The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists


Read by Tadhg

(4.7 stars; 34 reviews)

Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell's cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target — the workers who think that a better life is "not for the likes of them". Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as "philanthropists" who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their "betters". Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell's own experiences.(Summary by Tadhg)

(22 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:00 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 1, Part 1 20:24 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 1, Part 2 21:17 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 2, Part 1 19:01 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 2, Part 2 20:59 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 3, Part 1 17:04 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 3, Part 2 22:09 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 4 10:16 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 5 14:12 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 6, Part 1 21:48 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 6, Part 2 16:52 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 7 26:41 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 8 14:11 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 9 5:44 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 10 14:51 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 11 12:23 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 12 6:06 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 13 16:41 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 14 10:58 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 15, Part 1 19:25 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 15, Part 2 23:33 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 16 19:09 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 17 28:31 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 18 11:13 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 19 29:07 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 20 20:19 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 21 34:02 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 22 22:47 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 23 22:02 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 24 36:37 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 25, Part 1 26:54 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 25, Part 2 21:28 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 25, Part 3 23:55 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 26 15:11 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 27 8:56 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 28 19:40 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 29 17:55 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 30 12:19 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 31 3:34 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 32 4:11 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 33 14:52 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 34 28:39 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 35 13:15 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 36 12:46 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 37 22:05 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 38 10:29 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 39 17:56 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 40 22:13 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 41 20:58 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 42 15:54 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 43, Part 1 38:55 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 43, Part 2 32:42 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 43, Part 3 31:12 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 44, Part 1 28:46 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 44, Part 2 38:17 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 45, Part 1 15:42 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 45, Part 2 40:03 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 45, Part 3 23:24 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 45, Part 4 21:37 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 46 16:17 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 47 33:54 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 48 54:39 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 49 7:27 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 50 14:54 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 51 15:47 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 52 10:37 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 53 10:34 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 54 23:02 Read by Tadhg
Appendix 5:28 Read by Tadhg

Reviews

desertbug

(4.5 stars)

Vlands summed up nicely rather repetitive overworked theme but wonderful reading by Tadgh as ever. Still skipping chapters in run on which is annoying. Excellent study of Socialism and as another reviewer stated as relevant today as when written. Thanks for taking the time to bring this to life.

Super good

(5 stars)

Caveat: the story itself makes one repeated point...repeated and repeated. But maybe that's part of the plan: the monotony and drudgery. However, Tadhg does a masterful narration that brings the characters onto the couch right next to you. He is a Librivox star!

(5 stars)

brilliant and still a very apt book for today's construction industry. The painter's bible.

Brilliantly read and moving.

(5 stars)

A brilliant reading of this story with resounding echos of where we seem to be heading back to now with regards to treatment of workers and the ever increasing gap between those who have and those who have not. Thank you for your efforts in reading this work. It is very much appreciated.

(5 stars)

There are two books that every working class household should have: 1. The Bible. 2. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

the ragged trousered philanthropist

(5 stars)

as true today as its ever been excellent read

Very nearly brilliant

(4 stars)

The message in this book is superb, it's just way too long and repeats itself over and over again. Loved some of the characters though and the surnames of the elite ruling classes. You can almost taste the squalor that the poor working classes are forced to endure. My first Librivox download and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The guy reading annoyed me a bit at first but I gradually came to enjoy his strong Irish brogue. Sometimes the chapters jump a bit but it's a small price to pay a free audiobook.

Wonderfully Read Treatise on Class Struggle

(5 stars)

I would listen to the narrator read the phone book. My thanks to him for all that he has contributed. This book is not unlike The Jungle or other stories of class struggle. It does a good job portraying a variety of characters, is well written and uses some obvious and funny tongue in cheek language. It is also an idealistic treatise on socialism. And despite the necessarily traffic nature of much of the narrative, offers an optimistic ending.