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Common Sense Audiobook

Common Sense

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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America's political freedom, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.

Public Domain (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

“No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style; in perspicuity of expression, happiness of elucidation, and in simple unassuming language.” (Thomas Jefferson)

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    Johan 05-18-15
    Johan 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must for anyone interested in history"
    What made the experience of listening to Common Sense the most enjoyable?

    It's like taking a peek into the hearts and minds of the American revolution. Profoundly interesting, even for a mildly history interested European like myself.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It surprised me that I didn't have much trouble following the narrative even though it's in 1700s English and I'm not a native speaker.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Paine's use of religious references to underline some of his point. Surprisingly many.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kaui 07-12-12
    Kaui 07-12-12 Member Since 2015

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "A MUST READ for every American!"

    Enormously popular and widely read propaganda pamphlet, published in 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. Eloquent, persuasive and incendiary. I can see why this pamphlet was so influential. A must read for every American!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Bessey 07-16-15
    Ryan Bessey 07-16-15
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    "well narrated, awesome and timeless message."

    I've listened to it many times now and have marveled at the bravery and foresight of Thomas Paine. It is also well narrated and gives you the feel of a colonial era debate tournament.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Revisit (or Visit) History and Open Your Eyes"

    This was surprisingly easy to "read," and very interesting from this side of history. Hard to imagine even the need for this, but definite reminder of why America needed to do as she did. Glad I took the time. Do you know what Paine argued made sense for the colonists, what the argument was really about? Listen and find out.

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    a.swrs Ohio, USA 08-08-16
    a.swrs Ohio, USA 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Timeless"

    "The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflexion".
    Still applies today in 2016!

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    D Duncan 08-30-15
    D Duncan 08-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Classic"
    If you could sum up Common Sense in three words, what would they be?

    Timeless, informative, altruistic


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    Thomas Paine's Common Sense is a timeless classic that I like to refresh myself with at least once a year. The narrator did a fantastic job in conveying Paine's meaningful message of what has driven our country throughout history. At 2 hour, listening to Common Sense is a great way to refresh yourself with the foundations of our country.

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    Jane 08-15-15
    Jane 08-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and easy to understand"

    Well presented insights into an important piece of American history, as well as an interesting view on the pitfalls of monarchy or an impenetrable ruling class.

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    Amazon Customer 08-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Basic Must-Read"

    I've read excerpts of Common Sense in many history classes but feel a little foolish that I've never taken the time to actually read it before now. This book lays out the fundamental reasons why the American Revolution needed to take place and was truly pivotal to American history. This should be required reading for every American citizen.

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    KellysHero718 07-27-15
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    "Required Reading"

    Brilliant, and even more needed today than in 1776. Should be required reading for every school child, teacher, and elected official. Eventually, even journalists should read it, or at least have someone read it to them.

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    Jacob 07-24-15
    Jacob 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Masterpiece"

    Common Sense is one of the greatest essays ever written. It is bold and powerful and irrefutable. It should be required reading in any debate or history class.

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