For every kind of reader, but especially for fans of audiobooks. Featuring conversations with the authors and narrators of your favourite books, as well as reading round-ups and the odd lighthearted literary game.
Listening Books is a UK charity that provides audiobooks for those who struggle to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue. Find out more at www.listening-books.org.uk. Follow @ListeningBooks
Actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
I was telling a story, and as an actor, as an artist, that’s the central love.
Actor and audiobook narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith talks about what it was like to voice Rivers of London as his very first audiobook, what he had to unlearn to do voice work, how Frank Sinatra inspired his mic technique, and even his first experience of snow. He also offers a heap of recommendations for your reading list:
Slough House series by Mick Herron, narrated by Sean Barrett
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak, narrated by Grant Cartwright
The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir, by Yrsa Daley-Ward, narrated by the author and Howard Daley-Ward
She Would Be King by Weyétu Moore, narrated by the author
The Milkman by Anna Burns, narrated by Bríd Brennan
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo, narrated by James Goode
Circe by Madeline Miller, narrated by Perdita Weeks
The Rosewater books (The Wormwood Trilogy) by Tade Thompson, narrated by Bayo Gbadamosi
Anne Carson, Roxane Gay, Toni Morrison
Imogen Church, Anna Bentinck, Nicole Davis, Raj Ghatak, Tania Rodrigues, Adjoa Andoh, Bayo Gbadamosi
Links Jess promised to include!
The 2021 Audiobook Listening Challenge
Where to leave a review
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Author Caroline O'Donoghue
'I wanted it to look like how it feels like, and how it feels to be Irish sometimes is that you are in a murder mystery.'
Caroline O'Donoghue, host of Sentimental Garbage and author of Promising Young Women, Scenes of a Graphic Nature and the forthcoming YA novel All Our Hidden Gifts, tells Jess about playing with different genres, how some endings are too unbelievable to work, the inherent witchiness of being a girl, and how annoying it is for a movie to share your book's title. She also gives some stellar book recommendations for all those taking up this year's Audiobook Listening Challenge.
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Series 3 Trailer
Coming to a feed near you Thursday, 18 March 2021.
Reading Roundup: Audio Comfort Blankets
May your books be the best kind of company.
The second episode of our 2020 two-part special, and our festive holiday gift to you. Amy, Abbie, and Jess talk about how their reading habits changed during the pandemic and which books and audiobooks saved the day.
We also hear from authors Jenny Eclair, Bali Rai, and Sally Gardner about their comfort reads. Tayari Jones, Yangsze Choo, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Sue Townsend, L.M. Montgomery, Marian Keyes, Roald Dahl, Gabriel García Márquez, Maggie O'Farrell, P.G. Wodehouse, Kiley Reid—all get a look-in as writers that have brought us comfort and cheer. There's also a literary game with absolutely no prizes but lots of jingly bells.
Author Adam Buxton
'Skip to the famous parts!'
Writer and comedian Adam Buxton misses David Bowie, and he misses his dad. Here he talks with Amy about his new book Ramble Book: how it started, why it changed, how humourist David Sedaris influenced his process, and what might be next. With him, we ramble through pop culture, comedy, audiobooks, the 80s and 90s, boarding school, and more.
60th Anniversary Special with Gillie Howarth
'As an Irish person I have no such inhibitions.'
For the last episode of the series, Jess talks to Gillie Howarth, who chairs the Listening Books Board of Trustees, about how it all began, and how it’s grown along the way. We also hear from Listening Books ambassadors Sally Gardner, Bali Rai, Kit de Waal, and Jenny Eclair. Finally, Nik de Garis, on his last day as audio producer, recalls proud achievements, embarrassing moments, and meeting Stephen Fry.