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The Hollow by Agataha Christie

Read by Eva Haddon

There is a weekend party at 'The Hollow' To it come a doctor, a sculptress, a dress shop girl, an undergraduate and the owner of 'Ainswick', a country house which means a lot to them all For one of the guests there is no return journey murder takes place, and Poirot is on hand, experimenting with having a country cottage He comes to lunch, and is baffled until one simple sentence shows him the truth.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Read by Malcolm Ruthven

Professor Aronnax, his faithful servant, Conseil, and the Canadian harpooner, Ned Land, begin an extremely hazardous voyage to rid the seas of a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the "monster" turns out to be a giant submarine, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, by whom they are soon held captive.So begins not only one of the great adventure classics by Jules Verne, the 'Father of Science Fiction', but also a truly fantastic voyage from the lost city of Atlantis to the South Pole.

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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 Heidi. 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 comedy coming soon including Bulldog Drummond in 'The Black Gang'. 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

Richard Wiseman

Why do we enjoy being scared? Why do we watch horror films, scary TV shows and listen to frightening books? I ask Richard Wiseman, author and the Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

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

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.

 

The Hollow

The Hollow 1/9

The Hollow 2/9

The Hollow 3/9

The Hollow 4/9

The Hollow 5/9

The Hollow 6/9

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Leagues 1/16

Leagues 2/16

Leagues 3/16

Leagues 4/16

Leagues 5/16

Leagues 6/16

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Leagues 8/16

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Leagues 14/16

Leagues 15/16

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Children's Books

Heidi

Heidi 1/7

Charlotte's Web

Web 1/4 

Web 2/4 

Web 3/4 

Web 4/4 

 


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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