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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 John Maynard Keynes • Read by Jonathan Keeble

Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money remains, approaching a century after it first appeared, one of the most important documents on economics, along with Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and Karl Marx’s Capital. Hugely important for much of the 20th century, the General Theory was seemingly overtaken by monetarists but won a new, enduring respect among a new generation of economists and politicians following the financial difficulties which began in 2007/8….. Continue Reading

by John Locke • Read by Leighton Pugh

John Locke and his works – particularly An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – are regularly and rightly presented as foundations for the Age of Enlightenment…. Continue Reading

by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel • Read by Jonathan Booth

Elements of The Philosophy of Right, a key work in the output of Georg Wilhelm Hegel (1770-1831), appeared in 1820 – and was arguably his last major publication. His intention was to state his views on the philosophy of law, political and social theory, and ethics…. Continue Reading

By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page

Though Karl Marx is best known for Capital and The Communist Manifesto, his revolutionary thoughts and ideas had developed over decades spent in study, discussion and association with a variety of organisations throughout Europe and the US, intent on challenging the establishment order. These six, very different, texts show how Marx’s ideas evolved and how increasingly fierce his views became….. Continue Reading

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…. Continue Reading

By Karl Marx • Read by Derek Le Page

It was the close friendship and professional association between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that enabled Marx’s full vision presented in Capital: A Critique of Political Economy to come to fruition…. Continue Reading

By BARUCH SPINOZA • Read by Leighton Pugh

Read by LEIGHTON PUGH Though it first aroused anger and controversy rather than admiration and acceptance, A Theologico-Political Treatise was a landmark in the analysis of theology (with particular reference to the Bible and its Jewish and Christian interpretations) and its relationship to philosophy and politics. Spinoza’s scholarly analysis, based on careful study, demonstrated that the Bible was composed by many writers over the centuries – and that even the Pentateuch, the first five books, were not the work of Moses as was generally assumed at the time…. Continue Reading

By Anonymous • Read by SAGAR ARYA

The Upanishads are mankind’s oldest works of philosophy, predating the earliest Greek philosophy. They are the concluding part of the Vedas, the ancient Indian sacred literature, and mark the culmination of a tradition of speculative thought first expressed in the Rig-Veda more than 4000 years ago…. Continue Reading

By LONGUS • Read by Nicholas Boulton

Daphnis and Chloe is one of the most engaging and gently erotic stories to emerge from the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome. It is a pastoral tale, telling of a boy and a girl, both abandoned (but separately) as babies on nearby hillsides; one becomes a goatherd, the other a shepherdess and a mutual attraction arises as they move from childhood to adolescence and to the slow discovery of desire…. Continue Reading


By IMMANUEL KANT • Read by Michael Lunts

Kant’s Critique of Judgement is the third and final part of his series of Critiques, which began with Critique of Pure Reason and continued with Critique of Practical Reason. The Critique of Judgement was published in 1790, and is divided into two parts, the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and the Critique of Teleological Judgement…. Continue Reading

By IMMANUEL KANT • Read by Michael Lunts

The Critique of Practical Reason was published in 1788, seven years after his major work, Critique of Pure Reason. In it, Kant sets out his moral philosophy – and it proved a seminal text in the history of the subject. He argues that the summum bonum (the highest good) of life is that rather than just pursuing happiness, people should inhabit a moral dimension that enables them to deserve the happiness that God can give…. 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.