Audiobooks 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.
See also – The Complete Guide to Free Audiobooks Online