The Communist Manifesto

Read by Jon Ingram

(4.1 stars; 1264 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.

Well read

(4.5 stars)

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

Well read. Quality recording.

(5 stars)

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

Extremely relevant

(4 stars)

All free people need to read this again and compare the communist ideals to today's politics.

Great book

(4 stars)

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


(5 stars)

Whatever you think you know about ""communism"", the analysis is dead on

Great reading

(5 stars)

This one was very clear and enjoyable read. Thank you