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UKEMI AUDIOBOOKS is a new digital label for the spoken word founded by Nicolas Soames. It presents fiction and non-fiction titles which are either unavailable as downloads or which need fresh, clear and authoritative recordings. They range from C J Jung’s important autobiography Memories, Dreams and Reflections and Seneca’s The Moral Epistles, to Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks and Samuel Beckett’s Murphy. For details of all releases click on the CATALOGUE tab. All titles can be downloaded from Audible.

****UKEMI BOOKS – KINDLE EBOOKS AND PAPERBACKS.Ukemi is releasing a series of ebooks and paperback – some of which are texts of existing audiobooks, and some which are book originals. There are four titles initially – including Jason and the Golden Fleece, The Moral Epistles, The Oedipus Plays and (something completely different!) The Dragon Mask and other Judo stories in the Zen Tradition by Trevor Leggett. Full details can be obtained from the dropdown menu UKEMI BOOKS menu (above).****


(for full catalogue go to – catalogue).

By Aristotle • Read by Peter Noble

Aristotle’s Organon comprises six key essays on logic, initially collected by Theophrastus, his successor as head of the Peripatetic school, and given its final form by Andronicus, some three centuries later….Continue Reading

by John Maynard Keynes • Read by Jonathan Keeble

The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) was one of the most important documents to come out of World War 1 – specifically the period of the Armistice and the subsequent settlement negotiations. And, a century on, it remains of particular relevance to our times – an uncompromising and forthright analysis of how international diplomacy can be suffused by personalities, prejudices, personal ambition and outright, uncontrolled feelings of revenge….Continue Reading

By E. M. Delafield • Read by Georgina Sutton

No one could have been more surprised than our Provincial Lady to receive an invitation from her American agent to travel transatlantic and embark upon a programme of lectures and signings. She was PARTICULARLY amazed because, having received an overture sometime before and feeling that she would rather stay in the English countryside, she requested that they meet quite a few ‘requirements’ before she would agree to go….Continue Reading

By Proclus • Read by Peter Wickham

Proclus—or “Proclus of Athens” as he is sometimes known—is widely and rightly considered to be one of the most significant later Neoplatonist philosophers. At age 40 (c. 437 CE), or so, Proclus became Head of the revived Plato’s Academy in Athens. In his role for the next 50 years the unmarried Proclus worked hard, combining effectively the roles of administrator, teacher, and writer….Continue Reading

By Adam Smith • Read by Michael Lunts

‘How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.’

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By Adam Smith • Jonathan Keeble and Peter Kenny

Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists was the final statement by the empiricist philosopher George Berkeley, Bishop of Coyne, (1685-1753) on his views concerning subjective idealism, couched in the famous statement ‘esse is percipi’ – to be is to be perceived (mixing Latin with a bit of English was Berkeley’s idiosyncracy!)….Continue Reading

Nicolas Soames co-founded and ran the award-winning spoken word label Naxos AudioBooks. Over a period of 20 years he built a list of 800 recordings of classics of world literature – from Homer and Dante to Austen, Dickens, James Joyce and Proust.

In 2016 he started Ukemi Audiobooks with the purpose of recording neglected classics mainly from Western traditions – both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Greek and Latin texts to philosophy (Nietzsche and Schopenhauer), psychology and psychoanalysis (Freud and Jung). And most recently important  20th century fiction, including the early novels of Samuel Beckett. Ukemi also has a sister label, Dharma Audiobooks, which specialises in Buddhist titles from all traditions.