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"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the Parliament in what he calls Theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpation of either. In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise, and the worthy, need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious, or unfriendly, will cease of themselves unless too much pains are bestowed upon their conversion."

Public Domain (P)2018 Combray Media

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TIME WAS RIGHT

Would you listen to Common Sense again? Why?

Yes..... I want to remember again and again why we fought to not live under the fancy of a King or the members of the Power elite or the Aristocracy or the rich and famous.

I want to remember the essence of the philosophy of what America stood for when it was idealistic and filled with promise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Common Sense?

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What about Pat Henry’s performance did you like?

He did a good job with the material he had to work with.

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Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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I can never get enough of a good thing

Even after listening to Paine's work several times over the years, it is always refreshing to read/listen to what are country really should be all about, especially in these politically corrupt times. The narrator does a really good job in this version of articulating the content. History needs to be told to remind us of what our country was built upon rather than the PC revisions we are having force-fed to us. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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Common sense a historical document

I haven’t read this document since high school. It was interesting to see just how much more I got out of it as an adult. I don’t know that I would waste a credit on it, but if you can get it for under four dollars I say go for it. I received this book at no cost to me from the author, publisher, or narrator. All opinions are my own

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Historical Document That Helped Forge Our Country

I received a copy for an honest and voluntary review.

I‘d known of Thomas Paine and Common Sense but had never read it. Written in 1775 for the general population of the US prior to the declaration of independence, it reflects the thoughts and constraints of a monarchy. The thoughts of royalty being kept in the family..certainly history shows some of the affects of inbreeding...anyway it was interesting to hear so many of the reasons and support for independence.
Some a little tedious as in the money for a navy, however very interesting to listen to..but I think you probably would be a history buff to get full enjoyment.
The narrator has ani every voice and ok, just a bit monotonous...also in the middle of the download there was fluctuation in the volume of the audio.

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Title Is Very Apt

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This was my first time hearing this work. I have to say the title is spot on, and the logic is laid out very cleanly. The narrator seemed to add some seemingly random and arbitrary pauses at times that threw me off a bit, but for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed the narration. His voice was perfect for this work.
The writing itself was a bit dense in some areas. Not in a bad way, but in a way that makes me want to give it another listen so that I can make sure I get as much out of it as possible. It was a good, quick listen that lets you say you've listened to one of the classic works that helped form this country.