Audiobooks are becoming increasingly popular and there are many pay sites on the Internet that offer audiobooks for a price.
Audiobooks are great, as they let you enjoy books in situations where you cannot read: during a jog or other activity, while you drive a car, or just want to relax with your eyes closed on the couch.
It is, however, possible to download free Audiobooks from various sites on the Internet as well which is often a suitable alternative, especially since the number of human-read free audio book sites is growing.
While you won't get the latest bestseller audiobooks for free, you may get your hands on a lot of classic books and other interesting books, some of which are not available on commercial sites at all.
The main problem with finding those free sites is that many paysites offer free samples of Audiobooks as well but you have to pay when you want to listen to the complete book.
It should also be noted that there is a difference in quality. Human readers are of course capable of narrating the story in a higher quality than a computer reader can ever achieve.
The following websites offer high quality Audiobooks that can be downloaded for free to your computer. I try to list some of the most remarkable books from those sites next to the link to give you an impression about the content that they offer.
Hosts more than 14,000 audio books currently which you may play online directly or download to your computer or device for offline listening.
The selection includes all-time classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, or the Whale, or Pride and Prejudice.
Thought Audio offers a good collection of mostly classic novels such as Metamorphosis from Kafka and Thus Spoke Zarathustra from Nietzsche.
A good but somewhat limited selection of titles. All downloads are divided into multiple parts.
Free Classic Audiobooks hosts Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Treasure Island by Stevenson. You do find some language courses thrown into the mix as well.
Has a large selection of books, with the majority available both as mp3 and M4B files. You can browse the collection by author, popularity or explore collections that are maintained by the operators of the site.
Podiobooks was a source for serialized Audiobooks offered in Podcast format. You won't find classic books here but a large selection of books from contemporary authors.
The service merged with Scribl and audiobooks are now available on that site. Make sure you deselect ebooks from the filter listing to only get audiobook results on Scribl. Note that Scribl hosts free and paid audiobooks.
Voices in the Dark hosts a large collection of Audiobooks from authors such as H.G. Wells and Edgar Allen Poe. The main page lists options to browse audiobooks by genre, full title or author index.
The site lists only about 30 or so authors and some of their works on the site. While that may be disheartening, the quality of the selection should make up for that. Audiobooks are offered as high and low quality versions on the site.
This is part of the massive Project Gutenberg library. The website offers human-read and computer-read audiobooks in various languages. There are hundreds of English audiobooks read by humans on the site, from Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger over Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift to Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne.
There is a lot to explore on the site and you will spend some time browsing through its offerings. Definitely one of the largest free audiobook repositories on the Internet.
Loyal Books hosts a selection of more than 7000 audiobooks all free to stream on the website directly or for download in various formats including mp3 and M4b. Note that the service seems to aggregate audiobooks from other services such as archive.org.
What is interesting is that they also make available ebooks in various formats so that you can not only listen to the book but also read it by yourself.
Story Nory specializes in audio books for children. While designed with children in mind, it does not mean that adults can't enjoy the audio books they make available as well.
The site divides its offerings into original stories created for the site, fairy tales, classic children stories, educational books and junior.
You can listen to any audio book directly on the website or download it in mp3 format to the local computer instead.
The web shop offers free audio books apart from the ones that you have to pay for.
It hosts thousands of free books that you can download to your system. Note that you do need to create an account on the website before you can download any free audio book from it.
Offers a free collection of stories and poems in audiobook format. You can browse the selection by author, title or genre, and what may be really interesting by readability level.
All audiobooks can be downloaded from the website for free, or listened to online directly.
Do you know more sources for free Audiobooks that are read by humans? Let me know, always looking for more.
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