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Where to Find Free Audio Books Online

Updated on September 7, 2014

Great background sound for working!

I can't work in complete silence and tv and music can be too distracting. Audio books let me work and listen while still being able to get work done.

Listen to Free Audio Books

There are a number of sites online which provide free audiobooks for download and many more with podcasts. This lens is to help you get started finding something to listen to.

Totally Free Audio Books to Download - No memberships, spyware, or other unpleasantness, oh yeah and completely legal.

There are lots of places out there with free ebooks, but some sites are crammed full or ads or are less than legal. I've collected the sites I feel are the best for downloading ebooks. Most of these are works in the public domain.

Also, if you use iTunes to manage your audiobooks browse around the iTunes store, there are many free and inexpensive audiobooks there (check both in audiobooks and under podcasts).

Poll! - What do you think?

How often do you listen to audio books or podcasts?

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Find a Podcast or Radio Show - Podcasts are audio blogs, and like most blogs they're usually free.

Here are some places to get you started listenign to podcasts. I've also included a link to BBC Radio which makes most of it's programs available for listening online.

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      Jacobb9205 3 years ago

      Wow thank you for the list! Looking at all the sites now, another way to find audiobooks, well podcasts is on itunes :)

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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      We love audio books great way to learn!

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      sethandressen 4 years ago

      It's a great list. is also good.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Just getting a start with audiobooks and this is so helpful-thanks!

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      Aladdins Cave 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Fantastic Lens. One of the best audio books I have ever listened to was LEFT BEHIND.

      It was that good, you could not drive a car and listen. To dangerous because you got right inside the story. Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      BlowDryBar 4 years ago

      This inspires me to get some new audiobooks so I can "read" in the little time I have while driving.

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      LeslieCardinal 5 years ago

      Wow! I love audiobooks and I appreciate all of the resources you have suggested here.

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      Teddi14 LM 5 years ago

      I recommend audio books to lots of my students with reading difficulties. It is great for struggling readers. thanks for this list!!! I am going to add this lens to my special education resources lens.

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      four SusieQ 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love audio books and the easy listening technology that makes them easy to take with you anywhere. Another tip: check out your public library. My library has a program with free downloads direct to your computer without going into the library. It's great.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is great, thank you for your sharing, I really like them. :)

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      David Edward Lynch 5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I've never listened to audiobooks before but it's something I would like to start doing,


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice and informative information... overall a nice stuff and collection of nice lens you have put together..

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      rvmom26 5 years ago

      Very Informative!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great post! Thank you for sharing this.

      I would like to add to the list.

      There is plenty of free audio books websites :D

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      freeaudiobookdownloads 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens you've put together here, Sheryl!

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      Audio books are a travelers best friend! Thanks for sharing.

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      I like audiobook. So I like this lens. Thanks for sharing this good lens.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I still enjoy reading a real book more, but audio books can be great for situations where the hands are busy and brain is not. Thanks for resources.

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I usually listen to audio books when I'm driving. I have the one book a month membership with Audible - but I do about 600 miles a week, so some supplementary books would be good.

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      top-notch-shop 5 years ago

      Looks Good

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, I was just looking for some free audio books online.

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      I love audiobooks, now I can listen to them with my Kindle fire!

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      Scriber1 LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for this helpful and informative lens! I listen to audiobooks all the time and, while my library has a fantastic selection, I'm always looking for other avenues to getting audiobooks. Great job!

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      otherlleft 6 years ago

      Thank you thank you thank you for pointing me towards these resources! I really like audio books for long drives and my library just doesn't have many of the ones I want.

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      theinquirer2 6 years ago

      I listen in my car

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I love listening to audio books. I especially enjoy listening whilst my good hubby-buddy an' I travel. We live in an area far enough away from shopping that any shopping days are basically days when we are in the car for many hours. This gives us ample time to still enjoy summa' our favorite books. Thanks for the links for more. :)

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      I like to listen to audiobooks while I'm working in Photoshop.

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      elhuntley lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens great info.

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      tdansin 6 years ago

      Thanks, I have just started listening to audiobooks on a sandisk mp3. These are some good resources. I also found out that I can borrow and download audiobooks from my local library. Books that are not free on the internet, but free (for 2 weeks) from my library. Pretty cool, huh?

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      anansigirls lm 7 years ago

      I actually never imagined that there were free audiobooks online. Need to get an MP3 player now. Thank you for the lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very informative, thanks.

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      thank you for this delightful compilation! cheers

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      JoeSiers 7 years ago

      Nice, I like how you put this together. Thank you.

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      itsmuzza2011 7 years ago

      great lens i loved it well done

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      cool idea for a lens. any idea where to find sports related audio books?

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      Barb McCoy 7 years ago

      Thanks for the audio books resources!

      ***Blessed by an Angel***

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      mockingbird999 7 years ago

      I recently downloaded a bunch on HP Lovecraft stories from LibriVox. They're fun to listen to when I exercise. There's nothing like a horror story to get your heart pumping. Nice lens.

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      Jonathan Jenkins 7 years ago

      good info - didn't realise there were so many places to find free audiobooks!

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      thanks for the link, i am lookinf for all is quiet at the western front any ideas?

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      My best time to learn is in the car during the daily commute and am always looking for inspirational audio tracks, so grateful for this lens

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. It is very useful.

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      Badbreathguy 7 years ago

      A well structured and interesting lens. Also a useful reference to refer back to, so I shall bookmark for that reason.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for this list. I have found these free audio books very helpful in my homeschooling.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I have a Sanza player and my husband has an iPhone. I have downloaded books from my local library for both.

      Thanks for the wonderful resource.

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      philipbattle 8 years ago have an excellent interface for finding free audio books. Just scroll through the latest bookshelves or search. Nice and easy.

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      smange lm 8 years ago

      Try this one too: This has most of the free audiobooks available at Librivox, but it's far easier to browse and find new books.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for the lens have downloaded some good books for free from the links you have provided. Also came across audio books download which has free books

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      maestro147 8 years ago

      You can also get free audio books from Free audio books. I enjoy them.

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      alexa624 8 years ago

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      tomlope 8 years ago

      I'm also a fan of for free audiobooks. There's some good one at librivox as well.

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      audiobooks1 8 years ago

      Great list of sites that provide free audio books! Here's an other site that offers Free AudioBooks. Use the "Advanced Search function in the search box of this site and then set the price at free. I found over 50 free audios when I checked last time, some really good ones!

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      kcs9832 8 years ago

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful informational lens! Good all over you for putting this all together as a resource for others. Best wishes!


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      gingerbcollins 8 years ago

      With such a selection there's no reason to keep my Audible subscription. Yeah! More cash to spend on the printed medium.

      Ginger B.

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      BarbMcMahon 8 years ago

      This is great!

      I have a friend who has vision problems because of a stroke. She was an avid reader before the stroke and now she's just tearing through the audio books.

      I'm sending her the link to this lens. Thanks for putting it together!

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      broadbandgeneral 8 years ago

      I like they have free audiobooks that are really entertaining.

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      Debbie Hawkins 8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Like your lens - I would love to see some of YOUR favorite books so that I could download them and try them out :) Instead of fishing in a vast sea of audio books...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      An interesting and useful lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Interesting lens! Thanks for the free links :) I'll bookmark them.

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      Heidi Reina 9 years ago from USA

      I collect info on free websites to use in education for my website and my lenses. You've got some great resources here. I've used a few of them, but there are many that are new to me. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I am a HUGE fan of Librivox! My daughter and I "read" a lot of books this way. In fact, we're listening to Arabian Nights RIGHT NOW. Much better alternative to TV or movies!

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      RedSportNiac 9 years ago

      You got pretty good resources here. Thanks for sharing it.


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