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

What we do

Woman on a bench listening to iPod

We are a UK charity providing a fantastic selection of high-quality audiobooks to some 60,000 people across the UK who find that an illness, physical or learning disability or mental health condition impacts on their ability to read or hold books. We help a wide range of organisations and individuals and provide our audiobooks on 3 easily accessible formats: through the post on MP3 CD, or downloaded and streamed online. Members can choose from a range of options to find the service that best suits their needs.

Our service is quick and easy to use and it will open up the wonderful world of books to people who find it difficult to read in the usual way. We support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level and have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to listen to the same books their friends and peers are reading, improve comprehension and word recognition as well as helping to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature. For older members, audiobooks, as well as being an enjoyable activity, can for some provide welcome relief from pain, boredom and loneliness, lifting them out of what are often challenging circumstances.

Click here to find out why you should join.

All of our titles are either commercially sourced from the best publishers or recorded in-house in our digital studios by professionally qualified sound recording engineers. We do not make recordings in private homes on portable equipment. The charity led the voluntary sector in pioneering formal contracts with commercial publishers for the provision of their titles to people with print impairments. Additionally, our education service goes far beyond just providing ‘English’ texts and supports subjects across much of the National Curriculum.

Click here to visit our online catalogue

The charity charges a membership fee but this is heavily subsidised. Listening Books receives no central government funding whatsoever and very little local government funding. The reality is that Listening Books simply could not survive without the generous support of sponsors and the active co-operation of publishers and authors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.

Ready to become a member? Click here to join now online. Alternatively, contact our friendly library team on 0207 407 9417 or email them at


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
All images posed by models and are © Listening Books unless otherwise stated.

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

Website designed by The Gallery Partnership