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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Paine Narrator: Adrian Cronauer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN: 9781436182089
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“When my country, into which I had just set foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir,” wrote Paine. This pamphlet, which he had published in 1776, put into print the word every man was thinking but no man dared say: Independence! It captured the imagination of the colonists as no other document had.

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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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damon Barnhurst | 2/11/2014

    " While on a church mission a brother Bellardi challenged me to read this by age 23 I believe. Well, I didn't complete that request until I was 34 but I am very glad I did read it. What a great document that was circulating among the colonists. This work of Thomas Paine was a huge contributor to the colonists understanding what and why they should/would fight for a free and independent nation. Works like this make me proud of our constitution and leaves me longing for more leaders to help us preserve and uphold it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/11/2014

    " Great look into man, government and his society. I think our government today should re-read this to serve as a reminder "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 2/9/2014

    " I felt the first part of this book, which is the original pamphlet Common Sense, was a good read. The appendix and the additional "Agrarian Justice" was confusing because the articles and speeches Thomas Paine was commenting about are not included, making it difficult to follow what the argument is about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Huff | 1/28/2014

    " It's not as common as you'd like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 1/27/2014

    " Exactly as the title describes, a common sense view on the purpose of government, the problems with monarchies, and the reason why rebellion against England was justified. I would add this to the list of must reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Korrin | 1/26/2014

    " I'm read this for extra credit for my Civics class because I've always wanted to read it and discover further views of the colonists during the Revolution.Thomas Paine was a very insightful man who knew exactly what he was talking about! He mainly talks about England's rule and how it was not a good thing at all to have them ruling over us. He brought up very good reasons for his thoughts. I liked it a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keithconnor1 | 1/23/2014

    " This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the mindset of the American Patriot at the beginning of our nation's founding. It also gives insight into what principles our nation was founded on at the time. I found some rather "interesting" opinions by Paine that get glossed over in today's PC world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kacper | 1/8/2014

    " Boring :-( Dude, get over the issue of Kings. I love King Arthur!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/5/2014

    " I love that these ideas are still very forward thinking and logical for our country today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tally Prosence | 12/15/2013

    " From a philosophical view point, this book is an interesting perspective and makes you think. Very well written in my opinion, passionate, and witty. I read this for my economics class and enjoyed not only his point of view, but also his style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmie | 12/14/2013

    " Still works today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 12/6/2013

    " I didn't agree with everything, but it was definitely an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sher | 12/6/2013

    " Just started it. I've been wanting to read it for a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget Hayes | 12/2/2013

    " I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. Still, I'm glad I satisfied my curiosity and got through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/7/2013

    " Very important and relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna M | 7/11/2013

    " Using this for an APUSH utopia paper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellis | 2/4/2013

    " Fantastic read! This book is full of good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig a.k.a Meatstack | 11/24/2012

    " It's funny how a lot of the arguments in this book mirror the discussions of the current anti-government group. Without going into politics of that subject, I believe there is value beyond historical perspective in reading this book today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cfguthrie | 8/30/2012

    " Far more Rousseau and natural law than I expected. He uses the old testament in an argument against the monarchy. Interesting given his later religious skepticism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 7/23/2012

    " So much still rings true today. Pretty amazing to have a perspective that can carry through the centuries like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/8/2012

    " A must read for every person anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 5/29/2012

    " I had read this book in the past, but it means so much more now that I have served my country. Reading this book at the same time as Second Treatise of Government by John Locke has also opened new doors to my understanding of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Payton Lin | 2/13/2012

    " i like monarchs "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737–1809) was a pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, liberal, intellectual, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Great Britain, he emigrated to America at the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin just in time to promote the American Revolution with his pamphlet Common Sense. Later, he was a great influence on the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man as a guide to the ideas of the Enlightenment.