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Volunteer Readers

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Readers - the voices of Calibre

At Calibre we rely on a team of over 80 volunteer readers, all voice professionals. They record books which are not available commercially so that our members have the widest possible choice of titles. Some of our volunteers have been with us for decades and have recorded over 100 books each (our hands-down winner was the late Nancy Clegg who recorded over 300 books for the library).

Would you enjoy being part of this team?

We can offer the opportunity to:

  • use your reading skills in a creative and rewarding activity;
  • record in your own time at your own pace;
  • meet other readers at our open days;
  • develop a fan club! Many Calibre members adore our readers and read everything they record.

Calibre readers must be:

  • skilled narrators who can really bring books to life such as professional actors, broadcasters or others trained in voice work;
  • prepared to record books in their own homes.

We provide all the necessary equipment and training.




Left: Bob Rollett, Tony Lister, Richard Simpson, Chairman Ian Yeoman, Author Gillian Cross, Terrence Hardiman, Grave Dives and Jim Swingler at the 2013 Readers' thank you lunch.




If you are interested in reading for us, we would like to hear a sample of your work. This can be sent to us as

  • a CD in any audio format
  • via a link to a website.

Our IT policy does not allow us to accept email attachments for this purpose.

Please send your audio sample to:
Denise James
Calibre Audio Library
New Road
Weston Turville
Bucks HP22 5XQ
Or email the link to your website to:

If you would like to discuss reading for Calibre and how to go about it please email or call Denise James on 01296 432 339.

"After about six months experience I'm lost in admiration for the Calibre staff and its readers, so much of whose work must be voluntary. What has become clear is the importance of the reader to the effect that the work has on one. My highest marks so far go to Andrew Burt, who is excellent in Ian McEwan, and William Haden for Claudius the God, who sailed through the Roman names without a single hesitation and gave a stunning account of the dialogue ."
John Lewis, member, Cardiff