The 12 Best Free Audiobooks From Loyal Books You Should Listen To
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Even if you don’t have the time to sit and read a book, you can still enjoy quality literature by listening to audiobooks. And there are plenty of good free audiobooks out there.

Many sites now offer free audiobooks, including Amazon. However, in this article we take a look at the best free audiobooks on Loyal Books, which was formerly known as booksshouldbefree.

1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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Published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe is considered to be one of the first English novels. It tells the story of a lost British castaway who is forced to spend 28 years on a Caribbean island before eventually being rescued.

Despite its age, Robinson Crusoe remains popular among adventure lovers; it includes tales of cannibals, wild animals, hunting, and the desolate loneliness that Crusoe faces throughout his ordeal.

2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

peter pan free audiobook

The Scottish playwright and novelist Sir James Matthew Barrie was one of the foremost literary figures of the late 19th century.

Peter Pan had already featured in some of his works (such as 1901’s Little White Bird) before Barrie penned the full-length play about the character in 1904. The book version didn’t become available until 1911.

The original story is much less sanitized that the Disney adaptation that most people know and love. Suffice to say, if you’ve never read it, you’re in for a shock.

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

sherlock holmes free audiobook

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of 12 standalone stories. This free public domain audiobook includes all 12 releases which you can download individually.

The main protagonist is the title character. His friend and assistant, Dr. Watson, also features in every edition. Watson narrates all but four of the stories in the first-person.

4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

the wizard of oz free audiobook

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of American literature’s greatest titles.

The famous children’s book needs little introduction. It tells the story of Dorothy Gale as she’s carried away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, ending up in the fantastical land of Oz. Scarecrows, lions, and wizards all feature heavily.

5. The Odyssey by Homer

the odyssey free audiobook

Forget English literature. The Odyssey is one of the greatest masterpieces in human history. Written around 800 BC, it is the second-oldest surviving work of Western literature, bettered only by Homer’s other epic play, The Iliad.

The Trojan war between the Greeks and the Trojans provides the backdrop for the tale. For anyone with a passing interest in ancient culture, this free audiobook is a must-listen.

6. The 9/11 Commission Report

9/11 report free audiobook

Let’s move away from fiction for a moment. If you want to listen to a good free audiobook about real-life events, we recommend The 9/11 Commission Report.

Officially titled the Krean Hamilton Commission, the book is an audio transcript of the committee’s investigation into the terrorist attacks that devastated the United States in September 2001.

7. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

gullivers travels free audiobook

Another of the best free audiobooks for adventure addicts is Gulliver’s Travels. It was first published in 1726, less than a decade after the previous adventure novel we suggested, Robinson Crusoe. Critics frequently cite the book as one of the English language’s finest works.

Lemuel Gulliver is the primary character. He is the surgeon—and later Captain—on several ships. The story follows his life as he’s repeatedly shipwrecked, deserted, and cast adrift in far-flung corners of the globe.

8. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

decline and fall of roman empire free audiobook

Another of the best non-fiction free audiobooks on Loyal Books is The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Despite its age, the book remains one of the foremost studies on Western civilization between the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium.

Warning: This isn’t for the faint-hearted. The book discusses 1500 years of history across six mammoth volumes.

9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

moby dick free audiobook

Moby-Dick is one of the most influential novels to come out of the American Renaissance. It tells the story of a sailor who seeks to exact his revenge on the sperm whale that bit off his leg.

Oddly, the book was a flop upon its initial release. When Melville died in 1891, it was out of print and largely forgotten. However, after receiving glowing reviews from William Faulkner and D.H. Lawrence, it slowly grew in popularity. By 1926, it had been adapted into a silent film. Today, reviewers regularly list it as one of the best books of all time.

10. Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

andersens fairy tales free audiobook

The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Wild Swans, The Snow Queen—Hans Christian Andersen is responsible for some of the most celebrated fairy tales in the world. Many parents still dutifully read them to young children today, almost 150 years after the author’s death.

If you’re looking for some free audiobooks to entertain your little ‘uns on long trips, download this file and keep it handy. You won’t regret it.

11. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

the war of the worlds free audiobook

With movies like Independence Day, Mars Attacks, and Starship Troopers—not to mention the endless stream of Marvel releases—it’s easy to forget just how groundbreaking The War of the Worlds was when first published. Urban legend claims that when Orson Welles narrated a radio adaptation in 1938, millions of listeners in the US panicked, assuming it to be an actual event.

To date, the novel has never been out of print. It truly is one of the best public domain audiobooks you can download.

12. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein

albert einstein free audiobook

You don’t need to be a science whizz to read (or listen to) Albert Einstein’s seminal work. He wrote Relativity: The Special and General Theory for the general public. The physics concepts are explained clearly and concisely, and are almost entirely free from mathematical jargon.

So, if you can’t tell your E=mc2 from your a2+b2=c2, make sure you download this free audiobook from Loyal Books.

How to Download Even More Free Audiobooks

Remember, this list of best free audiobooks only covers titles that are available on Loyal Books (formerly booksshouldbefree). They are all public domain audiobooks, making them free and legal to download.

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  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: [Broken Link Removed] (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.