THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA

THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA

THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA

A Book for All and None

By Friedrich Nietzsche • Read by Christopher Oxford
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the ‘death of God’ and the rise of the superman (übermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

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THE ANTICHRIST ECCE HOMO

tHE aNTICHRIST

THE ANTICHRIST • ECCE HOMO
By Friedrich Nietzsche • Read by Christopher Oxford
The Antichrist and Ecce Homo were two of the last works written by Friedrich Nietzsche just before his mental collapse in 1889. Though both written in 1888, they are very different in content and style.

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THE GAY SCIENCE

THE GAY SCIENCE

THE GAY SCIENCE

(The Joyful Wisdom)

By Friedrich Nietzsche • Read by Michael Lunts
The Gay Science (The Joyful Wisdom) is one of Nietzsche’s greatest books. His wonderfully fertile mind roams over mankind, his thoughts, his emotions, his behaviour and his weaknesses with remarkable clarity, with insight - but also with humour!

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HUMAN ALL TOO HUMAN • MISCELLANEOUS MAXIMS AND OPINIONS • THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW

HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN

HUMAN ALL TOO HUMAN • MISCELLANEOUS MAXIMS AND OPINIONS • THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW

A Book for Free Spirits

Friedrich Nietzsche • Read by Michael Lunts
It was with Human, All Too Human, first published in 1878, that Nietzsche developed the aphoristic style that so suited his challenging views and uncompromising style. The text is divided into three main sections: Of the First and Last Things; History of the Moral Feelings and The Religious Life.

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AUDIOBOOKS, UKEMI AUDIOBOOKS, AND ITS RAISON D’ETRE

Nicolas Soames

The advent of the audiobook, and in particular the more recent development of digital download, has transformed the lives of many people. For many years the medium was widely regarded (often rather patronisingly) as a convenience for the visually impaired, forgetting that EVERYBODY listened to (and loved) the radio! Even now, occasionally, I come across this ill-educated view – and I normally respond by saying that ‘Yes – in the same way that printed books are for the hard of hearing.’

What they seem to have forgotten is that for centuries, for millions, the spoken word was the principal medium for ‘books’ of all kinds – from the Buddhist Pali Canon and the Bible to Jane Austen and Dickens. People sat around on those long winter evenings while one person read to them. It is actually a very pleasant experience to be read to, especially when the reader is accomplished.

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GREAT FRENCH POEMS

GREAT FRENCH POEMS

GREAT FRENCH POEMS

35 Favourites from Villon to Baudelaire in French with English translation

Compiled and performed by Bill Homewood
Here are 35 of the greatest poems in the French language, carefully selected and read in French by Bill Homewood, the bilingual English classical actor who has spent half his life in France. To help those English speakers with just a little French to appreciate the glories of these poems, he provides his own clear English translations.

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