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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

Narrated By: Gary Gilberd

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 7 hours 31 minutes


Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son. While recording the events of his life, he adds instructions for good living which makes this work America's first "How to Succeed" book. Edited by Frank Woodworth Pine (1869-1919). (Summary by Gary)


  • Richard M

    very inspiring just keep moving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeanne G.

    Franklin's biography is of course one of the staples when it comes to learning about the Founders. It's short and interesting, and wonderful to hear his life from his own perspective. However, this narration pretty well puts you to sleep. Very monotone. Read the actual book, or pay for a better reading of it, lest you come away disliking this gem of an autobiography.

  • Hector Q

    I only wish I could endure the pain of listening to the the skills the narrator. I will have to read it myself or find it narrated by another person.

  • K Kr

    Good narration. Excellent and inspiring to understand the early life of such a great visionary.

  • Ray M

    A truly well written and interesting book fatally compromised by the constant commercial advertisements from the publisher prior to each and every chapter! To compound the injury, the narrator sounds like Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey. I'd prefer to read the hard cover version so as to enjoy Dr. Franklin's thoughts and experiences without the distractions of the narrator and publisher in this audio version.

  • Casey Nelson

    The book was great, very interesting. The narration was for the most part decent, but at times very monotonous, and pausing at inappropriate times.

  • John Vargo

    I do not see this book as an autobiography. It does not cover his whole life

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