The Communist Manifesto

Read by Jon Ingram

(4.1 stars; 366 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


(3 stars)

Im sure then, that by the declarations of communism and anti communism, those whom speak are all Properly Educated? It does work in the right mindset. the right Administration. it does not work were those whom don't accept it dwell. as Capitalism. as Religion. as Faith (not religion) as Anything Embraced Truly. our Capacity Is Our Choice. See the Successful Communist Society's in our world. Including China. but look into the secular Communities that function and flourish by communism. and look around to see the flourishing counties of the U.S.A. that practice capitalism. be it where You are, give Your Best.

(4 stars)

Well read and well produced. A work that needs reflection but a fitting tone from the narrator to match the calm logical approach and Marx and Engels call to understand and change one's lot in a 19th century social-political storm.

very interesting

(4 stars)

hearing about communism from the original source is very interesting. rather than getting a distorted view and the tired arguments for and against it, you get good context and understanding of the ideas. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in political theory or political philosophy

amazing but Outdated read.

(5 stars)

The Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is but no means is as relevant as it once was. Children don't work in cramped factories that is in first world countries anyways and men certainly don't suffer fourteen hour work days anymore but there still is something to learn here about class struggle and the worth of economic systems as a whole that allows and requires one to study Marxist thought as a whole to be used in a practical societal use rather than a political one. Overall it an amazing read with a wonderful narration by Jon Ingram.

(4 stars)

Reader is pretty good. As an American I struggle with the British accent at times. Although I think the root of the problem is that this book doesn't really work in this form. I try to think on and understand (historical context, etc.) what I just heard and BLAM, next sentence, and my mind is racing to catch up. Hence I struggle at quickly digesting some of the words. Might try hitting pause a bunch of times or give it a second go.

a good place to start...

(3 stars)

Can we please dispense with this kneejerk 'communism is bad' or 'its a good idea on paper' or read '1984' or some other half baked automated response. It's old hat. this text is a philosophical work and in it has ideas, ideas which are worth thinking on, so think on it that's all that this text asks of you and that's all you should give it. That being said this work is easily digestible and it is a good place to start for anyone interested in leftist philosophy.

(4 stars)

A decent enough read and like any idea, it had its time. Sadly the authors were completely misguided both in terms of human behaviour and in failing to recognise how the proletariat would also gain under capitalism. It is if course far from perfect and requires varying degrees of regulation but still offers more freedom than the totalitarian mindset of regimes and movements which claim to speak for or represent 'the people' when invariably speak for and represent only their own narrow ideologies. Well done to the reader though.

A fascinating read...

(5 stars)

The famous Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is an absolutely fascinating read. Thankfully the narrator of this article has done the words of Marx and Engels justice, captivating and smooth, he certainly makes for a good companion whilst scrolling through the manifesto on Project Gutenberg.