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free audiobooksA while ago we published a comprehensive list of the 10 best websites for free audiobooks 10 Best Websites For Free Audio Books 10 Best Websites For Free Audio Books Read More . The world hasn’t changed, and many of us are still way too busy to sit down and read. We therefore look for refuge in audiobooks, which can make reading possible even for the busiest person.

But most big websites provide similar selections. Should we be limited to mainstream just because we choose to read using audiobooks? Not at all. If you love unique books, unknown authors and books you generally don’t find in the usual book collections, you can still play the free audiobook game.

These 7 websites provide very interesting books, but the user experience is not always perfect. The books are there, and they are all decent quality, but you might have to dig for some really interesting finds. But hey, that’s all part of the fun!

Lit2Go

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Lit2Go is an audiobook project containing both books and poems, and is run by Florida’s Educationsl Technology Clearinghouse. This is a nice collection of fiction books, educational books, poems, short stories and more, which you can browse by author, title, reading level or subject matter.

Each book is available to download as MP3 or PDF, so Lit2Go can be used as an interesting source for eBooks as well. You can also view each book as plain text on a webpage, if you wish to listen on your computer and follow while you read.

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Internet Archive

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Internet Archive includes, among other things, a sizable collection of audiobooks and poetry. While not the easiest site to browse, you can focus your attention on either regular browsing by title/keyword/subject (no author, for some reason), or check out the right sidebar for a list of the most downloaded audiobooks and some staff picks.

Since the website consolidated several collections, not all books are available in all formats. Some are available as MP3 only, while others are available as Ogg as well. The files are usually for individual chapters, though some books are available as a single download.

The Story Spieler

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If Internet Archive seems crowded and confusing, The Story Spieler is one reader who hosts his files on Internet Archive, but also has his own blog where you can browse only his books. The books in The Story Spieler are narrated by a retired TV and radio broadcaster, and his choice of stories is both varied and interesting.

Browse the books using the huge category list which contains everything from history to Rudyard Kipling and from children’s stories to science fiction. Seriously, this guy is diverse. There are lots of books by famous classic authors, and a lot of titles you’ve probably never heard of. The books are available in MP3 format, and files are usually small, as appropriate to blog posts. Longer books are divided into chapters, which you can download individually.

Voices In The Dark

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While not being a huge collection, Voice in the Dark is one of those places you can’t help but fall in love with. This is an intriguing collection of mystery, fantasy and poetry, mixed with some legends, fairy tales and much more. All are read by real people and all are available in both low quality and high quality MP3s.

While the whole website seems to have been preserved from the 90’s, the book collection is really interesting, and the readers are very diverse. You can easily browse the collection by genre, title or author. It’s hard to tell if the website is still being updated, but one can hope. This is one truly unique find.

FreeAudioBooks

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If you’re looking for something a bit more mainstream, FreeAudioBooks is probably the most classical collection on this list. This is a diverse collection which features many true classics along with children’s stories, lots of non-fiction audios and many more genres to choose from. Whether you’re into plays, biographies or classic humor, you’re going to find it all here.

All files are available in the ZIP format, inside which you’d find a separate MP3 for each chapter.

Tor.com

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If you’re a true sci-fi and fantasy buff , be sure to check out Tor.com. This is a large collection of short stories by famous or not-so-famous authors, which are available for download in MP3 format. If you’re into eReaders, most books are also available in Kindle, Nook and iPad formats. Scattered among the stories, you’ll also find the odd comic strip. These are not available in audio, but are a nice addition to the general experience.

When you click a story, you’ll usually get the text itself. To get the audio, search the left sidebar for the word “listen”. This is where you can download the audio. Not all stories have audio, but a good amount of them do.

Pulp Daily

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Remember the good old days of pulp fiction? Well, I don’t. Pulp stories are an interesting glimpse into the 1930s, and could be really entertaining to read. I’ve heard a lot of these pulp magazine stories, but who has time to locate them and read them? This is where Pulp Daily comes in handy.

Pulp Daily is a blog, which unfortunately was not updated since January, but still contains a lot of recorded pulp magazine stories. The author was posting a chapter every few days, and you can browse the archives for some interesting stories from the blog’s past. You will have to download each story chapter by chapter, but this might be worth it for an excellent way to listen to a piece of entertainment history.

On the left you’ll find links to several other free audiobook blogs, these are all interesting finds and you should go ahead and to check them all out.

Bottom Line

Don’t be deterred if you don’t find a good read on the main page of these websites. Part of the fun is in the browsing and finding, and all these websites offer some really good finds. And if you don’t have time, you can always pick something at random!

Want to share your experience from these websites? Know of more interesting audiobook websites? We’re waiting for your comments!

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  1. Bhavik joshi
    December 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Nice post..very useful..I would like to know from Where I can get the audio books of programming languages.like audio books for c,c++,java,.net,php,etc..I downloaded audio books of java from

     http://www.developeradvantage.com/products.html  
    ...do i have any other better option.

    • Yaara
      December 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Try looking here. It's mostly podcasts, but those are a pretty good option too.

  2. Anonymous
    December 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Hi!  My interest is in audio renditions of 19th century (or earlier, or early 20th century) books, non-fiction, ie history, etc.   Anyone know of such a site?

    Many thanks!
    PJB/

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      Sorry for double-post!

      • Fred Preston
        December 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        Librivox.org has a few books either already produced or in the pipeline.

  3. Christine Melcher
    December 2, 2011 at 4:37 am

    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com which actually takes from http://librivox.org/  also, an android app called overdrive can connect directly to your local library and with a library card you can download audiobooks and have them "taken back" after your rental period.
    I find that with life, school, and work that the only time I have time to "read" a book is on the road...traffic? What traffic? :)

    • Yaara
      December 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

      Thanks for the links! These are great websites and they already appeared in our previous post about free audiobooks.

      Overdrive is one I didn't know about, I will definitely check it out, although there aren't really any libraries that lend out eBooks or audiobooks where I live.

  4. Yaara
    November 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Like I told Ajlewis, Podiobooks was already mentioned in a previous post about the bigger more mainstream websites for free audiobooks, so I didn't mention it again. Thanks though!

  5. Yaara
    November 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation! Podiobooks already appeared in our previous post about free audiobooks, which is why it wasn't included in this one.

  6. Slywlf
    November 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Uh oh - and I already spend way too much time with my nose in a book - now I'll be listening to them in the car too... ;-)

    • Yaara
      November 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      At least you won't be "wasting" that extra time. :)

  7. Liggybee
    November 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I have checked Internet Archives before and found excellent audio material there, many very professional quality.

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