Retail pak Simon & Schuster Audio 2003
CS ISBN 074353364X $26.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0743533658 $30.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN $18.19
Benjamin Franklin has had many biographers, but former AOL Time Warner chieftain Walter Isaacson may be the first to call this Founding Father's print shop "a successful, vertically integrated media conglomerate." As "the patron saint of self-improvement guides," Franklin spiced his high rationalism with wit, publishing aphorisms such as "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage; half-shut afterwards" and "A cat in gloves catches no mice." This master politician's accomplishments boggle the mind. He formed our first lending library and fire department, brought the catheter to America, invented the lightning rod and bifocals. The abridgment is seamless, the text runs the gamut--as did its subject--from brilliant to ordinary. Gaines reads clearly, but without flourish. B.H.C. 2004 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 03]
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