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Karl Marx: Das Kapital | [David Ramsay Steele]

Karl Marx: Das Kapital

In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.
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In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

Marx argued that all profit, rent, and interest are "surplus-value", obtained by paying workers less than the value of their products. He maintained that the living conditions of the workers always tend to deteriorate, that competition automatically creates monopoly, and that the business cycle demonstrates the wastefulness of capitalism.

Knowledge Products is a leading publisher of educational audiobooks. The subject matter is primarily based on the great ideas and events of history.

© and (P)1988 Knowledge Products, Inc.

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    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 01-31-12
    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged"

    I would have enjoyed this title if it had actually contained at least a few hours of the original text of the book it purports to be. Unfortunately its almost entirely commentary and spends more time refuting Marx than letting the reader hear his thoughts. The voice actors with foreign accents were also in my opinion unnecessary. A shortened version of this title would be great as an introduction to the actual work. Audible really needs to find some better recordings for the works of Marx.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    William detroit, MI, USA 05-10-12
    William detroit, MI, USA 05-10-12
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    "Hopelessly biased"
    What would have made Karl Marx better?

    It would have been better had the author not been an anti-communist. He made straw man arguments out of Capital, useless book.


    Any additional comments?

    Author should have tried harder to capture the essence of Marx's work, not refute it (using straw man arguments.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    MicroGlyphics Hinsdale, IL, United States 06-21-12
    MicroGlyphics Hinsdale, IL, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Lame and Not Focused on Das Kapital"

    Not that I should be surprised at the anti-Marx sentiment given that this was produced in 1988, but this was more about Marx and his ideas, some of which were central to Das Kapital. I was more of an apologists response to Capitalism. Having recently, finished listening to Marx' Capital, I decided to give this a chance. It seems that the primary motivation was to discredit certain aspects of Marx' thought and without always providing appropriate context. At least the closing statement was that the "Communists in Russia had little to do with Marxism."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    andrew NEW YORK, NY, United States 04-29-13
    andrew NEW YORK, NY, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Too much editorial"
    What would have made Karl Marx better?

    Author of the collected excerpts should not have included such copious and obvious negative opinions and points about the work. Historical context and some opinion is appreciated, but this goes way over the top. I wish it focused more on citing the text, and explaining the issues without being so pushy trying to de-legitimate the ideas- They speak for themselves.


    Has Karl Marx turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes, if the genre is "extreme editorial of major texts"


    What three words best describe Louis Rukeyser’s voice?

    clear, authoritative, direct


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Karl Marx?

    well, actually, i was trying to find the original work unabridged, so i would have cut everything the author added.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a terrible version to buy if you are not already familiar with the original text.. also it is worthless if you already are familiar. overall, do not buy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rocco San Jose, CA, United States 12-02-10
    Rocco San Jose, CA, United States 12-02-10
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    "good background information"

    I enjoyed hearing something about the time and the background of the creation of "Das Kapital". I'm not sure how representative the snippets from "Das Kapital" are, but it made me want to know at least a little more. Given that this book has been very controversial and influential over the years. What I thought was a little annoying was the accent (or pretended accent) when reading 3rd party commentaries and excerpts from the book. But this audio book provides a good background to understand better the impact of "Das Kapital" on the time and the history of the social democratic parties in Europe.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    sacha waitsfield, VT, United States 01-25-14
    sacha waitsfield, VT, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "WHY ?"

    Why did David Ramsay Steele disappoint me?
    I'd like to start by saying that I loved the detail and the inclusion of many other great thinkers
    When i bought this book though, i was trying to learn more about what Marx had to say, I just wish Steele would have kept it as objective as possible

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    Gregory Salem, OR, United States 01-25-14
    Gregory Salem, OR, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Das Kapital unabridged"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A died in the wool, committed capitalist would like this book very much as it presents the capitalist perception of the ideas of Karl Marx.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Ramsay Steele again?

    probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the narator was fine. i would listen to other works read by him.


    What character would you cut from Karl Marx?

    i would cut Mr. Steele and let Karl's Ideas stand or fall on their own merit.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been marketed as A Capitalist's View of Karl Marx's Das Kapital. I believed it to be a translation from the German. I was interested in the Ideas of Marx, not Mr. Steele's opinions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kat S SF 11-18-13
    Kat S SF 11-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Karl Marx with an accent?"
    What disappointed you about Karl Marx?

    Because of the title, I mistakenly purchased this when I wanted Das Kapital itself. That said, was prepared to take interest in it as a secondary source - but found it childishly simplistic, as if written to inspire school children (filled with the sort of irrelevant, trumped up biographical commentary that reminds me of picture books about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington). I could perhaps have gotten past all that - were it not for the quotations from Marx read with a "German" accent.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Karl Marx. In his own words. Without the accent.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see all of the above.


    What character would you cut from Karl Marx?

    The biographer.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-31-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Classic"

    What a great listen? It's no wonder this book gained so much popularity. Marx is a pure genius!

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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