The Communist Manifesto

Read by Jon Ingram

(4.1 stars; 1094 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


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

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.

(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.

Well read. Quality recording.

(5 stars)

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

Well read

(4.5 stars)

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

Bible of Socialism

(5 stars)

Must read for anyone who likes to know anyrhing about capitalism and socialism. Difficult to digest in this era of modern capitalism. But a very thoughtfull articulation . Narration is nice too.

(3.5 stars)

A truly chilling text, but important because of its historical significance. The reader does a decent job, though a bit low volume in some parts.

Very well read

(5 stars)

Very well read and enjoyable to listen. The reader's pronunciation and pace helps once digest this large amount of content. Well done.