With increasing popularity of iPod, MP3 players and even mobile phone which can store media files, even a routine drive can be turned into a learning session. Audio books are most suitable for listening to poetries and motivational books.
Searching for audio book may not always be fruitful, especially when you are looking for classic old books. We did the searching for you and present you with a list of sites from where you can download audio books for free.
LibriVox is a non-commercial project. They records chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files for free. They have over 2200+ free audio books. This project is run with the help of volunteers who records books for them. You can also become a volunteer and help them in this project.
Books Should Be Free has a great collection of free audio books on almost all topics. They have around 15 different categories. If you are confused where to start from, they have Top 100 Books section has well.
Learn Out Loud is an free audio books directory. They have more than 5000 free audio books for download. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio books can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3. They also have free video books. Most of the video books are available to stream online.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 format. They provide in-depth details about the book and chapter. You can either download or listen online.
Free Classic Audio Books offers digital narrations from 21st century. You can download free audio books in mp3 & mp4 format.
Project Gutenberg is a well known and one of the oldest website for free ebooks all books are in public domain. They have both computer generated and human read audio books. You can download free audio books in different English, Russian, Polish and many more languages.
Talking History focuses on all aspects of history. It has a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources. They have weekly internet based radio broadcasting programme.
Audio Books for Free has a huge collection of free audio books. They have 2700+ free audio books in fiction, non-fiction & children categories. Low quality of audio books can be downloaded for free. However for high quality they charge a small fee per book.
Thought Audio has a library of free audio download. They have more than 75 good audio books which is a joy ride for classic literature and philosophy lovers. They have books return by famous authors like H.G. Wells, Joel Benton, Mark Twain etc…
Audio Book Treasury has a small collection of 20 free classic audio books. Books are available in MP3 format at quality of 16-64kbps. They have tried and removed advertisements from these books.
Audio Books offers more than 450 great audio books in a linear list. They have popularity meter for each book, this helps in choosing books. To download free audio books you need to be register member.
Podiobooks distributes free audio books via RSS much like a podcast. You should be a registered member to download books, however registration is free. If want you can donate to a particular book. This divided between the author of the book who gets 75% and rest 25% is kept with the site owners to pay their hosting and bandwidth bills.
LoudLit is committed to deliver public domain literature paired with high quality audio performances. Read and listen via your web browser or on your mp3 player.
Free Audio has a collection of 16 free great audio books. They have listed books which can distribute for free. They encourage you distributes these free books via your own website and other file sharing services.
The Spoken Alexandria Project is creating a free Creative Commons library of spoken word recordings, consisting of classics in the public domain and modern works. Audio books are available in AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 format for free download and redistribution.
Kiddie Records Weekly has a big collection free audio books for children. Many of these recordings were expensive Hollywood productions on major record labels which featured famous celebrities and composers.
The Poetry Archive is on online collection of recordings of poets reading their work. You can enjoy listening to poem online for free.
Author of this forum post has listed free audio books which has Japanese transcript and an English translation.
Audio Books by verkaro provides original free audio books online. Post a new audio book whenever they manage to raise money for its recording. Once recorded it is released under Creative Commons free to the public. In all they have 18 high quality free audio books.
The Education Podcast Network
The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach.
Sound Latern lists all kinds of audio content. They have a category for books which has more than 200 free audio books. You can comment, rate & upload your audio content.
Simply Audio Books
Simply Audio Books used to have a small collection of free audio books. They have removed free books section from their website.
Beckham Site Audio Book
Beckham Site is no more offering audio books.