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THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES – EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1

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.

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THE ESSENTIAL ENGLISHMAN

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.

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THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 3

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.

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THE ENNEADS VOLUME 1 (1-3)

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.

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FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES

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.

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THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 2

THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA Volume 2
By Arthur Schopenhauer • Read by Leighton Pugh
The original edition of The World as Will and Idea appeared in 1818 but in 1844 Schopenhauer published an expanded version. It contained the Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy, a lengthy document; and Supplements to the First Book (The Doctrine of the Idea of Perception) and the Second Book (The Doctrine of Perception or Knowledge Of The Understanding).

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THE SATYRICON

THE SATYRICON
By Petronius • Read by Nicholas Boulton
Libidinous, licentious, salacious and very, very funny, The Satyricon is one of the most remarkable documents from ancient Rome. It tells the ribald story of Encolpius, a man of active and varied appetites (powered notably by his passion for his favourite lover, the handsome Giton), who plunges without inhibition into the life of Roman pleasures: orgies of food, feasting, abundant sex and escapades.

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JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE
By Apollonius of Rhodes • Read by Jonathan Keeble
Jason and the Golden Fleece is one of the finest tales of Ancient Greece, an epic journey of adventure and trial standing beside similar stories of Perseus, Theseus and the Labours of Heracles. The finest classic account comes from Apollonius of Rhodes, the Greek poet of the 3rd century BCE and librarian at Alexandria.

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BEWARE OF PITY

BEWARE OF PITY
By Stefan Zweig • Read by Nicholas Boulton
In the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young cavalry officer is invited to a dance at the home of a rich landowner. There – with a small act of attempted charity – he commits a simple faux pas. But from this seemingly insignificant blunder comes a tale of catastrophe arising from kindness, and of honour poisoned by self-regard.

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CONUNDRUM

CONUNDRUM
By Jan Morris • Read by Roy McMillan
This remarkable memoir is the classic account of the transgender journey. It is all the more extraordinary because it is the life story of a figure who, it seemed, seamlessly, and publicly charted a course through the English establishment – James Morris, outstanding journalist, historian and travel writer, famed for a peerless writing style.

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