Free Audio Books: The 15 Best Sources Online

Find Thousands of Audio Books for Free

Having a free audio book in the car for when you run errands, on your phone when you're traveling, or on your computer to enjoy while you work, can keep you sane and add some fun and interest to your day.

These websites offer completely free audio books for you to download and listen to whenever you want. You won't find any samples here, at these websites you'll be able to download the complete audio book.

The free audio books below are all legal to download. They are either public domain or the websites have gotten permission from the author to offer the audio book for free. Most of the time you'll be downloading these audio books as MP3 files (or sometimes WMA or AAC files) that can play on your computer, phone, or MP3 player.

Looking for more free books in other formats? Download free books for your Kindle, free children's Kindle books, free romance ebooks, or free Nook books along with this guide on finding free ebooks. I also have a list of current free magazine subscriptions.

Important: There are lots of websites aside from the ones below that offer free audio books that you can download through torrents. However, you should know that while that method of sharing audio books and other digital files (e.g. movies, software, music) may seem completely fine, it's normally illegal in most countries and is typically considered an unsafe way to share files since it's a common way to transmit malware.

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Podiobooks

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Podiobooks has hundreds of free audio books over every subject you can think of and includes audio books for adults and kids.

At Podiobooks you can download the free audio books directly from the website or receive them like podcasts from an RSS feed. You can browse for them by genre, most recently added, series, or by an alphabetized list of every audio book they have.

You don't need to register to get a free audio book from Podiobooks but if you do (it's free) you'll get a custom podcast feed that will make enjoying your book a whole lot easier. More

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LibriVox

LibriVox has a huge selection of free audio books that are recordings of volunteers who have read chapters from books that are in the public domain.

You can find a free audio book by searching by title, author, reader, genre/subject, or language. You can also browse all the titles in the catalog or view only the most recent audio books.

The free audio books can be downloaded in a ZIP file directly from LibriVox or you can subscribe to the new releases as podcasts. More

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Audible

Audible has a 30 day free trial going which means that you can download any two audio book of your choice for free during that time.

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Audible has a great selection of audio books and you'll be able to find just about any audio book you are looking for, including best sellers and new releases.

After the 30 day trial, you can get one book each month for $14.95 /month.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg has audio books that are human-read and also some that are computer-generated.

These are also public domain books that have been turned into audio books that are now available for free for anyone who's interested.

The easiest way to find an audio book here is to browse through the authors and titles. You can also view them by languages and by the time they were added - over the last 24 hours, the last 7 days, and the last 30 days. More

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OverDrive

If your local library has a subscription to OverDrive then this is a great place to find free audio books of recent fiction and non-fiction books, including best-sellers.

You'll check out these audio books just like you would a library book and they'll be returned at the end of the loan period.

Besides free audio books, OverDrive also has free ebooks, movies, and music. More

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Lit2Go

Lit2Go is a unique free audio book website that organizes their audio books based on readability using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level index. Don't worry if you aren't sure what that is, Lit2Go is a great place to download audio books even if you're not a teacher.

Each book can be downloaded by the chapter and includes popular classic titles like Aesop's Fables, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, The Call of the Wild, Oliver Twist, Wuthering Heights, and many, many more.

You can browse through genres like Fable, Gothic, Epic, Adventure, Informational, Horror, and Poetry, among others, as well as find audio books by collection such as The Civil War and The Books of Oz.

For some of these audio books, you can also download a PDF version of the text to follow along with, in addition to a student activity worksheet. Others have the text on the book's download page. More

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Internet Archive

The Internet Archive also has a ton of free audio books that you can browse through by subject, keywords, or using the search box. There's around 12,000 results for audio books and poetry on this website.

My favorite way to find free audio books at Internet Archive is by sorting the books by view count to find the most popular audio books.

Popular audio books here include The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, The Swiss Family Robinson, Moby Dick, The Art of War, and Dracula. More

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Loyal Books

It's easy to find a free audio book you want to download at Loyal Books (previously called Books Should Be Free). You can view the audio books by the language, the top 100, Children, Fiction, Fantasy, and Mystery, as well as more than a dozen other genres.

These are public domain books and you may not see anything that differs here from the other public domain audio book websites. It's so easy to find an audio book here thanks to the categories and large photos that I had to include in the list.

You can listen to these books on the Loyal Books website, download MP3s of the chapters altogether at once in one ZIP file, download the whole audio book in one M4B file, or even listen in an RSS reader. More

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Storynory

If you are looking for free audio books for kids then Storynory should be your first stop.

Every week, Storynory publishes a free audio book just for kids. The audio books here include original stories, fairy tales, classic stories, educational books, and some small stories for the very little ones.

The audio books here can be downloaded or streamed directly from the website, and an RSS feed lets you stay current with new releases. More

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Open Culture

Open Culture has over 500 fiction, non-fiction, and poetry audio books you can download for free. Just scroll down the alphabetized list to browse through everything they have to offer.

These audio books are located on a variety of other websites, so some of them may be direct links to the MP3 while others may be streamed from its download page but not available for download.

Besides free audio books, Open Culture also has free movies, online courses, language lessons, and ebooks. More

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Librophile

Librophile is another free audio book directory that makes finding public domain audio books really simple.

Browse by the most popular, recently added, and genres of audio books to find an audio book that you're interested in, and then you can download the whole audio book or listen to it in pieces right on the website.

Be aware that while the link below takes you to a list of all the free audio books at Librophile, there is also a category of ones that do cost money. More

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Light Up Your Brain

Light Up Your Brain has several free audio books that are just for kids. A transcription of the story is provided as well so that beginning readers can read along with the audio.

There are also some free games for kids here that are all made to challenge their mind and keep their brain active. More

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ThoughtAudio

ThoughtAudio has classic works of literature and philosophy books available to download as free audio books. You can browse the whole list, search for books, as well as see them in order of those that were were most recently added to the collection.

To get these audio books you'll have to either listen to them on the ThoughtAudio website or download them in installments by right-clicking each part that you want to save.

A PDF transcript for these audio books are also available for download. More

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Free Classic AudioBooks

This free audio book website specializes in classic and fiction audio books and you can view them by most popular, recently added or by author's last name.

There's also a collections page that categorizes the audio books into Short Story, Science Fiction, Audio Bibles, and Norse Stories sections.

All the audio books here can be downloaded as an MP3 file and some of them as an M4B file for the iPhone/iPod. More

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Learn Out Loud

There are over 10,000 free educational and video titles at Learn Out Loud, including not only 3,000+ free audio books but also lots of documentaries, speeches, and more.

The free audio books can be sorted by recently added, random, most popular, or alphabetically. There are also specific categories that can choose to find only those types of free audio books, such as Science, Self Development, Language, Business, and Travel.

These free audio books can be streamed online or, if you sign up for a free account, they can be downloaded by "purchasing" them like you would something that you have to pay for (but they're still free). More

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