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7 First Audiobook Recommendations to Convert Reluctant Listeners

7 First Audiobook Recommendations to Convert Reluctant Listeners

There are many reasons why some people think audiobooks might not be for them. I know, because I used to be one of those people. I thought my tiny attention span wouldn't be able to tolerate listening to the same person read for ten hours. Or I thought that it might not feel like I'd really 'read' a book. I now hang my head in shame and admit how wrong I was. All I needed was a great first audiobook.

September 4, 2017

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Back to School Audiobooks: Sound Learning

Back to School Audiobooks: Sound Learning

If you're finding reading difficult, school can be particularly daunting. There always seems to be so many things to read! This is where our Sound Learning service comes in. We record educational audiobooks from ages 7 and up so that at least getting through the reading doesn't have to be difficult. We've collected some of the best back to school audiobooks in our library, so get a head start on listening!

August 23, 2017

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Christopher Robin: The Boy Behind the Book

Christopher Robin: The Boy Behind the Book

The character was based on the real son of A A Milne, Christopher Robin Milne.  However, as he grew up, he started to hate his portrayal in the Winnie the Pooh books and resent his father.

August 21, 2017

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Audiobooks: Summer Listening Recommendations

Audiobooks: Summer Listening Recommendations

We've collected some of our favourite audiobooks, from crime to memoir! Whether you're travelling to a far-flung destination or relaxing at home, we've got the perfect summer listening for you!

August 14, 2017

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave interview

Kiran Millwood Hargrave interview

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a poet, playwright and novelist. She's best know for her debut novel 'The Girl of Ink and Stars' and latest release 'The Island at the End of Everything'. Her books, while perhaps more aimed at children and teens, appeal to adults too, and her debut received multiple awards.

August 7, 2017

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Ruth Hatfield Interview: On The Book of Storms trilogy, travelling, and bringing plants and animals to life

Ruth Hatfield Interview: On The Book of Storms trilogy, travelling, and bringing plants and animals to life

Ruth Hatfield is a writer and archaeologist, known for her The Book of Storms trilogy. The series is aimed at children and teens and follows Danny, whos parents are storm chasers...

July 24, 2017

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Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor

Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor

Literature professor Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machines – the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Their conversations quickly revealed to them the many, wildly various, meanings of “time travel”. Here, they discuss how time travelling in literary and scientific terms might, one day, coincide.

July 4, 2017

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Why I Treasure the Harry Potter Audiobooks

Why I Treasure the Harry Potter Audiobooks

Despite the growing technological panic at the cusp of the twenty-first century, my parents only owned one CD player. It was too big to move from the sitting room, so the audiobook was bought for me as six cassette tapes to listen to in my bedroom. At nine years old, I had already amassed an impressive collection of audiobooks on cassette - I've always struggled to fall asleep and need to be tricked into unconsciousness by distraction from overthinking and worrying. I had Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me memorised, and had been forced to give up my Thomas the Tank Engine cassette to my sister, who was, in fairness, deserving; she's younger than me and suffers from the same problem sleeping.

June 26, 2017

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How Audiobooks Changed My Life

How Audiobooks Changed My Life

It sounds like a cliché, but I've always loved to read. My journey into personhood was guided less by those around me and more by the worlds I inhabited and the people I met on my fictional travels. I wanted to be Matilda for ages. I genuinely thought that if I read more books my brain would become so advanced I’d be able to close my curtains without leaving my bed.

June 23, 2017

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Favourite Fiction: Audiobook Recommendations

Favourite Fiction: Audiobook Recommendations

It’s the final day of our book recommendations, and we’ve saved the best for last with six sensational stories to listen to! From crime to dystopian speculative fiction to humour, whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got an audiobook for you.

June 22, 2017

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