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Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775-76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the thirteen colonies. Writing in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the colonies to fight for egalitarian government. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution, and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. 

In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title. Common Sense made public a persuasive and impassioned case for independence, which before the pamphlet had not yet been given serious intellectual consideration. He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity, structuring Common Sense as if it were a sermon. Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era".

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a very good version and addition of this classic

very interesting book and a very good addition of a classic book the narrator did a very good job his voice was very good and very clear a very good addition to behold
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A classic

What did you love best about Common Sense?

I enjoyed experiencing a work that was so influential in the development of the USA.

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The narrator's voice was clear and well-paced, making it enjoyable to listen to.

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Common Sense

I'd read this long ago and thought it was quite insightful and timeless. When I was offered it as an ARC, I wanted to listen to it and came to the same conclusion. Totally enjoyed it.

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Great!

Fantastic narration for this literary classic!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Well performed, a good reading of a seminal work

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

It must be difficult to read a non-fiction work, especially one written two hundred years ago and dealing with a dry topic like politics. But Kollins did a great job reading this selection and I did not feel bored or want to turn the recording off. He made it about as lively as it can reasonably get. As someone who enjoys politics, I will definitely go back and listen to this again.