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Hunt's Marx's General is a well paced and sympathetic account of Fredrich Engels. Hunt explores the contradictions and contributions of Marx's "second fiddle." Engels was the son of a mill owner and one of the founders of modern socialism. He was a bon vivant with a puritanical streak. He was a man who was able to live with the dissonance caused by living off of stock dividends while promoting the workers' revolution. Hunt's biography may have a little too much detail about Hegelian thinking and the various contributions and confrontations of different Hegelian and socialist thinkers of the 19th century for people who don't have a deep interest in this era. However, overall the book is a great pleasure. The narrator is satisfactory. His German pronunciation is far better than his French and he makes occasional mistakes with names (for example, early in the book he gives us Tony Judt as if he was Spanish). However, these are small distractions in an otherwise very nice narration.
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The biography itself is probably the only such study of Engels in print, and certainly the only one available as an audio recording -- so not like anyone interested in the subject has much else to choose from. But, as so often with Audible, the reader, Norman Dietz in this case, is almost unbearable and clearly knows NOTHING himself of the subject of the book he reads out loud. Topping all other proofs of his ignorance: his total mispronunciation of "Engels," in which the hard "g" sound of the letter "g" is omitted so that the name of the subject of this biography ends up sounding almost unrecognizable, with the hard "g" glottal stop sound omitted as, say, it is in the final consonant sound of the word "hang." Engels was, after all, a German, and his name is known, universally, to those who know even just the first thing about him as "en-Gels"? (Think of how the "g" sounds in "Bengals," for example --that's more or less it.) Dietz's ignorance almost makes listening to this valuable book impossible.