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Tales from the Greek Legends (unabridged)

Summer Listening for All Ages

By Anthony Anderson

3 August 2018

Summer affords many of us the opportunity to do some of the enjoyable things that we have been unable to find time for during the rest of the year – this includes reading… and, of course, listening. This could be …


War & Peace - Volume I (unabridged)

Tolstoy On The Treadmill

By Anthony Anderson

31 May 2018

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 …


Hard Times (unabridged)

Great Opening Lines

By Anthony Anderson

17 April 2018

Recently the Times newspaper ran an article with what it thought to be the best 25 first lines from all novels ever written. Notwithstanding the subjectivity of such a list (‘It was the best of times, it was the worst …


The Life of Samuel Johnson (unabridged)

The Art of Biography – A matter of perspective

By Anthony Anderson

7 February 2018

Early in the year, Naxos AudioBooks released recordings of the biographies of two great characters from the eighteenth century. Although the lives of Samuel Johnson and Giacomo Casanova overlapped considerably, it is hard, at first glance, to think of two …


Audiobooks: An Upward Revolution

By Anthony Anderson

12 December 2017

Naxos AudioBooks was present at the Audiobook Revolution sessions at the recent FutureBook conference in London. The strong attendance was a sign, if one were needed, of the impressive growth that the audiobook market is currently enjoying. It was unsurprising …


Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Blurbs: Fact or Fiction?

By Anthony Anderson

18 October 2017

Promotional blurbs have become part of the standard marketing of not only books, but music, films and other media. However, they are fairly recent in the publishing industry. The first blurb is thought to have appeared in 1865, in the …


Worzel Gummidge (unabridged)

The Worzel Gummidge Audiobooks – Children’s Fiction for All Ages

By Anthony Anderson

18 August 2017

Worzel Gummidge is one of those characters in children’s fiction who is probably better known through his manifestation on the screen than from the original books. For a while it seemed that the character would never see the light of …


Jane Austen – The Complete Novels (unabridged)

18 July 2017 – Jane Austen’s Bicentenary

By Anthony Anderson

7 July 2017

‘During that half hour was her struggle, pour soul! She said she could not tell us what she suffered, tho’ she complained of little fixed pain. When I asked her if there was anything she wanted, her answer was she …


Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph at his laboratory, March 1878

The History of the Audiobook

By Anthony Anderson

25 May 2017

Audiobooks is currently the fastest growing segment of publishing, with its current value being estimated at $3.5 billion on the back of sharp increases over the past few years. The number of new titles being released into the market has …


Journey to the Centre of the Earth (unabridged)

A Matter of Translation

By Anthony Anderson

23 March 2017

Frequently at Naxos AudioBooks we record great works of literature from non-Anglophone countries, in English translation. There is a ready market for these, whether it be the towering (in several senses of the word) novels of the nineteenth-century Russian Masters, …


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