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If you live in the UK and find that your illness, mental health, physical disability or learning disability makes it more challenging to read or hold a book, Listening Books is for you!

We are a registered UK charity who have been working to widen access to literature for people of all ages since 1959. Our service caters to a vast range of disabilities which may provide a barrier to reading, such as glaucoma, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and dyslexia, for example. 

We have over 10,000 fantastic titles for you to enjoy - from bestselling novels and autobiographies, to groundbreaking non-fiction and books to improve your wellbeing. There's something for everyone in the Listening Books collection!

Living with any illness or disability can be tough, but we're here to make sure that you always have the comfort and companionship of a good story at the push of a button. 

 

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What do I get with a Listening Books membership?

When you take out a membership for yourself or a loved one, you will recieve access to a whole host of audio-related goodies, including:

  • Over 10,000 audiobooks
  • Thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world at no additional cost
  • Audiobooks that you won't find anywhere else, such as our Sound Learning titles, which we produce and publish in-house to support the national curriculum
  • Priority access to exclusive interviews with authors and audiobook narrators
  • Friendly support from our dedicated membership team
  • Opportunities to win prizes in competitions
  • Members-only biannual audio newsletter
  • Our audiobook club Facebook group
  • The Listening Books audio-themed podcast

 

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What if I can't afford a membership?

Thanks to the kind support of charitable trusts and companies, we are able to offer free memberships to those who would find our fees (listed below) an obstacle to joining.

If this applies to you or the person on whose behalf you are applying, please click here or on the "Join Now" button below, and indicate that you would like a free membership in the "Choose Your Plan" section of our form.

Membership Options

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Borrow 2 audiobooks at a time up to 10 a week, with instant access through the free Libby app or the Listening Books website.

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Choose from 4,000+ MP3 CDs and get them delivered straight to your door, up to 4 audiobooks at a time. No need to pay for postage or late fees!

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Access our entire collection and borrow audiobooks in all formats (stream/download and MP3 CD) for the ultimate listening experience.

Browse some of our favourites

Still Life

Still Life

Author: Sarah Winman

Megamonster

Megamonster

Author: David Walliams

It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Songbirds

Songbirds

Author: Christy Lefteri

Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

Author: Yaa Gyasi

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Author: Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse

Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

The Best Things

The Best Things

Author: Mel Giedroyc

The Last Bear

The Last Bear

Author: Hannah Gold

The Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

Author: Elena Ferrante

Normal People

Normal People

Author: Sally Rooney

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Dune

Dune

Author: Frank Herbert

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