Capital: a critical analysis of capitalist production, Vol 1


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Capital, Volume I is the first of three volumes in Karl Marx’s monumental work, Das Kapital, and the only volume to be published during his lifetime, in 1867.

Marx’s aim in Capital, Volume I is to uncover and explain the laws specific to the capitalist mode of production and of the class struggles rooted in these capitalist social relations of production. Marx said himself that his aim was “to bring a science [i.e. political economy] by criticism to the point where it can be dialectically represented”, and in this way to “reveal the law of motion of modern society”. By showing how capitalist development was the precursor of a new, socialist mode of production, he aimed to provide a scientific foundation for the modern labour movement. In preparation for his book, he studied the economic literature available in his time for a period of twelve years, mainly in the British Museum in London.(Summary by Wikipedia) (39 hr 19 min)

Chapters

Editor's Preface -- To the First English Translation 11:14 Read by Carl Manchester
Author's Preface -- I. To the First Edition 11:51 Read by Carl Manchester
Author's Preface -- II. To the Second Edition 22:34 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter I: Commodities. --Section 1: The two Fa… 19:52 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter I: Commodities. --Section 2: The Twofol… 19:06 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter I: Commodities. --Section 3: The Form o… 45:14 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter I: Commodities. --Section 3: The Form o… 7:57 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter I: Commodities. --Section 3: The Form o… 17:08 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter I: Commodities. --Section 4: The Fetish… 43:04 Read by Carl Manchester
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter II: Exchange 38:45 Read by Alan Clare
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 30:09 Read by Jake Baker
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 33:35 Read by Jake Baker
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 36:55 Read by Jake Baker
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 20:28 Read by Alan Clare
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 15:15 Read by Sibella Denton
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 22:55 Read by Sibella Denton
Part I: Commodities and Money--Chapter III: Money, or the Circulation of Commo… 8:08 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Part II: The Transformation of Money into Capital--Chapter IV: The General For… 37:15 Read by Maire Rhode
Part II: The Transformation of Money into Capital--Chapter V: Contradictions … 33:16 Read by Anna Simon
Part II: The Transformation of Money into Capital--Chapter VI: The Buying and… 30:36 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter VII: The Labour… 33:19 Read by Chris Masterson
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter VII: The Labour… 46:30 Read by Chris Masterson
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter VIII: Constant … 35:48 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter IX: The Rate of… 26:08 Read by Sibella Denton
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter IX: The Rate of… 9:35 Read by Sibella Denton
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter IX: The Rate of… 18:25 Read by Sibella Denton
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter IX: The Rate of… 2:56 Read by Sibella Denton
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 13:50 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 26:56 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 41:19 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 26:36 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 44:49 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 1:01:35 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter X: The Working-… 17:37 Read by Anna Simon
Part III: The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value--Chapter XI: Rate and M… 31:00 Read by Jake Baker
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XII: The Concept of Rela… 33:43 Read by Jake Baker
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XIII: Co-Operation 41:08 Read by Anna Simon
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XIV: Division of Labour … 12:44 Read by D.E. Wittkower
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XIV: Division of Labour … 12:51 Read by D.E. Wittkower
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XIV: Division of Labour … 34:33 Read by D.E. Wittkower
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XIV: Division of Labour … 33:10 Read by D.E. Wittkower
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XIV: Division of Labour … 33:03 Read by manicolaus
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 47:39 Read by manicolaus
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 27:03 Read by Anna Simon
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 48:52 Read by manicolaus
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 42:33 Read by manicolaus
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 30:34 Read by Sibella Denton
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 31:34 Read by Sibella Denton
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 29:29 Read by Sibella Denton
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 36:29 Read by Sibella Denton
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 1:03:32 Read by The
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 1:00:46 Read by Sibella Denton
Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XV: Machinery and Modern… 10:36 Read by Gesine
Part V: The Production of Absolute and Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XVI: Abs… 29:00 Read by Sibella Denton
Part V: The Production of Absolute and Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XVII: Ch… 31:02 Read by Sibella Denton
Part V: The Production of Absolute and Relative Surplus Value--Chapter XVIII: V… 11:47 Read by Anna Simon
Part VI: Wages--Chapter XIX: The Transformation of the Value (and Respectively … 21:28 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VI: Wages--Chapter XX: Time Wages 22:23 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VI: Wages--Chapter XXI: Piece Wages 26:23 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VI: Wages--Chapter XXII: National Differences of Wages 14:00 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXIII: Simple Reproduction 41:51 Read by Anna Simon
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXIV: Conversion of Surplus Valu… 26:04 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXIV: Conversion of Surplus Valu… 10:07 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXIV: Conversion of Surplus Valu… 23:26 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXIV: Conversion of Surplus Valu… 31:49 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXIV: Conversion of Surplus Valu… 13:01 Read by Gesine
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 29:50 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 20:35 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 34:23 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 23:44 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 1:05:33 Read by manicolaus
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 16:27 Read by Anna Simon
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 1:12:04 Read by Anna Simon
Part VII: The Accumulation of Capital--Chapter XXV: The General Law of Capitali… 36:14 Read by Anna Simon
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXVI: The Secret of Pr… 9:42 Read by Anna Simon
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXVII: Expropriation o… 52:53 Read by Anna Simon
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXVIII: Bloody Legisla… 25:47 Read by Anna Simon
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXIX: Genesis of the C… 10:59 Read by Gesine
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXX: Reaction of the A… 12:59 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXXI: Genesis of the I… 30:49 Read by Sibella Denton
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXXII: Historical Tend… 10:46 Read by manicolaus
Part VIII: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation--Chapter XXXIII: The Modern The… 31:43 Read by manicolaus

Reviews

Good

(5 stars)

Good read of a classic!

A must

(5 stars)

A legendary book that you must read/listen to

great book, great reading but footnotes!

(2 stars)

The reader has an excellent voice and pace, but keeps reading the damn footnotes! Every quarter page the thoughts of marx are interrupted with a tangent point or citation. I couldnt listen to more than a couple chapters. I understand the footnotes are important but it’d be much better if the reader simply said “footnote 1” when it appeared and have separate chapters for all of the footnotes. That way a reader could look up whatever footnote they’re interested in and skip the footnotes they dont care about! I’m going to have to find marx’s text elsewhere due to this terrible annoyance!

A great reading of a great work

(5 stars)

Marx's "Capital" stands as one of the greatest investigations of the capitalist system ever put to paper. Even as it approaches its 150th anniversary, it remains relevant and powerful. LibriVox's talented volunteers have produced a great audio edition of Capital's first volume. Especially appreciated are the inclusion and clear indication of Marx's footnotes and Engels's editorial notes. However, due to the complicated nature of the text, listeners will likely find themselves making frequent use of the rewind button to listen to sections over again.

Recording is invaluable for study

(5 stars)

The readings for Capital are among the best I have heard from Librivox. The subject matter is difficult, the arguments are often convoluted, and the book is a beast. Nevertheless, the readers keep a steady pace that is easy to keep up with. The recordings are an invaluable addition to studying the text.

(4 stars)

I really wish there was a way to pass over the tables of data. Other than that, the readings were great. It’s too bad the really interesting material on political economy only appears towards the end.

Beautifully read

(5 stars)

I gradually came to appreciate the footnotes, but immediately appreciated Manchester's clear, sometimes teacherly reading style. His emphases and pauses are well judged.

Excellent reading

(5 stars)

This is an an excellent reading of Karl Marx's classic text Capital Volume 1. It is a classic of socialist economics.