makes use of cookies. Some cookies on this site are essential. By using our site you accept the terms of our Privacy Policy.      Accept and Close
Text to speech screen reading accessibility. Click to listen to website. Listen to this website

Voluminous Banner


Welcome to Voluminous, the new Listening Books Podcast! We'll be talking about books with an audio slant, through round table discussions with Listening Books staff and stars of the book world. You can subscribe to the podcast at, or alternatively visit this page.

Series One

In our first series, we will look at the highs and lows of horror, why Mary Shelley was a goth, the upcoming book award season as well as why Charles Dickens would definitely have recorded his own audiobooks.

Episode One: Are you crazy? Don't go in the Basement! - when is a horror a horror, what makes a monster plus book recommendations

For the start of our first series, host Jessica Stone delves into the dingy depths of horror with two members of the Listening Books staff: Claire Bell and Nik de Garis. They will answer questions such as:

- What makes a horror story a horror?

- Is it the actions or the circumstance that creates a monster?

- What you should be reading next

PLUS play along with our horrible horror anagram quiz!

Episode Two: "No one is more goth than Mary Shelley" - A celebration of Frankenstein with Abigail Jaggers

To celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein, Listening Books staff member Abigail Jaggers spoke with our host Jessica Stone about the bizarre life of Mary Shelley. They also go into detail about why the story of Frankenstein is simply amazing and why you may feel you have read it without actually having read it.

Episode Three: "I had to just put the book down to have a good cry" - Books to make you weep

Our host, Jess Stone, passes the tissues to our panel of Listening Books staff, Louise Barling and Jenny-Ann Lewis, as the discuss books that made them cry (or at least, get a bit misty-eyed). They look at both fiction and non-fiction titles that bring on the waterworks and talk about why books can have this effect.


A member listening


Listening Books members can download thousands of fantastic titles to an iPod or other portable player!

A couple listening

MP3 CDs!

Members can choose from a huge selection of MP3 CDs which we send through the post.



Members can listen to thousands of audiobooks instantly on a huge range of devices and computers, including Macs.

General enquiries:020 7407 9417 /
Library enquiries: 020 7234 0522 /
Fax: 020 7403 1377
Registered charity number: 264221 Patron: Stephen Fry President: The Rt. Hon. Lady Warnock DBE
All images are © Listening Books unless otherwise stated.

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twiiter Instagram Listening Books Blog

Website designed by The Gallery Partnership