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  • Karl Marx

  • Das Kapital
  • By: David Ramsay Steele
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged

  • By Jeff on 01-31-12

Not Marx's Kapital

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Reviewed: 01-14-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This review is only because the book isn't what it appears to be. This is *not* Das Kapital by Karl Marx, it's a commentary on Marx's work.

Would you recommend Karl Marx to your friends? Why or why not?

If someone's looking for Marx's actual work, certainly not. For someone wanting Marx to be explained to them, with occasional quotes from Das Kapital surrounded by refutations, historical context or rationalizations, this is probably for them.

Did Louis Rukeyser do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, though the accents were unnecessary, a little cartoonish and made parts of the recording difficult to understand.

Any additional comments?

The title is actually the misleading part. If it had been "Marx's Kapital: A Commentary" or similar, it would have been clear what this work is.

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