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Audiobooks from the Listening Books charity - free subscriptions available

Discussion in 'Books, film and music' started by HarrietD, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. HarrietD

    HarrietD Administrator
    Staff Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    3,744
    London
    The national audiobook charity, Listening Books, provide an audiobook library service to 36,000 adults and children who struggle to read or hold printed books due to an illness, disability or learning difficulties.

    They're currently offering free subscriptions for people living with dementia and their carers and relatives. Take a look below for more information:

    You can read more about the charity and browse their library here: www.listening-books.org.uk

    Please let us know if you have any questions :)

    Best wishes,

    Talking Point Team
     
  2. creativesarah

    creativesarah Registered User

    I can't find on their website anything about it being free for dementia sufferers?
     
  3. creativesarah

    creativesarah Registered User

    I tried again and found that there's a box to tick
     
  4. Alexa1

    Alexa1 Registered User

    Feb 16, 2017
    25
    Chicago
    The link is no more working.
     
  5. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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  6. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    13,699
    Male
    North Manchester
    The site is still there, it offers limited free membership to people who find it 'difficult to pay the membership fee' - no mention of dementia.
     

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  7. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    38,468
    Unsurprising really, bearing in mind this was posted more than 2 years ago.
     
  8. oilovlam

    oilovlam Registered User

    Aug 2, 2015
    388
    South East
    Shame, because there is nothing better than an audio book for taking you to another world.

    Some have suggested singing for the brain....mum is too far gone for that, in fact she gets upset because I think she feels left out.

    Some have suggested listening to the radio....which is OK but I need the television. A good audio book could be the answer. But they aint cheap. I used to get them from the library but I'm not sure if that's an option in the local village library.
     
  9. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    13,699
    Male
    North Manchester
    If you plod on along the 'find it difficult to pay' route you end up at a screen asking for confirmation of reading difficulty due to illness or disability.
     

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  10. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,379
    Female
    Near Southampton
    I only have a very small branch of the County library here too but I download my audiobooks from the main County library website using the Overdrive facility.
    The audiobooks disappear after 1 or 2 weeks - your choice - if you download them directly to your iPod or MP3 player but if you download them to a computer instead and then transfer them, you keep them for as long as you want to.
     
  11. Rich PCA Carer

    Rich PCA Carer Registered User

    Depending on where you live you may be able to access audio books from your library service either online or via the post. The service is available in Gloucestershire, but to be honest, the range of books is quite limited. You could try asking at your local library or searching on the internet for services provided by your county library service. The other alternative which costs money is an online streaming and download service. We have an Amazon Echo which my wife can still use, so we plan to try a service which is compatible with that.
     
  12. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,379
    Female
    Near Southampton
    Our's is pretty good and for free is certainly worth trying.
     
  13. HarrietD

    HarrietD Administrator
    Staff Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    3,744
    London
    Hi all,

    Thanks for your comments about this. Listening Books have gotten in touch with us to say that they still have free memberships available if anyone is interested.

    In their own words, 'our service is for anyone who struggles to read due to an illness, disability, or learning or mental health difficulty. Our free memberships are for anyone that would struggle to pay our subsidised membership fee, which starts at £20 per year.'

    If anyone wants to become a member of Listening Books, you can join online through their website here or you can contact the library directly on 0207 234 0522 to join by phone.

    Or if you prefer, you can email info@listening-books.org.uk and they can send out a postal application form.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  14. tigha

    tigha New member

    Nov 27, 2017
    1
    not being funny, but how can people with alziemers read books,My mum who loved reading, had to stop about 12y ago as she couldnt remember what she had just read
     
  15. Amethyst59

    Amethyst59 Registered User

    Jul 3, 2017
    1,757
    Kent
    I think the idea is that rather than read these books, you can listen. Some lose the ability to read but can still follow a story that is read to them.
     
  16. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    3,877
    Salford
    I think the title is a bit confusing, they're normally called talking books. There's plenty of free download sites where you can download talking books free but they have to be out of copyright which is normally 70 years after the author dies so it's only really the classics that are available.
    If you google either Talking Books or Old Time Radio you'd be amazed at what's available.
    The site mentioned here seems to be supplying in copyright books for nothing which is unusual, presumably they've sorted out the copyright fees somehow.
    K
     

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