Listening Books is a national UK charity that provides an audiobook library service for anyone who finds that a learning difficulty, illness, physical or learning disability, or mental health condition impacts on their ability to read or hold books in the usual way.
The service is not just for people with visual impairments, but many other conditions that can make reading difficult such as: dyslexia, ADHD, Autism/ASD, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, depression, anxiety, diabetes, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, cancer, MS, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, frailty and many others.
We believe that books should be accessible to everyone and audiobooks can be a wonderful source of entertainment, comfort and relaxation for those who are missing out on the enjoyment of reading. Our library has over 9,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children, including bestselling authors such as J. K. Rowling, Benjamin Zephaniah, Agatha Christie, David Walliams, Malorie Blackman, Neil Gaiman and many more. We also have set texts and study guides supporting the national curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A level, many of which are recorded in our professional digital studios and are not available anywhere else! Members can borrow our titles in three easily accessible ways:
- sent directly through the post on MP3 CD with no postage costs or late fees.
- download audiobooks through our website or app to smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops.
- stream audiobooks online through your computer, laptop or tablet.
Membership starts from £20 per year, however we do have funding available to offer a number of free memberships to people living in Buckinghamshire, who would find it difficult to cover our membership fees (between £20 to £45 per year) for any reason. We don’t require any financial proof for these free memberships, just a self-declaration that the annual membership fee would be a barrier to joining the service. Please be assured that we are a charity and there are no hidden costs involved in our free memberships. A free membership provides access to both the online and postal service, so members can choose what works best for them.