The Communist Manifesto

By: Karl Marx
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (735 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

‘It was a sweet finish after the bitter pills of floggings and bullets with which these same governments, just at that time, dosed the German working-class risings’.

The Communist Manifesto is, perhaps surprisingly, a most engaging and accessible work, containing even the odd shaft of humour in this translation by Samuel Moore for the 1888 English edition. It is, of course, an essential introduction to the thoughts and theories of Karl Marx and his collaborator and editor Friedrich Engels and therefore to the development of communism.

This brief but iconoclastic work, essentially a pamphlet, covers the history of the bourgeoisie, aspects of ‘class struggle’ with descriptions and analyses of numerous workers’ parties and movements up to the 1840s. It predicts and elaborates upon the defeat of capitalism and communism’s ultimate global victory. Written over 150 years ago it pulsates with energy, insight and contemporary relevance, ending with the rallying cry, ‘Workers of the World Unite.’ Greg Wagland, a history graduate and enthusiast, brings a certain freshness and energy to his reading of this far from dusty tome. A word about the narrator: born in Oxford, England, Greg Wagland is a classically trained actor, who attended St. Andrews University and drama school. He has worked in television, radio and theatre appearing in productions with the likes of Richard E. Grant, Penelope Keith, Bill Pertwee, Matt Smith, Roger Allam, Liza Goddard, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray and Lindsay Duncan. He has recorded over 50 audiobooks, a number of those for the well-respected Talking Book Service of the RNIB. Now for Magpie Audio he is putting together an eclectic collection of classic fiction and non-fiction works and is always happy to receive suggestions for new titles.

Public Domain (P)2011 Magpie Audio

Critic Reviews

"Our narrator has little to add, except his own words and in this capacity Greg Wagland has his work cut out. The trick with a reading of this kind is to make a clear distinction between which character has what voice, otherwise things could get complicated." ( The Guardian)
"Greg Wagland’s crescendo-free rendition allows this brilliantly structured novel to speak for itself." ( The Spectator)

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Know your enemy

I understand this to be an extremely influentcial book but I really don't see the big deal. It lays the framework for lots of bad ideas including class warfare and totalitarianism. I'm totally uninspired by it but felt I had to read it because of its influence

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My advice, set speed to 1.5

Narration was awfully slow. Increased speed and it was bearable. I also finished it in 45 minutes

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Count the bourgeois

I listened to this today while working. Hourly. In retail. With vegetables. In San Francisco. Classic.

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Forcibly over throw anyone who owns land?

I'm not really sure how to review this. The message is terrible, claiming that no one should own land except the government and the only way to achieve this goal is to forcibly over throw everyone in the middle class or upper class who owns land and money. But the company did a good job narrating the book so I don't want to give them a bad review for their part.

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1000/10

Glory to Mother Russia and all of the Communist countries out there. This book was great comrades.

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Enlightening

The narration was excellent. The content was, well, different than what I expected. I dont have the time or platform for thought and debate on it. All I can say is im glad I finally checked it for myself. I suggest others do as well. Its not that long at all, considering, so I'll likely listen/read many more times in the future.

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A Necessary Read

The Communist Manifesto is not a tremendous read, but I will admit that when faced with the actual text it can be somewhat boring to get through. The very scientific tonality, when not delivered by a skilled orator, can sometimes be alienating. This is not a problem in an audiobook format. I believe that the Manifesto is an absolutely necessary read for anyone interested in the tenets of socialism and Marxism, and if the choice is between reading it in an audio format or not reading it at all, then you should get it whatever way you can.

Very straightforward, and the narrator - while not the most passionate - does his job well. Any topics that may confuse are easy to make a note of and research later. A short read overall, but if you're like me and find the act of reading to be ever-more difficult in the crushing, busy, and attention-sapping world capitalism has built for us, then this is a great way to make sure you know the Manifesto.

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much Ado about nothing

I was hoping to have my reactionary worldview challenged or put into jeopardy. That's a negative ghost rider .

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a Karl Marx original

exactly what the name of the book intended it to be about. the heart of marxism and its views on society.

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very informative an eye-opening, definitely not a

very informative an eye-opening, definitely not a book for everyone.... it kind of resignate swith what is going on in the world right now the separation and diversity of class.

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Utterly Hypocritical Shite

Painfully poorly construed. Useless for anything other than creating an army of the intellectually flawed.