What can someone say about a political manifesto, modern or 163 years old? This review will not go here. A discussion on such a topic is a thorny oneWhat can someone say about a political manifesto, modern or 163 years old? This review will not go here. A discussion on such a topic is a thorny one with no correct answer. This review, as such then, will focus on performance. Everyone looking at this has there own reason for doing so, so a silly back and forth argument on Marxism and debate over the concerning material itself is irrelevant and a waste of time.
This audio book will surely be the cause of many shrieks and runaways with images of a stuffy old man in a tweed coat with leather elbows, no doubt cropping about. But fear not, there is no stuffy old man in a tweed coat here. He has promptly been shut away in a closet somewhere with reading performed instead by actor and force behind Textbook Stuff, Barnaby Edwards. Edwards, of course returning from his previous reading, a collection of wonderful poetry, Edward Thomas SELECTED POEMS.
Barnaby Edwards, with his intellectualism or his natural acting ability or delicate marriage of the two performs a reading that any political manifesto (or book for that matter) would be thankful of. Mr. Edwards performs the reading for The Communist Manifesto, in a flawless matter, which in itself, is a understatement. His performance gives attention to the words of Karl Marx with no hence of disapproval or approval but with the pure feeling behind them. With a reading of a political work, one can only hope that a reader can achieve in the goal of getting the listener’s attention and understand some of the passion behind the words. This, Barnaby Edwards achieves. This reading of The Communist Manifesto is no dull college lecture. But instead a unabridged reading, word for word that tries to make the listener at least hear where it is coming from with nothing more than with a wonderful tone and dictation.
The validity of Marxism will always maintain, this is no place to debate politics. However, sympathetic or not, one can not deny that Barnaby Edwards does a amazing job on his attempt to bring these words to life. Words that are too often left for boring lectures or boring words on boring paper. The tone and dictation shows a amazing false sense of familiarity with the work. Far too often there are audiobooks that do not make you "feel the words" but are just read instead. And in this sense, Textbook Stuff's The Communist Manifesto is a true diamond in the rough. Certainly, no ones goes into a audiobook (of a manifesto or otherwise) quite expecting this level of quality and passion for the work.
The music, I find hard to comment upon. I cannot formulate my thoughts into words in regards to music so I am a poor reviewer in this field. It’s good. Howard Carter provides a wonderful albeit brief musical addition to this reading. A musical addition that is again, proud and grand as any political manifesto could ever ask for. See, that was rubbish. For me, music is something I feel and cannot describe properly. Sorry.
As always as, this work will not be for everyone and be subject to the individual. However, faced with a physical book or this recording, I’m glad I chose this recording. Textbook Stuff shines once more in bringing a classic piece of literature to students or ordinary curious folks with the respect and passion that every piece deserves....more