character of the man

As one of the founding fathers, Franklin holds an important position in the history of the world, not just the United States. How the men of Franklin's era - many of them relatively young - thought the way they did, articulated those ideas and, most importantly, acted on them is inspirational.

The narration is particularly good - he really seems to capture the spirit of the man.

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