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If you could sum up Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life in three words, what would they be?
Hegelian bourgeois battler
Who was your favorite character and why?
Marx -- bourgeois and revolutionary, brawler and family man, workaholic who couldn't finish anything, thinker lodged in Hegelian philosophy who kept revising his ideas in response to each decade's new intellectual trends.
How could the performance have been better?
It's annoying when reviewers point out mispronunciations, but this reader's were especially prolific and egregious. "Émigré" is supposed to be stressed on the first syllable, not the second. The same goes for "Hegel." Both these words are repeated innumerable times. "Bon mots" does not rhyme with "Don Knotts." And so on.
Any additional comments?
I found some long sections, devoted to Marx's nasty struggles with various rival socialist leaders, a bit tedious in audiobook format. The third and final part of the book, which steps back from the fray to assess Marx's work in broader contexts, is the most engagingly written.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would prefer the narrator of a European historical text to be able to properly pronounce words from German and French.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful