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Try the 2021 Audiobook Listening Challenge

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Looking to challenge yourself this year? Look no further than our new and improved Audiobook Listening Challenge! 

With 10 tasks to complete throughout the year (plus 5 turbo tasks for big audiobook listeners!) there's plenty of challenges to be had. If you've wanted to listen to more audiobooks, or try listening to different types of audiobooks, then this challenge is the perfect way to get started. 

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Lockdown Update

We will be able to continue our postal CD service through this upcoming lockdown.

As before, the majority of our staff are continuing to work from home, but at the moment some staff are able to make it into the office to continue to send and receive CD audiobooks on a part time basis.

Our digital download and stream service will always be available 24 hours a day, and we are still offering all members on a CD only membership access to our digital audiobook library during this time.

Email the team on if you have any questions.

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Winter Break

The Listening Books office will be closed from 24th December 2020 to 4th January 2021. During this time our phone lines will be unavailable, but you can send an email to our support team and they will respond to you as soon as possible in January!

Our online service will still be available 24 hours a day, so you can download and stream digital audiobooks from our library. 

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2020 Special Podcast Episodes

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Our podcast has returned! We have two brand new special episodes dropping in your podcast feeds.

The first is an interview with Adam Buxton, author of Ramble Book, talking about what writing an autobiography is like, comedy, music, the 90s, and more! Find it wherever you get your podcasts, or on our website. 

And don't forget to review and subscribe!

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Free Memberships Available in Northern Ireland

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We have funding available to provide a number of free memberships for people living in Northern Ireland. 

For those who would find it difficult to pay Listening Books' annual membership fee (starting at £20 per year) and live in this area, we have a limited number of free memberships available for access to our online and postal audiobook service.

So if you have an illness, disability, learning or mental health condition that is impacting on your ability to read or hold a book, then find out more about our memberships! 

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Listening in a Winter Wonderland

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Snowy landscapes, presents galore, and maybe even a murder... Our collection of festive favourite audiobooks is here!

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Our Top Ten is Back!

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If you've been missing our top 10 downloads then you're not alone - we've missed updating it! 

Luckily, it has returned! We'll be updating it the beginning of each month with some of the previous month's most downloaded and streamed audiobooks from our library. 

If you want to see what we've all been listening to then find the link in the menu under Library. Or, click the button below!

Top 10 Downloads
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Donation Announcement


We're delighted to announce that we have received a £5,000 grant from The MCKS Charitable Foundation UK. We’re so grateful for this generous support to help us continue our work. 

COVID Update


We are pleased to announce we are able to continue our postal CD service through the November lockdown.

The majority of our staff are continuing to work from home, but we do have one member of the team who can make it into the office to continue to ensure you get your CD audiobooks. However we rely on Royal Mail, and can't predict how they will be affected, so if you haven't received your books do let us know. 

Our digital download and stream service will still be there for you, and we are offering all members on a CD only membership access to our digital audiobook library during this time.

Please email if you have any questions.

The Technical Issue Has Now Been Resolved

16th October 2020

We are pleased to say that the technical issue that affected borrowing and listening to titles since yesterday evening has now been resolved.

You should now be able to access the Listening Books service on our website and using the OverDrive and Libby apps. 

If you are still having problems accessing the service, please contact our membership team by emailing or calling 020 7407 9417. 

Technical Issues

16th October 2020

There is currently a technical issue which is affecting listening to books on our website, plus login for the OverDrive app and our OverDrive powered website.

We are working hard to get this fixed and do apologise for the inconvenience this is causing for members.



Brand New Books this October

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It's October and, predictably, it's rainy and dark outside, which makes this the perfect time to borrow one of the brand new audiobooks we've just added to the library!

If you're a fan of Adam Buxton's podcast then you'll love his memoir, Ramble Book. Or, if you're a big crime novel fan, then check out Sarah Pinborough's latest, Dead to Her. There's also the bestselling novel-in-verse The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medial in 2019. 

See all the titles we've added by visiting our library page! 


Something Wicked This Way Comes...

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...It's the scariest audiobooks in our library!

It's the spookiest time of year and we're getting in the spirit with a list of some of the most frightening audiobooks you can borrow from our library! 

Whether you like vampires and haunted mansions, or just want to listen to Hercule Poirot at a Hallowe'en Party, then try one of our terrifying titles on our Overdrive page. 

Take Me to the Spooky Audiobooks

Our New Website Has Launched

15th September 2020

We are delighted to introduce you to our new and improved website at! We've worked hard to create our new site, we're very proud of it and hope you like it too. Most of you will be able to see the new website straight away, but don't worry if you can't! It may take a few hours longer to update for some users.  

For members, please check your emails as we've sent you some important information as well as details about all the amazing new features.  If you have any questions, please contact our membership team at

Happy Listening!

COVID Update

9th June 2020

We are delighted to say we are now able to safely operate a reduced service for our members who borrow our MP3 CDs, and have begun to send out more books. Our delivery rate will be much slower than usual - please do bear with us as we try and send out as many CDs as we can!

If you have CDs you have been keeping aside you can now send them back to us if it's convenient and safe to do so. If you'd rather not go out to post them at the moment, it's absolutely fine for you to keep them until you are ready to send them back. If you would like some more books, contact us on 020 7407 9417 or at

COVID Update

21st April 2020

Our online services continue to run 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week and although our offices are closed, you can still contact staff via email and telephone as normal. If you are a member who usually accesses our CD service, we are offering you a free upgrade to our download and streaming service for the duration of the lockdown period. If you need any help to use this service, please contact us on 020 7407 9417 or at

If you are unable to use the online service and have not yet spoken with a member of the team, please do get in touch on 020 7407 9417 or at