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  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections | C. G. Jung

    Memories, Dreams, Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. G. Jung
    • Narrated By James Cameron Stewart
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    In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking.

  • The Diary of a Provincial Lady | E. M. Delafield

    The Diary of a Provincial Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By E. M. Delafield
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
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    'Lady B. stays to tea. (Mem.: Bread-and-butter too thick. Speak to Ethel.) We talk some more about bulbs, the Dutch School of Painting, our Vicar's wife, sciatica, and All Quiet on the Western Front. (Query: is it possible to cultivate the art of conversation when living in the country all the year round?)' If the question suggests a qualified answer, there is no doubt that the art of diary writing is alive and well and very, very funny in Devonshire in the 1920s. At least in the hands of E. M. Delafield.

  • A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis | Sigmund Freud,G. Stanley Hall - translation

    A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall - translation
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    This series of 28 lectures was given by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, during the First World War and first published in English in 1920. The purpose of this general introduction was to present his work and ideas - as they had matured at that point - to a general public; and even though there was to be considerable development and change over the ensuing years, these talks still offer a valuable and remarkably approachable entry point to his revolutionary concepts.

  • FREE FIRST CHAPTER: The Wisdom of Life, Counsels and Maxims | Arthur Schopenhauer

    FREE FIRST CHAPTER: The Wisdom of Life, Counsels and Maxims

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Arthur Schopenhauer
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    'The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.' Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century because his humanistic, atheistic, if pessimistic views chimed with a new secularism that was emerging from a Western society dominated by religion. Despite his rather forbidding image (and a few outdated views), he is one of the most approachable German philosophers, and this is certainly evident in these two key works, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims.

  • The Interpretation of Dreams | Sigmund Freud

    The Interpretation of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sigmund Freud
    • Narrated By Derek Le Page
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    The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud is one of the most significant books of the 20th century. Though dreams and their role in human consciousness have been a continuing thread in religion and art and life down the centuries, Freud's look at the subject through the prism of his emerging practice and study of psychoanalysis provided a startlingly new and challenging perspective.

  • The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European | Stefan Zweig,Anthea Bell - translator

    The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell - translator
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Stefan Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday, recalls the golden age of prewar Europe - its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall with the onset of two world wars. Zweig's passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction. It is an unusually humane account of Europe from the closing years of the 19th century through to World War II, seen through the eyes of one of the most famous writers of his era.

  • The Provincial Lady Goes Further | E. M. Delafield

    The Provincial Lady Goes Further

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By E. M. Delafield
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
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    The Provincial Lady Goes Further is the immediate sequel to Diary of a Provincial Lady - and life mirrors art. Our Provincial Lady has found herself, unexpectedly, with a literary success on her hands! She is suddenly 'somebody', both in her Devonshire environs and in London, where she establishes a bolthole - ostensibly so she could concentrate on the much-awaited sequel, but also so that she can enjoy the fruits of being a best-selling author!

  • Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family | Thomas Mann

    Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author's former neighbours in his native L├╝beck.

  • The Enchiridion & Discourses |  Epictetus

    The Enchiridion & Discourses

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Epictetus
    • Narrated By Haward B. Morse
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    The Enchiridion is the famous manual of ethical advice given in the second century by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus. Born to a Greek slave, Epictetus grew up in the environment of the Roman Empire and, having been released from bonds of slavery, became a stoic in the tradition of its originators, Zeno (third Century BCE) and Seneca (first century CE).

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None | Friedrich Nietzsche

    Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    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 (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

  • On the Shortness of Life, On the Happy Life, and Other Essays: Essays, Volume 1 |  Seneca

    On the Shortness of Life, On the Happy Life, and Other Essays: Essays, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Seneca
    • Narrated By James Cameron Stewart
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    As former tutor and adviser to Emperor Nero, philosopher and statesman Seneca was acutely aware of how short life can be - his own life was cut short when the emperor ordered him to commit suicide (for alleged involvement in a conspiracy). And Seneca proved true to his words - his lifelong avowal to Stoicism enabled him to conduct himself with dignity to the end. During his rich and busy life, Seneca wrote a series of essays that have advised and enriched the lives of generations down to the present day.

  • The Satyricon |  Petronius

    The Satyricon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Petronius
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
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    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. The kind of hedonism found occasionally in Roman mosaics is here brought to life.

  • The World as Will And Idea, Volume 1 | Arthur Schopenhauer

    The World as Will And Idea, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Arthur Schopenhauer
    • Narrated By Leighton Pugh
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    Schopenhauer was just 30 when his magnum opus, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, a work of considerable learning and innovation of thought, first appeared in 1818.

    Much to his chagrin and puzzlement (so convinced was he of its merits), it didn't have an immediate effect on European philosophy, views and culture. It was only decades later that it was recognised as one of the major intellectual landmarks of the 19th century.

  • Watt | Samuel Beckett

    Watt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Dermot Crowley
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    Watt tells the tale of Mr Knott's servant and his attempts to get to know his master. Watt's mistake is to derive the essence of his master from the accidentals of his being, and his painstakingly logical attempts to 'know' ultimately consign him to the asylum. Itself a critique of error, Watt has previously appeared in editions that are littered with mistakes, both major and minor.

  • The Moral Epistles: 124 Letters to Lucilius |  Seneca

    The Moral Epistles: 124 Letters to Lucilius

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seneca
    • Narrated By James Cameron Stewart
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    Towards the end of his life, Seneca the Younger (c4 BCE-65 CE) began a correspondence with a friend in Sicily, later collected under the title The Moral Epistles. In these 124 letters, Seneca expresses, in a wise, steady and calm manner, the philosophy by which he lived - derived essentially from the Stoics. The letters deal with a variety of specific topics - often eminently practical - such as 'On Saving Time', 'On the Terrors of Death', 'On True and False Friendships', 'On Brawn and Brains' and 'On Old Age and Death'.

  • Conundrum | Jan Morris

    Conundrum

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
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    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. But all the while he was concealing a very different inner world: from the age of four he felt that, despite his body, he was really a girl.

  • Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig

    Beware of Pity

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stefan Zweig
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
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    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. Beware of Pity has all the intensity and the formidable sense of torment and of character of the very best of Zweig's work. Definitive translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell.

  • Metaphysics |  Aristotle

    Metaphysics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aristotle
    • Narrated By James Cameron Stewart
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    Aristotle's Metaphysics was the first major study of the subject of metaphysics - in other words, an inquiry into 'first philosophy', or 'wisdom'. It differs from Physics which is concerned with the natural world: things which are subject to the laws of nature, things that move and change, are measurable. In Metaphysics, the study falls on 'being qua being' - being insofar as it is being; the causes and principles of being, the causes and principles of substances.

  • The Mabinogion | Charlotte Guest

    The Mabinogion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charlotte Guest
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
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    The Mabinogion, the earliest literary jewel of Wales, is a collection of ancient tales and legends compiled around the 12th and 13th century deriving from storytelling and the songs of bards handed down over the ages. It is a remarkable document in many ways. From an historical perspective, it is the earliest prose literature of Britain. But it is in its drama that many surprises await, not least the central role of King Arthur, his wife, Gwenhwyvar, and his court at Caerlleon upon Usk.

  • The Gay Science (The Joyful Wisdom) | Friedrich Nietzsche

    The Gay Science (The Joyful Wisdom)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Michael Lunts
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    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!In this work are 383 separate paragraphs, some short, some long, but all singular observations - the epitome of his famous aphoristic style. 'Morality is the herd instinct in the individual.'

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