We are proud to announce our partnership with Listening Books. They understand how difficult it can be when you experience loneliness or isolation, so they would like to offer you, or a loved one experiencing loneliness, membership to the Listening Books audio service for free.
You have two options on how you would like to access your audiobooks. For anyone who does not have internet connection or a device to listen to audiobooks on, Listening Books offer you free access to a selection of titles from a catalogue on a tablet sent to your home. Anyone who has an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition that impacts on their ability to read print, and lives in the UK will qualify. Alternatively, if you do have your own device and internet connection, why not choose to stream and download over 10,000 audiobooks from the website or app?
How does it work?
The Pre-loaded tablet service sent straight to your door
Once you have filled in the application form (see below) and chosen this option, Listening Books will go through your favourite book choices and load around 50 fantastic titles onto a tablet, which they will then courier to your house along with instructions on how to listen to the books. One of their friendly team will then give you a call to make sure you received the tablet and are up and running. After that, Listening Books will call you again at 6 monthly intervals to see if you would like to swap the books included for some new ones to listen to.
Listening Books is a charity and due to the kind donations of trusts and companies, they are able to offer you all this for free. If at any time you decide you don't need or want the tablet anymore, you can send it back to them for free.
Maybe you would prefer access to an online library of over 10,000 audiobooks?
If you choose this option, Listening Books will email you your own unique username and password that you can use to access our audiobooks, along with full instructions on how to use the service. This option is also free if you would struggle to pay the joining fee (£20 per year). They don't ask for any paperwork or proof, just continue with the application form below and you will automatically be given this option for free. For anyone that can pay the membership fee, please visit this page to join: https://www.listening-books.org.uk/join
What are the benefits of audiobooks?
There are many benefits of listening to audiobooks, not just the enjoyment of a great story but they can be a relief from pain or loneliness. Our Patron Stephen Fry describes audiobooks as: 'The companionship of a voice telling stories is very special, Listening Books distributes pure undiluted pleasure and friendship'.
To apply for the Listening Books scheme, please either complete the online form at the bottom of this page, telephone 020 7407 9417 or email Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to complete the paper form and return by post, you can find the form here. Please return it to: Freepost LISTENING BOOKS.