Talking Books

Tune in every weekday for a new episode of our unabridged Talking Book, or catch up with every episode here. New episodes every Monday - Friday at 2pm, or if you prefer a book at bedtime it's repeated every night at 10pm.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Read by Michael Kitchen

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the highpoints of nineteenth century Romantic literature.

In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention, and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment

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The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell

Read by Michael Tudor Barnes

Until 'Animal Farm' was published, George Orwell was best known as the author of 'The Road to Wigan Pier' This account of his journey north still stands as it did when written in 1937 as a castigation of man's inhumanity to his fellows, and as record of a personal awakening.

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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 Alice in Wonderland. 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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Our Talking Books service is absolutely free. Giving you access to over 29,000 titles that you can read to your hearts content.

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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 or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter. A number of restrictions around rights are involved but we do look at every suggestion.

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.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights 1/14

Wuthering Heights 2/14

Wuthering Heights 3/14

Wuthering Heights 4/14

Wuthering Heights 5/14

Wuthering Heights 6/14

Wuthering Heights 7/14

Wuthering Heights 8/14


The Road to Wigan Pier


Wigan Pier 1/8

Wigan Pier 2/8

Wigan Pier 3/8 

Wigan Pier 4/8

Wigan Pier 5/8

Wigan Pier 6/8

Wigan Pier 7/8

Wigan Pier 8/8


Children's Books

Alice in Wonderland

Alice 1/4 

Alice 2/4


The Little Wooden Horse


Horse 1/5

Horse 2/5

Horse 3/5

Horse 4/5

Horse 5/5


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 the 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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