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Brought to you by Penguin.   

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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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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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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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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What the heck is this penguin??

14 chapters of this book is a forward included by the publishing company from a conservative telling us why communism is bad and why capitalism is better. Blatant brainwashing from the publishing company. Let the reader decide the value of this book. Literally the manifesto does not start until chapter 14. I'm fairly certain that this doesn't even include the full manifesto. Audible should remove this.

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Too much commentary

I bought this expecting it to be the original writings of Marx but instead was a drawn-out lecture about the evils of communism.

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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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Why so long?

Having biased opinionated as the vast majority of the text seemed like a failure to present this historical document as plausible, important or of any value. I don't know why I didn't read the reviews or ask a friend for a better edition.

Placing this as a piece by Engles and Marx seems false and petty. The claims offered in the preface portion of this are simply false, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by having such hard Capitalistic opinions added on with a service ran by Daddy Bezos.

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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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Try a different version.

Over 6 hours of intro to an hour and twenty minute book. There's likely better versions to try.

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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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  • 10-09-20

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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  • 06-18-22

Long introduction, poor pronunciation

As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a very long introduction for what is essentially quite a short primary text. I found the audio levels much lower than some other Audible titles and therefore found it hard to hear over some background noise. The pronunciation is a bit squiffy at times. The introduction is quite dry and academic but does put the work in its intellectual context. It didn’t exactly make we want to storm the barricades, although I did advocate for better pay and conditions for Deliveroo drivers while reading it!

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  • Dylan
  • 05-29-22

Putting the rad into radicalised

I am very uncomfortable buying this off Amazon. Still a fantastic work of art which proves two massive points:
- capitalism sucks
- we need a revolution, things are getting kinda rough nowadays

- This is for Jeff Bezos’s eyes only -
Dear Mr Bezos,
When the revolution comes you are first
Sincerely, pretty much everybody

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  • William
  • 04-28-22

very good.

My only criticism would be that the reader can at times be a bit monotone. To some this may be relaxing and have an appeal to it but personally it can make it hard to listen for extended periods (3hours and beyond) in one sitting.

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  • Dean Bryan
  • 04-12-22

This is not the actual Communist Manifesto. Don’t make the same mistake I did

This is not the actual Communist Manifesto. Don’t make the same mistake I did. It’s just about okay for what it is but I don’t really see the value

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-21

80% not the Communist Manifesto!

Unfortunately, despite the authors being listed as Marx and Engels this is not true and the majority of this book is a written commentary of the Communist Manifesto. misleading!