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The number-one New York Times best-selling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

"If you believe it's time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all - then I ask you to read this book...."

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation's problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America's future -- and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine's powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods, and take back our great country.

©2009 Mercury Radio Arts; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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Common Sense, read by Glen Beck

A wonderful work by Thomas Paine read by Glen Beck. I listened to this audio book almost three times before laying it aside. I will pick it back up again, and again I am sure. The first portion is comment from Glen, and I found it very informational and encouraging. You can the reader was full of passion and at times the rise of the voice was almost irritating. However, the context was 100% worth the listen.

The actual work of Thomas Paine is priceless. I agree this should be required reading and study for every young person in America, and even the world. Very much worth your time to consider.

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Should be a required read in High Schools

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely will recommend this book. It brings a "Common Sense" approach to a lot of our problems we face today, and fearfully face in the future.

What did you like best about this story?

Couldn't really pick any one, or two things.

Have you listened to any of Glenn Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but will.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Conditionality

Placing all of the media-hype, talking head stuff aside, Glenn Beck's tirade does produce a few valid points. Fiscal conservatism, breaking the political duopoly in the U.S., and taking personal initiative for positive change are all valid contentions. I am afraid these could be the most noble points in modern discourse, but being tied to their author may keep them from being heard by many.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Calm down, Glenn

He makes me think. I may not always agree, but he generally makes a lot of sense. You'll have to be a little to the right of center to listen to his ranting. But to me the best part of the audiobook was the reading of the original Common Sense by Thomas Payne.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • Granby, CT, USA
  • 09-07-09

Simple Minded

I consider myself a conservative so I thought I'd enjoy this book but found it overly simplistic and overly focused on what was percieved as big government asserting itself. It came across as paranoia rather than an objective view of ever expanding executive powers. Beck sees big government everywhere!

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  • Diana
  • Libertyville, IL, USA
  • 12-27-09

Very Entertaining

I love Glenn Beck's passion in this audiobook. He makes great points and if you agree with him or not you feel like he is speaking to you as an equal, not some uppity know-it-all.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The whole book is exciting and empowering

I was worried I may be getting into some Republican right wing book but it is not at all! He even calls for a 3rd party in parts of this book. I am so impressed with him. To be honest, Ron Paul has been teaching the same constitutional ideologies for years. Oh, and you get a free copy of Thomas Paine's book "Common Sense" inside! I had just bought that audio book and didn't know it was included.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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gbanks1040

A must listen for anyone who cares about preserving our Constitution. If you believe in what our founding fathers wanted for our future we better wake up and start to fight for it. Our freedoms are gradually being taken over by big government on both sides of the political spectrum. It's no longer a democratric or republican party thing. It's both and all the lobbyists and corporate welfare, bailouts, handouts to those that feel the government is there to make sure they have food, housing, health care, etc. Cradle to grave care. No way.

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great book

great bookfor explaining common sense to the people who really don't have it and help reassure you that not everyone is a big a dimwit as your local liberal

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Sad but true

This book very accurately depicts the problems of America today. Sadly with morn more international influence on our politics I don't know that this is going to get any better. Glenn Beck's reading was very emotional and very fun to listen to it.