New This Month
Fernando Pessoa’s bestselling and brilliantly ruminative modern classic The Book of Disquiet receives its audiobook debut. Compiled by the translator Richard Zenith, Pessoa’s Book is a rich and assorted collection of aphoristic prose-poetry musings on dreams, solitude, time and memory, beautifully articulated here by Adam Sims. Leighton Pugh gives us Nana, one of Émile Zola’s most popular novels, and Peter Wickham returns with the second volume of Casanova’s thrilling autobiography The Story of My Life. We also have Great Victorians, read by Benjamin Soames, an exciting addition to our range of junior history titles.
Assembled from notes and jottings left unpublished at the time of the author’s death, The Book of Disquiet is a collection of aphoristic prose-poetry musings on dreams, solitude, time and memory. Compiled by the translator Richard Zenith, Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet is a fulgent tribute to the imagination of man. This is the first audiobook recording of this bestselling European classic.
One of Zola’s most popular novels, Nana is a striking example of his Naturalism. Part-time prostitute, part-time actress, Nana Coupeau quickly ascends to the height of elite Parisian society. Blinded by desire, men crawl to her feet. Hearts are broken and fortunes are squandered. The poverty and violence of Nana’s upbringing have led her to a cold and profligate life…
Volume 2 of Casanova’s exhilarating autobiography The Story of My Life contains the book’s third and fourth sections: ‘3: The Eternal Quest’ and ‘4: Adventures in the South’. Casanova has wild flings and delirious orgies, encounters some of the most brilliant figures of his time, and finds himself hauled before the court multiple times. For Casanova, a life lived close to the precipice was the only life worth living.
Written exclusively for Naxos AudioBooks and accompanied with attractive classical music, Great Victorians is a fascinating introduction for younger listeners. It explores the lives and work of seven eminent figures: Charles Dickens, Michael Faraday, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, William Gladstone, Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin and David Livingstone.
Recently an article appeared on the BBC website with a list of good reasons to listen to audiobooks. There is, of course, no dissent from us at Naxos AudioBooks – we have loved the format even before the inception of …