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Common Sense Audiobook

Common Sense

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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

What the Critics Say

“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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    Johan 05-18-15
    Johan 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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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.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kaui 07-12-12
    Kaui 07-12-12 Member Since 2016

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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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!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Bessey 07-16-15
    Ryan Bessey 07-16-15
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 09-02-16
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 09-02-16 Member Since 2015

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 07-14-15
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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    ""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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    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    "learning how the forefathers thought!"

    This and all writing like it should be read by all Americans. piece would come easily with such education.

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    Sean 07-14-17
    Sean 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredibly fascinating!"

    I wish this had been an in-depth part of my high-school curriculum. Listening to Thomas Paine's eloquent philosophical and logical analysis of America and England is enriching from historical, intellectual, and even modern perspectives!

    I bought this book on a whim to do research for a collaborative writing project, and was in awe of how stimulating the journey turned out to be.

    Also his rebuttal to the Quakers needs some airhorns in the background, 'cus DUUUUUDE!

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    James 03-09-17
    James 03-09-17
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    "Such a vital book to our existence"

    without this book, the revolutionary war may have never occured. Thanks to Thomas Paine, we have a our freedom.

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    Julianna Dawson 10-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I can't imagine why I didn't like history as a child. This was awesome!"

    This audiobook was an excellent way of getting to know a bit more about Thomas Paine before going to visit the cottage and museum. I found his thoughts very interesting indeed. It made we wonder why I didn't enjoy history more as a child when it seems so appealing to me now.

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