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The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists chronicles the tale of Frank Owen, a traveling socialist visionary making his way from town to town in the name of the socialist revolution. When spring arrives, Frank Owen decides to settle in the quiet town of Mugsborough, and joins a group of workmen who are painting the home of a wealthy neighborhood resident. Owen is quickly befriended by two fellow workmen: Bodgit and Scarpy. Scarpy is thin and nearly emaciated. When the men break for lunch Scarpy never has much to eat; only a bit of bread, or a biscuit and tea. Owen inquires as to why he's so thin and undernourished. Bodgit explains that his pay has been severely cut, and he barely has enough to feed his wife and three growing children at home.

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History repeats itself over and over

This story, even though it was written many years ago, is as relevant today as it was back then. notably the huge difference between the rich and the poor, the poor's incapacity to comprehend that they are being used for the benefit of the wealthy, the wealthy's cunning and clever manipulation of this ignorance for their own benefit. A very sad but beautifully constructed work that evetyone should tead.

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  • Jutta K.
  • 23-03-2019

Narrator unbearable

This is not a book but a narrator review. Mr Galloway clearly has no experience or training in this field and it showed. I was unable to listen to this audio book as Mr Galloway’s volume would go from one extreme (shouting) to the other (whispering and mumbling), often without apparent reason. I found my hand permanently shooting to the volume dial, however this was not very practical during driving. I found the experience of listening to Mr Galloway’s narration incredibly infuriating.

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  • Mr J M Timmis
  • 22-04-2019

Great story but terrible editing and a bad narrator

The story is wonderful and pulls you in despite the terrible narration and rubbish editing (what appears to have been corrections are left in alongside the original narration) .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2021

Dire Narration

George Galloway's performance is laugh out loud bad - really. Listen to a sample for a chuckle and then find a version read by somebody who has an understanding and appreciation of the brilliant text.

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  • Surgat
  • 06-03-2021

Dreadful

Absolutely terrible narration. I gave up.

p.s. Like the narrator, I am Scottish. It's not the accent that's the problem.

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  • Jessie Pope
  • 01-07-2019

Highly recommended reading

Despite a few recording errors which are to be expected from the age it is a fantastic read. Humerous, emotional and entertaining, as well as thought provoking and educational. Even more than a century on there are innumerable parrallels that can still be drawn, especially in our current political climate.

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  • Brass Neck
  • 30-04-2019

A prescient reminder of what was and may be again

A well delivered telling of the classic story. Galloway honest in his interpretation. A good version not without a couple of recording blips but believable and delivered with honesty and a passion obviously derived from a love of the subject matter.

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  • 28-03-2019

Read with conviction

I found George read this with conviction his passion for this work is well noticed I have the naxo copy on another tablet but for strong socialist comment and the fire of this novel I can go with George all the way I hope he does another work say love on the dole by Walter Greenwood

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  • RikidikiD
  • 11-03-2019

A triumph of political and social 'noire'.

What a superb rendering of the 'state of man' let alone the state of the nation or the world.
Truly a masterpiece of ingenuity and a brilliant and lucid depiction of the struggles and (self inflicted) ignorance of the working man.
I think this book should be on the reading list of every 1st year university student.

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  • Oliver Hobson
  • 18-01-2019

The production of this book is terrible.

A great story which many in today's society should listen to. Completely let down by Galloway's reading and a disastrous production.

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  • Paul Davies
  • 10-09-2020

narrator chapter introduction

why did the narrator feel the need to bark out the name of the book his name and the chapter number.?
it was very off-putting to be shouted at. also why did he need to reminders at the beginning of a new chapter of his name as the narrator.
surely you just need to say at the beginning of the book the title and the narrators name.

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