Where to Download Free Audio Books

Here's how to find thousands of audio books for free online

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Having a free audiobook 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 audiobooks 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 complete audio books.

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

There are lots of websites aside from the ones below that offer free audio books that you can download through torrent websites. However, you should know that while that method of sharing audio ebooks 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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Screenshot of free audiobook downloads at 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, genre/subject, or language. You can also browse all the titles in the catalog, view only the most recent audio books, and subscribe to new releases as podcasts.

Once you reach a book's description page, you can read more about it and even listen to the chapters individually without having to download each of them. 

However, if you do want to download the whole audio book, every chapter included, you can do so in a ZIP file, directly from LibriVox. Some are also available through a torrent and M4B file.

LibriVox is also available for iOS and Android devices so you can download audio books to your phone or tablet, or stream them on the go.

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Free audiobook downloads at Audible

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

Audible has a great selection of audio books and you'll be able to find just about any audiobook 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, no matter the price of the book.

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Rakuten OverDrive

Screenshot of free audiobooks at OverDrive

If your local library has a subscription to OverDrive (you can check here) then this is a great place to find free audio book downloads 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. You can even do it all from Libby, the mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Besides free audiobooks, OverDrive also has free ebooks, movies, and music.

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Screenshot of free audiobook downloads at 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. The audio book downloads can also be found 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, in addition to a student activity worksheet. Others have the text on the book's download page.

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Internet Archive

Screenshot of the Archive.org Audio Book and Poetry website
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The Internet Archive also has a ton of free audio book downloads that you can browse through by subject, keywords, or using the search box. There are around 15,000 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

Some are available in multiple formats so that you can download an audio book in the MP3 or OGG format, for example.

Mind Webs is another part of Internet Archive that has several dozen classic sci-fi audio books.

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Loyal Books

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It's easy to use Loyal Books (previously called Books Should Be Free) to download free audio books. You can view the audio books by the language, the top 100, and by genre like Children, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, and more than a dozen others.

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 audiobook in one M4B file for iPhones and iPods, stream from your Android or iPhone, and even get the audio book through an RSS reader.

These are public domain books, so you might not see anything here that differs from the other public domain audio book websites we've already mentioned.

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Screenshot of the Storynory website
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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.

You can download audio books here, stream them directly from the website, or subscribe through iTunes or another podcasting service.

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Open Culture

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

These audio book downloads are located on a variety of other websites, too, so some of them may be direct links to the MP3 while others might 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.

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Screenshot of the Digitalbook.io audio book website

Digitalbook.io (previously known as Librophile) is another free audiobook directory that makes is easy to find public domain audio book downloads.

Browse by the most popular or recently added audio books to find one you might like, or look through the list of genres or authors. You can also see trending audio books at Digitalbook.io.

You can download the whole audio book or listen to it in pieces right on the website.

There are over 100,000 items at Digitalbook.io, and while some are audio books others are regular ebooks. 

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Light Up Your Brain

Screenshot of a free audiobook download at Light Up Your Brain

Light Up Your Brain has several free audio books that are just for kids, and you can stream them or download the audio books to your computer.

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.

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Screenshot of free audiobook downloads at ThoughtAudio

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

To get these audio books you 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.

PDF transcripts for these audiobooks are also available for download.

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Free Classic Audio Books

Screenshot of the FreeClassicAudioBooks.com website

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.

Some examples include Romeo and Juliet, The Wind in the Willows, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and Autobiography of Mark Twain.

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

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Learn Out Loud

Free audiobook downloads at LearnOutLoud

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 you can choose to find only those types of free audio book downloads, such as Science, Technology, Self Development, Languages, Business, and Travel.

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

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Audiobook Sync

Screenshot of free audiobook downloads at Audiobook Sync (SYNC)

Audiobook Sync (SYNC) is a free summer reading program meant for kids 13 and older, but anyone can take part in it to get free audio book downloads.

SYNC gives away two free audio books every week over the summer. It's a perfect way for kids to keep their comprehension skills sharp before returning to school, but also provides a way for adults to grab some free audio ebooks.

The SYNC service is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, and the books themselves are usable through the OverDrive app on mobile and desktop devices.

You can sign up for SMS or email alerts to get reminded when SYNC releases new titles.

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Project Gutenberg

Screenshot of the free audiobook website Project Gutenberg

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

Another place to look for free audio books at Project Gutenberg is the Top 100 page.

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Screenshot of the ejunto website

ejunto is the place to be if you're wanting audio books on American history, philosophy, autobiographies, and similar topics. 

Although there's a sparse selection and you can't listen to these public domain audio books on the ejunto website, you can download them to your computer for free.

Some of the free audio ebooks here include a George Washington biography, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, an audio recording of the US Constitution, and Second Treatise on Government by John Locke.

If you can't get the audio book to work on the ejunto website, try visiting the iTunes link on the download page.

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Screenshot of audiobook downloads at Scribl

Scribl is a very different audio book website because while there are some free audio books, most of them come at a cost. It's really a hit or miss type of situation when you look for free audio ebooks here.

However, we've included it here because you might find unique books that aren't free anywhere else. Just make sure to grab them quickly because as books get more popular, Scribl puts a price on them.

Because Scribl has other things, too, like ebooks and podcasts, you want to make sure to filter the results to only show audio books.

There used to be a free audio book website at Podiobooks.com but it's now a part of Scribl.

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Screenshot of free audiobooks at Spotify

Free audio books at Spotify? Yes! With a catch: it's only free to download the books if you're a paying user. Spotify memberships allow for downloading content while free users can only stream the books.

The free audio books at Spotify are not organized very well because Spotify is a music streaming service, not an audio book website — but there is a good handful of them available.

If the link above doesn't have the audiobook you want, try doing a general search for audiobooks on Spotify.

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Screenshot showing how to search for a free audiobook on YouTube

Similar to Spotify, YouTube is not primarily a good source for audiobooks because most of the content is music and videos. However, you might have luck finding some really great free audio books on YouTube if you know how to search for them.

If you can't find an audio book on YouTube by searching for its name followed by "audiobook" (e.g., the six pillars of self esteem audiobook), you can try Reddit. The /r/audiobooksonyoutube sub is built specifically for sharing which videos on YouTube are actually audiobooks.

Once you find an audiobook you like, and so long as you know it's public domain or is legal to download, you can download just the audio from the video with a YouTube to MP3 converter.