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Free Audio Books: The 16 Best Sources Online

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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 or free Nook books along with this guide on finding free ebooks.

1. Podiobooks

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Podiobooks has over 70,000 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 don't need to register to get a free audio book from Podiobooks but if you do, and registration is free, you'll get a custom podcast feed that will make enjoying your book a whole lot easier.

2. LibriVox

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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, or status. 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 directly from LibriVox or you can subscribe to them as podcasts.

3. Project Gutenberg

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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.

4. Audible

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Audible has a 30 day free trial going which means that you can download any audio book 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 audio book you are looking for, including best sellers and new releases.

5. OverDrive

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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.

6. Lit2Go

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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.

7. Internet Archive

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The Internet Archive also has a ton of free audio books that you can browse through by subject, keywords, or using the search box. My favorite way to find free audio books at Internet Archive is by viewing the Most Downloaded Items list at the right side of the page.

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.

8. Books Should Be Free

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It's easy to find a free audio book you want to download at Books Should Be Free. You can view the audio books by the categories 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.

9. Storynory

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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.

The audio books here can be downloaded or streamed directly from the website.

10. New Fiction

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New Fiction has unique and fictional audio books that they term "iSoaps." You won't find these audio books any where else and they are wonderful if you are looking for something new and a little bit different.

You'll need to sign up for an account, which is free, and then subscribe to their podcast where you'll get a new installment of a book delivered to you each day.

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