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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A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

Read by Maurice Turner

'There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.' - Phillip Franklin, White Star Line Vice-President

On April 15th, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest passenger ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives. Walter Lord's classic bestselling history of the voyage, the wreck and the aftermath is a tour de force of detailed investigation and the upstairs/downstairs divide. A Night to Remember provides a vivid, gripping and deeply personal account of the 'unsinkable' Titanic's descent.

Tune in every weekday at 2pm, with a repeat at 10pm


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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Read by Peter Kenny

Set in Scotland in 1751, Kidnapped remains one of the most exciting adventure stories ever written It tells of how young David Balfour, orphaned, and betrayed by his uncle Ebenezer who should have been his guardian, falls in with Alan Breck, the unscrupulous but heroic champion of the Jacobite Cause.

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 Beatrix Potter. 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 robert.kirkwood@rnib.org.uk 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.


A Night to Remember 

A Night to Remember 1/7

A Night to Remember 2/7

A Night to Remember 3/7

A Night to Remember 4/7

A Night to Remember 5/7

 


Kidnapped

 

Kidnapped 1/9

Kidnapped 2/9

Kidnapped 3/9

Kidnapped 4/9

Kidnapped 5/9

Kidnapped 6/9

Kidnapped 7/9

Kidnapped 8/9

Kidnapped 9/9

 


Children's Books

Complete Beatrix Potter

 

Beatrix Potter 1/6

Beatrix Potter 2/6

Beatrix Potter 3/6

 


The Jungle Book


Jungle Book 1/7

Jungle Book 2/7

Jungle Book 3/7

Jungle Book 4/7

Jungle Book 5/7

Jungle Book 6/7

Jungle Book 7/7

 


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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