Listening to audiobooks is an easy way to digest a ton of books quickly and efficiently. You can listen to them on your commute to work, when running errands, doing household chores, relaxing, or when you have dedicated time to listen to the books. The challenge is usually having your choice of books – and then if you would be able to afford them?
This article removes your worries. You can enjoy free audiobooks – hundreds of thousands of them. I have pointed out seven websites that genuinely grant you access to all sorts of audiobooks from classics, to stories, to personal development, to academic books and more. Let’s examine them.
1. Loyal Books
Loyal Books boasts over 7,000 free downloadable audiobooks and eBooks. The website lists the likes of Star Trek: Lost Frontier, H. Rider Haggard’s book, King Solomon’s Mines, Charles Dickens’ popular Oliver Twist, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Author Conan Doyle’s The Return of Sherlock Holmes and many others.
LibriVox readers access popular books narrated by contributors. The website is community-driven with 1,439 non-English volumes in 36 language. The platform has over 8,000 registered readers and 10,978 audiobooks in total.
DigitalBook.io has more than 100,000 eBooks. It has a rich database of classic titles like, for example, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The database has both free and paid book titles. You can find your preferred audiobooks using filters.
LearnOutLoud has over 10,000 audiobooks and videos for free in their selection. The books on the LearnOutLoud platform have a slant towards learning. The platform’s directory is full of resources like speeches, documentaries, interviews, courses, talks, audiobooks, and a host of other audios and videos.
5. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is popular for public domain classic eBooks and audiobooks such as Aesop’s fables. Some of the audiobooks on Project Gutenberg are narrated by their volunteers and other public domain audiobook contributors. Project Gutenberg has both computer-narrated and human-narrated books.
Lit2Go has thousands of audiobooks (mostly stories and poems). Each book comes with a supplementary PDF so that listeners can read along. Books come with summaries that include word count and citations. You can access books like The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, pére, and Civil Rights and Conflict in the United States: Selected Speeches by FCIT.
7. Archive.org Audiobooks
Audioebooks on Archive.org come from different sources. The platform has one of the largest collection of classic audiobooks. They boast of having more than 13,000 audiobooks you can download for free. You can download their audiobooks in different formats, and you may list to them straight from their web application.
Overdrive gives you the opportunity to get free audiobooks from libraries. You’d have to visit a physical library with your library card to get the audiobooks you’ve found on Overdrive. However, with Loyal Books, LibriVox, DigitalBook.io, LearnOutLoud, Project Gutenberg, Lit2Go, and Archive.org Audiobooks, you can get hundreds of thousands of audiobooks for free – legally free. Most of what you want are probably in those seven websites. If you ever want more, then use Overdrive to search for books locally or in a library near your city.
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