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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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A Christmas Gift

A Christmas Gift

Author: Sue Moorcroft

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!

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

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.

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Choose from over 9,000 titles!

Rivers of London Book 2: Moon Over Soho

Rivers of London Book 2: Moon Over Soho

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Format: MP3 CD + Stream / Download

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

Author: Elizabeth Strout

Format: Stream / Download

Agents of the Wild Book 1: Operation Honeyhunt

Agents of the Wild Book 1: Operation Honeyhunt

Author: Jennifer Bell

Format: Stream / Download

Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Author: E. Nesbit

Format: Stream / Download

Nevermoor Book 1: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor Book 1: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Author: Jessica Townsend

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 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, recommended by Louise! "If you enjoy your fantasy novels then I would urge you to listen to this classic award winning book written in 1968. It was originally written for children, but adults alike will enjoy the classic tropes that we love so much in our fantasy - the quest, what defines truly good and evil, and the voyage of self-discovery, and even better it is beautifully written! "The story's main character Ged is from a small village, he discovers he has powers and joins a school for wizardry as a boy (sound familiar!), but in his arrogance he casts a spell that releases a terrible shadow on the world." Listen on our website today! #FridayFave #ursulaleguin Give your loved one the gift of stories like this all year long for just £20 this Christmas - click the link in our bio to learn more :) ID: [Book cover of A Wizard of Earthsea on a background of an arctic water landscape at night]

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This week's #FridayFave is A Wizard of Earthsea by #ursulaleguin recommended by Louise! "Ged discovers he has powers and joins a wizardry school, but in his arrogance he casts a spell that releases a terrible shadow on the world." Listen: https://t.co/A6Rq0fP697 https://t.co/iJV7XopG57

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Our staff love Listening Books just as much as our members 💜 #audiobooklove Give the bookworm in your life the gift of audio this Christmas with a £20 Listening Books gift membership! More info via the link in our bio :) [ID: White text reads: "Being able to help others has always been a passion of mine and it’s a privilege being part of a team who are dedicated in helping others find the joy of audiobooks. I’ve been working at Listening Books for a while and never get tired of hearing from members who enjoy the service. It’s a pleasure being part of the Listening Books team." - Jenny, Listening Books employee]

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