There are thousands of talking books out there. Mostly they cost money, but there are free services available for people registered with a Visual Impairment in the UK.
For me, almost more important than the author, is the reader. These vary. My favourite volunteer reader is my 10-year-old granddaughter! This is clearly a biased choice but also because I like variety, humour and feeling. I can recommend our current reading about a biker granny!
Some useful resources:
Local libraries in the UK
Most provide an excellent free service for people with VI and will have a specialist librarian.
The contact in Birmingham, UK is Sue Campbell … very friendly and knowledgeable.
I like the Playaway audio books, which come in the form of a small device the size of an iPod, holding one book. Borrowers provide their own earphones. Search in the library catalogue. There is not a lot of choice at present.
Calibre sell their own player and charge a one-off subscription fee. There is a good choice of books, some read by volunteers. The books are delivered by mail.
The RNIB are a good source of audiobooks. You can buy a DASY player and pay a subscription to their enormous audio library. Again books are delivered by mail. They also have arrangements with local libraries for a free service for some people. I’m not sure how this works.
Audible is owned by Amazon. Books can be downloaded onto your own device. It’s worth checking out the different offers available.
Some favourite listens!
- Boons Luck by Larry McMurty
- Flanagun’s Run by Tom McNab
- This Boy by Alan Jonson
- Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
- Summer by Edith Wharton
In choosing talking books, I’ve kissed a lot of frogs, so I’ll spare you the whole list. The point is to choose what you like and not what you think you ought to listen to. You never do!