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The Age of Reason

Narrated by: Robin Field
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Classics, Non-Fiction
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Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a best seller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Promoting a creator-God while advocating reason in the place of revelation, Paine’s controversial pamphlet caused his native British audience, fearing the results of the French Revolution, to receive it with more hostility than their American counterparts. This passionate and engaging recording of Paine’s classic is as certain to provoke modern listeners to thought as it did his original audience.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 06-10-2012

Amazed by the energy, originality & bravery

Wow. It is amazing to me to think this book was written in 1794/95. One of the most influential thinkers/writers/pamphleteers of the American AND French revolutions. You can't read Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins or Bart D. Ehrman and not feel that these authors ALL owe huge debts of gratitude to Thomas Paine and his last book. 'The Age of Reason', which essentially advocated deism, promoted humanism, reason and freethinking, and violently quarelled with ALL institutionalized religion (especially Christianity, viz the Bible), turned one of the heroes of the American Revolution into a social pariah. Only 6 people showed up for his funeral in 1809 (15 years after 'The Age of Reason' was first published) because many were still horrified by 'The Age of Reason'. Thomas Paine was an amazing thinker and like Hitch, I might not always agree with the end result of his thinking, but I am always amazed at the energy, force, originality and bravery of his thought.

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  • Deb Evans
  • 13-01-2015

I HATED listening to this book!

I found the information in this book fascinating and WANTED to read it, but the narrator sounded like an angry man and every time I turned it on I had to prepare myself to be yelled at. It was very distracting, and I wouldn't recommend this edition of the book on that premise.

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  • Jim
  • 27-12-2011

Age of Reason

Worth reading for its historical signifigance but must be read in the light of its age. For example, Paine makes an inspired argument for Deism as the only "true" religion. It would be interesting to see how the author's views might change after the revelations of Darwin in another 70 years. One can presume that Paine's belief in a creative god would be reasoned away just as he has done with the the bible, the testiment and all revealed religion.

Of interest are the notes at the end of Part 1 which describe the author's precarious situation. He completed his manuscript just hours before the knock on his door that lead to his arrest and expulsion from the French National Convention. This was a time when ideas had real consequences.



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  • Get That Corn Outta My Face
  • 05-09-2019

Good Book but Angry Narrator

The book is dated but still very relevant today, although the narrators angry sarcastic tone was way over the top and not needed to convey the authors feelings.

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  • GamerGoddess
  • 01-12-2017

Every Christian should read/listen to this book.

The Age of Reason proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the Christian bible is less trustworthy than the ravings of a madman using only it's own contents.

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  • Malick Tchakpedeou
  • 14-11-2019

If it looks like sh*t and smells like sh*t...

Do you remember the moments of your Christian Life when your rational mind was shocked by a scripture you just heard?
Those moments usually didn't last long because the got immediately smothered by the dogma that followed.
Well I remember those moments. And this was a thorough collection of them plus more.
The Bible is not a believable book unless you turn off your God-given rational mind. And Thomas Paine systematically goes through it with a red pen. Like a implacable teacher.

But beyond the book, here's an interesting fact to consider.
Thomas Paine wrote "common sense" and was celebrated in America. He went on and wrote "The rights of men" and was celebrated in Europe. In both cases free nations were born thereafter. But when he goes on and writes "The age of reason" which bears the same level of rationality and humanity he get heavily criticized and rejected. Why is that?

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  • Wade K
  • 08-08-2019

Excellent work of literature!

The teaching of this book are absolutely incredible and I would recommend it to everyone!

The Narrator does assume the tone of Thomas Paine in the reading and can seem to shout at times, but it is worth!

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  • Niyam
  • 12-08-2018

THE KERNEL OF STEM N MECHANICAL ARTS

PAINE IS ONE OF MY IDOLS...I JUST WISH HE COULD HAVE USED MUCH BETTER TONE, EXPRESSIONS AND WORDS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH THOMAS PAINE.

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  • Iron
  • 16-10-2017

The Age of Reason Narrated by Robin Field

Pure logic. I enjoyed listening to Robin and at times I was scairt of exactly how he spoke some parts. I thought it was brilliant.

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  • Andrew
  • 19-03-2017

little too much emotion

the story was amazing. the book was amazing! very articulate and detailed in the arguments against religion. I love Paine, but I think the reader of the story was trying to guess just how frustrated Paine was with religion by adding emotional exclamation in some sentence or emotionally emphasizing a word and the end of a sentence to show how impatient he was at explaining this to religious people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2018

a must read for anyone afflicted with religion

struggling with religion? find the bible to be total twaddle? So does Thomas Paine and he explains exactly why in this seminal work.

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  • James Riley
  • 08-11-2015

A great review of the Bible's fabrications

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

I have done already, many times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age of Reason?

Not only is it interesting for his treatment of the internal contradictions of the Bible, it also follows the life of Paine, including his imprisonment in post-revolution France.
Paine is very much present in the writing. It is a conversational text which keeps you gripped throughout.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

He uses the word 'fabulous' a lot, to highlight the fabled and mythical elements of the Bible. To the modern reader, with a different conception of the word, it can sound quite comical. Provided many laughs throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book leaves you in awe at the greatness of this man's mind.

Any additional comments?

On the point of the advocation of deism, I think if Paine had written this post-Darwin, he probably would have left his deism behind.

All in all a fascinating book advocating the importance of reason, and well worth a read/listen.

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  • Nigel S.
  • 20-12-2014

A must for seekers of truth!

A clear forensic demolition using nothing but the accused's own writings backed up by a superb narration. The ripple effects will have catastrophic consequences to all faiths.