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The Age of Reason Audiobook
The Age of Reason
Written by: 
Thomas Paine
Narrated by: 
Robin Field
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The Age of Reason Audiobook

The Age of Reason

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Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a best seller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Promoting a creator-God while advocating reason in the place of revelation, Paine’s controversial pamphlet caused his native British audience, fearing the results of the French Revolution, to receive it with more hostility than their American counterparts. This passionate and engaging recording of Paine’s classic is as certain to provoke modern listeners to thought as it did his original audience.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-06-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-06-12

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Amazed by the energy, originality & bravery"

    Wow. It is amazing to me to think this book was written in 1794/95. One of the most influential thinkers/writers/pamphleteers of the American AND French revolutions. You can't read Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins or Bart D. Ehrman and not feel that these authors ALL owe huge debts of gratitude to Thomas Paine and his last book. 'The Age of Reason', which essentially advocated deism, promoted humanism, reason and freethinking, and violently quarelled with ALL institutionalized religion (especially Christianity, viz the Bible), turned one of the heroes of the American Revolution into a social pariah. Only 6 people showed up for his funeral in 1809 (15 years after 'The Age of Reason' was first published) because many were still horrified by 'The Age of Reason'. Thomas Paine was an amazing thinker and like Hitch, I might not always agree with the end result of his thinking, but I am always amazed at the energy, force, originality and bravery of his thought.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer shelley, ID, United States 01-13-15
    Kindle Customer shelley, ID, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I HATED listening to this book!"

    I found the information in this book fascinating and WANTED to read it, but the narrator sounded like an angry man and every time I turned it on I had to prepare myself to be yelled at. It was very distracting, and I wouldn't recommend this edition of the book on that premise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim United States 12-27-11
    Jim United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Age of Reason"

    Worth reading for its historical signifigance but must be read in the light of its age. For example, Paine makes an inspired argument for Deism as the only "true" religion. It would be interesting to see how the author's views might change after the revelations of Darwin in another 70 years. One can presume that Paine's belief in a creative god would be reasoned away just as he has done with the the bible, the testiment and all revealed religion.

    Of interest are the notes at the end of Part 1 which describe the author's precarious situation. He completed his manuscript just hours before the knock on his door that lead to his arrest and expulsion from the French National Convention. This was a time when ideas had real consequences.



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    I am No Expert 05-29-16 Member Since 2015

    I am no expert so spell it out.

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    "believe or not, it is a good discussion"

    The author provides strong arguments in a organized approach. You be the judge about the findings. It is a good primer for theology.

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    Mark 05-04-16
    Mark 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    The Audio was very good but you can hear the people in the background WTF!

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    David Palo Alto, CA United States 09-29-15
    David Palo Alto, CA United States 09-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Would like to see serious scholarly criticism"

    I'd be curious to see any refutations of this work, serious ones. I recognize the Paine was not likely to be working in the original Greek and Hebrew. I get that the understanding that the Gospels were not the work of the named Apostle was not common understanding, nor, perhaps, was it commonly understood the Moses didn't right the first few chapters of the old testament either. I'm not sure that a common fallacy isn't necessarily a refutation of the Bible. I do think he raises many good points, although I didn't find his descriptions of Deism to be all that complete. What I found most interesting was to wonder if many that have seemingly misunderstood the Church/State separation, could even begin to comprehend this work, and the implications it has for their view of the "Founding Fathers."

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    Zachary Martin 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    A very important subject and engaging performance. I flew through this. I definitely recommend it!

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    David 09-22-15
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    "Enlightening!"

    Even though this was written centuries ago it still applies today. Narrator was excellent. Enjoyed very much. Finished in a couple sittings.

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    Amazon Customer 02-01-13
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    "Know Paine, know gain!"
    Where does The Age of Reason rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a quick listen. Packed with great info and is masterfully read.


    What other book might you compare The Age of Reason to and why?

    Try all of Paine's books. Common Sense especially.


    What does Robin Field bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author comes to life with the reading of Robin Field


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the whole book in one work day


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    Edward Moreno Valley, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Edward Moreno Valley, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent analysis for the time written"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was well written and well presented by the reader. A great perspective of the Bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • James Riley
    11/8/15
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    "A great review of the Bible's fabrications"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have done already, many times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age of Reason?

    Not only is it interesting for his treatment of the internal contradictions of the Bible, it also follows the life of Paine, including his imprisonment in post-revolution France.
    Paine is very much present in the writing. It is a conversational text which keeps you gripped throughout.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    He uses the word 'fabulous' a lot, to highlight the fabled and mythical elements of the Bible. To the modern reader, with a different conception of the word, it can sound quite comical. Provided many laughs throughout.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book leaves you in awe at the greatness of this man's mind.


    Any additional comments?

    On the point of the advocation of deism, I think if Paine had written this post-Darwin, he probably would have left his deism behind.

    All in all a fascinating book advocating the importance of reason, and well worth a read/listen.

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  • Nigel S.
    12/20/14
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    "A must for seekers of truth!"

    A clear forensic demolition using nothing but the accused's own writings backed up by a superb narration. The ripple effects will have catastrophic consequences to all faiths.

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