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The Communist Manifesto

By: Karl Marx
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (474 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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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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better to be dead then red

The narrator was good, just a bad Philosophy and political motivation. so glad Americans have the freedom to read other opinions on how to govern.

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informative

a decent historical piece of literature. Important in today's political climate.
recommended political reading material.

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ok

the book is a classic. yet it's read really boring, little change of voice, little soul in it. makes you rather sleepy.

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Educational

Here is my summary of the message - capitalism is flawed, serfdom is flawed - everything is flawed so submit to communism. Is communism flawed? It’s not really addressed. But, everything else is so submit to communism. AND, communism’s main philosphy is that there is no private property and the only way to implement is through violent revolution.

My perspective, everywhere I see communism installed - lots of people die and then lots of people starve. I would call that deeply flawed.

So, everything sucks but capitalism seems to suck a bit less. That’s life.

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Not Very Thought Out

No account for human nature, No regard for personal ownership, and no one would ever work for free. period.

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Fantastic

Great narration of the Communist Manifesto. Well paced and easily understood, and of course an amazing book, highly recommend.

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Interesting material, dull performance

The performance was exceptionally bland, as if the reader was bored and thinking about lunch.

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A very nicely performance!

This is a good purchase. Along with John Locke’s Treatises on Government you will go far in understanding the state of the world’s governments.

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Excellent reader.

Pleasant and articulate voice allowed.me to absorb the material well even with a significant speed-up.