The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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)(7 hr 30 min)
This is one of the great classics of American history, but it's almost ruined by the reader. He sounds like a 3rd grader reading aloud to the class for the first time, halting between words and pausing in the wrong places. He mispronounces words frequently, even 3 on 1 page. I know LibriVox depends on volunteers, but there should be some minimal standards.
Very sorry, but it is so choppy, stilted,and broken that it is too much mental work to reassemble the words and simultaneously appreciate the great man's meaning. There must be many people who could read ahead and produce a fluid version worthy of the 18th century prose.
Can't stand this recording
It's so interesting listening to this recording! The reader is speaking the text, but when I listen it sounds like a different language to me. The reader is attempting to sound stoic, and giving no importance to the meaning of the words he is reading. it ends up sounding like an alien language to me and I had to give up after 10 minutes of being entirely confused
wise counsel for anyone seeking improvement
Excellent advice for living, and much wisdom imparted by a man of diligent and frugal accomplishment. The reader annunciates clearly but his pace stumbles frequently causing the listener to needs give extra attention to what is being said in order to understand some parts. The value of Franklin's insights far out weighs any shortcomings in the reading.
This is a wonderful autobiography from one of the the "Great Lights" of the founding fathers. Franklin is astonishingly self aware and free of conceit. And while he does, on occasion hold forth his own conduct to furnish as an example he does it so in such a genial and matter of fact manner as to hardly seem boasting and without such anecdotes an autoiography scarcely would be worth reading. As for the reader, he has my personal gratitude for undertaking such a vast and time consuming project and has not simply done a great service but has done a spectacular job. The reader let's Franklin be Franklin and despite the great individuality and natural colour in his voice he is prepared to simply read without histrionics or unnecessary ardour. Despite Franklin 's straightforward manner he was a man of the eighteenth century so the turn of phrase is a little more cumbersome than the crash and roll of Hemingway. Nevertheless, I am glad the narrator didn't descend into theatrical perriwig delivery.
unfortunately could not finish
i am sure this is a fascinating book, but the reader is so choppy in his words & use of punction. there is no fluidity to it, so iy makes it very hard to listen to. i have tried twice & never got to the end of chapter one. i will just have to read this one myself the old fashioned way.
Jordan D. Ulmer
This biography was written in such a way as to narrate to the reader with some breif retrospective excursions. Benjamin Franklin was, self motivated, practical and a very relate-able man with some extraordinary skills. Amongst his many facets, Benjamin was foremost a statesman and an avid seeker of truth. I heartily recommend this read to any person who loves to learn of the wisdom of others. (This is now my third time reading Benjamin's work)
I have no idea what other reviewers are talking about I think the volunteer readers did an excellent job. possibly they are ignorant of the fact that the book is written in the language of the times I read this when I was younger. their loss if they didn't finish it as it iswell established as one of the better American biographies.