March Community Newsletter Competition - Closed

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"The lion the witch and the wardrobe,"because it was the first book to scare me as a child, the final scene with aslan the lion stayed with me for the rest of my life. 

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I loved the Secret Seven books. Not sure how many there are, but I read loads of them. Helped my reading develop & gave me a life long love of books.

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My favourite childhood book was The Twits by Roald Dahl.  It was the first book that truly made me laugh out loud and ignited my passion for reading at an early age.  It was not only hilariously funny but also really fun to read - half the battle for a young reluctant reader!  I’m so thankful for Roald Dahl writing such extraordinary books. 

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My favourite book has got to be 'oh, the place's you'll go' by Dr Suess. It's a fun book as a child but I feel like it's like a guide to life for teenagers and grown ups. 

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The chronicles of Narnia, just a great read and wrote by CS Lewis who lived not far from my childhood home

 

If you went to school in the UK or Ireland, you’ll probably remember celebrating World Book Day every year. This charity event is all about the joy of reading and gives millions of schoolchildren free vouchers to spend on books and audiobooks.

 

To mark this year’s World Book Day, on Thursday 5 March, we’ve put together a list of our favourite audiobook websites. Why not celebrate World Book Day by diving in and finding something you haven’t read before?

 

And to celebrate World Book Day the iD way, we’re running a competition for all you bookworms out there. Comment below and tell us about a book you love, and you could win an Amazon Kindle e-reader! Find out more below.

 

Top audiobook websites

Audible

Audible, owned by Amazon, is the world’s biggest audiobook provider, with hundreds of thousands of titles available to download. The subscription fee gives you one credit a month, which you can use to buy any audiobook, regardless of the price. If you don’t like a book, you can exchange it for free, and you can also cancel your subscription at any time.

Download the Audible app here.

 

Rakuten Kobo

KoboeReaders are one of the main rivals to Amazon Kindle, but did you know that Kobo (owned by Rakuten) also specialise in audiobooks? They offer a free 30-day trial, followed by a subscription package. As with Audible, the fee gives you one credit a month, which you can use to buy any audiobook.

Listen to Rakuten Kobo audiobooks on Android and iOS.

 

Downpour

Like Audible and Rakuten Kobo, Downpour is a subscription site where you use credits to buy an audiobook every month. All of its titles are DRM-free (which means they have no digital lock), so you can listen to them on as many of your devices as you like. Downpour also offers a rental service, which is cheaper than a monthly subscription. You can borrow audiobooks for up to two months, and pay to extend the loan if you need to.

Check out Downpour on Android and iOS.

 

Google Play Books

Google Play Books sellsaudiobooks individually, so it’s ideal if you don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription. You can buy several titles in one go, and listen to a free sample before you buy. If you’re listening on a Google Home device, you can use voice commands to control the playback – great when you don’t have a hand free to press buttons. Another nice feature is the Google Play Family Library, which lets you share audiobooks with up to 5 other people.

Listen to Google Play Books on Android or iOS.

 

LibriVox

If you don’t want to pay for audiobooks, then why not try LibriVox? It has a huge selection of titles – more than 13,000 at the last count – and they’re all available for free. The books recorded have to be in the public domain, so you won’t find the latest bestsellers here. And the readers are all volunteers, so the audio quality can be uneven. But if you love classic literature and don’t mind the odd bit of background noise, then LibriVox could be the best site for you.

Check out LibriVox here.

 

Win an Amazon Kindle!

To celebrate World Book Day, we’re giving away two Amazon Kindle e-readers. To enter the competition, all you need to do is comment below this post and answer this question:

 

What is your favourite childhood book, and why?

 

The two lucky winners will each receive an Amazon Kindle 6" e-reader (2019) - 4 GB, White.

Don’t miss out! The competition ends on 8th March 2020 so get commenting. T&Cs apply

Good luck!


My favourite book was The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. I read it in the late 60s as a 12 year old boy. It was the first book that captured some of my early childhood experiences. I was one of 7 children and was tasked to look after my two younger sisters. We played in derelict houses and had to use our imaginations to create games and use the materials that were to hand as our toys etc. The book was very evocative of the post war era and was also a  very exciting read. 

I have read the book several times over the years and have enjoyed each re-read every time.

The Hobbit has to be the best :sunglasses: ever.:sunglasses:

The Snow Goose. Published 20 years before I was born. Heartbreaking story of prejudice and courage, to the backdrop of Dunkirk. 

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Absolutely love reading and re-reading Lord of the Rings, especially the appendices which give more detail about the whole world, how it came about and the history of why the hostilities exist during the setting of LOTR.  Complementary readings are The Hobbit and the Silmarillion.  I started on these aged around 10 years old and still find new things today. Thanks

Absolutely love reading and re-reading Lord of the Rings, especially the appendices which give more detail about the whole world, how it came about and the history of why the hostilities exist during the setting of LOTR.  Complementary readings are The Hobbit and the Silmarillion.  I started on these aged around 10 years old and still find new things today. Thanks

Do you know the Gormenghast Trilogy? If not give it a go. 

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’The Diamond brothers’ book by Anthony Horowitz problema the funniest books I’ve read and enjoyed 

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My favourite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the wonderful world of Willy Wonka was great to imagine.

Secret seven

I loved the Enid Blyton 'Famous Five' books. I used to pretend I was one of them, joining in with all their adventures. Great memories.

All of Stephen King books 

He is still my ultimate best writter of all time

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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm was easily my favourite childhood book. All the stories were wonderfully illustrated, so entertaining and in the case of some of the tales (the pancake-making machine springs to mind) had me in hysterics.

I was an avid reader of the Biggles books.

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My favourite books from my childhood have gotten to be “Famous five”every birthday and Christmas I loved reading the latest in the famous five collection because It was so much fun being in a gang back then.(unlike the meaning of the word gang in today’s world)looking back at the adventures were they really had or did I just read them???

My favourite book from my childhood is Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  Ramona was clever, funny, imperfect so it felt we were alike.  There are also many other great books by Beverly Cleary for kids.

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A huge thank you to everyone for taking part in the competition, it was interesting reading what your favourite childhood book was and why.

The winners of the World Book Day competition are @Richiebarber and @Anavrin . You’ve both won an Amazon Kindle 6" e-reader (2019) - 4 GB, White.