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Listening Books

Listening Books is a national UK charity that provides an audiobook library service for anyone who finds that an illness, disability, mental health condition, or learning difficulty impacts on their ability to read or hold books in the usual way.   

We have over 8,500 fiction and non-fiction audiobooks in our library, for adults and children, from bestselling authors such as: J. K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Benjamin Zephaniah, Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes, Philippa Gregory, David Walliams and many more. Members can borrow titles in three easily accessible ways:

  • sent directly through the post on MP3 CD with no postage costs or late fees

  • downloaded through our website or app to smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops

  • streamed online through your computer, laptop or tablet

Membership starts from £20 per year. We have a number of FREE memberships available for anyone who would find our usual membership fees (between £20 to £45 per year) difficult to cover for any reason. A free membership gives members access to both our online and postal services. Please be assured that we are a charity and there are no hidden costs involved in our free memberships and no charges to borrow individual books

If you would like to find out more about Listening Books, please visit our website

If you have any questions or would like to join as a member, please contact Claire Gosden at: cgosden@listening-books.org.uk or call: 020 7407 9417.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Gosden
Contact Position
Membership and Recruitment Administrator
Telephone
020 7407 9417
E-mail
cgosden@listening-books.org.uk
Website
Listening Books

Where to go

Name
Listening Books
Address
12, Lant Street
London
Postcode
SE1 1QH
Directions/Transport

Our office is based in London, however we are a national UK charity. Our online library is available 24/7 and we have a postal CD service. Library support is available Mon to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office and Library support is available between Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm). Our online library is available 24/7 through our website or app.

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Membership fees are between £20 to £45 per year
Details
We have a number of free memberships available for anyone who would find our usual membership fees of between £20 to £45 per year, a barrier to joining the service.

Availability

Referral Details

To apply for membership: you can either:

Other notes

Our service is not just for people with visual impairments, but many other conditions that can make reading or holding books difficult such as: dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, depression, anxiety, problems with manual dexterity, 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. We are happy to discuss eligibility for the service.

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