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Common Sense | [Thomas Paine]

Common Sense

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.
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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

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“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.


    13 of 14 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!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

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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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 07-14-15
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    ""In unity . . . our great strength""

    You know a book is really good when people are still talking about it almost two and a half centuries later. Thomas Paine wrote and published "Common Sense" (January 9 or 10, 1776), demanding independence from Great Britain.

    Paine published anonymously out of necessity. What he wrote was treason, and what he advocated then might be called terrorism today. If the colonists had lost, the Revolutionary War would have been consigned to the ignominy of an armed insurrection.

    "Common Sense" was actually one of the first audio books. General George Washington had it read to the troops of his Continental Army, and inspired Americans read it to their illiterate neighbors. It's fun to imagine colonists meeting in secret to discuss the radical ideas that became the Declaration of Independence and eventually, the Constitution.

    Walter Dixon's narration wasn't particularly inspired, so I'm not giving the narration high marks. But as for the book - the cornerstone of American democracy deserves a 5.

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    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

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    Rich San Diego, CA, United States 07-14-15
    Rich San Diego, CA, United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2006

    Fathaer of two, employed full time, married. Active runner.

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    Just not my thing, hard to stay interested. I was interested do the first few chapters then lost

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    Sheila 07-08-15
    Sheila 07-08-15

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    "Not sure how to write this…"

    The narrator was good though at points the archaic and sophisticated language was hard to follow. Not having lived the history I am surprised at how emotional the arguments are. I was also surprised that some of the arguments weren't stronger.

    All that said it reflects the point in American history so I am glad I listen to it.

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    Lori from Utah 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read for History Buffs"

    I would only recommend this book to people who enjoy American history and have an extensive vocabulary.

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