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Much Obliged, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Read by Peter Barker
Just as Bertie Wooster is a member of the Drones Club, Jeeves has a club of his own, the Junior Ganymede, exclusively for butlers and gentlemen's gentlemen.
In its inner sanctum is kept the Book of Revelations, where the less than perfect habits of their employers are lovingly recorded. The book is, of course, pure dynamite. So what happens when it disappears into potentially hostile hands?
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So Long and Thanks For All the Fish by Douglas Adams
Read by Gordon Dulieu
Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination.
But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.
Children's Talking Books
A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm and at the moment it's some lovely stories about Paddington. Catch up on the latest episode or find out more about our Weekend Children's Show here.
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Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Michael Palin, Bill Bryson, Michael Bond (the creator of Paddington Bear as pictured below), 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
Author Interview - From the ISS to author, astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his book 'The Darkest Dark' and about weightless reading.
Author Interview - The historian talks about his fiction and non-fiction books and his current project in Western Australia
Author Interview - Robert Kirkwood chats to Susan Calamn at the Wigtown Book Festival about her book on depression, 'Cheer Up Love'
Catch up with our current featured book, and EVERY EPISODE of the last book featured on the show, both mid-week and children's weekend.
Much Obliged, Jeeves
So Long and Thanks For All the Fish
Adventures of Paddington
Swallows and Amazons
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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