The First American

The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (36.57 hours)
Product Number: Z14949
Released: Jan 14, 2020
Business Term: Purchase MultiUse
ISBN: #9781980024248
Narrator/s: Nelson Runger
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Historian H.W. Brands' acclaimed, comprehensive biography of Ben Franklin--the first in over 60 years--made the New York Times best-seller list, was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The New Yorker hails, "Like its subject, this biography is both solid and enchanting." Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much." Drawing from a wealth of sources, including previously unpublished letters to and from Franklin, Brands creates an unforgettable tribute to a man for the ages. Nelson Runger's narration highlights the incredible events and fascinating personality traits that made Franklin a legend.

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All formats/editions

Author(s): H.W. Brands
Narrator(s): Nelson Runger
Product Number C1851
Released: Dec 04, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402529399
Author(s): H.W. Brands
Product Number EB00148521
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780307754943
Study Guide
Author(s): H.W. Brands
Product Number UT029
Released: Apr 19, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402558832

Professional reviews

"Both the author and narrator take on the syntax and diction of the mid-eighteenth century to portray the life of the eponymous printer, Benjamin Franklin. Like its principal character, the story is inventive and clever, loading in plenty of gossip and meaty anecdotes. While Nelson Runger doesn't hurry his story, remains a little stilted for material that is more relaxed than he. Although the audiobook doesn't fit as entertainment, the cozy and novel presentation provides a pleasant learning experience made to tranquilize rush-hour traffic or a long line. For almost anyone, the book will also serve as a valuable vocabulary builder. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"

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