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).****
THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1
The Apology • Crito • Charmenides • Laches • Lysis • Euthyphro • Menexenus • Ion
By Plato • Multi-Voice Production – Read by David Rintoul as Socrates and cast
Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be – living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato’s Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.
THE ESSENTIAL ENGLISHMAN
By Duncan Steen and Nicolas Soames • Read by Nicholas Boulton
There is no watertight excuse for this book. It strolls impertinently over ground that has been carefully mapped by the qualified authorities and elegantly appreciated by many devoted amateurs. Its purview is ludicrously broad – nothing less than an exhibition of the Englishman in his more characteristic manifestations through the ages. It is, wriggle out of it as we would, a hopelessly, damnably patriotic book.
THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA VOLUME 3
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by Leighton Pugh
In this final part to Schopenhauer’s momentous and hugely influential work, his original and wide-ranging observations are as lively as ever. Though cast as a ‘pessimist’ by history, he is anything but that to read – and listen to. Here are the last supplementary comments his original work (published 1818), the fruit of decades of further reflection.
THE ENNEADS VOLUME 1 (1-3)
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’. Two further concepts from Plotinus, ‘the Intellect’ and ‘the Soul’ are also principal features of his philosophy.
FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES
By Chrétien de Troyes • Read by Nicholas Boulton
The Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes form the wellspring of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Stories of knightly valour in the Welsh marches had existed before the 12th century, but it was the magnificent poetry and imagination of Chrétien, the 12th century French poet and trouvère, which brought alive the great characters of Arthur, his wife Guinevere, Lancelot and others.
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.