10 Best Websites For Free Audio Books

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Audio Book   10 Best Websites For Free Audio BooksBusy times call for some workarounds. One of the distinct advantages of audio books over its more physical form is that it saves time. Audio books take away a sliver of fun from the enjoyment of a book, but if the voiceover is well done, it makes up for it.

With the explosion of personal media players like iPods and even mobile phones which can carry media files, even a routine walk can be turned into an education.

Not all books are good for easy listening. Audio books on goal setting and motivation lend themselves well to listening while walking. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy an audio narration of a novel or even a bit of poetry.


The search for audio books may not always get you the title you want. Even then, you can get a few gems when you go searching. So, where do you go searching for free audio books to download and enjoy?

The following ten audio book websites, of course.

Booksshouldbefree

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At this address you get free audio books in multiple genres and languages. You can check out the Top 100, drill through the genres, or use the Google search at the top to get the free audio book for download.

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Downloads are available in mp3 and iTunes format. The books are mostly classical literature and very well organized with reviews and a small preview. You can also check out the Wikipedia links on the book and the author.

NewFiction

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NewFiction.com is one of the better “˜lookers’ in the class of free audio book websites. Perhaps, because it’s about “˜iSoaps’ or fictionalized stories delivered in episodes daily. Stories are voiced by trained dramatic actors for your aural appeal.

You can subscribe to the “˜iSoaps’ and play episodes online, get it as a podcast, or download it to your PC or your portable device (iPod, cell phone etc).

ThoughtAudio

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ThoughtAudio is a neat little audio book website with a neat collection of classical works. You can listen to them online or download them in segments. You can also view the written text of some of the books as a PDF download.

LibriVox

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Our previous thorough review on LibriVox covers this audio book website. LibriVox is a repository of free audio books in the public domain. It is a volunteer driven site, where enthusiasts record freely available books and make them available as MP3 downloads or podcasts.

You can also volunteer to be a reader, no qualifications other than an audible voice is necessary. You can search through the collection using the catalog search on the site. An advanced search option is also available.

Podiobooks

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Podiobooks is a similar episodic audio rendition of free audio books as podcasts. Like lot of podcasts, you can receive them as RSS feeds or download them directly. The number of categories is well covered from alternative history to chick lit and satire. The audio book site has about 434 titles in its stock.

Open Culture

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Audio books are just one of the sections covered on this site which focuses on educational media collected from other sites. You get to download free courses from universities in MP3 format, language lessons as podcasts, and a variety of other podcasts that cover subjects like technology, travel, music, science, and more.

Learn Out Loud

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LearnOutLoud.com is a well designed and large collection of audio books. Their catalog has 25,000 audio and video titles in a mixture of paid and free. You can click on the tab marked as Free Stuff to access the free audio books that are available for download with a right click.

All usual genres are well represented. For instance, if you are into self development, you have 425 titles to choose from. All titles are rated and reviewed.

Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg is the ongoing effort to digitize and archive cultural works in the form of eBooks. It also works in co-operation with websites like LibriVox and AudioBooksForFree for creating audio books. As a result, you can browse through their comprehensive list of human and machine read audio books.

You can go through the list alphabetically for author and title. Audio books are also available in a number of languages. But the quicker way would be to use the Advanced Search page.

Storynory

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A free audio book site especially for children is a nice little place for classic children stories like “˜A Christmas Carol’, fairy tales “˜Aesop’, educational stories that cover The Bible or history, and lots of other original stuff. You can download a free audio story every week.

Librophile

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The interface at first glance appears a bit off-the-wall. Then you realize that it’s a search tool for eBooks. Librophile collects and displays eBooks mostly from LibriVox and Audible. Click on the Free button and then go through the listings.

A mouseover over the thumbnail cover gives you a sketchy summary. You can download the free audio books as a ZIP file, play it in the browser, or check it out as a readable eBook. Clicking on a title takes you to the Audible or LibriVox website.

Do you have any other free audio book site to add to the list? Personally, I have found audio books to be the best way to beat traffic jams. What about you?

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Pete Markovic

AudioforBooks.com offers a growing library of free audiobooks for its members. Membership is free and there are other benefits for subscribers. I think you have summarized the benefits of audiobooks very well in the first paragraph of this page.

It’s the quality of the narration that projects the scene of the story into the mind of the listener that makes a great audio book. This is often borne out by listening to the same book, read by a different narrator.

Recording an audiobook is no simple task and does require certain skills by the narrator, an analogy I sometimes use to explain this is, most people can sing! But not everyone can do it really well.

Pete Markovic
Publisher of AudioforBooks.com

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Pete Markovic

AudioforBooks.com offers a growing library of free audiobooks for its members. Membership is free and there are other benefits for subscribers. I think you have summarized the benefits of audiobooks very well in the first paragraph of this page.

It’s the quality of the narration that projects the scene of the story into the mind of the listener that makes a great audio book. This is often borne out by listening to the same book, read by a different narrator.

Recording an audiobook is no simple task and does require certain skills by the narrator, an analogy I sometimes use to explain this is, most people can sing! But not everyone can do it really well.

Pete Markovic
Publisher of AudioforBooks.com

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nm

Great list Saikat – I’ve been wanting to give audiobooks a try so this is a fabulous place to start. Thank you!

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deytazan

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Chuck

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Chip

Also, http://www.overdrive.com publishes a HUGE catalog of audio books that are offered through memberships at your local library. They have many newer titles, and are compatible with most MP3 players. Only downside is that you may have to wait for the title to become available, and the title expires and cannot be played after 14 days. Did I mention…it’s FREE?

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Just move the audio book title you want to keep out of Overdrive’s “My Media” folder and it’s yours forever!

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Chip

Also, http://www.overdrive.com publishes a HUGE catalog of audio books that are offered through memberships at your local library. They have many newer titles, and are compatible with most MP3 players. Only downside is that you may have to wait for the title to become available, and the title expires and cannot be played after 14 days. Did I mention…it’s FREE?

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Saikat Basu

Thanks a lot for all the extra links guys!

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AmyeToTheRescue!

I love these! I have been using many of them for quite a while. Thanks for this list!

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Ethanbro

I’m a road-warrior that listens to more books than music in a 5-7hr drive (one way). Not finding what I want through the local library has me thinking this post really-really helpful. Thanks a bunch for the list and descriptions!

Saikat Basu

Hi Ethan, wow…a 7 hr commute everyday! You can get quite an education in an year’s worth of time through audio-books.

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C. Talltree

My favorite book is the Bible. You can get an audio download here:
http://www.jw.org/index.html?option=QrYQZRQVNlVlYR

Or, if you wish to read it online instead, go here:
http://www.watchtower.org/e/bible/index.htm

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C. Talltree

My favorite book is the Bible. You can get an audio download here:
http://www.jw.org/index.html?o

Or, if you wish to read it online instead, go here:
http://www.watchtower.org/e/bi

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Tamiran Irwan

Audiobooks turns your car into a university on wheels.

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Russel S.B.

For Muslims, there is an audio version of Holy Quran as well,

http://www.mp3quran.net/eng/

To read it online check out, http://quran.com/

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ABC (Audiobook Collector)

And this is MY favorite tool to maintin my vast collection :)

http://www.the-airheads.com (My Audiobook Collection) an extensive tool for my Audiobooks.

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ABC (Audiobook Collector)

And this is MY favorite tool to maintin my vast collection :)

http://www.the-airheads.com (My Audiobook Collection) an extensive tool for my Audiobooks.

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Craftlit Heather

There’s also CraftLit, Forgotten Classics, and ChopBard.

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Craftlit Heather

There’s also CraftLit, Forgotten Classics and Chop Bard.

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Azhare55

this web site is really rich
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