Hillcroft LRC

Reading with your ears – Radio 4’s Books at Bedtime

Posted on: December 12, 2014

Listening cat (Dave Morris 2005)Having books read aloud can really bring them to life. Many audiobooks and podcasts on the subject of books and reading are possible to download for free online. For example, BBC Radio 4 has ‘Book at Bedtime’ with dramatised versions of famous and great books. They divide the stories into 15 minute episodes that air on weekdays at 22.45. You can listen online to episodes for free for up to 4 weeks after they have been aired. You can find them on the iPlayer radio, there’s a mobile app for that or you can listen to it on the computer.

The next book reading (22nd December) is going to be ‘The Diary of a Provincial Lady’. It’s a comedy written by EM Delafield set in 1930s Britain and according to this review it is a real hoot (despite it’s age and fusty-sounding title).

Previous books they had broadcast include ‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell and ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton. Both of these books have been highlighted on a number of prominent lists looking back at the best books of the year. So the books chosen are leading-edge and in high demand, getting them for free and often read by famous actors makes subscribing to their newsletter worthwhile. The LRC team are putting together a poll on which award-winning fiction books to buy in paperback copy in the New Year – so watch this space!

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