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The Communist Manifesto

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Narrated by: Arinze Kene
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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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  • 08-04-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2020

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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  • Proteus_Undead
  • 15-11-2019

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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  • Anonymous
  • 18-05-2020

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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  • Tyler Phipps
  • 10-10-2020

Very Informative

I learned quite a bit from this book, It really helps the reader gain perspective. The book lifts the lenses of uneducated, generalized biases we all have about socialism and communism in the modern west.

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  • Ernesto Hernandez
  • 12-07-2020

Must read. Context plus actual Manifesto.

Everyone must read this book as it is a short read and a classic. The background (first section of book) is very useful. Then, the Manifesto's translation is easy to follow and well articulated. (The only downside is the monotony of reader's voice, though he speaks very clear and the audio quality is good. You get use to it and it is OK.)

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  • sadia
  • 20-06-2020

A great introduction

As someone reading Marx for the first time, the introduction provided a great deal of context of the writing of the manifesto, as well as the major figures and events that influenced Marx's conceptualization of communism.

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  • J. Williams
  • 08-05-2020

Everyone should understand

Poor sound quality so it was difficult to hear. The Manifesto is a key document for each of us to read and understand in the formation and continued discussion of equality and roles of citizens. Whether a person agrees or not it ranks with wealth of nations in the formation of modern economy

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-10-2020

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.