Currently Featured on Talking Books
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West."
As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.
Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat" and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.
Read by John Chancer it runs over 16 episodes until December 23rd.
Book Week Scotland
A special show about Book Week Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust, and featuring audio stories from the book 'Treasures', played on Monday 25th of November - head to the podcast pages to listen to it now.
For more information head to http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland
Books to come include some Christmas tales, Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Suggest a book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.
Junior Talking Books
A children's classic, every Sunday at 1pm. At the moment it's The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Find out more about our Sunday book here
Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Bill Bryson, the creator of Paddington Bear, James Herbert's last ever interview, a full short story by Denise Mina and the man behind Parker and Brains in Thunderbirds and co-inventor of the voice of the Daleks.
Most recent podcasts for Talking Books
RNIB Ambassador Richard Madeley visits the Talking Book studios as his book 'Some Day I'll Find You' enters the Talking Books library.
An hour long show celebrating Book Week Scotland. With Philippa Cochrane of the Scottish Book Trust I find out all about Book Week and we listen to selections from the book, 'Treasures'.
The creator of Morse joins me from his home in Oxford to discuss his influences, the perfect crime novel and a happy romantic ending for Lewis.
Catch up with the last five episodes of Talking Books
The audio file is replaced automatically around 30 mins after broadcast - the text goes in manually so sometimes may need a day to catch up!
Monday - On The Road 6/16
Tuesday - On The Road 7/16
Wednesday - On The Road 8/16
Thursday - On The Road 4/16
Friday - On The Road 5/16
Sunday - The Secret Garden latest episode
About Talking Books
Robert Kirkwood presents the best of the spoken Word. The famous RNIB Talking Books studios have such a rich and varied history. Authors such as Ruth Rendell, Roald Dahl, P.D. James, A.S. Byatt, Fay Weldon, Doris Lessing, Lady Antonia Fraser and lots of other greats, making up a veritable Who’s Who of UK literature, have all visited us and recorded something.
Narrators over the years have included Joanna Lumley, Richard Baker, Sir John Gielgud, Joss Ackland and Jim Broadbent amongst hundreds of others. In the early days of the RNIB Talking Book service, there was no such thing as commercial audiobooks, so the RNIB library is the only place to hear people such as Peter Cushing and Joyce Grenfel read books aloud.
On Insight Radio's Talking Book show we've featured all of the above! Where else could you hear Peter Cushing read Sherlock Holmes followed by Victoria Coren talking poker, or Cherie Blair reading Postman Pat followed by Frederick Forsyth telling us about cocaine trafficking?
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