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Himalaya by Michael Palin

Read by Michael Palin

In Himalaya, Michael visits the Earth's greatest mountain range - 1800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to southwest China. He'd covered none of this ground before, let alone milked a dri, washed an elephant or swum at 14,000 feet.

Read by the author at the RNIB Talking Book Studios.

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Fair Stood the Wind for France by H.E. Bates

Read by Tom Crowe 

When John Franklin brings his plane down into Occupied France at the height of the Second World war, there are two things in his mind - the safety of his crew and his own badly injured arm.

It is a stroke of unbelievable luck when the family of a French farmer risk their lives to offer the airmen protection. During the hot summer weeks that follow, the English officer and the daughter of the house are drawn inexorably to each other...

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Children's Talking Books

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


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If you're passionate about books and reading, tune in every Friday from 1pm. Author interviews, book news, technology updates and everything you've always wanted to know about the RNIB Library. 

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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


Suggest a book to be played on Talking Books by emailing robert.kirkwood@rnib.org.uk or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter. A number of restrictions around rights are involved but we do look at every suggestion.

 


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Author Interview - From the ISS to author, astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his book 'The Darkest Dark' and about weightless reading.

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Listen Again

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.

 

Himalaya

 

Himalaya 1/14

Himalaya 2/14

Himalaya 3/14

Himalaya 4/14

(early access)

Himalaya 5/14

Himalaya 6/14

Himalaya 7/14

 

 


 

Fair Stood The Wind for France

 

France 1/11

France 2/11

France 3/11

France 4/11

France 5/11

France 6/11

France 7/11

France 8/11

France 9/11

France 10/11

France 11/11

 


 

Children's Books

Peter Pan

Pan 01

Pan 02

Pan 03

 

 


James and the Giant Peach

 

James 1/3

James 2/3

James 3/3

 

 


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 2pm (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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