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Read for Us

Want to volunteer to read for us?

We are so grateful to the talented volunteers who offer their time and talent to bring our educational audiobooks to life. Our Sound Learning project records titles which cannot be sourced in the commercial market. These books support the National Curriculum and are extremely valuable to our young listeners who are studying. The wide range of titles includes nonfiction and fiction, the silly and the serious, poetry and prose. Such diverse content requires a variety of voices and accents.  

Our readers give up their spare time during the day to come in and record for us because they love books and because they want to make a contribution to our service. Some have had long and successful careers in acting or broadcasting and some are honing their craft to build careers in voice acting. A few are just exceptionally good narrators without pursuing it as a profession.

If you would like to learn more about how to excel as a narrator, click here.

Becoming a volunteer reader for Listening Books

Whether you are a professional voice actor or a talented amateur, you are invited to complete the online application here.  


Ordinarily, readers must be able to record the books at our London studio at 12 Lant Street, mainly during the hours of 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, with reasonable travel and lunch expenses reimbursed.

However, we work with some readers who are able to record in their home studios. If you are able to record remotely, please indicate that in your application.

Thank you

Listening Books would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers, past and present. Without them, we would not have as diverse a collection of audiobooks for our members to enjoy.

Man facing the camera in front of a microphone.