Free Audiobooks from the Gutenberg Project - gHacks Tech News

Free Audiobooks from the Gutenberg Project

Gutenberg was a German inventor most famous for inventing movable type printing around 1450 in Germany revolutionizing European print-making. Project Gutenberg offers more than 20,000 free Ebooks for download and has a large audiobook section as well.

The audiobook section of Project Gutenberg offers a great list of free audiobooks in various languages with the emphasize on English audiobooks. Please note that all audiobooks are read by humans, some audiobook sites offer books read by computers instead. Human read audiobooks are of higher quality for obvious reasons.

I bet you are asking yourself what you can expect from the audiobook section of Project Gutenberg. Lots of high quality audiobooks read by skilled natives. Let me name a few authors and books that caught my attention in first place: Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, Balzac, Joseph Conrad, Descartes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Goethe, Kafka, Jack London, Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mark Twain.

Lots of famous classic novels that are worth the download if you ask me. The only drawback that I could find was that the files are encoded with a maximum of 32 Kbit which is not that of a problem for audiobooks and that they are split in different parts that have to be downloaded separately. I would say that there are currently more than 100 audiobooks available that can be downloaded free of charge.


Update: The selection of human read audiobooks has been expanded considerably ever since our first review of the service in 2007. You know find hundreds of audiobooks in dozens of languages on the Project Gutenberg website. There are a good dozen languages with at least 50 audiobooks available, and a couple dozen with up to 50 audiobooks. The English section is by far the largest available one. You can download all available audiobooks without registration.

While you won't find the latest blockbuster on offer, you find many classic novels and books on the site that you can download for free to your system.

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