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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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The New Wilderness

The New Wilderness

Author: Diane Cook

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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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 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.

Our Books

Choose from over 9,000 titles!

The 24-Hour Café

The 24-Hour Café

Author: Libby Page

Format: Stream / Download

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

Author: Ross Welford

Format: Stream / Download

This Wonderful Thing

This Wonderful Thing

Author: Adam Baron

Format: Stream / Download

The Princess Rules Book 2: It's a Prince Thing

The Princess Rules Book 2: It's a Prince Thing

Author: Philippa Gregory

Format: Stream / Download

The Princess Rules Book 1: The Princess Rules

The Princess Rules Book 1: The Princess Rules

Author: Philippa Gregory

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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⭐ Winner of a @goodreads choice award for fiction⁠ ⭐ Shortlisted for @_thebookseller fiction and audiobook of the year awards⁠ ⭐ @audiobooks Audies finalist in fiction audiobook of the year ⁠ ⁠ If you haven't discovered The Midnight Library by @mattzhaig yet then borrow the audiobook from our library - read by Carey Mulligan! Find the link in our bio. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ID: a background that gradients between pastel yellow to blue with the audiobook cover of The Midnight Library in the centre⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #audiobook #audiobooks #audiobookstagram #matthaig #themidnightlibrary #careymulligan #listeningbooks #goodreads #thebookseller #goodreadschoiceawards #audiobookoftheyear #audies #audies2021 #thebookseller #nibbies #fiction #booksbooksbooks #igreads #bookstagram #bibliophile #audio

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A Dutiful Boy is the moving memoir by @mohsinzaidi_ldn about growing up gay and Muslim in a deprived pocket of east London and finding hope and acceptance. Borrow the audiobook from our library here https://t.co/N2bdcoP1Bq https://t.co/L6Uc9gPHXv

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It's #VolunteerRecognitionDay! While our offices are still closed we are missing our volunteers so we wanted to look back on this blog post from @SarahM_Matthews about why she volunteers for Listening Books! https://t.co/fsnkPD0bjS