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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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.

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Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

An elderly stroke victim dies without having arranged a will…

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.

Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…

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 Black Beauty. 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 25,000 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.

 

We are aware of a server issue that may be affecting Book Catch Up and Listen Again and are currently working to fix the problem.

 

Day of the Triffids


Triffids 1/12

Triffids 2/12

Triffids 3/12

Triffids 4/12

Triffids 5/12

Triffids 6/12

 

Sad Cypress


Sad Cypress 1/8

Sad Cypress 2/8

Sad Cypress 3/8

Sad Cypress 4/8

Sad Cypress 5/8

Sad Cypress 6/8

Sad Cypress 7/8

Sad Cypress 8/8

 


Children's Books

Black Beauty


Black Beauty 1/7

 

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm


Branestawm 1/5

Branestawm 2/5

Branestawm 3/5

Branestawm 4/5

Branestawm 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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