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What disappointed you about Benjamin Franklin?
The central problem is that this book is not the story of Benjamin Franklin - it is the story of American independence, told locally from the perspective of Benjamin Franklin. This is made worse by a tedious attitude of adulation and sycophancy. As this book tells it, the protagonist is surrounded bumbling people who love him and fools who oppose him. The ultimate portrayal is paper-thin and reveals little of Benjamin Franklin's character, personality or virtues. Disappointing.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Benjamin Franklin?
The early chapters describing his youth provided most insight into his character. The rest of it is just sycophantic adulation.
Would you consider the audio edition of Benjamin Franklin to be better than the print version?
No. The narration was clear and well done though a bit dry and monotone. I fell asleep several times while I was listening. I'm not sure if narrators are aloud to act out parts when a person is actually speaking, but I'd personally enjoy it.
What other book might you compare Benjamin Franklin to and why?
Have already read Isaacson, Brands (currently) and Kidd. I like Brands prose the most but this book had lots of information and points of view not covered in other books, so I liked it very much.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narration was clear and well done though a bit dry and monotone. I fell asleep several times while I was listening. I'm not sure if narrators are aloud to act out parts when a person is actually speaking, but I'd personally enjoy it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Over 9 hours? I don't think so. I tried for 1 to 2 hour sittings at a time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I wish the book was read by a more dynamic narrator. The story of Benjamin Franklin is fascinating and rich and Mr. Adamson’s read is a bit flat.