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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • Written by: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Foundation of a Father of the Republic

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-03-05

You will love this Franklin!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-29

I am writing this review with about 1 hr remaining in the over 24 hrs of this excellent audiobook. No need to extoll here the extraordinary life of Benjamin Franklin. This review is about the book by Isaacson and audio performance by Nelson Runger.

I`m quite sad, as I will miss the characters that came alive in the text and the reading, Temple, Benny, Polly, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, the various Franklin personas, and so, so many more. If you could fast-forward to the telling of the night that John Adams and Franklin shared a room and a bed, a night ol`Ben had a cold yet insisted the window stay open, and curmudgeonly paranoid Adams insisted on having it closed, and both arguing in an Odd Couple dynamic, you will fall down laughing at the ultimate humanity and flaws of these two great men.

I started with Jobs, then Leonardo, now moved to Franklin and have been thrilled. Next will come Einstein, can`t wait. Many thanks for Messrs Isaacson and Runger, well done.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • Written by: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible way to learn about history science and art

  • By Mr. Micah Peterson on 2018-03-20

Isaacson makes Leonardo accessible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-05

The audiobook comes with bookend sections read by the author that both set up and tie up this wondrous tome. Alfred Molina’s read is worthy of his excellent acting and goes well beyond proper pronunciation of renaissance names.

As for the content it’s a wonderful journey through Leonardo’s extraordinary life and work.

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

  • Kind of the Story of My Life
  • Written by: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • useful technics

  • By Shideh on 2019-02-24

Finally the truth from someone succesful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-16

I truly wish Scott had read it himself with his new voice, he did great on Tim Ferriss. Regardless, the reader was excellent.

Systems over Goals makes so much sense, as does always be learning and improving, helping luck find you, and more.

Eat well, sleep well, exercise, dream and get flexible with time, and you should be happy. Coming from this geek who has actually run the experiment, well, it’s just so much more convincing.