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Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks

Read by Greg Wagland

An eccentric wager finds Tony Hawks, a man who loves an unusual challenge, bound for the little-known Eastern European state of Moldova. His mission: to track down members of the country's football team and persuade them to play him at tennis. The bizarre quest ultimately has little to do with tennis or football, but instead turns into an extraordinary journey involving the Moldovan underworld, gypsies, chronic power shortages, near kidnap, and a surprisingly tender relationship with his host family. 

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I, Robot by Issac Asimov

The three laws of Robotics:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm

2) A robot must obey orders givein 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.


With this, Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact & science fiction that became Asmiov's trademark.

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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 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 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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Coming Soon

Some comedy coming soon including Bulldog Drummond in 'The Black Gang'. 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.

 

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

Tennis 1/11

Tennis 2/11

Tennis 3/11

(Early access as I'm off on holiday)

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Tennis 7/11

Tennis 8/11

 

I, Robot

I, Robot 1/10

I, Robot 2/10

I, Robot 3/10

I, Robot 4/10

I, Robot 5/10

I, Robot 6/10

I, Robot 7/10

I, Robot 8/10

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I, Robot 10/10

Children's Books

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 1/5

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 2/5

 

The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew 1/5

The Magician's Nephew 2/5

The Magician's Nephew 3/5

The Magician's Nephew 4/5

The Magician's Nephew 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 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.

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