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 two great ways that 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.
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 libbyapp.com. 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.
Hoopla is another popular option for listening to audiobooks from your library. Depending on your particular library, you may find it has a wider selection than Libby.
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. The following are two of our favorite services 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 membership (starting at $14.95 per month plus applicable sales tax) will give you your fix of bestsellers and new releases. On top of that, you can listen all you want to exclusive podcasts, audiobooks, Audible Originals, and beyond, courtesy of the included Audible Plus Catalog. Audible Premium Plus has a free 30-day trial offer with 1 free audiobook.
Audiobooks.com (Audiobooks.com is a subscription service with a library of 300,000+ premium titles. You can try Audiobooks.com for free and choose your first book from the catalog of premium titles plus 2 audiobooks from their exclusive VIP selection, and access their Sleep & Meditation, Audio News, and Audio Magazine curated content.
Looking for more free audiobook options? We’ve also written about free audiobooks here: