This is a listing of 18 sites that legally offer free audiobooks, for biographical, autobiographical works and memoirs.
There is also a listing here of Free Biography, Autobiography and Memoir eBooks. for reading.
All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute and for you to read and/or download.. If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below.
This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums.
Most entries at those sites that offer only online listening or viewing can be downloaded with VideoCacheView. Thanks to AJNorth for this tip.
A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:
For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see
There will be other books on Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs, at the sites listed there, but they are not categorized at the sites.
Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for this genre. To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help: Library Information
Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs Free Audiobooks
Ambling Books has 176 free audiobooks in its People/Biographies section. These are all available for free download in MP3 without registration. Using their Ambling player allows the download in one file, otherwise multiple files need to be downloaded.
AudioBooks For Free has 71 free audiobooks in its Memories category (which has biographies and autobiographies) available for free download in MP3. The free downloads are in low quality (8kbps) and registration is required.
AudioLiterate has 2 free classic audiobooks in their Autobiography/Biography section available for free download in MP3 or free listening online, without registration.
Biography.com has several hundred video biographies available for free viewing online without registration. These all look to run for about 45 minutes.
Biography In Sound the Internet Archive offers the old time radio broadcast of Biography In Sound, for free listening online or free download in MP3, without registration. Also available as a torrent download. There are 79 one hour episodes.
BooksShouldBeFree has a large collection of free audiobooks in its Biography section. These are supposed to be available in MP3 and iTunes compatible downloads. However, I had trouble with Firefox and the iTunes download. Note: The iTunes download is an itpc address (podcast). Firefox has issues with this, but it can be opened by a right-click>open in new tab and replacing the itpc with http. However, the downloads were MP3 segments, so just as well to download the MP3 link as it is in one zip file.
Christian Audio has 16 free audiobooks in its Biography and Autobiography category. All are available for free download in MP3. Free registration is required.
Classicly has over 100 free audiobooks in its Autobiography category. All are available for free download in MP3, without registration. Thanks to Tyler G for this suggestion.
eChristian has 15 free audiobooks in its Biography and Autobiography section. All are available for free download in MP3. Free registration is required.
FreeAudioBooksUK has a very good size listing of free audio biographies for listening online or download in MP3 (zipped). One of the better collections.
Free Audio Books.WS has 3 classic audiobooks in its Biography archive available for free download in M4B. MP3 and OGG Vorbis without registration.
LearnOutLoud has 219 free audio books of biographies and autobiographies, sub-categorized and available in different ways, including online listening, MP3 or MP4 as many link to other sites. Also some videos.
LibriVox has 172 free audio books under the biography category available for download in MP3 (64kb/128kb) or ogg vorbis. All are human read.
Librophile has over 500 free audiobooks available. You have to select the Biography genre on this page as they will not let me link direct to genre pages. All are available for free listening online or free download in MP3 (right-click MP3 link and save link), without registration. This is an excellent collection.
Lit2Go has a few works on their Memoirs category.. All are available for free download in very good quality MP3 without registration. They are also available for online reading.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has almost 200 hundred audio biographies available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration. These vary from 10 to 25 minutes in length.
Top Documentary Films has over 50 video documentaries in their Biography category available for free viewing online without registration.
Viki has a small, but interesting, collection of video biographies. Most deal with Korean persons, with 1 on a United States person and 1 for Japanese. All have subtitles available in a variety of languages. The ones I looked at had over 20 episodes being just over an hour in length for each episode.
If you know of a site that may be added to the listings, please post in the comments for the page.
I hope you enjoy the free material available through these sites.