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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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Saturdays at Noon

Saturdays at Noon

Author: Rachel Marks

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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 impacts on their ability to read the printed word. 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 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!

Our members can also listen to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world, with title choices updated on a daily basis.

We support individuals, but also organisations that provide support, such as hospices, care homes and schools.

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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For individuals, membership costs between £20-£45 per 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 10,000 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 10,000 titles!

Josephine Tey Mysteries Book 3: Two for Sorrow

Josephine Tey Mysteries Book 3: Two for Sorrow

Author: Nicola Upson

Format: Stream / Download

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower

Author: Tamsyn Muir

Format: Stream / Download

Palliser Series Book 6: The Prime Minister

Palliser Series Book 6: The Prime Minister

Author: Anthony Trollope

Format: Stream / Download

Palliser Series Book 4: Phineas Redux

Palliser Series Book 4: Phineas Redux

Author: Anthony Trollope

Format: Stream / Download

Palliser Series Book 2: Phineas Finn

Palliser Series Book 2: Phineas Finn

Author: Anthony Trollope

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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This week's Friday Favourite is BBC Good Food magazine, recommended by Emily B! "I have really been enjoying using PressReader to access recipes recently, particularly Good Food magazine which has lots of light recipes for summer! It's really handy to have the recipes read out to you as you cook, too. Good Food also provides shopping lists which make meal planning really easy!" To listen to/read BBC Good Food magazine through our partner PressReader, please head to our link in bio and tap on the "Magazines" button 🧁 @pressreader @bbcgoodfood [ID: Cover of Good Food magazine on a yellow background with a pink cupcake print] . . . . . #BBCGoodFood #BBCGoodFoodMagazine #BBCGoodFoodRecipe #BBCGoodFoodRecipes #BBCGoodFoodTogether #BBCGoodFoodShow #BBCGoodFoodGuide #DisabilitySupport #Audiobooks #FreeAudiobooks

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This week's #FridayFave is @bbcgoodfood magazine, recommended by Emily B! "I have really been enjoying using @PressReader to access #Recipes recently, particularly Good Food magazine which has lots of light recipes for summer!" Listen/read today: https://t.co/ybnyOEIHFA https://t.co/VNDYxGvx2B

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We've put together a list of our best beachy reads to complete your summer, whether you're at home or away πŸ– Visit our website to browse the collection :) @hollymartin_author @mandybaggot @daisyjamesstories [ID: Book covers of Ice Creams at Emerald Cove by Holly Martin, Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson, Safe for Summer by Mandy Baggot and Sunshine and Secrets by Daisy James on a background of yellow sand, green sea and blue sky] . . . . . #HollyMartin #PatriciaWilson #MandyBaggot #BeachReads #SummerReads #Bookstagram #Audiobookstagram #Booktok #DisabilitySupport #FreeAudiobooks

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