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I, Robot 

by Issac Asimov

The classic collection of robot stories from the master of the genre.

In these stories Isaac Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age.

Earth is ruled by master-machines but the Three Laws of Robotics have been designed to ensure humans maintain the upper hand:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or allow a human being to come to harm
2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

But what happens when a rogue robot’s idea of what is good for society contravenes the Three Laws?

It's read by William Roberts and lasts for 10 episodes until the 2nd of October.

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The Day of the Triffids

by John Wyndham

When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight.

The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. 

With nobody to stop their spread, the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control.

The Day of the Triffids lasts for 12 episodes until the 15th of September and is read for you by Andrew Timothy.

Booker Prize

Every year we feature the Man Booker shortlisted authors, here are a few from the awards in 2013 and 2012 - Man Booker Prize authors

Coming Soon

Books to come include I, Robot, The Day of the Triffids, Alan Bennett's Writing Home and Jamaica Inn. Suggest a book by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.

Junior Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm. At the moment it's Padington by Michael Bond.

Find out more about our Sunday book here

Podcast Shows

Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Bill Bryson, the creator of Paddington Bear, 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

Live at the Edinburgh Book Festival

I interview John Gordon Sinclair live on stage at the Edinburgh International Book festival, plus a look at some previous RNIB events

Author Interview - Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness chats to me after his Authors Live event with the Scottish Book Trust and considering it's for Talking Books ... we don't get off to the best start

Author Interview - John Gordon Sinclair

Actor and author John Gordon Sinclair talks to me in front of an invited audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about his new book 'Blood Whispers'.

Listen Again

Catch up with the last five episodes of Talking Books

Monday - The Day of the Triffids 10/12 

Tuesday - The Day of the Triffids 11/12 

Wednesday - The Day of the Triffids 12/12 

Thursday - Live at the Edinburgh Festival 

Friday -  I, Robot 1/10

Sunday - The Adventures of Paddington



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 3pm (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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