Top 14 Websites For Free Audiobooks

Use these sites to find books you can listen to anywhere

Listen to your favorite audiobooks for free.

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There are lots of places to buy audiobooks online, and fortunately even more services that offer free ones. A free audiobook works just like a paid one but you can stream it or download it in seconds without losing a dime.

These audiobooks websites are for listeners who delight in the classics or in off-the-beaten-path content. You'll find tens of thousands of free or low-cost audiobooks that will help satisfy your craving for the next great title without busting the bank.

Screenshot of the Open Culture website of free audiobooks

 Open Culture 

The Open Culture portal grants access to some of the finest educational and cultural resources on the web. They've curated a respectable collection of great audiobooks — mostly classics — available for free.

Books are organized by genre, and in each genre category is a list of authors organized alphabetically by their last name. You can find fiction, non-fiction, literature, and poetry writings.

Wonderful works by some of our culture's finest authors can be found here, including Hemingway, Tolstoy, Twain, and Woolf. Every book is available in a variety of formats to fit the platform or device you'd like to use.

What We Like:

  • All the audiobooks are organized into one single page
  • Multiple listening options (e.g., MP3, iTunes, ZIP archive)
  • Some audiobooks have an ebook accompanying it

What We Don't Like:

  • No search or filter option to find a specific audiobook

Tip: Use Ctrl-F or Command-in your browser to quickly find any title in the list.

Screenshot of free audiobook downloads at LibriVox

 LibriVox

The Internet Archive's LibriVox collection presents more than 12,000 free audiobooks and poetry recordings from an eclectic variety of sources.

Search by subject, by keywords, alphabetically, or by title, or check out the most downloaded audiobooks of all time (sorted by popularity). You can also see what the Internet Archive staff has picked as their favorites for the week.

Most of these audiobook downloads can be had in formats like MP3 and OGG.

What We Like:

  • Several filtering options to help find the perfect audiobook
  • An RSS feed lets you subscribe to the page for updates

What We Don't Like:

  • Can't save your listening progress and resume later
Screenshot of the Learn Out Loud website of free audiobooks

 Out Loud

Browse a large collection of free audiobooks, lectures, and educational podcasts available at Learn Out Loud. Categories span most people's interest, including arts and entertainment, business, sports, philosophy, self-development, and travel. 

To better help you find your next favorite audiobook, categories have subcategories to split the books into other sections. For example, the technology category's subsections are for computers, internet, the digital age, and other types of books.

Once you've landed on a list of results, you can filter them by popularity, release date, title, and the author's name.

What We Like:

  • Plenty of genres to look through
  • Audiobooks have ratings and reviews by Learn Out Loud

What We Don't Like:

  • Most audiobooks can't be downloaded (only streamed); download links often take you elsewhere, like to Audible to buy the book
Screenshot of the Project Gutenberg website of free audiobooks

 Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is one of the oldest and largest sites on the web, offering thousands of free, public domain books both to read and to listen to.

This audiobook website presents downloads in two main categories: human-read audiobooks and books read by computer-generated voices. Burrow into either of these categories and you'll see listings sorted by author, title, and language.

To see which audiobooks are the newest, click one of the filter buttons for books added within the last day, week, or month.

What We Like:

  • Huge selection of audiobook downloads
  • Several download options, like MP3, OGG, and M4B

What We Don't Like:

  • There isn't an audiobook player, so you have to either listen with your browser's player or download the audiobooks
  • No easy way to filter the results to find just audiobooks (to exclude ebooks)
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Screenshot of the Lit2Go website of free audiobooks

Lit2Go

Lit2Go is a service of Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. They offer a large, free collection of books and poetry that you can download in audiobook format. You can also view text on the website and read along as you listen, an especially useful feature for emerging readers.

Browse for audiobooks here by author, title, genre (e.g., essay, fable, adventure, gothic, mystery, etc.), collection (like The Books of Oz or American Founders), or reading level (using the Flesch-Kincaid grade levels).

Chapters can be streamed from the Lit2Go website or downloaded as MP3s. 

What We Like:

  • Includes lots of classics
  • Provides unique ways to browse for audiobooks
  • Every audiobook can be downloaded and streamed from the website
  • Some books have a student activity PDF for listeners to fill out to engage with the book

What We Don't Like:

  • Unable to download an entire audiobook at once; you have to do it by chapter
Screenshot of the Digitalbook.io website of free audiobooks

 Digitalbook.io

If you still can't find a great audiobook, try Digitalbook.io, where it has cataloged over 100,000 audiobooks and text-based books.

You'll surely find something here since there are over two dozen genres like animals, family, fiction, history, horror, ancient, early modern, and more. Some other ways to browse these free audiobooks is by author, rating, and language.

If you're not sure where to start, see which audiobooks are trending or see all the top-rated audiobooks at Digitalbook.io.

What We Like:

  • Saves your progress as you listen (you need a free account)
  • Audiobooks can be listened to from iTunes as podcasts
  • Each chapter can be saved to your computer or you can download the whole audiobook as one MP3
  • The playback speed can be adjusted

What We Don't Like:

  • Some books are only ebooks (not audiobooks)
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Screenshot of the StoryNory website of free audiobooks

 StoryNory

StoryNory features a fantastic online collection of stories for children. Anything from original stories to classic fairy tales can be found here, all read by charming narrators who bring their own talent to the story.

You can download these audiobooks as well as stream them from the website. However, if you click to download a book and it plays in your browser instead of prompts you to save the MP3, right-click the page and choose the save option.

What We Like:

  • Publishes a new audiobook at least once a week
  • Useful categories to choose from
  • Includes text to follow along with the reader

What We Don't Like:

  • No easy way to download the text form of the audiobooks
Screenshot of the FreeClassicAudioBooks.com website

 FreeClassicAudioBooks

There are three pages of free audiobook downloads at FreeClassicAudioBooks.com, and as the website's name suggests, there are only classic audiobooks here.

A few of the more popular audiobook downloads here include the King James Bible, Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, White Fang, The Four Million, and The Prisoner of Zenda.

What We Like:

  • You can listen online or download MP3s of the books
  • Audiobooks can be found through a search or by clicking the letter that corresponds to the author's last name
  • The audiobook collections categorize the books into genres like science fiction and short stories

What We Don't Like:

  • There isn't a huge selection of audiobooks
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Screenshot of free audiobooks available through OverDrive

OverDrive

 

If you have a library card at one of the 30,000+ supporting libraries, you can borrow audiobooks from OverDrive for free much like you can a real book from a real library.

Like most audiobook websites, OverDrive catalogs audiobooks into genres like fiction, history, travel, young adult, technology, science fiction, children, biography, and more.

There are multiple ways to find free audiobooks at your library. You can start on OverDrive's site by finding a book and looking for a library that has it available, or (and this is the better option) you can find your library first and then see which audiobooks they have available.

Also available is the Libby app from OverDrive that lets you borrow audiobooks from your phone or tablet.

What We Like:

  • Leverages your local library to find free audiobooks

What We Don't Like:

  • Selection varies between libraries
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Screenshot of the Sync free audiobooks website

 Sync

Sync is a program that releases free audiobooks every summer. Two books are available each week before they expire. They're meant for teens 13 and older, but anyone can listen.

From the first day the audiobooks become available, you have one week to download them. You can download them to your computer as MP3s, and they're yours to keep forever.

The free audiobooks at Sync are downloaded through the OverDrive app.

What We Like:

  • Encourages summer reading
  • You can sign up for text or email alerts to get notified when new books are available for download

What We Don't Like:

  • Free audiobooks are available only during the summertime
  • Not all books are available for download in every country
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Screenshot of several free audiobooks at Loyal Books

 Loyal Books

Thousands more free audiobooks are available through Loyal Books. If you're not sure where to start, check out their Top 100 page.

Some of the genres you can pick from include fairy tales, poetry, teen, philosophy, romance, adventure, and religion.

Unlike some audiobook download websites, Loyal Books gives you lots of options for listening, letting you stream the audiobooks from the Loyal Books app and a number of other places.

What We Like:

  • Every chapter can be downloaded individually or in one lump
  • Audiobooks are available as free iTunes podcasts
  • An RSS reader can be used to hear these books
  • M4B audiobook downloads is another option
  • Includes links to Wikipedia for more information on the author and book

What We Don't Like:

  • Can't save audiobooks to an account to refer to later
  • Unable to bookmark your place in an audiobook
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Screenshot of the MINDWEBS Internet Archive page of free audiobooks

 MINDWEBS Internet Archive

Part of Internet Archive, MindWebs is a collection of over 40 free science fiction audiobooks. These audiobooks have been ripped from old tape recordings spoken by reader Michael Hanson. 

What We Like:

  • Stories are dramatized for effect
  • They're downloadable in the FLAC, OGG, MP3, and WAV formats
  • If streaming these audiobooks, the playback speed can be changed
  • Each audiobook can be downloaded individually or in one large collection

What We Don't Like:

  • No option to save your progress in the audiobooks
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Screenshot of Spotify audiobooks

 Spotify

While Spotify is more of a music streaming service, users can also upload audiobooks that others can stream just like they can music. To find free audiobooks at Spotify, search for audiobooks.

Spotify clearly isn't meant for playing audiobooks, so you won't an audiobook genre or easy filtering options to sift through just audiobooks.

However, if you can manage to find something you like in the list they've provided, or elsewhere by searching for audiobooks uploaded by other users, you might find a book or two you haven't been able to find elsewhere.

What We Like

  • Perfect if you're already a Spotify user
  • You can make a playlist of each book to better organize them

What We Don't Like

  • Isn't built for audiobooks, so searching is not easy
  • Can't download the books unless you pay for a Spotify subscription
  • Other books will continue to play unless you put the book you want to listen to into a playlist or queue just those chapters/parts
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Screenshot of the Scribl website of free audiobooks

Scribl

Scribl has stories that are crowdpriced, which is a method of pricing based on a number of factors like popularity and genre. This means that while some are available at an inexpensive price, others are absolutely free. Also, note that the price of a book could rise over time if the book is popular and well-reviewed.

To find the least expensive or free books at Scribl, filter the results by Audio Ebooks and sort the results by Published Date since newly released audiobooks are normally cheapest.

What We Like:

  • Audiobooks can be filtered by ratings, factors like sexual content, violence, and stage of life
  • A styles and themes filter lets you find audiobooks that have to do with specific types of romance, humor, puzzles, political commentary, and other styles

What We Don't Like:

  • Most audiobooks are not free