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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America's political freedom, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.

Public Domain (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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“No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style; in perspicuity of expression, happiness of elucidation, and in simple unassuming language.” (Thomas Jefferson)

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A must for anyone interested in history

What made the experience of listening to Common Sense the most enjoyable?

It's like taking a peek into the hearts and minds of the American revolution. Profoundly interesting, even for a mildly history interested European like myself.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It surprised me that I didn't have much trouble following the narrative even though it's in 1700s English and I'm not a native speaker.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Paine's use of religious references to underline some of his point. Surprisingly many.

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A MUST READ for every American!

Enormously popular and widely read propaganda pamphlet, published in 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. Eloquent, persuasive and incendiary. I can see why this pamphlet was so influential. A must read for every American!

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well narrated, awesome and timeless message.

I've listened to it many times now and have marveled at the bravery and foresight of Thomas Paine. It is also well narrated and gives you the feel of a colonial era debate tournament.

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narration was not the worst but not the greatest.

the narrator nearly put me to sleep despite the fact that i was very interested in the information being provided.

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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 02-03-14

Revisit (or Visit) History and Open Your Eyes

This was surprisingly easy to "read," and very interesting from this side of history. Hard to imagine even the need for this, but definite reminder of why America needed to do as she did. Glad I took the time. Do you know what Paine argued made sense for the colonists, what the argument was really about? Listen and find out.

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  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 07-14-15

"In unity . . . our great strength"

You know a book is really good when people are still talking about it almost two and a half centuries later. Thomas Paine wrote and published "Common Sense" (January 9 or 10, 1776), demanding independence from Great Britain.

Paine published anonymously out of necessity. What he wrote was treason, and what he advocated then might be called terrorism today. If the colonists had lost, the Revolutionary War would have been consigned to the ignominy of an armed insurrection.

"Common Sense" was actually one of the first audio books. General George Washington had it read to the troops of his Continental Army, and inspired Americans read it to their illiterate neighbors. It's fun to imagine colonists meeting in secret to discuss the radical ideas that became the Declaration of Independence and eventually, the Constitution.

Walter Dixon's narration wasn't particularly inspired, so I'm not giving the narration high marks. But as for the book - the cornerstone of American democracy deserves a 5.

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Ease if listening to Paine

There were many current events and time true events in this book. This book I will listen to again.

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Wow.

Wow is all I’m able to say as I listen to this book. My understanding = peace for all who want, desire and are willing to live/fight for truth, harmony & happiness. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to listen and then seek to understand.


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Our history

Every citizen of the United States needs to hear/read this book. We are not taught our real history and are responsible individually responsible to research it.

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  • Pait
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Living History

Would you consider the audio edition of Common Sense to be better than the print version?

Audiobook or print, great value either way!

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

The most memorable moment is the understanding the time marches on, but politics remains the same in many essential ways, because it is the involvement of people that remain constant.

What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

Walter Dixon is a very consistent and pleasant narrator.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The most interesting tidbit may be how much holds true 250 years later.

Any additional comments?

Read history, its like reading the spoiler for what is happening right now. Grab the popcorn and watch it happen all over again, enjoy the ride.