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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Gelesen von Gary Gilberd

(4,221 Sterne; 699 Bewertungen)

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)

Chapters

Introduction

19:16

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Chapter 1 Ancestry and Early Youth in Boston

25:49

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Chapter 2 Beginning Life as a Printer

24:04

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Chapter 3 Arrival in Philadelphia

16:47

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Chapter 4 First Visit to Boston

18:00

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Chapter 5 Early Friends in Philadelphia

10:07

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Chapter 6 First Visit to London

29:46

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Chapter 7 Beginning Business in Philadelphia

34:20

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Chapter 8 Business Success and First Public Service

27:50

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Chapter 9 Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection

31:41

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Chapter 10 Poor Richard's Almanac and Other Activities

21:33

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Chapter 11 Interest in Public Affairs

17:27

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Chapter 12 Defense of the Province

21:28

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Chapter 13 Public Services and Duties

32:29

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Chapter 14 Albany Plan of Union

5:23

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Chapter 15 Quarrels with the Proprietary Governors

7:53

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Chapter 16 Braddock's Expedition

26:41

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Chapter 17 Franklin's Defense of the Frontier

19:05

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Chapter 18 Scientific Experiments

9:26

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Chapter 19 Agent of Pennsylvania in London

35:20

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Appendix

16:14

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Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

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.

Can't stand this recording

(1 Sterne)

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

unfortunately could not finish

(2 Sterne)

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.

wise counsel for anyone seeking improvement

(5 Sterne)

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.

unlistenable

(0,5 Sterne)

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.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

(5 Sterne)

I had wanted to learn of the contents of this book for many years. Little did I know. How much wisdom and council to improve my daily life; would be revealed. Much thanks to librovox and the volunteers who make listening possible.

horrible audiobook

(0,5 Sterne)

It might be a good read but the audio is terrible I couldn’t make it past the first chapter. Sorry but reading audiobooks is not your calling in life, someone else has to re-record this.

An excellent book

(4 Sterne)

Does not contain any of his personal drama *common law marriage, trouble with his son) but is stil fascinating.