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).****
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CAPITAL VOLUME 1
By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page
It can be said of very few books that the world was changed as a result of its publication – but this is certainly the case of Capital, Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1818-1883). Volume 1 appeared (in German) in 1867, and the two subsequent volumes appeared at later dates after the author’s death – completed to extensive notes left by Marx himself….
THE SECRET HISTORY
Read by James Cameron Stewart
The Secret History, written by the 6th century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine period. Procopius, the leading official historian of his time, lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler….
THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 3
Read by David Rintoul as Socrates
The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city state….
THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 2
By Plato • Laurence Kennedy with Hayward Morse and Sam Dale
The Laws is the longest of Plato’s Dialogues and actually doesn’t feature Socrates at all – the principal figure taking the lead is the ‘Athenian Stranger’ who engages two older men in the discussion, Cleinias (from Crete) and Megillus (from Sparta)….
THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – LATE PERIOD VOLUME 1
Timaeus • Sophist • Critias • Statesman • Philebus
David Rintoul as Socrates, with David Timson, Peter Kenny and full cast
These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato’s later period when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision….
ON THE SOUL AND PARVA NATURALIA
By Aristotle • Read by James Cameron Stewart
Two contrasting reflections by Aristotle which cover a very particular ground. In On the Soul, Aristotle presents his view of the ‘life essence’ which, he argues, is possessed by living things whether plants, animals or humans….
JUNG – AN INTRODUCTION TO HIS PSYCHOLOGY
By Frieda Fordham • Read by Helen Lloyd
This classic introduction to the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung is important because it is the only English original text he sanctioned in his lifetime. In his personal Foreword, he wrote: ‘Mrs Frieda Fordham has undertaken the by no means easy task of producing a readable resumé of all my various attempts at a better and more comprehensive understanding of the human psyche….
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.