The Iron Heel

Read by Matt Soar

(4.5 stars; 96 reviews)

A dystopian novel about the terrible oppressions of an American oligarchy at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, and the struggles of a socialist revolutionary movement. (Introduction by Matt Soar)

(8 hr 17 min)


00 - Foreword 8:39 Read by Matt Soar
01 - My Eagle 28:51 Read by Matt Soar
02 - Challenges 27:41 Read by Matt Soar
03 - Jackson's Arm 21:04 Read by Matt Soar
04 - Slaves of the Machine 16:26 Read by Matt Soar
05 - The Philomaths 42:29 Read by Matt Soar
06 - Adumbrations 15:03 Read by Matt Soar
07 - The Bishop's Vision 12:45 Read by Matt Soar
08 - The Machine Breakers 29:13 Read by Matt Soar
09 - The Mathematics of a Dream 32:53 Read by Matt Soar
10 - The Vortex 18:10 Read by Matt Soar
11 - The Great Adventure 15:36 Read by Matt Soar
12 - The Bishop 20:15 Read by Matt Soar
13 - The General Strike 18:23 Read by Matt Soar
14 - The Beginning of the End 16:26 Read by Matt Soar
15 - Last Days 11:02 Read by Matt Soar
16 - The End 19:38 Read by Matt Soar
17 - The Scarlet Livery 17:54 Read by Matt Soar
18 - In the Shadow of Sonoma 16:47 Read by Matt Soar
19 - Transformation 16:55 Read by Matt Soar
20 - A Lost Oligarch 14:42 Read by Matt Soar
21 - The Roaring Abysmal Beast 12:42 Read by Matt Soar
22 - The Chicago Commune 22:59 Read by Matt Soar
23 - The People of the Abyss 24:49 Read by Matt Soar
24 - Nightmare 12:18 Read by Matt Soar
25 - The Terrorists 3:59 Read by Matt Soar


Fantastic Reading of a Frighteningly Prescient Novel

(5 stars)

London also has a section where he discusses how certain privileged skilled trades unions would become like medieval guilds where membership passed from father to son. He clearly is in favor of the IWW's One Big Union of the working class, regardless of skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled status. This insight of his can be generalized to the way in which any "meritocratic" system would quickly degenerate to a strict class hierarchy. Though he doesn't explicitly address this aspect, it's such an obvious consequence of his reasoning that I think we can still give him half a century's precedence over Michael Young. This is a richly rewarding book read at a professional level of quality.

Great book, great narration

(5 stars)

I enjoyed this immensely. It was my first introduction to Jack London's work and I will be reading/listening to more. The narrators rhythm, clarity and cadence suit the book and really help to bring it to life. I highly recommend.

Less is More?

(4 stars)

Excellent reading by Matt, faultless. The book itself is slow to start but becomes better by the third chapter. The inginuity and originality of the books conception are somewhat hampered by the complexity of the plot. The conceit that the book is a historical manuscript does little to assuage the readers desire for a more coherent character arc or overall message. The abrupt ending leads the reader unsure wether the author knew where he intended to go, but the reader is no longer that bothered about arriving.

Powerful saga, fine reading

(5 stars)

The reader, Matt Soar, has a breathless delivery that add to the listener's feeling of being an insider on the revolutionists' trials and plans. Well done indeed, Matt. Highly recommended. The BookWorm (Manchester UK)


(5 stars)

I can't remember the last time a book made me think or feel as much at this one. A must read for anyone who want to right the wrongs of the capitalist system.


(5 stars)

Matt Soar is the man! this is a brilliant reading of one of my favourites. i can't wait until 1984 is in the public domain so he can do it.

Great reading, so-so story

(3.5 stars)

Interesting as a vision of the future, but slow to get started, with an unconvincing narrator. Excellent reading by Matt Soar, though.


(5 stars)

This book made an impression on me. It is active. The main character is fierce. Oh, I just love Jack London. This is so good!