Library Ed. Recorded Books 2001
CS ISBN 978-0-7887-8870-3 $113.75 Twenty-five cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4025-2939-9 $123.75 Thirty-two CDs
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 [Published: FEB/ MAR 02]
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