Software & Apps Apps 133 133 people found this article helpful 19 Best Places to Download Free Audiobooks Here's how to find thousands of audio books for free online by Stacy Fisher Stacy is a freelancer with over 18 years experience writing about technology and personal finance. She has published hundreds of articles and co-authored a book. our editorial process Stacy Fisher Updated on May 03, 2020 Apps Best Apps Tweet Share Email 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 free audio converter tools you can use if you need the audiobook to be in a different file format. 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. Also read our guide to finding free eBooks. 01 of 19 LibriVox What We Like You can listen to specific chapters without having to download all of them Several ways to find a specific audiobook Lets you recieve new audiobooks by podcast Available in many languages Works on mobile devices What We Don't Like Can't sort audiobooks by most popular 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 here, and Android devices here, so that you can download audio books to your phone or tablet, or stream them on the go. Browse LibriVox Audio Books 02 of 19 Audible What We Like There's a huge selection of audiobooks Get two audiobooks completely free The audiobooks are yours to keep forever Listen to your audiobooks from a mobile device or computer What We Don't Like The trial period is only one month long Limits you to just two audiobook downloads Must pay monthly after the trial to keep downloading audiobooks Our Review of Audible Audible has a 30-day free trial going which means that you can download any audio book of your choice, plus any two Audible originals, 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. Get a 30-Day Free Audible Trial 03 of 19 Rakuten OverDrive What We Like Lets you borrow audiobooks free from your local library Works with tens of thousands of libraries You can listen from a computer or the mobile app Includes free audiobooks samples What We Don't Like Must have a library card from a supported library If your local library has a subscription to OverDrive (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 and Android. Besides free audiobooks, OverDrive also has free eBooks, movies, and music. Browse Over Drive Audio Books 04 of 19 Internet Archive What We Like Has thousands of free audiobook downloads Several sorting options for finding the perfect audiobook Lets you filter the audiobook downloads by certain criteria Usually multiple audio format options when downloading Can be downloaded in bulk or by individual chapter What We Don't Like Many audiobooks are poorly named and hard to recognize at first glance There aren't many non-English audiobook downloads 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 18,000 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. Browse Internet Archive Audio Books 05 of 19 Loyal Books What We Like Multiple language options Makes finding the top 100 audiobooks easy Audiobooks are organized in several genres Thousands of free audiobooks What We Don't Like Few sorting options 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, save specific chapters only, stream from your Android with this app or iPhone/iPad via the iOS app, 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. Browse Loyal Books Audio Books 06 of 19 Storynory What We Like Great for kids Includes text with the audiobook New audiobooks are released often What We Don't Like Very limited compared to most other audiobook websites 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. Browse Storynory Audio Books 07 of 19 Open Culture What We Like Hundreds of free audiobooks Audiobooks are listed in alphabetical order for easy reading What We Don't Like Can't sort or filter the list of audiobooks No option to search through the list Open Culture has a thousand 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. Browse Open Culture Audio Books 08 of 19 Digitalbook.io What We Like Change the playback rate Audiobooks can be launched as podcasts in iTunes Several ways to locate a new free audiobook Includes lots of well-known titles and lesser-known ones What We Don't Like Has a lot more ebooks than audiobooks 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 just specific chapters, as well as 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. Browse Digitalbook.io Audio Books 09 of 19 Light Up Your Brain What We Like Audiobooks are geared toward kids A text version is available below each audiobook Most audiobooks are under 10 minutes What We Don't Like Every audiobook is one file; there aren't chapters Has only kids audiobooks 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. Browse Light Up Your Brain Audio Books 10 of 19 ThoughtAudio What We Like Provides PDF transcripts of the audiobooks Includes classic audiobooks Lets you stream directly from the website What We Don't Like Must download each chapter individually; no bulk download option No obvious download button 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. Browse ThoughtAudio Audio Books 11 of 19 Free Classic Audio Books What We Like Some audiobooks are available in multiple audio formats Perfect place for classic audiobooks You can download individual chapters as well as whole books What We Don't Like Not as many audiobooks as similar websites Website isn't fun or easy to use because there aren't graphics 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. To download hundreds of their audiobooks at once and support the site, you can purchase the short stories on a DVD. Browse Free Classic Audio Books 12 of 19 Learn Out Loud What We Like Lets you listen to thousands of free audiobooks Provides several ways to find and sort the free audiobooks Categorizes audiobooks into unique genres Also has documentaries, courses, speeches, and more What We Don't Like A free user account is needed for some audiobooks Some are only free during a trial There are thousands of free educational and video titles at Learn Out Loud, including not only thousands of 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). Browse Learn Out Loud Audio Books 13 of 19 hoopla What We Like Easy to use website Access from a variety of devices Lots of genres to pick from What We Don't Like Requires a valid library card Much like Overdrive detailed at the top of this list, hoopla has free audiobook downloads but only if you have a library card at a supporting library. When searching for popular audiobooks at hoopla, you can sort the results by popularity, new arrivals, title, and average rating, and filter the audiobooks by titles for kids or ones just for adults. There are also lots of audiobook categories to browse through. These audiobooks can be streamed from your computer or on various devices like iOS, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, etc. Browse hoopla Audio Books 14 of 19 Audiobook Sync What We Like Encourages kids to keep reading in the summer Gives away two free audiobooks every week in the summer You can sign up for alerts to know when new audiobooks are available What We Don't Like Audiobooks aren't available all year long. Limits your audiobook downloads to two per week 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 Sora app. You can sign up for SMS or email alerts to get reminded when SYNC releases new titles. Browse Audiobook Sync Titles 15 of 19 New Fiction What We Like Unique audiobooks Easy to use website What We Don't Like Few selections Can't download the whole book in one file New Fiction is a unique audiobook website that describes its readings as "modern-day radio dramas." There aren't very many choices here but all of them are free and can be streamed from the site or downloaded. Browse New Fiction Audio Books 16 of 19 Project Gutenberg What We Like Provides a massive source of free downloads Supports lots of languages Lets you save audiobook chapters individually or download the entire book What We Don't Like Some audiobooks are read by a computer, and so aren't as fluid or easy to listen to Most chapters don't have descriptive titles Project Gutenberg has audiobooks 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. Download Project Gutenberg Audio Books 17 of 19 Scribl What We Like Provides audiobooks that normally cost Lets you filter the audiobooks results by language Lots of filtering options for styles, character info, etc. What We Don't Like Most audiobooks are not free It's hard to find just the free audiobooks Must sign in to download books 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. Browse Scribl Audio Books 18 of 19 Spotify What We Like Lets you stream audiobooks absolutely free Works on computers and mobile devices Also includes tons of free music What We Don't Like It isn't easy to find audiobooks among all the music Only paying customers can download the free audiobooks Our Review of 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 below doesn't have the audiobook you want, try doing a general search for audiobooks on Spotify. Use these Spotify search tips if you need help. Browse Spotify Audio Books 19 of 19 YouTube What We Like Any audiobook you find is free to stream No user account is needed to view or download audiobooks Also has lots of free music and videos What We Don't Like Doesn't provide a built-in way for finding audiobooks Most audiobooks don't have a download link Our Review of YouTube Similar to Spotify, YouTube isn't 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. Browse YouTube Audio Books There are lots of websites aside from the ones above 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 method for sharing files since it's a common way to transmit malware.