How to Listen to Premium Audiobooks for Free (Legally)

To listen to premium audiobooks for free you don’t need to do anything illegal or settle for choosing from some archive of old musty titles (although there are many classics worth your time!). In this guide, we’ll show you where you can legally find and listen to free premium audiobooks, including bestselling and popular titles.

1. Premium Audiobooks Free from Your Public Library

All over the world, local libraries offer millions of audiobooks. You can borrow them — for free, instantly — with a library card and an app such as Libby.

Libby App

The intuitive interface and attractive design of Libby make it our favorite library app.

Libby is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, some Chromebooks, and in your browser at The following video is a helpful guide to getting started with Libby:

Note: even though audiobooks are digital files, libraries treat them like any other book, stocking limited “copies” and allowing only one person to check out each copy at any given time. So, depending on the size of your library, how popular a title is, and how many audiobooks are stocked, you may see really long wait times.

Other Library Audiobook Apps

In the case that Libby is not available from your library or with your type of device, you may wish to try the following alternatives:

2. Premium Audiobooks from Services Offering a Free Trial

Many online audiobook retailers offer some sort of free trial for their service which will allow you to listen to a premium audiobook(s) of your choice. Below are some of the largest retailers with such offers (note: you may need a credit card to sign up for the trials and incentives are subject to change):

Audible Premium Plus

Audible Premium Plus (get 1 premium title with a 30-day trial) (get 3 audiobooks – including 2 premium titles – with a 30-day free trial)

Other Free Audiobook Trials

  • Estories (get 2 audiobooks with a 2-month free trial)
  • Kobo Audiobooks (free 30-day trial includes 1 free audiobook)
  • (get your first month for free, includes 1 free audiobook)
  • Scribd (free 30-day trial includes access to an unlimited number of audiobooks, restrictions on some titles may apply)

Looking for more free audiobook options? We’ve also written about free audiobooks here:

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