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Audio books are a great way to spend time in the car or plane while traveling, lazing by the pool, or while just hanging out and tired of your tunes. There are many sites with free audio books available and I have selected some for your review. All offer free files and several offer free and materials available for purchase. Formats are listed if given up front in the website.
- Dual platform; free materials and pay materials. Librophile is a really user-friendly audio book website. All books listed in the catalog go with a description, a book cover, and a download link. Besides, there is also an option to listen to audio books online.
- Thought Audio
- Thought Audio only stream online. However the company is working on a “Zip Pass” that will allow for downloads. It will cost $10/year to download the books in one large file. The selections are broken up into different links instead of one big one. They are more known for deeper content.
- Open Culture
- Open Culture website has a “Free Audio Books” page where you see links to free audio book downloads from different resources including Audible, iTunes, YouTube and free mp3 downloads from public domain sites.
- Story Nory
- Free audio books for children or kids at heart. Here you’ll download fairy tales, stories, and classic books for children in MP3 files or iTunes podcasts.
- Audio Books
- A wide selection of modern audio books. Grouped by genres, there are lists for topical reading which can be downloaded as well. You can play or download any book for free, but only for 30 days.
- Kiddie Records
- There are fairy tales sorted by record date, classic books for kids and short stories. Listen to these audio books online for free or download them by chapters in mp3 for a fee.
- Libri Vox
- Free full-book audio books. Use the search box on the site homepage, insert a writer name or a book title and get the list of audio books. There are 2 download options – OGG and MP3.
- Podio Books
- Listen to audio books on iPods, iPhones or iPads via iTunes podcasts. PodioBooks library is easy to surf; you may filter books by type, author, or book name and listen to them via website audio player. Good for an entry level listener.
- Project Gutenberg
- Project Gutenberg offers about 42,000 world wide free ebooks and audio books. It’s one of the biggest online public libraries. The audio books are divided into computer and human-read. Plus, Project Gutenberg allows you to select audio file quality for download.
- Formerly Books
- Formerly Books Should Be Free is a small website which collects classic audio books. Choose a genre (fiction, poetry, etc), select your language (for example, English, French or Spanish) and stream an audio book online.
- Run by Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse, is a comprehensive collection of downloadable short stories and poems that you can browse by author, title, genre, collection, and even reading level. The bulk of the audiobooks can be downloaded as a single MP3 entity or as short, segmented passages of specific chapters. PDFs are also included for educational or supplemental work.
- Free Classic Audio Books
- This extremely basic site offers free recordings of items such as Treasure Island, Emma and The King James Bible. The site itself is a bit difficult to browse but as long as you know what you’re looking for it can be navigated quickly. Everything is downloaded as either an MP3 or M4B. This is not the site to use for anything newer than Huckleberry Finn.
- Learn Out Loud Audio Books
- The site features an enormous collection of audiobooks – more than 30,000 and counting which are both free and for purchase. Click the “Free Stuff” tab at the top of the homepage to access the free collection of audiobooks. From there you can browse by genre, most popular and audio format.
- Audio Books for Free
- Just as the name implies, Audio Books for Free gives you access to a good deal of free classic audiobooks. The site does a great job breaking the audiobooks into a long list of different genres and categories, thus making it easier than similar sites for finding something right up your alley. You can also stream the audio files in a variety of MP3 formats or download them for your mobile device. Plus, the site offers both male and female narrators for many of our beloved classics.
- BookRix is the perfect site for something different. It allows for independent writers to publish their work for free. Some of it as written work and others as audiobooks for your listening pleasure. It definitely has more variety than the rest of the sites on the page.The authors read the comments posted under their work so a listener can tell them exactly how they feel.
- New Fixton
- Free ebooks and audio books.A unique library of audiobooks that are performed by multiple actors. Consider them modern-day radio dramas. Just click on a story and get it delivered to your browser, iPhone, iPad, or Android phone.
- Learn Out Loud
- Offering a selection of over 10,000 free educational audio and video titles. The directory features free audio books, courses, documentaries, talks, interviews, speeches, and many other free audio and video resources. Audio & video downloads and streaming audio & video titles.
- Light Up Your Brain
- Light Up Your Brain is about the fun of being a kid. In addition to stories that we’ve read, we’ve also found some great problem-solving, brain-stimulating games to play and we share links to outside resources for learning.