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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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Derek Nimmo Classics Episode 1

Derek Nimmo Classics Episode 1

Author: Ian Messiter

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Listening Books

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Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook service to over 100,000 members 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 the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level. 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.

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!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Harry Potter Book 1

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Harry Potter Book 1

Author: J.K Rowling

Format: Stream / Download

Rivers of London Book 2: Moon Over Soho

Rivers of London Book 2: Moon Over Soho

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Format: MP3 CD + Stream / Download

Death In Paradise Book 4: Murder In the Caribbean

Death In Paradise Book 4: Murder In the Caribbean

Author: Robert Thorogood

Format: MP3 CD + Stream / Download

The King's Curse

The King's Curse

Author: Philippa Gregory

Format: MP3 CD + Stream / Download

Calm

Calm

Author: Fearne Cotton

Format: MP3 CD + 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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Another Listening Books member sharing why they #LoveAudio https://t.co/O0dRYhoC5D

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#Audiobooks make the wonderful world of books more accessible for those who find reading print more difficult. We have 1000s of titles available for people whose reading is affected by illness or disability. Find out more this #LoveAudio week https://t.co/ZIsazsyM6M https://t.co/ovqMS5dMZe

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This #LoveAudio week we wanted to highlight the work we do in our studios, recording accessible audio versions of educational texts, such as the wonderful Who are Refugees and Migrants, written and read by @MichaelRosenYes and @AnnemarieatCamb https://t.co/YsbFjeOQbY https://t.co/j50TPHGQux

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