Karl Marx

  • by David Ramsay Steele
  • Narrated by Louis Rukeyser
  • 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo. Marx argued that all profit, rent, and interest are "surplus-value", obtained by paying workers less than the value of their products. He maintained that the living conditions of the workers always tend to deteriorate, that competition automatically creates monopoly, and that the business cycle demonstrates the wastefulness of capitalism.


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Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged

I would have enjoyed this title if it had actually contained at least a few hours of the original text of the book it purports to be. Unfortunately its almost entirely commentary and spends more time refuting Marx than letting the reader hear his thoughts. The voice actors with foreign accents were also in my opinion unnecessary. A shortened version of this title would be great as an introduction to the actual work. Audible really needs to find some better recordings for the works of Marx.
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- Jeff

Hopelessly biased

What would have made Karl Marx better?

It would have been better had the author not been an anti-communist. He made straw man arguments out of Capital, useless book.

Any additional comments?

Author should have tried harder to capture the essence of Marx's work, not refute it (using straw man arguments.

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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.