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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 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 audiobooks 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!

The Wild Way Home

The Wild Way Home

Author: Sophie Kirtley

Format: Stream / Download

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Author: Kate Pankhurst

Format: Stream / Download

Effie Book 2: Effie the Rebel

Effie Book 2: Effie the Rebel

Author: Laura Wood

Format: Stream / Download

Sam Wu Book 3: Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark

Sam Wu Book 3: Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark

Author: Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang

Format: Stream / Download

Sam Wu Book 2: Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks

Sam Wu Book 2: Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks

Author: Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang

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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On a pilgrimage around the UK to visit the landscapes that shaped some of his favourite authors ghost stories, @edward_parnell also reflects on his own personal history and grief. Borrow the audiobook of Ghostland from our library here https://t.co/TmGQvHFE9E https://t.co/DhBLJSIoiy

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As we come to the end of Disability Pride Month, we're looking at audiobooks that feature disabled main characters. From physical disabilities to learning disabilities to mental health conditions, find the collection by clicking the link in our bio!⁠ ⁠ ID: a white background with audiobooks placed diagonally on the bottom and blue text above that reads Audiobooks with a Disabled Main Character. The audiobook covers that can be seen are: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, Wonder by R J Palacio. ⁠ ⁠ #DisabilityPrideMonth #audiobooks #audiobook #ListeningBooks #audiobookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #TheKissQuotient #HelenHoang #AllTheLightWeCannotSee #AnthonyDoerr #NoIfISeeYouFirst #EricLindstrom #Wonder #RJPalacio #TheWarThatSavedMyLife #KimberleyBr...ubakerBradley

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So exciting to see the news that Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford has been longlisted for @TheBookerPrizes! Here he is talking to @ReadInReadOut about the afterlife of stories on The Listening Books Podcast earlier this year! Listen to the episode: https://t.co/8YjMuJg4ge https://t.co/x0otQQzRQX

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