Top 7 Websites For Free Audio Books

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Audiobook aficionados know the pain of running out of content and then facing the steep price points of the usual major online marketplaces. But for listeners who delight in the classics or in off-the-beaten-path content, websites that curate tens of thousands of different free or very-low-cost audiobooks might satisfy the craving for the next great title without busting the bank. 

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Scribl is an online source for free and inexpensive audio books.

Scribl offers stories that are crowdpriced, which is a method of pricing based on a number of factors, including popularity and genre. On this site, you'll find free audio books as well as some that are inexpensive. However, note that the price on a book could rise over time if the book is popular and well-reviewed. More »

open culture

The Open Culture portal grants access to some of the finest educational and cultural resources on the Web. They've curated a respectable collection of great audio books—mostly classics—available for free. Books are organized alphabetically by author's last name by genre: Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Wonderful works by some our culture's finest authors can be found here, including Hemingway, Tolstoy, Twain and Woolf. Even better, all books are available in a variety of formats to fit whatever listening platform or device you'd like to listen to them on.  More »

the internet archive

The Internet Archive's LibriVox collection presents more than 11,000 free audio books and poetry recordings from a eclectic variety of sources. Search by subject, keywords, alphabetically, or by title or check out the most downloaded items of the week (sorted by popularity), the most downloaded items of all time (again, sorted by popularity) or by what the Internet Archive staff has picked as their favorites for the week. More »

learn out loud

Browse a large collection of free audio books, lectures and educational podcasts available at Learn Out Loud. Categories span most people's interest, including arts and entertainment, business, sports, and travel. Filter your search results by popularity, streaming capability, author name or average rating. More »

project gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is one of the oldest and largest sites on the Web, offering thousands of free, public domain books both to read and to listen to. They present the free downloads in two main categories: human-read audio books, and books read by computer-generated voices. Burrow into either of these categories and you'll see listings sorted by author, title and language. More »

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lit2go

Lit2Go is a service of Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. They offer a large, free collection of books and poetry that you can download in audio-book format. You can also view text on the website and read along as you listen—an especially useful feature for emerging readers. Browse by author, title, reading level or subject. More »

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storynory

StoryNory features a fantastic online collection of stories for children. Anything from original stories to classic fairy tales can be found here, all read by charming narrators who bring their own talent to the story. StoryNory publishes at least one new story every week, and there are hundreds of stories from which to choose from on the site. More »