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The Communist Manifesto

By: Karl Marx
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
3.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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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

Critic reviews

"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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  • Lily Milam
  • 05-04-17

My advice, set speed to 1.5

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

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  • floiran pagan
  • 10-12-19

Know your enemy

I understand this to be an extremely influentcial book but I really don't see the big deal. It lays the framework for lots of bad ideas including class warfare and totalitarianism. I'm totally uninspired by it but felt I had to read it because of its influence

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  • Thomas
  • 26-11-19

much Ado about nothing

I was hoping to have my reactionary worldview challenged or put into jeopardy. That's a negative ghost rider .

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 25-11-19

bad narration

as a not native english speaker, was very dificult to me to understand, this doesn't happen to me very often

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  • Paul
  • 08-02-19

Interesting material, dull performance

The performance was exceptionally bland, as if the reader was bored and thinking about lunch.

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  • Michael Crawford
  • 17-10-18

A very nicely performance!

This is a good purchase. Along with John Locke’s Treatises on Government you will go far in understanding the state of the world’s governments.

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  • Bad Movie Buff
  • 04-08-18

Excellent reader.

Pleasant and articulate voice allowed.me to absorb the material well even with a significant speed-up.

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  • TZaal
  • 25-07-18

very interesting but stupid.

interesting. but a bit too...well left wing for my personal taste. a bit short for such an iconic peice of...well, literature.

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  • leightonfautin
  • 22-06-18

a Karl Marx original

exactly what the name of the book intended it to be about. the heart of marxism and its views on society.

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  • Ron
  • 19-04-18

To say the least

Eye opening and mind expanding...This is most certainly what I would refer to as ‘a view from a different perspective/context.’