At last a question about which I know a great deal. Some of you may recall that I said I was a librarian. Well I'm a librarian for the Association for the Blind of Western Australia. We operate one of the two talking book libraries in Australia for blind and those with print disabilities (dyslexia). We have a large collection of LDS book titles which we got from the Utah State Library.
How this works.
Almost every developed nations have in their copyright laws exemptions for the production of Braille and talking books either by their national libraries, as is the case in the United States, or by agencies such as ourselves here in Western Australia. These exemptions permit us to make these books without the permission of or payment to the copyright holder and to provide them to qualified users. (blind, physically disabled and dyslexics)
If you are one of these groups you too can get these talking books at no charge, even the postage is free, from the National Library Service of the Library of Congress in the United States. http://www.loc.gov/nls/
In other countries it is usually done by charities such as the CNIB in Canada or RNIB in England.
You will need to have sight impairment such as to not be able to read regular print, have dyslexia or have a condition that prevents the holding of book, turning the pages or focusing on the text (Parkinson's). If you qualify the NLS will provide you at no cost a special digital book player, best one I have ever seen by the way they developed it special for the program and it is a real quality unit. You can complain about your taxes but in this case the government got its money worth and more. They will also send you books that match your reading profile postage free.
The Utah State Library has recorded 100's of LDS Books as part of this program and will provide them to you no matter where you live. The Church also has talking book on it's website look for "materials for the disabled" the Church does not restart the use of their titles.
Now you ask, what if I'm not disabled. Well we here at ABWA will provide anyone anywhere books that are in the public domain (out of copyright pre 1948). You can search our library at www.guidedogswa.org
we have a wide range of classics and lesser known public domain works including a few older church books.
So there you go all you ever wanted to know about talking books for the blind. Your tax dollars, in the U.S. anyway, at work.