17 Best Places to Download Free Audiobooks

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

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 books.

The downloads below are all legal. They are either public domain or the websites have permission from the author.

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 books for your Kindle, children's Kindle books, romance eBooks, or Nook books. Also, read our guide to finding free eBooks.

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LibriVox

LibriVox free audiobooks
What We Like
  • Listen to specific chapters without having to download all of them.

  • Several ways to find a specific title.

  • Receive new audiobooks by podcast.

  • Available in many languages.

  • Works on mobile devices.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't sort by most popular.

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

You can find one by searching by title, author, genre/subject, or language. You can also browse all the titles in the catalog, view only the most additions, 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 audiobook, 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 books to your phone or tablet, or stream them on the go.

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Audible

Best selling Audible audiobooks
What We Like
  • There's a huge selection.

  • Get two audiobooks completely free.

  • They're yours to keep forever.

  • Listen from a mobile device or computer.

What We Don't Like
  • The trial period is only for one month.

  • Limited to two downloads.

  • Must pay after the trial to keep downloading audiobooks.

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

Audible has a great selection of audiobooks and you'll be able to find just about any title you're looking for, including bestsellers 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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OverDrive

Screenshot of OverDrive technology audiobooks
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 audiobook downloads of recent fiction and non-fiction books, including best-sellers.

You'll check these out 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 audiobooks, OverDrive also has free eBooks, movies, and music.

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Internet Archive

Archive.org Audio Book and Poetry website
What We Like
  • Has thousands of audiobooks.

  • 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 audiobook downloads that you can browse through by subject, keywords, or using the search box. There are over 20,000 results for audiobooks and poetry on this website.

Our favorite way to find books here is by sorting by view count to find the most popular ones. Some of those 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 the book in the MP3 or OGG format, for example.

Mind Webs is one part of the Internet Archive that has several dozen classic sci-fi audiobooks.

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Loyal Books

Loyal Books popular free audiobooks
What We Like
  • Multiple language options.

  • Makes finding the top 100 audiobooks easy.

  • Audiobooks are organized in several genres.

  • Thousands of choices.

What We Don't Like
  • Few sorting options.

It's easy to use Loyal Books (previously called Books Should Be Free) to download free audiobooks. You can view the audiobooks by the language, the top 100, and by genre like ChildrenFictionFantasyMystery, 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 phone or tablet, and even get the book through an RSS reader.

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

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Storynory

Storynory free audiobook stories
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 audiobooks for kids, then Storynory should be your first stop.

The selection includes original stories, fairy tales, classic stories, educational books, and some small stories for the very little ones.

You can download audiobooks here, stream them directly from the website, or subscribe through Apple Podcasts or another podcasting service. There's also an app for iOS devices, but it's not free.

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Open Culture

Open Culture free audiobook list
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.

  • Some are only streams, not downloads.

Open Culture has one 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 audiobook 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 audiobooks, Open Culture also has free movies, online courses, language lessons, and eBooks.

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Digitalbook.io

Digitalbook.io downloads
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.

  • Several languages and categories to choose from.

What We Don't Like
  • Has a lot more ebooks than audiobooks.

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

Browse by trending or top-rated to find one you might like, or look through the list of genres or authors.

You can download the whole audiobook 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 audiobooks, others are regular eBooks.

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Light Up Your Brain

Light Up Your Brain's Windswept audiobook
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
  • Has only kids audiobooks.

Light Up Your Brain has several clearly read, short, free audiobooks that are just for kids. Stream them or download the audiobooks 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 minds and keep their brains active.

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ThoughtAudio

ThoughtAudio audiobooks
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 audiobooks. 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 audiobooks 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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Audiobook Sync

Screenshot of the AudioFile Magazine SYNC web page
What We Like
  • Encourages kids to keep reading in the summer.

  • Gives away two 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 audiobook downloads.

SYNC gives away two free audiobooks 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.

You can sign up for email alerts to get reminded when SYNC releases new titles. The books are usable through the Sora app.

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Free Classic Audio Books

FreeClassicAudioBooks.com website
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 audiobook website specializes in classic and fiction audiobooks 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 audiobooks here can be downloaded as an MP3 file and some of them as an M4B file for iOS devices. To download hundreds of their audiobooks at once and support the site, you can purchase the short stories on a DVD.

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hoopla

hoopla's self-help audiobook downloads
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 audiobooks at hoopla, you can sort the results by popularity, new arrivals, title, and average rating, and filter them by language and titles for kids or ones just for adults. There are also lots of categories to browse through.

These audiobooks can be streamed from your computer or on various devices like iOS, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, etc.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg's Fairy Prince audiobook download
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 some that are computer-generated. These are public domain books that have been turned into audiobooks that are now available for free for anyone who's interested.

The easiest way to find a book here is to browse those links above or search for something by title, author, subject, and/or language.

There are several formats to download the book in, and you can save it to your computer or an online storage site like Dropbox.

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Scribl

Scribl's audiobook selection
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.

  • Difficult to find just the free audiobooks.

  • Must sign in to download books.

Scribl is a very different audiobook website because while there are some free audiobooks, 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 audiobooks.

There are mobile apps if you want to listen from your phone.

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

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Spotify

Spotify audiobooks
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.

Free audiobooks 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 audiobooks at Spotify are not organized very well because Spotify is a music streaming service, not an audiobook 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.

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YouTube

YouTube search for the six pillars of self esteem audiobook
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.

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 audiobooks on YouTube if you know how to search for them.

If you can't find an audiobook on YouTube by searching for its name followed by "audiobook" (e.g., the six pillars of self-esteem audiobook), try the audiobooksonyoutube section of Reddit. It's built specifically for sharing which videos on YouTube are actually audiobooks.

Truly free audiobooks might have download directions in the description.

There are lots of websites aside from the ones above that offer free audiobooks that you can download through torrent websites. However, you should know that while that method of sharing books (or anything, like music and movies) 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.

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