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The Communist Manifesto Audiobook

The Communist Manifesto

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Publisher's Summary

'It was a sweet finish after the bitter pills of floggings and bullets with which these same governments, just at that time, dosed the German working-class risings'.

The Communist Manifesto is, perhaps surprisingly, a most engaging and accessible work, containing even the odd shaft of humour in this translation by Samuel Moore for the 1888 English edition. It is, of course, an essential introduction to the thoughts and theories of Karl Marx and his collaborator and editor Friedrich Engels and therefore to the development of communism.

This brief but iconoclastic work, essentially a pamphlet, covers the history of the bourgeoisie, aspects of 'class struggle' with descriptions and analyses of numerous workers' parties and movements up to the 1840s. It predicts and elaborates upon the defeat of capitalism and communism's ultimate global victory. Written over 150 years ago it pulsates with energy, insight and contemporary relevance, ending with the rallying cry, 'Workers of the World Unite.' Greg Wagland, a history graduate and enthusiast, brings a certain freshness and energy to his reading of this far from dusty tome. A word about the narrator: born in Oxford, England, Greg Wagland is a classically trained actor, who attended St. Andrews University and drama school. He has worked in television, radio and theatre appearing in productions with the likes of Richard E. Grant, Penelope Keith, Bill Pertwee, Matt Smith, Roger Allam, Liza Goddard, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray and Lindsay Duncan. He has recorded over 50 audiobooks, a number of those for the well-respected Talking Book Service of the RNIB. Now for Magpie Audio he is putting together an eclectic collection of classic fiction and non-fiction works and is always happy to receive suggestions for new titles.

Public Domain (P)2011 Magpie Audio

What the Critics Say

"Our narrator has little to add, except his own words and in this capacity Greg Wagland has his work cut out. The trick with a reading of this kind is to make a clear distinction between which character has what voice, otherwise things could get complicated." (The Guardian)

"Greg Wagland's crescendo-free rendition allows this brilliantly structured novel to speak for itself." (The Spectator)

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  • Kindle Customer
    05/04/17
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    "My advice, set speed to 1.5"

    Narration was awfully slow. Increased speed and it was bearable. I also finished it in 45 minutes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hazimel
    09/12/16
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    "Interesting to see what changed over time"

    Interesting read from the perspective of time passed. Lot of valid points, as well as lot of radical ones that are hard to accept. The narration is a little strangely paced but very clear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    23/05/17
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    "Everyone who values freedom should hear this."

    Maybe the most valuable piece of political education available! listen for your own best good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven W. Wood
    23/04/17
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    "Rational Thought Falsely ID'd"

    Breaks down Communist views, purposes, and goals. The motive is honest and rational, therefore political.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Barber
    Jonesville, VA United States
    08/04/17
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    "Not for me"

    Very outdated, and hard to get through. If politics is your thing you may like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    18/03/15
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    "informative book"

    cool book, a lot of good info in a short read, a lot of things spoken about apply today!

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Zach Mclean
    29/12/16
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    "Communism is awesome"

    Karl Marx totally had it right. I'm a communist now and you should be too!

    Really though, interesting read though very dry. I read it twice since it's so short.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    12/05/17
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    "Garbage ideas proven wrong"

    Theories proven wrong every time they've been tried. Written by a spoiled old man that never had to work a day in his life.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • rynders2
    03/05/17
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    "94 Million Dead because of this lazy hack"
    What disappointed you about The Communist Manifesto?

    I bought this book with the money I earned WORKING HARD with skills that I gained through time and effort.

    Karl Marx, on the other hand, was a lazy man who blamed all his self-inflicted problems on others. He used buzzwords and blanket statements like "bourgeoisie" to drive his identity politics.He played the role of victim and convinced others that they were victims. As a result communism was used to manipulate large masses of easily influenced people who generally didn't read...
    This rubbish led to the deaths of over 94 million people...If you want to know more about that I suggest reading books by the people who suffered under communism such as Solzhenitsyn.
    Marx was not only historically and factually inaccurate in his writings, he passed them off as if they were the truth. In reality they were his deluded opinions based on his own inability to understand how the world works.. He was an ideologue who spoke of the "workers" yet never did an honest days work in his life, he let his children and family starve and blamed other people the "rich". He never defines who they are really, he just names anyone who he doesn't like an exploiter of labor or capital..
    He was intellectually dishonest and the entire book is PROOF that he didn't understand human nature or the fact that no one owes anyone anything..
    It's complete non-sense and gibberish... I wouldn't say it was money well spent, but when you work hard and don't blame others for your hard times you can afford to spend money on goods you don't need.


    Has The Communist Manifesto turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yea, because communism is garbage.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It proves Marx was a fool.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/05/16
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    "soft headed drivel"

    the only redeeming factor here is the narrator does a good job. there is no towering intellectual thought here. in short, marx states that capitalism does the most good for the most people. somehow, that is why capitalism is evil. he proposes that if you just give up all notions of self interest and submit your will to the designs of some nebulous central planner, you would be happier. it boggles my mind that so many people have gotten anything of substance out of this book. by all means, listen to it; but first be sure to get an accurate understanding of what life was really like before the industrial revolution and the invention of the middle class.

    3 of 21 people found this review helpful

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