The Communist Manifesto

Read by Jon Ingram

(4.1 stars; 1360 reviews)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote their Manifesto in December 1847, as a guide to the fundamental principles and practices of Communists. The Manifesto also predicted the ultimate downfall of the capitalist system.
(Summary written by Gesine)

A recording in the original German language is available here (1 hr 36 min)


Section 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians 39:48 Read by Jon Ingram
Section 2: Proletarians and Communists 27:24 Read by Jon Ingram
Section 3: Socialist and Communist Literature 29:41 Read by Jon Ingram


Well read and relevant

(5 stars)

The book is well read and is a fairly quick listen. While listening to the phrase “communist” may invoke some strong emotions in many, many of the points of view articulated within are simply indisputable facts about the nature of capitalism and wages. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels manage to teach more about simple economics in this short dialogue than most freshman learn in an entire semester. Keeping that in mind, the book is old now (over 100) and the primary focus is industry and not a service economy. While still relevant to this day, the book is ultimately a work of history and can be used to better appreciate what the labor struggle looked like historically and how it may be inspired for future generations.

Well read

(4.5 stars)

Well read, good quality recording, something I was always curious to read.

well read

(5 stars)

I think the other reviewers are rating the text itself in a space where we should rate the _recording_. Regardless of one's opinion of the text, I think this is a fine recording by the LibriVox reader Mr Ingram -- clear, well-paced, and clean of noise.

Well read. Quality recording.

(5 stars)

A very interesting and insightful bit of writing given the time in which it was penned.

Great book

(4 stars)

It is fantastic to have such easy free access to this book. Just thank you.

Great reading

(5 stars)

This one was very clear and enjoyable read. Thank you

Good read; clearly written

(5 stars)

well written and well read audio version.

Excellent reader, flawed text.

(5 stars)

5 stars for the reader's excellent tone, which imparted just the right arrogance that the text of any manifesto demands. 3 stars for the Manifesto itself. While it addresses actual problems in exploitation, its descriptions of both the problem and solution are based only on piles of unproven assumptions (such as the assertion that the nuclear family is a strictly bourgeois invention) or on bad logic (such as its assertion that because adultery is common the abolition of marriage is acceptable). Still a historically and politically valuable read.