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THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN

By Thomas Mann
Read by David Rintoul
37 hours 27 minutes

 David Rintoul

It was The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg) that confirmed Thomas Mann as a Nobel prizewinner for literature and rightly so, for it is undoubtedly one of the great novels of the 20th century. Its unusual story – it opens with a young man visiting a friend in a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps – was originally started by Mann in 1912, but was not completed until 1924. Continue Reading →

SUMMA THEOLOGICA PART I (PRIMA PARS)

SUMMA THEOLOGICA PART I (PRIMA PARS)

By Thomas Aquinas
Read by Martyn Swain
52 hours 33 minutes

The Summa Theologica, a fundamental text in Catholic doctrine, is a compendium of theology that has been studied and debated since its first publication in the 13th century. Furthermore, it has been widely regarded as one of the classics of Western philosophy, not least because, perhaps for the first time in such a systematic manner, it set out to consider the views of non-Christian figures such as Aristotle, Boethius, Muslim writers including Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and the Sephardic Jewish scholar Maimonides. Continue Reading →

EPICURUS OF SAMOS: HIS PHILSOPHY AND LIFE

EPICURUS OF SAMOS: HIS PHILSOPHY AND LIFE

All the Principal Source Texts Compiled and Introduced by Hiram Crespo

Read by James Gillies and Jonathan Booth
6 hours 21 minutes

Epicurus of Samos (341-270 BCE) was the founder of the philosophical system to which he gave his name: Epicureanism. It is a label that is often misused and misunderstood today, with ‘a life of pleasure’ as the key aim misinterpreted as a life of indulgence. In fact, the philosophy of Epicurus demonstrated also by his life, was anything but! Continue Reading →

IDEAS

IDEAS

By Edmund Husserl
Read by Leighton Pugh with an Introduction by Taylor Carman
16 hours 56 minutes

As philosophy professor Taylor Carman explains in his helpful Introduction, Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) was the founder of modern phenomenology, one of the most important and influential movements of the 20thcentury. ‘Ideas’ published in 1913 – its full title is ‘Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy’ – was the key work. It is arguably ‘the most fundamental and comprehensive statement of the fundamental principles of Husserl’s mature philosophy.’ Continue Reading →

THE ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL

THE ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL

By Rosa Luxemburg
Read by Louise Barrett
17 hours 01 minutes

Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919) was one of the most able and remarkable female figures in the fight for socialism and the demolition of capitalism from the last decade of the 19th century to her death just after World War One. Born in Zamosc, a small town in Russian Poland, she rose to become a highly educated and highly principled economist and activist, working with leading figures of the left, including Lenin. Continue Reading →

The Rig Veda

The Rig Veda

Verse translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith (revised and modernised)
Read by SAGAR ARYA
41 hours 22 minutes

Often appearing as Ṛgveda, the oldest of the four sacred books linked to Hinduism, was composed in an ancient form of Sanskrit about 1500 BCE. The Rig Veda was preserved in secrecy by ancient clans, initially orally, before it was written down about 300 BCE. These 1,028 poems, grouped as ten ‘Circles’ (mandalas), have variously been called hymns, poems or songs by Sanskrit scholars. The Rik (so pronounced by the ancient Angirases clans, or Seer-Priest families) was an experiment with sound. The emphasis is always on sounding the words perfectly. Continue Reading →

WILHELM MEISTER’S APPRENTICESHIP

WILHELM MEISTER’S APPRENTICESHIP

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Read by Leighton Pugh
22 hours 57 minutes

Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre was the original German title – was Goethe’s second novel, published 1795-6, almost two decades after The Sorrows of Young Werther. It again focuses on a young man, but this time on his growing understanding and maturity as he makes his way in the world. Continue Reading →

BETWEEN THE ACTS

BETWEEN THE ACTS

By Virginia Woolf
Read by Georgina Sutton
5 hours 42 minutes

Between The Acts, Virginia Woolf’s last novel, was finished in November 1940 and shortly afterwards delivered to her publisher Hogarth Press. The following March she committed suicide. Between the Acts is often an overlooked work in her oeuvre because she did express her intention to revise it before publication, though in the event this never happened. So it comes as a surprise to find that, while it probably would have benefitted from revision, it is something of an unpolished gem, at times sparkling and actually very engaging. Continue Reading →

COLLECTED PAPERS ON ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY

COLLECTED PAPERS ON ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY

By C.G Jung
Read by Martyn Swain
17 hours 49 minutes

Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology comprises a selection of key writings and lectures by Carl Gustav Jung produced between 1902 and 1916, which are presented in chronological order. As such they provide a fascinating exposition of the nature and essence of the psychological content of psychoses and neuroses, as explored and discovered by Dr Jung in the early years of his long and distinguished career. Continue Reading →

MODERN MAN IN SEARCH OF A SOUL

MODERN MAN IN SEARCH OF A SOUL

By C.G Jung
Read by Martyn Swain
9 hours 11 minutes


This collection of eleven wide-ranging lectures which appeared originally in 1933, was based on lectures previously given when Jung was in the process of absorbing a considerable period of study of Eastern religions, Gnosticism and other religious sources. It was a time, according to the translator Cary F. Baynes, ‘when the Western world stands on the verge of a spiritual rebirth… Continue Reading →

THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY

THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY

By Robert Burton
Read by Peter Wickham
56 hours 49 minutes

The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the most remarkable books ever written. First published in 1621, and hardly ever out of print since, it is a huge, varied, idiosyncratic, entertaining and learned survey of the experience of melancholy, seen from just about every possible angle that could be imagined. Its subtitle explains much: Continue Reading →

THE COMMON READER VOLUME 1

THE COMMON READER VOLUME 1

26 Essays

By Virginia Woolf
Read by Joan Walker
8 hours 41 minutes

This is Virginia Woolf’s first collection of essays, published in 1925. In them, she attempts to see literature from the point of view of the ‘common reader’ – someone whom she, with Dr Johnson, distinguished from the critic and the scholar. She read, and wrote, as an outsider: a woman set to school in her father’s library, denied the educational privileges of her male siblings – and with no fixed view of what constitutes ‘English literature’. Continue Reading →

THE GOLDEN BOUGH

THE GOLDEN BOUGH

A Study in Magic and Religion

By James George Frazer
Read by Andrew Cullum
44 hours 16 minutes

The Golden Bough, the monumental study of religious rites and practices in ‘primitive’ societies, was one of the earliest influential texts in anthropology. Its author, Sir James Frazer, surveyed the wide range of cultural habits, taboos and beliefs in communities across the world concluding that there was an observable pattern in the way magic developed into religion, though formal expression emerged in different ways. It was a study that he continued for many years, with initial volumes appearing in 1890 and growing in size until the 12-volume edition was published in 1915. Continue Reading →

OBLOMOV

OBLOMOV

By Ivan Goncharov
Read by Leighton Pugh
20 hours 07 minutes

Oblomov is one of the most distinctive characters in Russian literature – within a short time following its publication in 1859, the novel spawned its own saying: ‘Oblomovism’! From the pen of Ivan Goncharov (1812-1891) emerged a portrait of a young man, Ilya Ilyitch Oblomov who represented a figure well known in pre-revolutionary Russia at the time – one of the idle rich. Continue Reading →

BEING AND TIME

BEING AND TIME

By Martin Heidegger
Read by Martyn Swain With Introduction by Professor Taylor Carman
23 hours 18 minutes

In his lucid introduction to this recording, Professor Taylor Carman declares unequivocally that Being and Time by Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is ‘one of the great masterpieces of 20th century philosophy.’ And that is despite the fact that it is unquestionably a challenging read. Continue Reading →

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STUDY AND THE FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STUDY AND THE FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION

By Sigmund Freud
Read by Derek Le Page
5 hours 1 minutes

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) reveals himself, in this autobiography which is simultaneously an account of the early history of psychoanalysis, to have been an outsider from the start. This fascinating account describes the journey of a young, Jewish doctor setting out to find his way in the world of professional medicine, his relationships and collaborations, friendships made and lost and his investigations into cocaine, hypnosis and the cathartic method which contributed to the evolution of his conceptual framework and practices. Continue Reading →

PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPES

PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPES

By C.G Jung
Read by Martyn Swain
24 hours 03 minutes

In the 21st century, Carl Gustav Jung  (1875-1961) remains one of the key figures in the field of analytical psychology  – and ‘Psychological Types’, or The Psychology of Individuation, published in 1921, is one of his most influential works. It was written during the decade after  the publication of Psychology of the Unconscious (1912)  which effectively ended his friendship and collaboration with Sigmund Freud. Continue Reading →

THE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS IN ENGLAND IN 1844

THE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS IN ENGLAND IN 1844

By Friedrich Engels
Read by Derek Le Page
14 hours 45 minutes

This remarkable account has had an enduring influence on social and economic studies, and has remained in print since its first English publication in 1885. It was written, in German, by a youthful Friedrich Engels, the son of a German industrialist, who was already concerned – even angered – by the conditions he saw inflicted on the working classes as the Industrial Revolution gathered momentum. Continue Reading →

THE DAWN OF DAY Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

THE DAWN OF DAY

Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Read by Michael Lunts
11 hours 29 minutes

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is one of the towering intellectual figures of the nineteenth century, a philologist, philosopher and poet of profound complexity and range whose writings in moral philosophy continue to resonate in the present day. ‘The Dawn of Day’, (Morgenröte) first published in 1881 marked a clear shift in his thinking and prefigures many of the ideas that would be further developed in his later writings. Continue Reading →

THE ESSAYS Or Counsels, Civil and Moral

THE ESSAYS

Or Counsels, Civil and Moral
By Francis Bacon
Read by Hayward B. Morse
7 hours 38 minutes

Hayward B. Morse

Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Ist Viscount St Albans, Attorney General and then Lord Chancellor of England was an immensely learned, clever and ambitious man, with considerable political influence during the later years of Queen Elizabeth I and through almost two decades of the reign of her successor James I. However, he was also a philosopher with a wide interest in science, medicine and the classification of knowledge. Continue Reading →