Talking Books

Talking Books with Robert Kirkwood, weekdays from 3pm and 10pm

Now Playing ...

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

Read by Jon Curle

The Invisible Man of the title is ''Griffin'', a scientist who theorizes that if a person's refractive index is changed to exactly that of air and his body does not absorb or reflect light, then he will not be visible.

He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but begins to become mentally unstable as a result...

This sci-fi classic is on every Monday - Thursday at 3pm with a repeat at 10pm

Catch-Up with ...

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Read by Jacqueline King

Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn.

The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever. 

This RNIB recording is available on Catch Up now.

Talking Books at 80

The Talking Books service from RNIB is 80 years old, and we have many special shows, features and documentaries coming up. More information is on the Talking Books at 80 page.

Read On

If you're passionate about books and reading, tune in every Friday from 3pm. Author interviews, book news, technology updates and everything you've always wanted to know about the RNIB Library. 

Head to the Read On Page now

Junior Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm and at the moment it's Black Beauty. Catch up on the latest episode or find out more about our Weekend Children's Show here.

Coming Soon

A Room with a View will be coming soon. Suggest a book by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.

Booker Prize

Every year we feature the Man Booker shortlisted authors, here are the latest and a few from the awards over the past few years - Man Booker Prize authors

Podcast Shows

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. 

Podcast shows here.

Most recent podcasts for Talking Books

The making of Belgravia

I talk to Susan Howe and Marissa Hussey from Orion about the story of Belgravia and how the dedicated app was made.

Victor Gregg on 'Rifleman'

As 'Rifleman' by Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud enters the Talking Books library, I talk to them both about the writing of the book and about Victor's remarkable survival.

Julian Fellowes on Belgravia

The Chairman of the RNIB Talking Books appeal tells us about his new book, and the unique way it's being released, including on RNIB Overdrive.

Listen Again

Catch up with our current featured book, and EVERY EPISODE of the last book featured on the show, both mid-week and weekend.


The Invisible Man

Invisible 1/7

Invisible 2/7

Invisible 3/7

Invisible 4/7

Invisible 5/7

Invisible 6/7

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Pettigrew 1/7

Pettigrew 2/7

Pettigrew 3/7

Pettigrew 4/7

Pettigrew 5/7

Pettigrew 6/7

Pettigrew 7/7

Black Beauty

Beauty 1/7

Beauty 2/7

Beauty 3/7

Beauty 4/7

Beauty 5/7

Beauty 6/7

Billy Bunter

Bunter 1/5

Bunter 2/5

Bunter 3/5

Bunter 4/5

Bunter 5/5

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?

Tune in every day at 3pm (or 10pm or 3am) for exclusive audio, author interviews, behind the scenes features and our featured book or short story of the moment. I'll also keep adding content to the Talking Books podcast feed so make sure you subscribe.

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