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Full Circle by Michael Palin

Read by the author.

The most ambitious journey every undertaken for a television series ... 50,000 miles of adventure and humour packed incident which attempts a complete circle around the world's largest ocean. Michael sets off from Diomede, in the Bering Strait, and hopes to return there one year later via Russia, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and the whole length of the Americas. But right from the start things don't go to plan…

Blizzards, Bogota's Bullet Street and Alaskan abandonment pushed Michael and the crew to the limit as they trekked around the Pacific – and helped forge an astonishing book.

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

Read by Jonathan Oliver.

It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed.

But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man…

Catch up now.


Children's Talking Books

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


Read On

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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Coming Soon

Some classics coming soon. Suggest a book by emailing robert.kirkwood@rnib.org.uk 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

Colonel Chris Hadfield

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

Neil Oliver

Author Interview - The historian talks about his fiction and non-fiction books and his current project in Western Australia

Susan Calman

Author Interview - Robert Kirkwood chats to Susan Calamn at the Wigtown Book Festival about her book on depression, 'Cheer Up Love'

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.

 

Full Circle

Full Circle 1/14

Full Circle 2/14

Full Circle 3/14

Full Circle 4/14

Full Circle 5/14

Full Circle 6/14

Full Circle 7/14

Full Circle 8/14

Full Circle 9/14

Full Circle 10/14

Full Circle 11/14

Full Circle 12/14

Full Circle 13/14

(Early access to some episodes as I'm away at the moment)

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Poirot 1/9

Poirot 2/9

Poirot 3/9

Poirot 4/9

Poirot 5/9

Poirot 6/9

Poirot 7/9

Poirot 8/9

Poirot 9/9

Pinocchio

Pinocchio 1/6

Pinocchio 2/6

Adventures of Paddington

Paddington 1

Paddington 2

Paddington 3

Paddington 4

Paddington 5

Paddington 6


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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