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, 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.
WELCOME TO UKEMI 2021!
Over Christmas and New Year, I am very pleased to say, I received quite a few emails from regular Ukemi listeners. There was the occasional (kindly) note pointing out a mis-pronunciation, or that a track was missing a few sentences. However much we try, this is par for the course when you are producing recordings lasting up to 50 hours or more! I welcome these comments and immediately set about the process of correction – which can be simple or complex involving studios, readers, engineers and the good offices of Audible of course.
But more often (I am glad to say!), I get requests for titles. And what a varied lot! For example, OI asked for more John Stuart Mill, for G E Moore, for Humboldt and many more, including Bertrand Russell and Iris Murdoch. KF shared something close to his heart – the Ten Commandments of Leó Szilárd, the Hungarian/American physicist and inventor who conceived the nuclear chain reaction; he tells me is looking forward keenly to listening to Saint-Exupery’s Land of Men, (it is a gem, I can assure you!) and asked for Saint-Exupery’s The Wisdom of the Sands. Alas, like so many titles requested, that is lost in the desert of unobtainable copyright. But, as I say to so many correspondents – you never know what transpires!
But I am glad to say that we are able, this year, with the support of the publishers Routledge, to bring another C. G. Jung important text fresh from the studio – The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. In it, Jung laid out clearly and persuasively the concepts key to his whole view of mankind’s consciousness. It is a challenging text (read so clearly by Martyn Swain) which does present particular difficulties for audiobook presentation. This is largely because of the many illustrations in the original volume – pictures drawn by his subjects of their dreams which are crucial to Jung’s analysis. We have put them all on a pdf which is downloadable from Audible in the context of the audiobook…and I hope that listeners feel they can now absorb this work in our medium!!!
The decision to record Kant’s Prolegomena (otherwise not available in audiobook form) also came from a listener’s suggestion – it is curious that such accessible Kant (!!) has been overlooked. It is an aid to Critique of Reason, and has prompted us to finally ask Michael Lunts (who reads Prolegomena and other Kant) to essay Kant’s magnum opus itself…It is not an easy text, and Michael tells me he has been taking advantage of lockdown and other restrictions (which prevented him going on tour doing his one-man shows on Chopin and other composers) doing a lot of reading around Kant to ensure that there is comprehension beneath the presentation!
The third new recording is Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. It is really one of the major philosophical stepping stones of the 20th century. I have been inundated (well -quite a few!!!) with requests for this, and at last it is on sale…to the relief of many according to my inbox!
SPANISH AUDIOBOOKS – Ukemi Audiolibros
Some of you may have noticed that we have just started to venture into Spanish language audiobooks.
There are three titles available at the moment:
More are on the way!
TRACK LISTS – IMPROVED INFORMATION
New Chaptering / Track List Service from Ukemi Audiobooks
A number of regular listeners have pointed out that while Ukemi recordings are widely valued, the chaptering or track lists of the recordings when downloaded from Audible can be improved.
As a result of these comments we have been looking more closely at the system and we see that Ukemi uploads have not matched Audible protocols. Detailed information for chapters/track points provided by Ukemi have often been contracted into Chapter 1, Chapter 2 formulas.
This is not helpful for some of the titles we offer. In many cases, there are no ‘chapters’ in the original texts (!) which leads to confusion for the listener; or at the very least it means that the paucity of the information means the listener finds it difficult to navigate back to particular points to listen again or check something.
Recently, in some cases, we have supplied supplementary PDFs, which can be downloaded with the recording. These contain clearer information – though sometimes by the time the recording has gone through Audible’s system, the tracks do not match.
We hope, from now on, this mismatch will no longer occur. But there is the issue of the back catalogue. Following discussions between Ukemi and Audible, we hope that, gradually, the ‘chapter/track list’ information will be upgraded. But we realise that Audible has a huge task in ingesting the increasing number of new audiobooks being released by publishers each month, and back catalogue improvements may be lower on its priority.
So, to help, Ukemi is offering downloadable pdfs with track information that matches the existing recordings.
You will see, at the top of this page, a new dropdown menu – TRACK LIST PDFS. You will see, to start with, track information for all seven of The Socratic Dialogues (Plato), The Nicomachean and Eudemian Ethics (Aristotle), Capital (Karl Marx) and Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Jung). More will be added at regular intervals.
Here is an example of what these Track List pdfs provide.
We will endeavour to add to these lists regularly. But if you don’t find a title that you are listening to, or for which a track list would be particularly helpful, please get in contact (see under CONTACT) and we will respond as soon as we can.
And, of course, we welcome feedback.