Talking Books

Join RNIB Talking Books

Our Talking Books service is absolutely free. Giving you access to over 25,000 titles that you can read to your hearts content.

Join the Talking Books Service


Talking Books Now Playing ...

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Read by Gabriel Woolfe

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life.


Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems…

Tune in every week day at 2pm or 10pm


Catch Up ...

The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Weedon Grossmith's 1892 book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Pooter. Pooter's diary chronicles his daily routine, which includes small parties, minor embarrassments, home improvements, and his relationship with a troublesome son.

The small minded but essentially decent suburban world he inhabits is both hilarious and painfully familiar.

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 the first Naria adventure, The Magician's Nephew. 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. 

Head to the Read On Page now


Coming Soon

Some classics coming soon including The Diary of a Nobody. 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.

 

Death on the Nile

Nile 1/10

Nile 2/10

Nile 3/10

Nile 4/10

Nile 5/10

Nile 6/10

Nile 7/10

Nile 8/10

Nile 9/10

The Diary of a Nobody

Diary 01

Diary 02

Diary 03

Diary 04

Diary 05

Diary 06

Children's Books

The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew 1/5

The Magician's Nephew 2/5

The Magician's Nephew 3/5

The Water Babies

Water Babies 1/6

Water Babies 2/6

Water Babies 3/6

Water Babies 4/6

Water Babies 5/6

Water Babies 6/6

 


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.

Subscribe to the Talking Books podcast feed on itunes


RNIB Surf Right Accessible web site