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Life, The Universe and Everything
by Douglas Adams
In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. Luckily an amazing rescue by Ford Prefect and a time eddy, cleverly disguised as a sofa, lands them in the middle of Lords two days before the world is due to end.
Just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.
It's just not cricket.
Read by Gordon Dulieu it lasts for 7 episodes until the 28th of October.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
by Agatha Christie
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death.
As part of RNIB Read, this is a re-recording of one of the first ever Talking Books, issued to listeners in November 1935. Listen Again links are on the right of this page.
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Every year we feature the Man Booker shortlisted authors, here are this years and a few from the awards in 2013 and 2012 - Man Booker Prize authors
Books to come include 3 Men in a Boat, Wuthering Heights, Alan Bennett's Writing Home and Jamaica Inn. Suggest a book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.
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A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm. At the moment it's Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
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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
Interview with David Brawn, publisher for estates at HarperCollins, talking to me about the new Agatha Christie adventure, The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
Booker 2014 - Richard Flanagan chats about his Booker shortlisted book 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North' and about his father's experience in a Japanese POW camp.
Booker 2014 - Ali Smith chats about her book, 'How to be Both' about the unique nature of the publication, and about finding a voice for the audio version.
Catch up with the last five episodes of Talking Books
Monday - Life, The Universe and Everything 1/7
Tuesday - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 7/10
Wednesday - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 8/10
Thursday - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 9/10
Friday - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 10/10
Sunday - Heidi
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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.
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