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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 20, 2018

'Come on, Charles, get a grip.'

Comedian, writer and avid reader Mark Evans sat down in the Listening Books studios with Jessica Stone to talk about his BBC Radio 4 smash hit comedy, Bleak Expectations and his relationship with the works of Charles Dickens.

Listening Books is an audiobook charity for anyone who...

Dec 6, 2018

'What is the Grinch? A green cat?'

Sit next to the fire, pour some warm milk, grab a gingerbread man and settle in with Jessica Stone as she chats with Listening Books staff members Abbie (the Christmas elf) and Amy (the Christmas grinch) about about the best books to read this season and what literary adventures...

Nov 22, 2018

'It's all just for a Guardian mug.'

What happens when judges overturn a popular vote? The Guardian's Sam Jordison, organiser of the long-running Not the Booker Prize, chats with Jessica about the nature of literary awards, and the sometimes tense conversations that arise about what's fair and what's worthy.


Nov 8, 2018

'I had to just put the book down to have a good cry.'

Jessica Stone passes the tissues to our panel of Listening Books staff, Louise Barling and Jenny-Ann Lewis, as they discuss the books, both fiction and non-fiction, that have brought on the waterworks.


Listening Books is an audiobook charity for anyone who...

Oct 25, 2018

'No one is more goth than Mary Shelley.'

To celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Abigail Jaggers tells Jessica all about the bizarre life of the writer Mary Shelley, as they take a deep dive together into the story that has been so influential, you might feel like you've read it even if you...