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Featuring a comprehensive collection of thousands of classic audiobooks and high-quality independent publisher audio productions, the Naxos Spoken Word Library (NSWL) provides an online and offline streaming service in English, German, French, and Portuguese for both individual and institutional subscribers. Naxos AudioBooks is an award-winning audiobook publisher producing unique literary classics and educational themed original productions.

NSWL offers the complete Naxos AudioBooks catalogue, many available with text on screen, dictionary, and print features.  Also included are Naxos Educational products with a unique audiobook focus on classical music, reflecting our affiliation with Naxos, the world’s leading classical music group; these titles cover lighthearted introductions to opera as well as biographies of composers and a survey of orchestral instruments.

Access the site anywhere in the world at any given time. Enjoy NSWL on your smart phone and tablet with the NSWL iOS and Android mobile apps.

Introduce yourself to new books, and genres you might not otherwise consider, while improving your critical listening and interpretive reading skills: new vocabulary, difficult proper names and locales, unfamiliar dialects or accents, Old English, and literary styles. NSWL is a read-aloud opportunity to help bridges important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to school, sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations. New titles are added monthly.

Discover the smooth and intuitive experience of NSWL’s low cost entertainment and uplifting benefits at

Featured Titles
Ted Simon
Dreaming of Jupiter
Read by Rupert Degas

When Ted Simon rode 64,000 miles round the world on his 500c Triumph Tiger, he inspired thousands of motorcyclists to begin their own adventures, including Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who chronicled their travels in Long Way Round. Nearly 30 years later, Ted Simon took to the road again to retrace the epic journey he made in his 40s. He meets up with old friends and acquaintances, revisits old landmarks and locations, and rediscovers himself, as well as the world, along the way. Dreaming of Jupiter is a remarkable achievement and a fitting sequel to Jupiter’s Travels, the groundbreaking classic of motorcycle adventure.

Fernando Pessoa
The Book of Disquiet
Read by Adam Sims

Assembled from notes and jottings left unpublished at the time of the author’s death, The Book of Disquiet is a collection of aphoristic prose-poetry musings on dreams, solitude, time and memory. Credited to Pessoa’s alter ego, Bernardo Soares, who chronicles his contemplations in this so-called ‘factless’ autobiography, the work is a journey of one man’s soul and, by extension, of all human souls that allow their minds and hearts to roam far and free. Though his outward life as an assistant bookkeeper in downtown Lisbon is a humdrum affair, Soares lives a rich and varied existence within the contours of his own mind, where he can be and do anything. Soares has no ambition, nor has he any friends; he is plagued with disquiet, and only imagination and dreams can conquer it. Compiled by the translator Richard Zenith, Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet is a fulgent tribute to the imagination of man.

H.E. Marshall
The Best Of Our Island Story
Read by Anna Bentinck & Daniel Philpott

Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall is an Edwardian history book for younger listeners (aged six–twelve years old) which tells the story of England, concluding with the reign of Queen Victoria. Having released it unabridged in three volumes, Naxos AudioBooks now offers an attractive collection of the main stories and personalities. This skilful abridgement nevertheless maintains the narrative of British history, from the arrival of Julius Caesar to the height of the British Empire and the long reign of Queen Victoria.

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