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Get to Know the Brains Behind Brain or Shine!

Get to Know the Brains Behind Brain or Shine!

Founder of Brain or Shine, Mark Kennedy, writes about his experience living with a brain injury and how audiobooks can help!

May 21, 2024

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Are Audiobooks Becoming More Popular?

Are Audiobooks Becoming More Popular?

Audiobooks have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1930s. Despite facing skepticism and the stigma of not being a “true reading experience”, audiobooks are now rapidly increasing in popularity. At Listening Books, we know that audiobooks have countless benefits: from relieving stress and anxiety to enhancing literacy skills for people who cannot access print books, audiobooks can truly make the world of difference. Join us as we look at the history of audiobooks and the reasons behind their growth in popularity over time!

February 19, 2024

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Top 10 Downloads 2023

Top 10 Downloads 2023

Many of you were avid listeners last year, with our members checking out over 100,000 audiobooks! From morning commutes to sleepless nights, school exams to a new retirement hobby, audiobooks have been there to help and support many people this year. But what were the titles you loved the most? Without further ado, we present to you: the Top Ten Downloads of 2023.

January 10, 2024

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How To Start A Podcast

How To Start A Podcast

Earlier this year, our very own Audio Producer and host of The Listening Books Podcast, Jessica Stone, teamed up with Rest Less Events to give a workshop for those interested in starting a podcast.  In case you missed it, here are the highlights! Read on for expert tips and tricks on starting your own podcast, brought to you by an industry professional. 

November 20, 2023

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Our Top PressReader Picks and Tips

Our Top PressReader Picks and Tips

Did you know that you have access to thousands of newspapers and magazines as a Listening Books member? That’s right – we don’t stop with audiobooks. Through PressReader, you can find almost any newspaper or magazine you can imagine! There are absolutely no restrictions, no extra charges, and – best of all – it won’t affect your audiobook allocation! With so much choice, it might be hard to know where to start, so the Listening Books Team have got together to highlight just some of our favourites in the catalogue and provide some helpful tips you might not know about. Simply log-in via the Listening Books website to access all of our recommendations and thousands more!

October 25, 2023

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Meet Eli: The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant

Meet Eli: The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant

Hello, I’m Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE. I am Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Eli (pronounced Ellie). Ok, so who am I and what do I do? I am the founder of Dyslexia information Day & Dyslexia Awards (both not-for-profit events), and my business is The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant. I learned about Listening Books in the early 2000’s, whilst attending the Education Show, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. I was blown away by what they do.

August 23, 2023

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Books For Young People Who Don't Like Reading

Books For Young People Who Don't Like Reading

We’ve compiled some creative lists of book ideas for kids who don’t typically enjoy reading! We've got buckets of brilliant titles that we’re sure will get the young folks in your life hooked on a good book.

March 22, 2023

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The Best Audiobooks Read By Famous Voices

The Best Audiobooks Read By Famous Voices

Having someone read to you is great. It's part of what makes audiobooks so magical. A voice can really add to the story and sometimes it's as though the reader is there in the room with you. What if a few of those voices were famous actors? 

March 22, 2023

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The 20 Most Popular Audiobooks Added To Our Collection In 2022

The 20 Most Popular Audiobooks Added To Our Collection In 2022

The Listening Books Members' Choice Award is back for a second year! We recently released a shortlist of twenty audiobooks added to our collection this year that have been most popular with our members. Just one of them will be crowned the winner of our Members' Choice Award 2022! So, which books are in with a chance of winning this year? In case you missed the announcement, here are the shortlisted titles.

October 5, 2022

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9 Reasons To Switch To The Libby App Today

9 Reasons To Switch To The Libby App Today

Earlier this year, OverDrive (our digital partner) stopped updating and maintaining their OverDrive app. That’s why we’re encouraging all our members to try out OverDrive’s new app: Libby! This app is also free and has much of the functionality of the previous app, plus many fantastic additional features. Read on to learn more about how Libby can support and enhance your listening experience!

July 7, 2022

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