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Welcome to Voluminous, a podcast by Listening Books about literature with an audio slant.


Listening Books is a UK charity that provides audiobooks to anyone who struggles to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue. To find out more go to

Jul 11, 2019

Andrew Bell and Sarah Matthews join Jessica to round up some books they feel are even better as audiobooks than in their traditional printed format. From author-read autobiographies to full cast performances, they talk about which books and why they'd rather listen to.

Jun 27, 2019

Jess meets the person behind the microphone to find out more about what it takes to be a narrator. Voice artist Bronwen Price talks about what it is like to record stories in the studio, what helps her give her best performance and what her dream books to read would be.

Listening Books is an audiobook charity for anyone...

Jun 13, 2019

Jess is joined by Listening Books staff members Nik and Claire to talk about what makes a great audiobook narrator. What are the great qualities to look for and what are the pet peeves? Nik and Claire also make their recommendations for who they rate as fantastic narrators before being put through their paces in...

May 30, 2019

Star of BBC Radio 4's Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics as well as author, Natalie Haynes talks to Jess in the studio to talk about her love of greek classic stories and why they need retelling. They also discuss her new book, A Thousand Ships, and why a whole other story has been missed previously by ignoring...

May 16, 2019

Once upon a time in a recording studio far away, three women sat round to talk of fairies and bears!

For the first episode of series two, Jess Stone talks to Lou Barling and Abbie Jaggers from Listening Books about the retelling of myths and fairytales for both children and adults and what makes these stories...