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Marx: Philosophy in an Hour

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Karl Marx in just one hour.

Karl Marx's philosophical critique of capitalism and his solution of communism directly led to the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. Whilst this great venture has now all but completely failed, Marx’s philosophy has proved to be arguably the most influential of the 20th century; the influence of Marxism can be seen in subjects as diverse as the infamous policies of Joseph Stalin to many of the progressive humanitarian reforms of the 20th century.

The audiobook is an expert account of Marx’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Marx’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Marx in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2013 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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”Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them . . .I find them hard to stop reading.” (New York Times)

”Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise” (Wall Street Journal)

”Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character . . . I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.” (Boston Globe)

”A godsend in this era of the short attention span.” (New York Times)

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  • tim
  • 07-26-16

Marx in an hour

Showed a poor understanding of Marxism . I felt it was biased and written from a pro capitalist viewpoint. a somewhat dismissive and shallow read.

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  • Monsegu
  • 08-23-19

One of the best by Paul and jonathan

This is is one of the best (along with socrates, Plato and augistine) produced by the couple. I really anjoyed it.

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  • Broken English
  • 07-12-19

A biased biography of Marx

This is not an introduction to Marx as a philosopher or theorist. It is, rather, a hatchet job biography that concentrates and amplifies Marx's personal shortcomings as an individual and as a husband. Marx's ideas are not explored in any detail or depth - and when they are the author rapidly dismisses them with crude historical arguments that lack nuance and credibility. The work of a serial hack.

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  • TheNameless
  • 03-25-19

Fascinating

I wonder what Marx would have thought about everything done in his name? Although I know a little about Marxism, I knew virtually nothing about KM and I was surprised to learn that he had such a lackadaisical attitude to life. Despite what followed, he was far from being a great revolutionary himself!

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  • Ken Bryant
  • 12-28-18

A compelling and insightful read!

Naturally due to the recording length (1hr:22mins), it serves as an overview rather than in depth review. However, it does succinctly supply the key points to help you decide if Marx was one of the good guys or not.

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  • John Mayhew
  • 09-29-18

Excellent

Interesting to remember Das Capital was published only four years after the end of the civil war in the USA. Which was about whether it was OK to keep slaves.. Oh well..

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  • Kallum
  • 02-27-18

Nothing you couldn’t read on Wikipedia

Very shallow commentary on Marx that rarely goes further than the biographical. The ideas that are discussed are not taken seriously and more detailed analysis can be found on Wikipedia. The author prefers to mock Marx, while failing to actually engage with his ideas. The title is a misnomer as this book is very short on the Philosophy and runs well over an hour. Wouldn’t recommend.

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  • Mr. R. J. Hall
  • 12-27-17

Biased and unbalanced

I was hoping for a balanced view of the ideas of Marx but this audiobook has an air of sneer and mockery of his ideas. I was disappointed in this. Many nations have declared themselves Marxist but I didn't want to hear about failed translation of his theories. I wanted to hear about Marx.

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  • Daniel Nava Rodrigues
  • 04-10-17

Doesnt skim the surface

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If you want to learn anything about Marx, don't start here. Propaganda piece of the worst kind. Go straight to his writings.

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  • DaveW
  • 05-14-15

I enjoyed listening to it more than once

It gave good background, as well as the ideas. it was particularly good to listen to in Audio book form.
It was notably objective.

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