100 Sites for Free Audiobooks

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Audiobooks don’t need to be expensive – there are, in fact, many places online where you can download audiobooks for free. This alphabetical list consists of 100 sites where you can legally download free audiobooks online.

19 Nocturne Boulevard newhas 3 ongoing audio dramas.  All are available for free download in MP3.

A Daring Adventure has a free audiobook called Don’t Hesitate – Meditate! available for download in MP3 or MPEG4 (iTunes compatible).

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Podcast newhas a collection of crime fiction for free download in MP3.

Alvie, The Little Brown Burro has 7 stories designed for preschoolers available to download in MP3.

Ambling Books offers an easy way to browse and download Librivox books. Note: this is generally a pay site and registration is required to download audiobooks. Also, you will need to download their book player.

Americana Phonic offers American historical works recorded by Michael Scherer, a professional narrator, for download in AAC.

Assistive Media offers several new audiobooks for download each month under their current offerings.

Audio Anarchy has 7 anarchist audiobooks available for download in MP3.

AudioBooks.org offers a number of classic novels for download.

AudioBooksForFree.com offers free audiobooks for download in MP3. Note: registration is required.

AudioBookTreasury.com offers a free collection of classic audiobooks for download in Mp3.

The Audio Drama Directory is a convenient way to search for dramatized audio available online.

Audio Literature Odyssey is a classic literature podcast narrated by professional voice-actor Nikolle Doolin.

Audio Treasure has the Bible and other religious texts available for download in a variety of languages in MP3.

BookBox has free audiobooks for children in a variety of languages available for download in MP3.

Books Should Be Free is a convenient way to find and download public domain audiobooks in a variety of languages.

BrokenSea has original audio productions available for download in MP3. Genres includes fantasy, sci-fi, horror, drama, comedy and audio versions of films such as Planet of the Apes.

Candlelight Stories has several high-quality classic children’s audiobooks with voice characterizations, music and sound effects.

christianaudio give away one free Christian audiobook book download each month. Note: registration is required.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library offers a collection of classic Christian texts for download in MP3.

Cinnamon Bear is a an old time radio program first broadcast in 1937. The 26 original episodes are available to download in MP3.

Clarkesworld Magazine is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine. Each issue contains at least three pieces of original fiction from new and established authors.

ClearBits newdistribute high quality, open-licensed audiobooks (and other digital media) with  BitTorrent files (.torrent files). If you are unfamiliar with BitTorrent files refer to the sites FAQ page for guidance.

Common Sense Atheism offers links to 90+ free audiobooks about religion. Most audiobooks are from LibriVox.

Cthulhu is a horror podcast inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulu Mythos.

Decoder Ring Theater newhas an entertaining collection of audio adventures in the tradition of the classic programs of Radio’s Golden Age.

The Drabblecast is an award-winning audio magazine which features “Strange Stories, By Strange Authors, for Strange Listeners”. Each episode is released as a weekly, free to download podcast.

Earthbound Series is a 5 part science fiction series available for download in MP3 or for online listening.

Easy Media Broadcast has a small collection of novels available for download in MP4 (zip).

eBookdb newhas links to 15 free audiobooks.

ejunto has a nice collection of historical and philosophical audiobooks available for download in MP3.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcast new releases an audio story each month from the magazine’s archives. Stories are available for free download in MP3.

Escape Pod is a science fiction audio magazine which releases free weekly short stories in MP3 and podcast format.

Faith Comes By Hearing offers several versions of the Bible in many different languages. Note: their software is required for listening.

First Audio Booksnewhas a children’s story called Once More ‘Round the Apple Tree which is intended to encourage an understanding of the ideals behind conservation.

FreeAudio.org is a small collection of mostly U.S. historical audiobooks available for download in MP3.

FreeAudioBooks.Co.UK has a collection of free classic audiobooks which can be listened to online or downloaded  in MP3.

Free Audio Review provides personal reviews and download links to free audiobooks available online.

Free Christian Audio Books has a small collection of mostly computer-generated Christian audiobooks for free download in WMA, MP3 or AAC.

Free Classic Audio Books has a collection of both human-read and computer-generated classic audiobooks available for download in MP3 or iPod friendly m4b.

Free Keene offers 3 audiobooks on the topic of individual liberty available for download in MP3.

Free Listens is a blog which publishes reviews of free audiobooks, including a download link.

The Globe Radio Repertory (Internet Archive) offers dramatizations of 4 major series of classic literature –  Don Quixote,  Dead Souls, Madame Bovary, and 16 Stories by Anton Chekhov.

Homeschool Radio Shows new has a collection of children’s audiobooks and stories available for free download in MP3.

James Patrick Kelly (Internet Archive) has a number of works by science fiction writer James Patrick Kelly available for online listening or download in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis.

Kayray Reads to You offers readings of the popular children’s stories.

Kids Audiobooks has 200+ audio stories for kids available in MP3.

Kiddie Records Weekly offers a nice collection of children’s stories from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s. Many of these recordings are extravagant Hollywood productions featuring big time celebrities and composers.

Kindersite offer a number of stories in flash for reading and listening online, as well as games, lullabies and songs.

Land of Magic has a collection of Biblical and kids audiobooks available to listen online or download in MP3.

LibriVox has a huge collection of audiobooks recorded by volunteers available for download in MP3 or ogg vorbis.

Librophile provides a clean, simple interface for browsing audiobooks available from LibriVox.

Lightspeed is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine which has original fiction and fiction reprints available to listen online or download in MP3.

Light Up Your Brain has a collection of audio stories for children read by Chuck Brown available for listening online or download in MP3.

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 from Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse . You can browse authors, genres, collections and readability.

L. Lee Lowe has two novels, Mortal Ghost and Corvus, available for listening online or download in MP3.

LoudLit.org has a small collection of free public domain audiobooks available for online listening or download in MP3.

Magic Keys has 4 audio stories available for online listening. There are 3 for young children and 1 for young adults.

Maria Lectrix describes itself as a podcast of free public domain audiobooks for people with Catholic tastes.

Mark Moxon’s Travel Writing offers a collection of travel writings available for download in MP3 or AAC.

The Metamor City Podcast is a sci-fi/fantasy audio fiction series which is available for online listening or download in MP3. The productions include music, sound effects and full vocal cast.

Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast offers a unique collection of short stories available for listening online or download in MP3.

MightyBook has a collection of free illustrated, animated audio stories for children.

Musical Tales has the original  the story of Helena and The Orchestra Of The World Of Mist available as an audiobook, video or illustrated text.

Naropa Poetics Audio Archivesnew has over 5,000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde (e.g. Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg).

NewFiction has a unique collection of audiobooks that are performed by multiple actors. These “iSoaps” resemble modern-day radio dramas. Note: registration is required.

The Online Library of Liberty offers a collection of computer-generated audiobooks on topics related to individual liberty. They can be listened to online or downloaded in MP3.

Open Culture has a large list of free audiobooks available for download either directly from the site or from other sites.

OverDrive is a download service which libraries can use to make audiobooks and other digital content available for browsing, checking out and downloading. More than 13,000 libraries worldwide offer audio books via OverDrive. Audiobooks are available in MP3 or digitally-protected WMA format. OverDrive also has the OverDrive Media Console App that lets you download MP3 audiobooks directly to your listening device (e.g. iPhone or Android).

Oxford Owl has 5 children’s audiobooks available for online listening.

PDGene new is nice collection of links to online audiobooks and short stories.

Peopletalk is a non-profit group of British trained actors, writers, producers, musicians, short film and documentary makers who produce  audiobooks, anecdotal stories and documentaries in MP3.

PodCastle is a fantasy audio magazine which offers weekly short stories for online listening or download in MP3.

Podiobooks offers serialized audiobooks distributed via RSS, much like a podcast. There are 500+ audiobooks available which are spread through a wide variety of genres including chick lit, fantasy, humor, magical realism and thrillers.

Pseudopod offers horror fiction podcasts for free listening online or download in MP3.

The Poetry Archive is an online collection of recordings of poets reading their work which you can listen to online for free.

RIF Reading Planet has a collection of free audio stories available for listening online.

Robert Munsch has 50+ audiobooks written and read by Robert Munsch available for download in MP3.

Scott Sigler has several audiobooks available for free listening at Podiobooks or download in iTunes.

The Secret World Chronicle is a superhero science fiction podcast. You can subscribe via iTunes or listen/ download completed stories from the website.

Seth Harwood offers 5 of his works for online listening or download in Mp3.

Speakaboos offers about 100 audiobooks for children available for listening and viewing online through a flash viewer. Downloads are available for a fee, though some are available free after registering.

Speak The Speech has audio performances of Shakespearean works available for online listening or download in MP3.

Spoken Alexandria Project is a free library of spoken word recordings, consisting of classics in the public domain and modern works (with permission). Audiobooks are available for download in AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 format. You can view the Top 25 downloads or browse the catalog by genre, length or reader.

Stories Now offers a free collection of science fiction, fantasy and children’s audiobooks for download in MP3.

Storyline Online has children’s audiobooks available for online listening and viewing via a flash player. The site is a production of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and features some well known actors as the readers.

Storynory  is an online collection of free audiobooks for kids.  There are original stories, fairy tales, classic authors (e.g. Rudyard Kipling), educational stories and stories for younger children.

Sultan.org has a number of audio resources of Islamic works.

SYNCnewis a audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine project designed to introduce young adults to listening audiobooks. It currently offers two free audiobooks (1 young adult and 1 related classic) per week for download in MP3.

Tales From The Forest has 11 free audiobooks for kids (4 original and 7 classics) available for free listening online or MP3 download.

Talking History has a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources. They also have weekly internet based radio broadcasting program which covers all aspects of history.

The Story Spieler offers a collection of audiobooks narrated by Roy Trumbull, a retired radio and TV broadcaster.

Thought Audio has a nice collection of professionally produced classic literature and philosophy titles. You can listen to them online or download them in segments in MP3 format.

Turnstyle.org new offers the book, Free Culture, by Lawrence Lessg for listening online .

Truth For The End Of Time has a number of Christian audiobooks available for listening online or download in MP3.

verkaro.org is a group of actors and technicians based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that creates original audiobook recordings. Currently they have 20+ audiobooks available for download in MP3.

Voices in the Dark offers a number of classic audiobooks, including a transcript, for download in MP3. Audiobooks are searchable by genre, title or author.

Wil McCarthy offers his work The Wellstone for download in MP3. Note: the audiobook is computer-generated.

Wired For Books has a collection of Beatrix Potter books as well as a few others available for online reading and listening.

World of Tales has stories for children, folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available for online listening.

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Do you know of any free audiobook sites not listed above? If so please leave a comment below.

The Complete Guide to Free Audio Books Online

free audio booksYour time and money are precious. Audio books help you make the most of your time because you can listen to them while commuting to and from work, at the gym, doing chores around the home or performing repetitive tasks at work. And audio books don’t need to be expensive; in fact, there are many excellent sites you can download audio books for free.

This article will help you discover the best free audio books the internet has to offer. These audio books fall into the following categories:

  • Public domain audio books. If a book is in the public domain it means that the copyright on the book has expired and therefore anyone is free to distribute it. LibriVox, the largest publisher of free audio books , has a public domain wiki page if you would like to learn more about this subject.
  • Audio books available under a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses allow the distribution of copyrighted works. This easy to understand one-page explanation of rights, with associated visual symbols, explains the specifics of the six main Creative Commons licenses.
  • Audio books available from the library. Companies such as OverDrive publish audio books which are available to download from your library to your personal computer or portable device.

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Want to download a high-quality audio book for free?

You can choose this audio book from a library of 100,000+ audio books (this free download includes the latest best sellers).

I discovered audio books more than 2 years ago when, after starting a new job, the time I spent commuting each day increased to more than 2 hours. At the time I spent a lot of time researching the best place online to download audio books. Eventually I found Audible, and since then I haven’t looked back. Here’s why I’m such a big fan:
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  • Huge selection. Audible has an ever-expanding library of more than 100,000 audio books, magazines, newspapers and podcasts. In fact, Audible is the largest provider of digital audio books for download.
  • Bookmarking Feature. Audible’s patented bookmarking technology allows you to bookmark your exact position so it’s saved when you turn off your MP3 player. When you’re ready to start listening again your player will resume from the exact point at which you stopped.
  • Superior quality. Audible audio books are either read by professional narrators or by the author.
  • Free trial. Audible offers a 14-day free trial, meaning you can try their audio book download service risk-free.

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learn more about Audible free download offer

How does Audible work?

  1. Sign up for a new account (you can use your existing Amazon.com sign-on if you have one).
  2. Download the Audible software (available for Windows and Mac, or as an iTunes add-on if you’re doing the iPod/iPhone).
  3. Select and download your free audio book.
  4. Either listen to the audio book on your computer, or transfer it to your portable listening device (Android, iPhone, iPod, Blackberry or 500+ mp3 players).

After the 14-day free trial expires, you’ll start getting billed $14.95 per month for your Gold Membership (that’s less than $0.50 per day, except in Feb). This membership entitles you to 1 credit per month (most audio books can be downloaded for 1 credit), 30 percent off any additional purchases, and a free subscription to audio versions of The New York Times or Wall Street Journal.

Of course, you can always cancel your account before the end of the trial, end up paying nothing, and walk away with your free book. However, I’m confident that once you have tried Audible you will want to keep your membership. As you can see in the below screen shot, I have been a member since March 14, 2008.

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Why join vs. purchasing one audio book at a time?

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There are a number of benefits to becoming an Audible member. These include:
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  • Special pricing for members. Gold members pay $14.95 per audio book. This is a HUGE discount over retails prices. For example, Audible’s retail price for The Help by Kathryn Stockett (a #1 New York Times Bestseller) is $27.97, meaning you would save $13.02 as an Audible member.
  • 30% members only discount on additional audio books. If 1 audio book per month is not enough for you, you can download additional audio books at 30% off retail as a member.
  • No obligation. Cancel anytime. Audible is so certain you’ll love their service that they offer a no hassle cancellation policy. If for any reason whatsoever you’re not pleased with their service, simply cancel and keep the books you’ve downloaded.

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If you would like to sign up for Audible’s 14 day risk-free  trial, or would simply like to learn more about this special offer, click the following link:

The 10 Best Places for Free Audiobook Downloads

free audio book downloadsAudiobooks can be expensive to buy. Fortunately, there are some great places where you can download and listen to audiobooks for free. Below are 10 of my favorite sites to find free audiobook downloads:

Books Should Be Free – provides a visually appealing way to browse audiobooks published by Librivox. You can see the book cover, view audio books by genre and browse the top 100 audio books available for download.

Learn Out Loud -  offers more than 2,000 free audio and video titles. In addition to audiobooks, Learn Out Loud has lectures, speeches, sermons and interviews available for download. The site is very user friendly, allowing you to both filter results and sort by most popular, member rating, etc.

LibriVox – has a huge selection of audiobooks available for download. However, the site is not particularly user-friendly which is why I like Book Should Be Free and Librophile.

Librophile – provides a clean, simple interface for browsing audiobooks available from LibriVox.

New Fiction – offers a library of audiobooks that are performed by multiple actors, which they liken to modern-day radio dramas.

PodioBooks – offers serialized audiobooks distributed via RSS, much like a podcast. There are over 300 audio books available which are spread through a wide variety of genres including chick lit, fantasy, humor, magical realism and thrillers.

Project Gutenberg – has a decent selection of both human-read and computer-generated audiobooks (I suggest you don’t waste your time with the latter).

Spoken Alexandria Project – free audiobook library with public domain classics and modern works.

Storynory – a free audio book site especially for kids. A new audio story is published every week.

Your Local Library – NetLibrary and OverDrive provide the infrastructure for libraries to distribute digital content (ie not just audiobooks, but also eBooks, music, and video). The best way to look further into this is to visit the website of your local library.

Bonus – while Audible and eMusic are not free audiobook sites, they both offer a free audiobook (including the latest bestsellers) as part of a no-obligation trial.

See also - The Complete Guide to Free Audiobooks Online

Audible Platinum Membership

Audible is the largest provider of digital audio books for download. Audible’s content includes over 85,000 titles by more than 600 different providers, amounting to over 125,000 hours of audio programming.

Audible audio files are compatible with over 500 models of audio players, PDAs, streaming media devices and mobile phones (including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones).

Audible Platinum Membership

Platinum members receive 2 credits per month and are charged $22.95 per month ($11.47 per credit).

Audible does not currently have a special introductory offer for the Platinum Membership. My advice is to initially sign up with the Gold Membership and later upgrade to the Platinum Membership if you find that 1 audio book per month is not enough.

If you’re unsure about signing up as a member, or are dissatisfied with Audible once you become a member, you can cancel your membership at anytime.

Audible Gold Membership Plan

Audible Gold Plan - Audible Free TrialAudible is the largest provider of digital audio books for download. Audible’s content includes over 85,000 titles from more than 1,000 content providers.

Most Audible listeners download audio books to their PCs and Macs and then transfer the audio books to MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), or to smart mobile devices (SMDs) for listening on the go. Others transfer, or “burn,” the content to audio CDs, while some people simply listen at their computers or through a digital home entertainment network.

Audible audio files are compatible with over 500 models of audio players, PDAs, streaming media devices and mobile phones (including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones).

Audible Gold Membership

Audible Gold members receive 1 credit per month which is good for any audio book you choose to download. An Audible membership includes the following benefits:

  • 30% off any audio book purchased without a credit
  • Free daily subscription to The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal
  • Member-exclusive sales and promotions

Audible currently has two special introductory offers for the Audible Gold Plan:

1. Discount Gold Offer:

New members can download an audio book for $7.49 per month for the first 3 months, and $14.95 per month thereafter.

2. Gold Free Trial:

New members can download a free audio book with a 14 day trial.

Note: the easiest way to sign up with Audible is to use your Amazon account (Audible is owned by Amazon).

The Gold Free Trial is a no obligation trial. If you are not 100% satisfied with Audible, you can cancel your Audible account before the end of the trial, pay nothing and keep your free audio books.

Audible also had a Platinum Membership Plan where members receive 2 credits per month. Audible does not currently have a special introductory offer for the Platinum Membership. My advice is to initially sign up with the Gold Membership and later upgrade to the Platinum Membership if you find that 1 audio book per month is not enough.

Audible.com Free Trial

With over 100,000 titles available, Audible.com is the largest online provider of digital audiobooks. One of the great things about Audible.com is that it offers a 30-day free trial of its audio book download service. The Audible.com free trial includes the following:

  • 1 free audiobook. Available for immediate download.
  • Choose from over 100,000 audio books. Audible has a huge and ever-expanding library of audio books available for download. Audio books available to download include New Releases, New York Times Bestsellers and Award Winners.
  • Listen on your iPod / MP3 player. Listen anywhere, anytime on iPod, iPhone, Android, Kindle, BlackBerry and over 500 mp3 devices.
  • No obligation. Cancel your membership before your free trial period is up and you will not be charged (yes, you can keep the audio book you downloaded).

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