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Without Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the United States may never have even attempted to win independence from Great Britain. This short, passionate book is credited with fanning the flames of revolution in its day; but beyond that, its unique view of the role of government and of the relationship between government and citizens — and how those factors apply to modern life — are still studied by students of political science to this day. This edition includes the full, unabridged text of Common Sense. In addition, it includes clear, yet extensive study tools and discussion questions to help listeners more easily understand this classic text.

©2017 James Barnes (P)2017 James Barnes

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 01-22-18

Excellent version, well done

This is an excellent version of the text that, more than any other, helped catalyze our country's war of independence from Britain. The pamphlet itself should be required reading by anyone who presumes to speak about US history, the role of government, or liberty, even in modern times. This version specifically has nice narration at a good pace. You cannot go wrong with it.

I received this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review.

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Should be Required Reading for Americans

Would you listen to Common Sense again? Why?

This is the kind of thing that you are forced to read in high school, but would actually find it interesting when you're older and you have some perspective. I really enjoyed this and was engaged throughout.

What does C.J. McAllister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The writing style is hundreds of years old, so it's understandably "stuffy". The narrator helps bridge that gap and keeps you engaged.

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Thought provoking

This book provides a thought provoking insight into the thinking of Thomas Paine and the life of Americans before and during the fight for independence. The older style of English the essay is written in helps give it a sense of history and I like that the essay has not be modernized.

This is a book that everyone should read.

The narrator did a great job with delivering the essay in a strong flowing style, it's enjoyable to listen to.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 11-29-17

Questions between chapters help lots

Thomas Paine's Common Sense was a short pamphlet put out just before the US War of Independence, and was a major discussion piece around the appropriateness of British rule. Read in pubs and town halls it was heavily circulated and the basis for many conversations around independence. The work is short and dense.

This version takes the original text and then at regular points adds reflective questions. 'What do you think Paine meant by this?' or 'Is this statement still applicable with modern technology'?. These questions help the modern reader get the most out of the book, by pointing them to key components and prompting them for thoughts on the passages. It suits the style and history of the text, which was about prompting discussion

Narrated by C.J. McAllister is good. It is well paced, easy to understand and free from any audio issues or annoyances.The question sections are separated out enough that they don't get lost in the text. I feel MCAllister slowed down slightly through them, further separating them out, plus giving some extra time for thought.

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Important document

Poorly narrated, but content helped ignite both American and French Revolutions. Highly recommend different version, with different narrator. But it was only $2.00z

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