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This Penguin Classic is performed by Arinzé Kene, writer and performer of Olivier Award nominated Misty, and also known for his roles in Youngers, Informer and Eastenders. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Gareth Stedman Jones.  

The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes, is one of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated. After four years of collaboration the authors produced this incisive account of their idea of Communism, in which they envisage a society without classes, private property or a state. They argue that increasing exploitation of industrial workers will eventually lead to a revolution in which Capitalism is overthrown. This vision provided the theoretical basis of political systems in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe, affecting the lives of millions. The Communist Manifesto still remains a landmark text: a work that continues to influence and provoke debate on capitalism and class.

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introduction is excellent

The very thorough introduction makes up the bulk of this audiobook and consequently the actual Manifesto is better than it would have been on it's own. It gave a very good synopsis and historical context of the people involved and their perspectives of the times that they lived in. Future rebellions may not be Marxist per se, but they will borrow heavily from his ideas. Lots of good stuff in there, but must be viewed through the lens of how dangerous "Good intentions" can be in the hands of the insane. 5/5

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The best version of the Communist Manifesto

As an audiobook, it does more than it had to. It explains the background of Marx and Engels while it also takes you through their ideological evolution over the years. Most importantly, it explains why and how this document was made during ITS OWN era. It does not take any political stance and stands neutral at all levels.

Tip for extra comprehension of the Communist Manifesto: Due to the fact that this document is extremely compact with meanings and claims, it will most likely prove to be confusing to anyone less than extraordinarily intelligent. Thus, I would strongly recommend you get a free PDF copy of the document from the Internet. There are many sites which provide copies of it for free and you have nothing to lose but a lot of time wasted trying to figure out what the manifesto is trying to day. Then, after you get to the book and you are done with the introduction, read while listening to it. Disclaimer: NEVER multi-task with this book playing on the background. You will only hear ramblings and struggle to make any sense. Again, this audiobook is full of meaning and advanced English. It is no pirate story.

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capitalists March on

Sun Tzus Art of War states, "know yourself, and your enemies, and you will be unparalleled in battle." Thank you for telling us your plan. When Glory is our purpose in life, only God (Jesus) will shed his mercy.

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best marx on audible, the future of audiobooks

PLEASE we need MORE penguin classic nonfiction books on audible!!

the introduction provided in this edition is fantastic. marxists and politically active socialists now finally have an authoritative resource on audible. great history and theory. high quality performance.

if only penguin classics would put their translation of (and introduction to) Marx's other works (i.e. Capital Vol 1, 2, 3). the current audiobooks from Ukemi rely on outdated public domain translations.

please expand the penguin audiobook library to include more works of philosophy, sociology and religion (specifically: Roots of Yoga, Buddhist Scriptures, Kant, Kierkegaard, Plato, Aristotle, Early Greek Philosophy, A Nietzsche Reader, Nietzsche's The Joyous Wisdom, Hindu Myths, The Life of the Buddha, The Roots of Ayurveda, The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat, The Analects, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Levi-Strauss's Tristes Tropiques)

this is really the future of audiobooks. meeting the interests of the general public and actual practitioners, and yet scholarly and contemporary enough to be used by university students and teachers.

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Difficult to understand the narrator

I had a difficult time following the narrator due to the heavy accent. I found it took me a great deal of energy to follow along and understand each word or phrase, which made this a slog rather than a good read. But to be honest, this was not a press play and relax read anyway. If you are unwilling to exert the mental energy to dissect the arguments, do not bother. It is not for entertainment.

You have to take the book in two parts. The first is a history which is invaluable for understanding the forces at play which contributed to the writing of the book. Second is the actual manifesto.

As for the manifesto itself, I think the arguments fall apart after thoughtful examination. But I wanted to read it, absorb it, and understand it. I don’t have a problem hearing diverse arguments and I think it improves me as a human to listen to multiple viewpoints, so I gave it the effort and time necessary to make a judgment.

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Best Edition on Audible

This edition of The Communist Manifesto is absolutely the best one available currently on audible. This is entirely because of the magnificent and uniquely edifying introduction, which is in fact longer than the manifesto itself. It provides some truly enlightening context and background not only to the book itself, but also to Marx's philosophy and the roots of socialist thought in general. Highly, highly recommended for understanding Marx and Engel's magnificent text and the roots of one of the most transformative and revolutionary movements in history.

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This is NOT the Communist Manifesto

This is not written by Friedrich Engles or Karl Marx! Pretty much 7 hours of anti-communist propaganda.

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Good context

I enjoyed this particular version since it gives so much preamble - the bulk of this book is just preface explaining the context around which the manifesto was written, which certainly gives more weight to the work itself. Performance is good, and would recommend. I gave the story one star only because, well, there’s not really a story.

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very relevant, feel free to skip the foreword!

safely skippable foreword filled with capitalist perspective and old guard thinking. The text itself is as pertinent as ever!

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Extra Fluff at Start

Thr manifesto itself is fantastic. It's timeless and still very much relates to the dilemma between social democrats, liberals, "far left" today . Only problem was the opening pieces by other writers that tried to analyze and tell you the context of the manifesto. while also imposing meaning of thier own. I just wanted the manifesto, not someone else's opinion prior to reading.

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Biased text by Gareth Stedman Jones

It's rather misleading that Engels and Marx are listed as the authors of this book, considering the communist manifesto takes up only 1 and a half hour of this 7 and a half hour long audio book.
Before you get to hear Marx and Engels text, you need to listen to 6 hours of biased arguments and postulates by Gareth Stedman Jones. He is not at all objective in his explanation, and so I would recommend you read the manifesto somewhere else.

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