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The Communist Manifesto

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 45 mins
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"The Communist Manifesto" was first published on February 21, 1848, and is one of the world's most influential political tracts. Commissioned by the Communist League and written by communist theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it laid out the League's purposes and program. The Manifesto suggested a course of action for a proletarian revolution to overthrow capitalism and, eventually, to bring about a classless society.

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  • Ron Barnes
  • 05-09-19

Horrible narration

Narration was poor quality audio. The voice was monotonous and indistinguishable from
that of a robot from an early 2000’s comedy film.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-19

bad narration

Couldn't keep listening. The reading doesn't come naturally. It's as if the book is read by a slightly excited robot.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-11-18

Note: This is anabridged version

The manifesto pamphlet written in 1848 by Marx and Engels was approximately twice the length of this abridged version, but 50% of their craziness is plenty for me. Michael Scott's narration is quite good.

The history of the theories of communism, which is a form of revolutionary socialism, goes back to Hegel and his contemporaries late in the 18th century and early 19th century. The intent was to find an socioeconomic system that eased the economic ups and downs of capitalism as well as its uneven wealth distribution.

The two major forms (of several) of socialism are revolutionary socialism and reform socialism. What all forms socialism that have been tried have in common is they ALWAYS end in dictatorship and citizens ALWAYS end up poorer (including starving) than they had been before it was tried. And millions of people usually end up dead. Examples of communism/revolutionary socialism include the USSR, mainland China, Cuba, and Cambodia. Examples of reform socialism include Mussolini's fascist Italy, Hitler's Nazi Germany, and Hugo Chávez's Venezuela.

Communism remains popular among many western (including US) intellectuals who claim despite its repeated utter failure it has "never been done right", but democratic socialism, also called Fabian socialism, is the more popular brand in the west today. The theory is to evolve capitalism gradually into a "kinder, gentler" form of democratic socialism. Nehru tried it in India with poor success before the country became capitalist again. The UK Labour Party made strong strides under Harold Wilson toward democratic socialism and came damned close to destroying the UK, but Margaret Thatcher was elected and she put a swift end to that. The Democratic Socialists of America are a significant force in the Democratic Party and the permanent executive branch bureaucracy in the US today (the now popular term "social justice" is democratic socialism lingo).

Me? I like capitalism and individualism.

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  • Lucas J.
  • 29-03-20

Like listening to Bernie Sanders

the narrator did great. That's the only thing that's a positive note. I don't think there was a single sentence in this book that didn't contain the word Bourgeois in some format. How does anyone buy into this crap? How was this influential in any way? Summary "trust the government with everything. Anything that you worked for you don't deserve. Anyone you worked for made you their slave." What a joke.

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  • James Porter
  • 18-02-20

this seems longer than it really is

The problem isn't with the performance it's the source material. it is absolute trash. each second dragged on and felt like hours. I can't believe people believe this trash... anyone truly considering Communism so yourself a favor and instead of blaming others for your life out forth true effort to fix your life.

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  • roadmedic
  • 17-02-20

Please don’t take this stuff seriously

The first conclusion anyone should come to is that Marx lived in his own little reality that had nothing to do with real people

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 13-08-19

Great voice, too dramatic

Great voice, very clear. Too dramatic reading, the text is already strong, it could be more neutral

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-18

I felt as if I did not learn as much as I expected

Initially, I thought that the book would be much longer. The performance of the speaker was good, his voice was appropriate to the theme. But I felt as if I did not learn too much from the book, it just made me wonder more about the past and what lead to the rise of communism.

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  • Biscutbuu Horror Reviews
  • 23-10-18

it's a classic for sure but....

it's only half of the book, as far as I know this isn't listed as abridged. so yeah just read it yourself

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  • Mark
  • 28-12-19

communism will win

loved it, only 44 minutes haha wish it was longer but now looking forward to more of marxs work

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  • Rhubarb Bikini
  • 22-08-19

very interested! ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

wish I had read the book sooner! explains so much about our modern world! definitely related to Marxism!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-19

Well Laid Out Nonsense

the quality of the audio is good and obviously this book gives a great description of communism and all its arguments against capitalism. that's what it was written for.
But Jesus Christ, the ideas put forth in this book are awful. Sure, let's have all means of production and communication in the hands of the state lol yeah sounds good...

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