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Our Patron, Stephen Fry, announces winner of the Members' Choice Award 2023

10th January 2024

And the winner is.....Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths! Click here or on the link below to view the announcement from our Patron, Stephen Fry.

Click here for the announcement
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Happy New Year!

3rd January 2024

We hope all our members and supporters had a good festive period. Throughout the year we'll be adding more books as usual, bringing you more exclusive author interviews through Virtual Village Hall, as well as revealing the winner of the Members' Choice Award 2023!

Keep checking our website or member emails for more of your favourite Listening Books content.

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Winter Break 2023

19th December 2023

The Listening Books office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 22nd December 2023 until 2nd January 2024. 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.

For those members with access to our online services, including magazines and newspapers through PressReader, these will be available as usual while the office is closed.  If you need help accessing our online audiobooks, please get in touch before the 22nd December.  You can also find a range of instructions in the Member Dashboard section of your account.

Season's Greetings from everyone at Listening Books!

Email our membership team
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Office Closed Today

13th December 2023

The Listening Books office will be closed from 11am today. Please email info@listening-books.org.uk or telephone 02074079417 and leave a message.  A member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible on Thursday. 

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Hear from actor and author Paterson Joseph!

7th December 2023

If you missed our live Q+A with Paterson Joseph, the full recording is now available!

Click here or on the video below to view the interview.

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Episode Two of The Listening Books Podcast

26th October 2023

This week Jessica talks with award winning actress and narrator Polly Lee.

She talks about some of the books that have stayed with her, including Soman Chainani’s School for Good and Evil series, and the voices she would have done differently if she’d known how the series would play out. 

Click here or on the link below to listen.

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Series 5 of The Listening Books Podcast is live

19th October 2023

If you love the book Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, then you need to listen to the latest edition of The Listening Books Podcast!

In conversation with host Jessica Stone, Bonnie tells us about how her career as a copywriter shaped her approach to writing the novel, the one mispronunciation in the audiobook, and why she needed to break some rules to write this story. 

Click here or on the link below to listen.

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Thank You

3rd October 2023

We are very grateful to the Smurfit Kappa Foundation for their generous support which will allow us to grow our audiobook collection by some 600 titles over the next 3 years!

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Hear from some of our members

1st September 2023

What better way to demonstrate the benefits of using audiobooks through Listening Books, than by hearing from our members. In this short video, our staff, narrators and ambassadors present some of the comments we receive.

Watch Video Here
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Live Q and A with author of The Bingo Hall Detectives

15th August 2023

Join Emily as she chats with Jonathan about his upcoming new book and answers your questions about The Bingo Hall Detectives series, being a writer and any other questions you want to ask him!

This informal session will be perfect for fans of murder mysteries and cosy crime, as well as aspiring writers looking to chat to a seasoned professional. 

 
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Tips for keeping children motivated to read this Summer

10th July 2023

Our new blog is here!

Listening to audiobooks is a great way for children and adults to read more, and this summer, children can use their membership to take part in the Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge.

The challenge, which started in Scotland on Saturday the 24th of June and in England and Wales on Saturday the 8th of July, allows you to set a reading goal for your child, who can receive special badges throughout the challenge, and a certificate upon completion. 

This summer the Challenge focuses on the theme “Ready, Set, Read!” and all the books are centred around staying active through games, sports or adventure.

Click here or on the link below for more tips for keeping your child motivated during the challenge.

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New Podcast Episode Now Live

29th June 2023

Episode Nine of our podcast is now available. Hear from narrator Gordon Griffin, who in 2017 received an MBE from Queen Elizabeth for his services to audiobooks. He tells us about that experience, how the industry has changed over the years, how he prepares for each audiobook, and what the secret is to being a truly good narrator.  

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Thank You to all our Volunteers!

5th June 2023

Thank you to all our volunteers past and present who have helped at Listening Books. Whether you have mended broken CDs, researched local charities, shared our social media posts or leaflets, read for our Sound Learning audiobooks, or even filed books or unpacked post, your support has been invaluable in helping us to reach more potential members, and to run the services we offer. 

Thank You!

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Online launch for audiobooks In the Blood, Routes and Paper Crusade

23rd May 2023

Meet authors Michelle Penn & Anna Fodorova, narrators Lisa Rose, Nigel Pilkington, Saul Reichlin, Farhana Khalique & we hope, Sophie Aldred.

Join Arachne Press for the online launch of three eclectic audiobooks: In the Blood by Anna Fodorova narrated by Lisa Rose, Routes by Rhiya Pau narrated by Farhana Khalique, and Paper Crusade by Michelle Penn narrated by Sophie Aldred, Saul Reichlin and Nigel Pilkington.  You'll get a chance to hear from the authors themselves, and their narrators, and to ask questions. Plus, you'll be able to download the audiobooks right after the event, with an exclusive 20% off code.

These books were recorded by our very own Listening Books Productions team!

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Have you read The Guardian recently?

19th May 2023

Thanks to journalist Donna Ferguson for featuring us in her article Listen Up: How To Access Audiobooks For Less Or Even For Free, featured in The Guardian online this week, a comprehensive review of the best places to access audiobooks.

Click on the article title or on the button below to read in full on The Guardian website. 

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Technical Issues

12th May 2023

We are experiencing a technical issue which is affecting borrowing and listening to books on our website. 

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

The Libby app is not affected and members can continue to borrow and listen to books.  You can find instructional videos on how to download the app on a phone or tablet, and borrow and listen to books, below.

How to download and install Libby



Navigating the Libby app 



Borrowing a book on the Libby app

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New Listening Books Podcast Episode Now Available!

2nd May 2023

Join Jess as she talks to narrator Annie Aldington who has voiced hundreds of audiobooks, and among them are some of the most popular titles in the Listening Books collection, including novels by Dilly Court, Martina Cole, Katie Price, Aoife Walsh, and Kitty Neale. Here Annie tells us how she happened into audiobook narration, shares her secret tricks for conquering difficult accents, and reveals just how much fun peripheral characters can be.

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Interested in Working at Listening Books?

26th April 2023

Are you looking for a rewarding role in a small charity? Then we want to hear from you! We are searching for a Membership Support Assistant to help us deliver our CD service to members. 

You can find out more, including a Role Description and Person Specification by clicking here or on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 8th May.

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Suggested Reading

25th April 2023

Not sure what to read next?

With thousands of titles to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. That's why we create our suggested reading lists to help you. From Sci-Fi novels, to Sports Memoirs and Biographies, our knowledgeable team put together collections of books that might interest you and help you find that next great read.

Click here or on the link below to find out more. 

Find Your Next Audiobook
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Problems with Streaming Books

17th April 2023

Some of our members have noticed issues when trying to stream a book. OverDrive are aware of the issue and are working on a solution, but in the meantime, clearing your Cache may help. (N.B. This will also clear any saved logins for the browser you use.)

Click on the appropriate link below for more instructions on clearing the cache on your device:

PCs and laptops
Android Chrome 
iOS 

If you have further questions or need help using the service, please contact our membership support team at support@listening-books.org.uk or on 020 7407 9417.

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Live Q & A with author Charlie Corbett

6th April 2023

We are delighted to announce that our next free, interactive author Q&A courtesy of Virtual Village Hall will be with author and journalist Charlie Corbett, writer and narrator of the wonderful 12 Birds to Save Your Life. Join us on the 18th April at 10am to ask Charlie YOUR questions! You can join via the Virtual Village Hall Facebook page.

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Do Audiobooks Count As Reading?

23rd March 2023

We think so! In this recent Reader's Digest article, Emily, our membership and marketing assistant, puts forward our arguments for why using audiobooks should count as reading.

Reader's Digest Article

Spam Emails

14th March 2023

We have become aware of some spam emails doing the rounds that suggest they are from our team, asking people to click on a link about their book orders and to confirm shipping details. 

These emails are not from Listening Books (and the email address is slightly different). If you are in anyway unsure whether an email you receive is from our team, please telephone 020 7407 9417.

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Not long to go until the PATOSS Conference 2023!

7th March 2023

Are you attending the Patoss Conference this year? Don't forget to visit our stand! We'll be happy to answer questions about our service and demo our service for schools. 

To find out more about this years conference, click here or on the link below.

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Episode Six of The Listening Books Podcast is now available!

28th February 2023

Episode Six of our podcast is now available!  Author Jonathan Whitelaw joins Jess to chat about his book The Bingo Hall Detectives.

Listen to Episode Six now
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Live Q and A With Ben Aaronovitch

1st February 2023
Join us on 2nd February 2023 at 11am for a chat with our Members' Choice Award winner, Ben Aaronovitch!
 
Born and raised in London, @Ben Aaronovitch is the author of the bestselling fantasy series, Rivers of London, and the winner of the Listening Books Members’ Choice Award 2022!
 
You can find the books in our audiobook collection, narrated by the fantastic Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
 
 
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Members' Choice Award Winner 2022

25th January 2023

And the winner is.....Rivers of London: Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch

Congratulations Ben! 

Visit the Members' Choice Award Page on our website by clicking here, or on the link below to view the announcement from our Patron Stephen and to hear from Ben.

View the announcement from Stephen Fry
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The Listening Books Club 2023

12th January 2023

Looking to share your thoughts on your favourite books with others? Join our audiobook club on social media for plenty of title recommendations, discussion forums and themed listening challenges, all in a welcoming group of people who love books just as much as you do! Joining is free for members and non-members of Listening Books alike, so what are you waiting for?

Join The Listening Books Club