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Common Sense

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Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775 advocating independence from the United Kingdom to people in the 13 colonies. It was the most notable piece of literature at the time of its publication and remains an important part of history for the United States.

Listen to this wonderful narration of Common Sense by Jeff Moon and you'll see why this is arguably one of the most notable pieces advocating for the United States' independence from Great Britain.

Public Domain (P)2017 Andrew Bailey

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    Joseph Mahoney 07-30-17 Member Since 2017

    Quiet man who enjoy Audible Audio-books as a way to escape from the world each day. They provide an excellent soundtrack for my daily walks.

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    "Common Sense is required Reading for all"

    Common Sense by Thomas Paine is something that should be required reading or in this case listening for all. Especially this week with the voting going on in Congress about Healthcare. Mr Paine's words are timeless. I made more bookmarks in this audio book than I have in any 10 audio books combined. This is a short book but it is worth your time. I highly recommend this classic piece of timeless literature.

    The narration was provided by Jeff Moon. This is the first time I have heard any of Mr Moon's performances but he did a great job with this classic work of literature. I would enjoy hearing more of his vocal work.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-21-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another classic served well by audible"

    This is another work which I read way back when which comes to life via audible narration. Paine's argument begins with more general, theoretical reflections about government and religion, then progresses onto the specifics of the colonial society. Society, according to Paine, is everything constructive and good that people join together to accomplish. Government, on the other hand, is an institution whose sole purpose is to protect us from our own vices. The appealing thing of Paine's intellectual writing is that he makes his argument in wording understandable to the common man in hopes of winning them over to the cause. A truly enlightening work from one of the great minds of the 1700s whose ideas are still relative to this day.

    I would highly recommend this audible version to anyone that enjoys history and the thinking that shaped our nation. The narration is superb and really brings life to the work.

    A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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    J. Warren Benton Elizabeth city 08-17-17
    J. Warren Benton Elizabeth city 08-17-17

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    "Why Can't we be friends?"

    "When immigrants come over they come with a common bond, but as they relax they lose their ties together.  So some form of government will be needed. "

    "The more citizens the more representatives you will need. "

    " The more simple the system, the more easily for it to be repaired when needed."

    " A government that can’t conserve the peace is no government at all.  In that case, we pay our money for nothing." 

     "A national debt is a national bond because it binds us all together. " 

    I wonder if political commentary of today will hold up as well as Common Sense has for the last 241 years.  Paine lays out quite the case for America to be independent of Britain.  He explains that they are past the point of reconciliation and that war is the only path forward in his mind.  Paine felt that any nation with its own resources should not be subjects of others not residing in their county.  He states how the colonies will have to be united in this war because individually they are small but united they are great. He states how in the past few wars that they have been a part of they have been able to develop battle strategies that 30 years prior they would not have had the knowledge of.  

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    Adam 08-11-17
    Adam 08-11-17
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    "Powerful founding literature!"

    You might be surprised at how accessible this little work is. It packs a mighty punch in a short little volume. My second time listening to it and it keeps growing on me. Really enjoyed it.

    Paine makes a good case for independence and does it with flair.

    The narrator is excellent and leads you on the journey with engaging delivery and pacing.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Not anybody special 08-08-17
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    "The Tipping Point to Independence"
    What did you love best about Common Sense?

    I think that though most people will find this book interesting for its historical place in the history of the United States, even beyond this I found it interesting for how applicable the arguments made are to any sort of institution that we are "used to", but is not bothersome enough to actually do something about even if it is noisome and onerous. Examples are health care, religion, even government today, which has by Paine's standards removed itself quite far in the last decade or two from what was considered "common sense" regarding the rights and responsibilities of citizens. His "common sense" approach is an appropriate alternative to concepts like "hope and change", because it largely places the onus on each citizen to band together to advance a common vision. To me at least, interests seem to hold sway today not less than they did then, and the message he offers is for this reason not less applicable and worth applying to changing our institutions today.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    America. The American people were already by 1776 a different breed than Europeans, with generally a greater sense of personal independence and responsibility. Several decades later, these qualities impressed De Toqueville, but they are expressed in this book by the optimism Paine had that his missive would be heard and acted upon, merely from the sensibility of his argument. Today, people might dismiss it as propaganda or PsyOps, but in truth it was just a message whose time had come, coinciding as it did with an ill-timed and stubborn rejection of any compromise with the colonies by the British King.


    What about Jeff Moon’s performance did you like?

    He had a good pace and spoke quite clearly.


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

    It'd be odd, I think, to have an extreme reaction to a book titled "Common Sense", but if I had to put my finger on one thing it would be a feeling of appreciation for the clear thinking that was put to the page by Thomas Paine, and respect for the earnestness with which he held his ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Thomas G. Anderson 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    If you could sum up Common Sense in three words, what would they be?

    Relevant even today


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The vision of Thomas Paine still amazes. This should be required listening for every elected official in this country.


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

    Jeff Moon masters 18th Century English as if it were 21st.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The film Washington doesn't want you to see!


    Any additional comments?

    It is amazing how pertinent "Common Sense" is 240 years after it was written.

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    Michael Richards 08-03-17

    History buff and Heraldic Artist...

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    "Title is the Real Definition of Ironic..."
    Any additional comments?

    Story: The title is common sense and I have read this a few times in my youth, but coming back to it as a rational adult who isn't a brainwashed minion of the republic, I found this ridiculous in the extreme. How can you title it Common Sense when most of it is predicated on belief that there is an angry man in the sky that controls all of our destinies. PULEASE. Common Sense is not so common apparently.

    Performance: Excellent, professional narration by Jeff Moon. Good, strong, clean voice with no quirks to drive you crazy. A fine example of how narration should be done.

    Overall: Mostly a bunch of hogwash, "my way is the only way" claiming moral ascendancy because "god" is on my side and the bible is an actual factual account of anything, when in fact it is mostly allegory and some nice moral tall tales that have been handed down rather sloppily through time. If you'd like to suspend your "Common Sense" then buy this and swallow it hook, line and sinker. If you actually have common sense then I image you'll want to avoid it.


    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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