This is the pamphlet that started the American Revolution. Political activist Thomas Paine's groundbreaking work lays out in simple terms the rationale for American independence. One wouldn't want to hear this seminal work read by anyone other than radio personality Adrian Cronauer. He handles the vernacular of the day with such ease that listeners feel as if they are hearing Paine himself lay out his argument. Cronauer uses pauses and varied intonations to ensure that this piece, despite its age, is accessible to a modern audience.
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This was a little difficult to get through but I'm very glad I listened to it all. I remember reading about this book when I was in high school and always wondered what it said. The main thing it showed me was how many of our rights in this country we take for granted and how different the thinking was back then. If you read it with an 18th century perspective it is amazing. I highly recommend it for it's historical value. It's no wonder it was a best seller in its day.
I could never give Tom Paine less than the fullest possible complement of stars. Audible has done us all a favor for releasing this part of the Gospel. I await "The Age of Reason" and "The American Crisis" with great anticipation. In the meantime, Bob Dylan will have to do:
As I went out one morning
To breathe the air around Tom Paine's,
I spied the fairest damsel
That ever did walk in chains.
I offer'd her my hand,
She took me by the arm.
I knew that very instant,
She meant to do me harm.
"Depart from me this moment,"
I told her with my voice.
Said she, "But I don't wish to,"
Said I, "But you have no choice."
"I beg you, sir," she pleaded
From the corners of her mouth,
"I will secretly accept you
And together we'll fly south."
Just then Tom Paine, himself,
Came running from across the field,
Shouting at this lovely girl
And commanding her to yield.
And as she was letting go her grip,
Up Tom Paine did run,
"I'm sorry, sir," he said to me,
"I'm sorry for what she's done."
Common Sense ranks in my top ten of books I've listened to so far. It's timeless and its simple ideas are a foundation for a free society. It's the catalyst for what would become this great experiment in freedom and liberty, that being the United States of America.
I really appreciated the comments about the debt we incur which is left for our children to deal with in the future. Paine at least encourages the country that if (or I should say when) they run up the debt we should at least leave something tangible, substantial and lasting for future generations.
Mr. Cronauer keeps things simple and straightforward. His speaking style is engaging and he never appears to try to be the focus of the story.
The book was simply a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this country and that it's something we should not take for granted. Simple steps, or as Paine describes it, "Common Sense", should always be at the forefront of what we as a people and republic decide is best for us.
I was initially reluctant at first to listen to a book written in a style of more than 200 years ago. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find it easy to understand and very enjoyable.
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While the pamphlet was written to help spur patriotic support for the revolution... it still rings true to this day and when listening, a true American can't help but to side with the great hero Thomas Paine. A great listen and undoubtedly, anyone who does listen will get a much greater appreciation and an much greater ability to relate to the colonists' cause! I'd highly recommend reading/listening to anything by Paine!
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Excellent narration and exceptional read for any interested in one our Founding Fathers thoughts.
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This book was great and kept me interested the whole time. You can feel the fire in his voice from just gaining a nation and his excitement about the potential America has. The way he speaks and the beliefs and values they had is the reason we are now a great nation. Unfortunately our apathy and entitlement attitude make us just a hollow shell of the people who existed then.
This pamphlet is as relevant today as it was over 200 years ago. Especially rousing is it's explanation of the ungodly practice of human monarchy and it's adverse consequences and heavy burdens. From Congress to the White House, it's revelations shed light on the source of abuses experienced during the past two executive administrations. Dr. Paul was correct in stating, "Liberty is very young; tyranny is what is very old."
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