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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).****

NEW RELEASES

THE ENNEADS VOLUME 2 (4-6)
By Plotinus • Read by Peter Wickham

Plotinus (204/5 -270CE), born in Lycopolis, Egypt when it was part of the Roman Empire – was a major figure in the philosophical school later called Neoplatonism. Neoplatonists viewed reality as deriving from a single force or figure expressed as ‘the One’….Continue Reading

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 2

Phaedrus • Cratylus • Parmenides

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production – Read by David Rintoul as Socrates, Laurence Kennedy (Parmenides) and cast

The remarkable range of Plato’s Socratic Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates (David Rintoul) and the young, love-struck Phaedrus (Gunnar Cauthery)….Continue Reading

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1

Symposium • Theaetetus • Phaedo

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production – Read by David Rintoul as Socrates, Hugh Ross (Symposium) and cast

Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. SYMPOSIUM, the most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends – each very different in personality and background – meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love….Continue Reading

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 2

Gorgias • Protagoras • Meno • Euthydemus • Lesser Hippias • Greater Hippias

By Plato • Multi-Voice Production – Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast

Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato’s Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading spophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles….Continue Reading

ON THE ENDS OF GOOD AND EVIL
Marcus Tullius Cicero • Read by Derek Le Page

Towards the end of his life, and his career as one of the leading politicians and orators in Rome, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BCE-43 BCE) was exiled to his country house. It was a time of political turmoil in the capital of the Empire caused by the power-grab of Julius Caesar. In the quiet of the countryside, Cicero began to write on philosophy….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.