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The Listening Books Podcast

For readers of every kind, but especially for fans of audiobooks.

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

Dec 10, 2020

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...

Dec 3, 2020

'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,...

Sep 6, 2019

'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...

Aug 15, 2019

'I know not of the squeaky wheel.'

Wail Qasim makes his debut appearance on the podcast, joining Amy Flinders and Jessica Stone for a chat in celebration of Listening Books' 60th birthday, focusing on books popular with Listening Books members before turning to some of Wail's and Amy's favourites.

Jul 25, 2019

'I wasn't that sorry.'

The ever-so-charming author of the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels joins Jessica in the studio to talk about the experience of narrating his own work, how to spot a crime writer's misdirections, and even what it was like to work with Douglas Adams...