Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller and Crime (Fiction) Audiobooks & OTR Shows

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Introduction

This is a listing of 22 sites that legally offer free audiobooks of Mystery, Detective, Thriller and Crime (fiction) as well as Old Time Radio broadcasts in this genre..

There is also a listing here of free ebooks in this genre:

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

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

Free Mystery/Detective/Thriller/Crime (fiction) Audiobooks

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Podcast has a collection of 20 Mystery short stories for free download in MP3.  They have been offering since December, 2009, but the offerings are not regular.  Press the "download" button under each entry.  These are release through the PodOmatic site.

Ambling Books  has a large collection of unabridged audio books of classic Detective/Crime and Mystery novels available for free download.  Free registration is required.  After registration, the full download is offered in one file in a format for their audio player or in many MP3 files.

AudioBooksForFree has a large number of works in this genre.  There are 250 free audio books under Crime Mystery; 209 free audio books under Thriller (although most also involve supernatural); 19 free audio works under Spy Stories and 16 free audio books under Terrorists.  Downloads in MP3.  The free downloads are in low quality (8kbps) and registration is required.

Audio Literate has 7 free classic audiobooks in Mystery available for free download in MP3 (zipped) without registration.

AudioBookTreasury has The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (11 works) available for free download in MP3 (or complete work in Zip) or for listening online.

BooksShouldBeFree has 34 classic Mystery audio books available for download in very good quality MP3 or as text for reading. 

Crime City Central is a newer site that release an audio short story weekly.  These stories are donated by the authors and read by volunteers.  Available for free download in MP3 or to listen online.  "Step into the world of Inspector Jack Calverley who spends his time reviewing cases, new and old, solved and unsolved, intriguing and sometimes shocking. Every week he introduces you to the stories he uncovers from a wide range of authors and narrators from the files at CrimeCityCentral."

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcast has 34 Mystery short stories for free download in MP3.  Press the "Download" button under each entry.  These are released through the PodOmatic site.

Free Audio Books.WS has 6 free classic  Mystery audiobooks as well as the 6 volume work, Library of  the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, available for free download in MP3 without registration.

Free Listens  reviews free human read audiobooks and posts links to the free audiobook.  This link is to its reviews labeled Mystery.

LearnOutLoud has the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes available for free download in MP3 or for free listening online.

LibriVox has 147 free audio books under their Mystery genre as well as 11 works under their Spy Stories genre.  These are available for download in MP3 (64kb/128kb) or ogg vorbis.  All are human read.

Lit2Go  offers 7 classic novels in its Mystery genre, available for free download in very good quality MP3 without registration.  They are also available for online reading

MariaLectrix has a good number of works in their Mystery category, but they are separated and often the parts are posted in different blog entries making it a bit difficult to get the whole audio book.  Some link to other sites for download, others are for listening online there.

Misfits Audio has a good collection of podcasts avaialble for free listening online and free download in MP3, without registration.

PodioBooks has 12 unique entries under Mystery and 9 unique works under Thrillers available for download in very good quality MP3.  These were originally released as podcasts (and still are) but most are completed.

The Dunsteef Audio Fiction Magazine produces free audio files of stories that are available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration..  This link is to their posts tagged Mystery.

Wormwood an online radio drama mystery show that ran for 3 seasons.  All episodes are available for free lsitening online or free download in MP3 without registration.

Mystery/Detective/Thriller/Crime (fiction) - Old Time Radio

I am an old time radio fan, but have been hesitant to add listings to the pages here at TechSupportAlert.  Some of the episodes are cheesy and some are racist, but some are excellent.  As a test run, I will be adding some links to the genre pages and depending upon feedback, I will add a page and update entries on the genre pages.  This is the first listings.

Archive Org has an excellent selection of old time radio.  Below are some of the Mystery & Detective links:

Adventures of Philip Marlowe a 3 CD collection of the radio show from 1947 until it left the air in 1951.  Certified accurate - "all the episodes are properly identified and labeled but that the series does not contain all known extant episodes."

Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator  a 2CD collection.  This show ran from 1951 to 1955.  Certified Accurate (see above)

Nick Carter Master Detective 125 episodes (approximately 1/2 hour each) available for free download in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis as well as free streaming online.  Download is for individual episodes and a zip file containing all episodes.

Rocky Jordan (aka A Man Named Jordan) 97 episodes of the show based loosely on the character from the film Casablanca.  Most are around 1/2 hour.  Available for free streaming and free download (MP3 and OGG VORBIS).  Download is for individual epsiodes or zip file of all episodes.

Suspense 09  117 episodes (approximately 1/2 hour) available for free streaming or free download as MP3 (32kBps).  Download available for individual episodes or entire collection in zip file.

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  138 episodes of what is regarded as one of the best radio productions.   Originally starred Basil Rathbone as Holmes.  Available for free download as individual episodes or as a zip containing all.  MP3 and OGG VERBIS.

Some other quality Old Time Radio sites:

Mystery Radio mostly is a pay site for CDs or DVDs of old time radio shows, but they do have a decent little collection of free items available for free download  in MP3.  Apparently the entries here change often.  Scroll down to find the free links (in red).

Old Time Radio World Detectives is one of the better collections of old time radio shows and their Detective stories section is a good example.  103 episodes of the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade (64 episodes), Boston Blackie (100), Blackstone (38) and Mr. Malone (5).  Their Mystery Section has an excellent collection also.  All are available for free download in MP3.

Radio Lovers has a good size collection of shows in their Mystery section.  Click on a title and you will find anywhere from 1 to 28 episodes of the show.  All available for free download as MP3.

Conclusion

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.

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Comments

April 5, 2013, 6 new sites added. All links checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve