Rights of Man presents an impassioned defense of the Enlightenment principles of freedom and equality that Thomas Paine believed would soon sweep the world....
This passionate and engaging recording of Paine’s classic is as certain to provoke modern listeners to thought as it did his original audience....
This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences....
‘It was a sweet finish after the bitter pills of floggings and bullets with which these same governments, just at that time....
Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States....
The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas....
From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici....
Often considered the foundation of political liberalism, John Locke's Two Treatises of Government was first published anonymously in 1689, in the wake of England's Glorious Revolution.....
The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? Find out....
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers have long been considered to be some of the most important works in political science ever written....
The Problems of Philosophy is Russell's first attempt at recording and working through a theory of epistemology, which is the theory of the nature of human knowledge....
First published in 1859, John Stuart Mill's On Liberty is an exhaustive exploration of social and civic liberty, its limits, and its consequences....
A milestone of political science, and essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and social science....
The timeless original text; required listening for anyone interested in strategy....
The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism....
This classic of American literature, a dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave, was first published in 1845, when its author had just achieved his freedom....
Left unfinished at the time of his death, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has endured as one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies ever written....
Law, because it has force for its necessary sanction, can only have as its lawful domain the domain of force, which is justice....
This is the pamphlet that started the American Revolution. Political activist Thomas Paine's groundbreaking work lays out in simple terms the rationale for American independence. One wouldn't want to hear this seminal work read by anyone other than radio personality Adrian Cronauer. He handles the vernacular of the day with such ease that listeners feel as if they are hearing Paine himself lay out his argument. Cronauer uses pauses and varied intonations to ensure that this piece, despite its age, is accessible to a modern audience.
This was a little difficult to get through but I'm very glad I listened to it all. I remember reading about this book when I was in high school and always wondered what it said. The main thing it showed me was how many of our rights in this country we take for granted and how different the thinking was back then. If you read it with an 18th century perspective it is amazing. I highly recommend it for it's historical value. It's no wonder it was a best seller in its day.
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I could never give Tom Paine less than the fullest possible complement of stars. Audible has done us all a favor for releasing this part of the Gospel. I await "The Age of Reason" and "The American Crisis" with great anticipation. In the meantime, Bob Dylan will have to do:
As I went out one morning
To breathe the air around Tom Paine's,
I spied the fairest damsel
That ever did walk in chains.
I offer'd her my hand,
She took me by the arm.
I knew that very instant,
She meant to do me harm.
"Depart from me this moment,"
I told her with my voice.
Said she, "But I don't wish to,"
Said I, "But you have no choice."
"I beg you, sir," she pleaded
From the corners of her mouth,
"I will secretly accept you
And together we'll fly south."
Just then Tom Paine, himself,
Came running from across the field,
Shouting at this lovely girl
And commanding her to yield.
And as she was letting go her grip,
Up Tom Paine did run,
"I'm sorry, sir," he said to me,
"I'm sorry for what she's done."
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The classic pamphlet originally published anonymously but written by Thomas Paine is as relevant today as it was then. Great read
Where does Common Sense rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Common Sense ranks in my top ten of books I've listened to so far. It's timeless and its simple ideas are a foundation for a free society. It's the catalyst for what would become this great experiment in freedom and liberty, that being the United States of America.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Common Sense?
I really appreciated the comments about the debt we incur which is left for our children to deal with in the future. Paine at least encourages the country that if (or I should say when) they run up the debt we should at least leave something tangible, substantial and lasting for future generations.
What does Adrian Cronauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr. Cronauer keeps things simple and straightforward. His speaking style is engaging and he never appears to try to be the focus of the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book was simply a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this country and that it's something we should not take for granted. Simple steps, or as Paine describes it, "Common Sense", should always be at the forefront of what we as a people and republic decide is best for us.
Any additional comments?
I was initially reluctant at first to listen to a book written in a style of more than 200 years ago. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find it easy to understand and very enjoyable.
While the pamphlet was written to help spur patriotic support for the revolution... it still rings true to this day and when listening, a true American can't help but to side with the great hero Thomas Paine. A great listen and undoubtedly, anyone who does listen will get a much greater appreciation and an much greater ability to relate to the colonists' cause! I'd highly recommend reading/listening to anything by Paine!
Excellent narration and exceptional read for any interested in one our Founding Fathers thoughts.
This book was great and kept me interested the whole time. You can feel the fire in his voice from just gaining a nation and his excitement about the potential America has. The way he speaks and the beliefs and values they had is the reason we are now a great nation. Unfortunately our apathy and entitlement attitude make us just a hollow shell of the people who existed then.
This pamphlet is as relevant today as it was over 200 years ago. Especially rousing is it's explanation of the ungodly practice of human monarchy and it's adverse consequences and heavy burdens. From Congress to the White House, it's revelations shed light on the source of abuses experienced during the past two executive administrations. Dr. Paul was correct in stating, "Liberty is very young; tyranny is what is very old."