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An audiobook lending charity for those that find their illness, mental health, physical or learning disability affects their ability to read the printed word or hold a book.

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Top selling authors in fiction and non fiction for adults and children, including best selling titles, classics, and niche genres. New books added every month including educational titles unavailable elsewhere in the audio format.

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Beating Stress and Anxiety

Beating Stress and Anxiety

Author: Honor Head

The companionship and delight of a voice telling stories is incomparable. Listening Books distributes pure, undiluted pleasure and friendship. Not many schemes can make such a claim.

Stephen Fry, Patron

Listening Books

Registered charity no. 264221

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Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook service to over 100,000 UK residents who have a disability or illness that impacts their ability to read the printed word.

Our service is quick and easy to use and opens up the wonderful world of books for people with an illness or condition that affects their reading ability. This could be a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, a mental health condition like anxiety, a visual impairment, or a physical condition that makes it more difficult to hold a book, such as arthritis.

We have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children, and we support school age children from age 7 upwards.  Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to listen to the same books their friends are reading, helping to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature. For our adult members, listening to audiobooks can not only provide hours of entertainment, but they can also be a welcome distraction from loneliness or a health condition.  We firmly believe having a print disability shouldn't affect your access and enjoyment of books!

As a charity that enjoys the support of trusts, companies and individual donors, we are able to offer a significant subsidy on the cost of membership, meaning that the fee our members pay is less than 30% of true costs. And for those people who would find the membership fee a barrier to joining, we are able to offer free membership in many cases.

Our membership team always strive to provide a personal service to our members, and we are happy to  support users via telephone, email or post to ensure they are getting the very best from their membership. 

This is my third year as a member of Listening Books. The range of books offered has encouraged me to listen to work by authors new to me, as well as those I already like. Listening Books staff responded immediately when I needed help to use my account while in hospital. They also helped on two occasions when I had difficulty with downloads on my MP3 player. This friendly service makes Listening Books feel like an extended family. Molly, West Yorkshire

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Prices start from just £20 a year. We can also offer a limited number of free memberships for those who would find the fee a barrier to joining the service.

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We have over 9,000 titles from a wide variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction. Members are very welcome to suggest books or authors they would like to see in our catalogue!

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Listening to an audiobook is not only a great source of entertainment, they can also help you unwind, de-stress and we have a selection of books that support education and the National Curriculum.

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Choose from over 9,000 titles!

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen

Author: Sophie Thakur

Format: Stream / Download

Lily Singer Book 2:  Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Revelations

Lily Singer Book 2: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Revelations

Author: Lydia Sherrer

Format: Stream / Download

Lily Singer Book 4:  Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Legends

Lily Singer Book 4: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Legends

Author: Lydia Sherrer

Format: Stream / Download

Lily Singer Book 1:  Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Beginnings

Lily Singer Book 1: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Beginnings

Author: Lydia Sherrer

Format: Stream / Download

Lily Singer Book 3:  Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Allies

Lily Singer Book 3: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus-Allies

Author: Lydia Sherrer

Format: Stream / Download

I have a neurological condition that makes it impossible for me to read (or even watch TV). Listening Books is an absolute Godsend for me as audio books are my main form of entertainment (and distraction from my illness). Listening Books offer a wide range of books in all genres and the staff could not be more friendly and helpful. I don’t know what I would do without the service.

Wendy, Listening Books MemberWendy, Listening Books Member

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It's Audies season!⁠ ⁠ The Audie Awards are run by the Audio Publishers Association @audiobooks in the USA and are like the Oscars of the audiobook world! The finalists for over 20 categories were announced earlier this week, so if you're looking for something to read this weekend why not try one of these Audie nominated audiobooks from our library?⁠ ⁠ The Switch is nominated in Multi-Voiced Performance for the narration by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman. ⁠ ⁠ The Midnight Library is nominated in the Fiction category.⁠ ⁠ The Lying Life of Adults is nominated in Best Female Narrator for Marisa Tomei. ⁠ ⁠ The Guest List is nominated in Mystery.⁠ ⁠ So whatever you're in the mood for, we've got you covered! Find the link to our library in our bio, where you can borrow all of these audiobooks and thousands more! ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ [Image Description: Ivory background with a gold border. Four audiobooks arranged in the centre - The Switch by Beth O'Leary, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante and The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Headline reads Audies 2021]⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #audies #audies2021 #audiobooks #audiobook #audiopublishe...rsassociation #audiobookstagram #awards #audieawards #betholeary #theswitch #matthaig #themidnightlibrary #elenaferrante #thelyinglifeofadults #lucyfoley #theguestlist #librariesofinstagram #bookcommunity #bookaholic #audiobookcommunity #listeningbooks

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