I recently gave you my suggestion of some of Stephen King’s best short stories in audio form. I suggested that if you looked on YouTube, you could find all of those stories there, available for your listening pleasure.
But what if you don’t want to listen that way, evading copyright and all that good stuff? Are there any ways to get free audiobooks legitimately?
If I said ‘No’, that would make this a very short post, but luckily, the answer is ‘Yes’, there are places to go, and a lot of them.
If, like me, you enjoy a good audiobook, here’s where you can go:
This first one is perhaps obvious, but you can find all manner of audiobooks free to listen to at your local library. I remember borrowing books on 6 cassettes (google that, young people). Now, technology has advanced to where you can download digital audio files too listen to at your convenience on your phone, computer, MP3 player etc.
This is from my local council’s website. Your own may be different, so check it out! Usually all it requires is for you to be a member (free where I am).
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
Each book contains an abstract and a word count. You can search for particular books, by genre, collections and readability.
There is a lot to choose from!
Loyalbooks.com boasts over 7000 public Domain books! That’s more books than you can shake a stick at. You can search by the many genres or by language. This site used to be called booksshouldbefree.com
A volunteer-led project, Gutenberg is the world’s oldest digital library. You can download books in several formats. Click the link above to go straight to the browse selection page.
Public domain texts read by volunteers from around the world. As well as books, you also have access to poetry, non fiction and a large number of radio dramas.
Large selection of free audiobooks
Sample: The Last Question – Isaac Asimov
Educational audiobooks, podcasts and videos
Now this is a paid service BUT you can sign up for a free 30 day trial and download as much as you want, then you can keep all these downloads even if you cancel your subscription.
I mentioned these last time, along with the convoluted way you go about getting a book to listen to.
Well there you have it. A bunch of ways to listen to some classic audiobooks. I’m going to start in on the H.P. Lovecraft collection, I think.