Audio books are primarily recorded by actors and other professional readers, although some are recorded by the author.
If you're listening to an eBook, the voice will be synthetic.
Audio book sample clips
Experience our audio book service - Talking Books by listening to the following five samples from our wide range of titles:
- Servant of the empire by Raymond E. Feist (MP3 424KB)
- Strip Jack by Ian Rankin (MP3 433KB)
- The help by Kathryn Stockett (MP3 312KB)
- And furthermore by Judy Dench (MP3 340KB)
- Caribbean food made easy by Levi Roots (MP3 328KB)
eBook sample clips
Listen to our example clips of the synthetic voices used for text-to-speech in eBooks.
Downloadable audio books, newspapers and magazines clips
Sample audio clips of downloadable audio books, newspapers and magazines are available from:
- National Talking Newspapers and Magazines
- Whitestick - this website also has an impressive list of audio book websites to try.
Other places to try audio
Your local library is a good place to try out audio books and magazines. Many libraries have audio books on CD that you can borrow. Some libraries are also beginning to try other audio formats, such as MP3.
Online retailers of download audio books may also enable you to try a section of an audio book before you buy or borrow it. This is a good way to get an idea of what the audio book will sound like.
If you have access to an eBook reader or a mobile phone or tablet computer with an eBook app you could try using the text-to-speech option. This will read a book, newspaper or magazine in synthetic speech.
Many department stores, electrical shops and supermarkets sell eBook readers, so why not try an eBook by visiting a store and ask to be shown text-to-speech on the devices they sell?
Reading choices from RNIB
We make it possible for you to get access to books, newspapers and magazines in the format you prefer, whether that’s braille, audio, large print or digital. You can borrow from our library service – the largest of its kind in the UK – or buy from our online shop.RNIB reading choices