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free audiobooksSo you’re a busy person. You work hard, look after a family and never seem to have time to read all those books you really want to read. What are you to do? Listen to free audiobooks while you commute, that’s what. The internet is full of free audiobooks – all you need to do is find them.

Audiobooks are great for people who find themselves with moments where they’re awake, but have other things they need to do with their hands. Driving, cooking, nursing or knitting are all things people can normally do at the same time as listening to something. Listening to audiobooks is a great way to multitask during those times of day and add a little culture.

Thanks to public domain archives like Project Gutenberg and LibriVox Get Free Public Domain Audiobooks From LibriVox Get Free Public Domain Audiobooks From LibriVox Read More , there’s plenty of great audiobooks available free to download. I’m personally a big fan of browsing for free audiobooks using BooksShouldBeFree because I like the interface, extra links, genre search, top 100 list and related book suggestions.

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A quick look at the main page will show you all the obvious popular classics like Beowulf, The Iliad, Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Dolittle, Grimm’s Fairytales, King Lear and works by authors such as Tolstoy, Jane Austen and Jules Verne. This is a good start.

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Are you not sure which free audiobooks to listen to? Well that’s where this list comes in. Here’s a selection of not-so-obvious audiobooks which are widely regarded as great books and are available free via BooksShouldBeFree.

1. War Of The Worlds – H.G. Wells

There’s a good reason this classic science fiction work was worked into music, film and popular culture “” because it’s great! Get back to roots by listening to the original, unaltered 1890’s story. Also see the Invisible Man.

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2. Night And Day – Virginia Woolf

Slip into the start of the 20th century with Night and Day. This is a book for Jane Austen lovers who need a little twist. Covering many similar themes to Austen, Woolf provides social commentary with a little humour.

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3. Walden, or Life In The Woods – Henry David Thoreau

Ostensibly, this is a book about survival, adventure and self-reliance. Ultimately though, Walden is also about finding your own path and breaking free from expectations. Great listening for the commuter with big dreams!

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4. Something Fresh: A Blandings Story – P.G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse is a comic genius who was loved by Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and many more. “Something Fresh” is one of Wodehouse’s most popular texts, so it is likely to be appreciated by all comedy lovers.

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5. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If you’re getting into the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series, now is the time to re-visit the original. Get a feel for the original Sherlock Holmes character in order to fully appreciate the re-make.

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6. Erewhon – Samuel Butler

Here’s a taste of Victorian fantasy with a touch of dystopia. The book uses this front to showcase hypocrisy in Victorian ideals.

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7. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

The character of Emma Bovary will resonate well with all the house-bound parents, people living in rural areas, travel-hungry nomads and people who run up a little too much credit at times. Live vicariously through her mistakes instead of making your own.

8. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude To A Philosophy of the Future – Friedrich Nietzsche

Get stuck into some classic philosophy with Beyond Good and Evil. Nietzsche used this novel to enlighten readers about their moral complacency and to guide them away from the herd mentality. This could be just the book to read for someone stuck in the rat race. If you’re into philosophy, see also Descartes’ Discourse on Method and Pascal’s Pensées.

9. Candide – Voltaire

Voltaire’s Candide is the perfect book for people sick of cheery optimism. Voltaire wanted to get rid of the idea that we live in the best of all possible worlds: sometimes life is pretty bleak. The message is delivered amidst a story of human resilience and dark humour.

10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer’s story is a joy to all who love the little things in life and want to live every moment to the fullest. Mark Twain wrote about kids in an attempt to capture that spirit and remind adults of those times and adventures. Also see Huckleberry Finn.

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Let us know the best audiobooks you’ve found legally online for free in the comments!

  1. Dilantha
    December 22, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Thank you soooooo much makeuseof

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 22, 2010 at 6:50 am

      You're welcome. :)

  2. Anonymous
    December 12, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Definitely loving audio books at the moment, seeing as I'm too busy (and lazy) to read books.

    War of the Worlds looks like a good read. I'll browse the other recommended websites too. Thanks!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 12, 2010 at 4:41 am

      Thanks - happy (not)reading. :)

  3. Chris4
    December 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Definitely loving audio books at the moment, seeing as I'm too busy (and lazy) to read books.

    War of the Worlds looks like a good read. I'll browse the other recommended websites too. Thanks!

  4. Gilbert
    December 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    One other piece of software advice: If you download these books, sometimes they are not in the best format for listening to on your iPod. They may be in dozens of files each only 5 minutes long. In order to get them into the correct m4b format, and to allow you to combine these and divide them the way you want into chapters and sections, as well as add book cover art, use Audiobook Builder for Mac (sorry, no Windows version) by Splasm software: http://www.splasm.com/audioboo... (free to try out, only $9.95 to purchase, well worth the price IMHO)

  5. Kish
    December 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    guys, don't forget podiobooks.com! Another great avenue of books to listen to.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 11, 2010 at 6:13 am

      Thanks for the tip!

  6. John Englert
    December 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Check to see if your library system has Overdrive. It has a great many audiobooks you can use free. My library inactivates them after 3 weeks, but allows you to have 5 rentals concurrently.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 11, 2010 at 6:14 am

      Thanks for the idea - I'm sure some readers will be able to use that. :)

  7. Kish
    December 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    guys, don't forget podiobooks.com! Another great avenue of books to listen to.

  8. Saikat Basu
    December 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Audio books are the best solution for traffic jams and long queues that I know of. I usually go for self development and motivational stuff. Nice post, Angela!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks. Hey, maybe you should do a post on the best free self-help audiobooks. :)

      • Saikat Basu
        December 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm

        Hey, that's a nice idea, though I have to make it on podcasts as free audiobooks on that theme are scarce. Thanks Angela.

  9. Tim - TekFreak.com
    December 8, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Very cool. I love Audiobooks. I'm an on again, off again user of Audible and I think AudioBooks are the way to go with the on the road lifestyle we all face these days.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 8, 2010 at 6:41 am

      Definitely. Especially if you work on a computer and are able to listen to stuff while you work. :)

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  11. Dodahman
    December 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

    If you want good, free audiobooks, look into anything by Scott Sigler. http://www.scottsigler.com
    The best author/podcaster ever. period. He started the whole, give away your book on podcast for free, revolution.
    There are even more free audio books available on http://www.podiobooks.com.
    Everything there is licensed under the creative commons licenses.
    Also try J.C. Hutchins, Seth Harwood, and Mur Lafferty to name a few. All free.
    Check it out.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      Excellent - thanks for sharing. :)

  12. Dodahman
    December 8, 2010 at 1:03 am

    If you want good, free audiobooks, look into anything by Scott Sigler. http://www.scottsigler.com
    The best author/podcaster ever. period. He started the whole, give away your book on podcast for free, revolution.
    There are even more free audio books available on http://www.podiobooks.com.
    Everything there is licensed under the creative commons licenses.
    Also try J.C. Hutchins, Seth Harwood, and Mur Lafferty to name a few. All free.
    Check it out.

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