224 Places For Free Audio Books Online

Introduction

This is a listing of 224 sites that legally offer free audio books, either for online listening or for download. 

A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:

This listing does not include the free online courses, audio and video, that are now listed in the Free Courses Online (Audio & Video) page here at Gizmo's Freeware.  Also, any of those course on the genre pages are not listed here.

Also, the video listings under  Free Cooking, Food & Wine Audiobooks and Free Health, Fitness & Medicine Audiobooks are not included here.

The Old Time Radio shows listed in some of the genres are also not listed here and the Free Motion Comics Online are not listed here either.

All of the listings here are, to the best of my knowledge, offering legal content.  If you find that any of these sites are not offering legal content, then please provide a link to the offending content in the comments below or contact me through the site.

If you know of any other sites offering free and legal audio books, then please post them in the comments below.

Most entries at those sites that offer only online listening or viewing can be downloaded with VideoCacheView.  Thanks to AJNorth for this tip.

Libraries are an excellent source for audio books and I have inserted a section at the end to help you find information on your local library. Library Information

Alphabetical Listing

19 Nocturne Boulevard  A very interesting collection of audio stories.  There are several ongoing unique stories.  All available for free download in MP3.

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 released through the PodOmatic site.

Alphabetimals an online read and listen alphabet book with animals for each letter.  The sound of the animal and of the word are read outloud when the button is pressed.  There is also a free iPad video.  No registration required.

AlvieTheLittleBrownBurro  has seven Alvie stories to read online or download in MP3.

AmazingAdventureSeries  offers the children story "June the Prune" for free reading online.  The story can also be heard by pressing the audio button at the top of the page.

AmblingBooks offers over 1500 free audio books.  All appear to be unabridged versions.  This is generally a pay site and free registration is required to download.  Also, their "book player" needs to be downloaded to listen.  Still this is a very nice collection with some unique entries.

AmericanaPhonic  offers audio narrations of  3 American historical works  for download in AAC.

American Radio Theater Modern production using old time radio techniques for stories broadcast in podcasts.  All are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.  This site is still active.

AncientFaithRadio primarily offers religious oriented podcasts, but also has what appears to be the complete works of The Chronicles of Narnia available for online listening or download in MP3.

Archive.Org  as usualy, Archive Org has a great collection, but it is hard to get around. 

AssistiveMedia  offers several new audio books for download each month under their current offerings.

A Story Before Bed has 10 free books that are shown in a flash viewer while the author narrates the book.  The rest of the site is paid where you can narrate the book.

AudioAnarchy offers 7 free audio books for download in MP3.  These are "anarchist" books.

AudioBookCloud an online source of  free audio books run in conjunciton with local libraries.   This library offers free access to all users.  Excellent collection with unique entries.  All available for free listening online.\

Audiobook SYNC features summertime free audiobooks releases for young adults.  This begins May 30th, 2013, and free registration is required.  A couple of free audiobooks are released weekly.  These are a mix of classic and recent works.

AudioBooks.org  offers 4 free classic novels for download.

AudioBooksForFree has over 1500 free audio books for download in MP3.  The free downloads are in low quality (8kbps) and registration is required.  The offerings are well divided into categories and sub-categories.

AudioBookTreasury offers about 50 audio books for free download in MP3 (or complete work in Zip) or for listening online.  Many are available elsewhere, but they do have a nice collection of Sherlock Holmes books and a nice collection of Edgar Allan Poe's writings.

AudioCloset offers only a few audiobooks.  The quality is excellent, but they come in Zip format and need to be unpacked with a password.  You need to provide your email address to receive password by email.

AudioLiterate offers 98 free classic audiobooks for free listening online or free download in MP3 (zipped), without registration.

AudioLiteratureOdyssey is a site maintained by voice actor Nikolle Doolin.  It is a small, but interesting, collection available for download in MP3 format.

AudioTreasure  has the audio version of the King James and World English bibles for download in MP3 as well as other christian audiobooks.  The Bibles are also available in a variety of languages.

Audissey Guides  offers free video and audio guides for select dities in the USA and Canada.  Free download in M4a or MP3 (zipped) without registration.

Barefoot Books   has animated videos for read-a-long as well as free story podcasts.  All available for free listening online without registration.

Barnes & Noble offers 16 free video readings of children books , by the authors in their Online Storytime section.    This is in their flash player and the audio is accompanied by the illustrations from the book.

Baseline Of Health  has 16 free lectures on health related topics available for free download in MP3 without registration.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies  a collection of short story fiction released in podcast form.  A large collection of unique and original stories available for free listening online or free download in MP3.

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.

Book at Bedtime BBC Radio 4 presents audiobooks in episode form for free listening online without registration.  These are time limited, so you have to keep up to complete a novel.

BookBox  has 13 audio books for children available in a variety of languages available for download in MP3.

Book Pop  has 4 audiobooks for children available for free download in MP3.  These are unique stories read by author, Stephen Cosgrove.

Books Alley  they do not carry their own audiobools, but this is a nice resource of links to audiobooks from four excellent sources of free audiobooks on the web.

BooksShouldBeFree offers several hundred free audio books available for download in very good quality MP3 or as text for reading.  The works are divided into 16 categories.  Some are common to many of these sites, but there is a good amount not to be found elsewhere.

BritishCouncil  has a very nice collection of flash animated song and audio read-a-long stories for children.  Games and other activities also available.

BrokenSea a group of radio drama enthusiasts who came together to produce their own productions.  All content is free for download in MP3.  If you look on the right hand side you will see the links (images) to their various productions.  Released as podiocasts.

CandlelightStories  has several newer audiobooks for free download in podcast form and several other classic audio for download.  Also, in another section has a Tom Swift audio book for free.

Capital Region USA has 7 free audio tour guides for Washington DC USA and the nearby areas of Virgina and Annapolis, Maryland.

CatEyeBooks offers Chapter 1 of a 200 page mystery adventure book, Trouble Spots, written by a 10 year old girl.  This is a video presentation with ilustrations in the video accompanying the audio.  Also available at YouTube.  More chapters are due to come for free.  Thanks to howtolou for this suggestion.

CBeebies  has a very large collection of free animated children stories available for free listening online in their flash player.  No registration required.  Stories may be read-a-long if you want.

CCProse video readings of classic novels, with read along in the video.  Also, links to the audio only version as well as a print version.

Christian Audio  has 446 free audiobook downloads as well as a monthly giveaway.  Registration is required.

ChristianClassicsEtherealLibrary has 35 audio books of classic Christian writers, including Chesterton, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, available for download in good quality MP3 (24kbps).

CinnamonBear is a British site featuring the adventures of Paddy O'Cinnamon available for download in MP3 format.  The quality is very good, but the stories are divided into separate downloads of small sections.  A nice unusual listing though.

ClarkesworldMagazine  offers free science fiction short stories for online viewing and also some audio versions.  A winner of the 2010 Hugo award for best Semiprozine.  Thanks to Knight_of_Pentacles for this.

Classicly  has a good sized collection of free classic audiobooks separated into various categories.  All are available for free download in MP3, without registration.

Classic Literature Podcast  a cvolleciton of classic literature audiobooks released in podcasts.  All available for free download in MP3.

ClearBits  There are about 60 audiobooks available for free download.  These are torrent files, which would require a bittorrent client, but they have an option to "download with applet", which will download using BitLet, a bittorrent application that downlaods through your browser without installation (Java requirted)

Clifford Interactive Storybooks  Scholastic presents several Clifford stories for reading with audio play available.  Animated and presented in flash for free listening online without registration.

CommonSenseAtheism offers 70+ free audio books and lectures on religion.  Most of them are from Librivox, but there are a few that are not and it is a nice listing of religious themed works.

Cooking With Us  has a good size collection of free audio cooking books.  The ones I checked out were a MP3 in a zip file and were computer read.

Cthulhu  is a horror podcast inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulu Mythos.  This site is listed thanks to MrWednesday7 (James).

Cthulhu Who1's Blog bills itself as the world's largest H.P. Lovecraft's audiobook gateway.  Looks like all of the works are linked here.

Curious Echoes Radio Theater looks to be a couple of story lines that ran here with several episodes each.  All available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.  Last post was February, 2012.

Darker Projects  has a number of audio projects, including a series on Star Trek after the fall of the Federation and Dr. Who tribute.  All are available for free listeining online.

Decoder Ring Theater  modern day audio adventures presented in the form of old time radio shows.  Very entertaining.  Thanks to "James S" for this suggestion.

Denver Public Library Podcast  has a nice collection of stories and songs available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.  This link is to the Beatrix Potter stories.  If you look on the left, there are other categories available.

Don't Spank Hank  is an online childrens book that also offers a narrated version for online listening.

Dr. Oz  has several video workouts of Shaun T available for free viewing online without registration.

EasyMediaBroadcast  has some novels and short stories for download in MP4 (zip).

eBookdb  has links to 15 free audiobooks online.  Although these are links from other sites, the links open there and all the ones I checked were MP3.

eChristian has some free audiobooks, but they are a bit of work to find.  One has to select a genre and then sort by price low to high.  This link is to the 15 free audiobooks in its Biography and Autobiography section.  All are available for free download in MP3.  Free registration is required.

ejunto has a small, but interesting, collection of free History, Science and Philosophy audio books available for download in good quality MP3. 

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.

EscapePodoffers free weekly audio science fiction short stories in podcast and mp3.  Thanks to Jon Maloney for this suggestion.

EZTales  This is a pay site, but there is a coupon code that will get you a free membership for a year.  In the upper right hand corner of the page linked here, press the "Subscribe" button.  You will then see a page with a location to enter a coupon code.  Enter learntoread in the coupon box and continue registration.  The books are presented in online flash, no downloads. 

FaithComesByHealing  offers several versions of the Bible in many different languages.  Their software is required to be able to download.  Suggested by Stephen Warkentien.

Feels Like Christmas has 4 Christmas audio stories available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  All professionally narrated by Chuck Brown.

FreeAudioBooks.Co.UK  offers a good variety of audio books for listening online or download in MP3.  Searchable by genre, title and author.  As the anonymous poster who suggested this said-it is easy to navigate through and get to what you want.

FreeAudioBooks.ws has some interesting entries in their free MP3 audio book collection.  They have several categories, but the childrens section is the most interesting.  These appear to be links offsite, but still nicely put together.

FreeAudioReview offers a personal review and links to over 206 free audio books. 

Free Booksy has links to 50+ free audiobooks at iTunes.  All the ones I checked were still available.

FreeChristianAudioBooks has a small collection of Christian audio books for free download in WMA, MP3 or AAC.  Most of these works are not available elsewhere.

FreeClassicAudioBooks has around 60 classic works available for download in MP3 (32kbps) or iPod friendly m4b (32kbps).  They are pretty much split between human read and computer.  this collection is much larger than I thought.  This is a link to their collection by author.

FreeKeene offers 3 free audio books for download in MP3.  This is a "pro-liberty" (anti-government) site and the books reflect their beliefs.

FreeListens  is a blog that culls the web for free audio books.  Not all blog entries are about the free audio books, but most are and there is a large amount of content available through here.

FreeMP3AudioBooks small collection, but with a couple of unique entries, available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.  Also available are 2 free non-fiction audiobooks for free listening online or free download in MP3.  All professionally narrated by Chuck Brown.

Ghost and Horror Stories  a podcast of classic ghost and horror stories available for free download in MP3.

GlobeRadioRepertory (InterenetArchive) offers Madame Bovary, Don Quixote and 16 Stories by Anton Chekhov for download in MP3, Ogg Vorbis or online listening.

Goodreads  has a collection of 55 free science fiction audiobooks.  The links are offsite, so download and listening options vary.  The link to the audiobook is on the book page, select "more details".

GRE Audio Books  contains audiobooks of everything needed for the GRE subject test.  Contains a number of clasic audiobooks as well as some instrucitonal audiobooks.  All available for free lstening online and free download in MP3 without registration.

Greatest AudioBooks  posts their audiobooks at YouTube and has over 200 free audiobooks available for free listening online.

GutenbergProject has a very large collection of both human read and computer generated audio books available for download in high quality MP3 (128kbps), ogg vorbis (variable bit rate) and Apple AAC (16kbps mono).  Also available in Speex audio, which I an unfamiliar with.  There is no categorizing of the audio books.

Gypsy Audio an ongoing podcast with 11 running story lines.  All episodes are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.

Hard SF A collection of links to science fiction audiobooks and stories on the web for free download.  The entries are listed by author.  A number of the links are dead, but there are enough live ones to made this a good resource for scince fiction audio.

HG World an ongoing podcast production of what looks to be 3 different story lines and all 3 seem to be zombie related.  All are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.

History in Their Own Words  a podcast that tells history from the point of view of people who were there. All available for free download in MP3.

Homeschool Freebie Of The Day  has a link to 15 G.A Henry stories at Librivox available for free download in MP3.  Helpful hints in the comments from Lynn about Librivox - you can set them as a subscription in iTunes and they are available at Internet Archive for free download or free listening online.

Homeschool Radio Shows  A nice size collection of audiobooks and stories, mostly for children.  An interesting mix of unique stories and classics.  All the ones I checked were available for free download in MP3.

Huffduffer  around 500 free short audio stories released in podcast, most in the science ficiton and horror genres.  All are available for free listening online or free download in MP3.

InternetArchive has a large collection of audio books from different sources available for download in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis or for online listening.  Even though the works are available at other sites, the Internet Archive offers them for download in different formats and is a bit more convenient.

Internet Archive has 179 free items in its Cooking - Audio collection and 280 items in its Cooking - Movies collection.  All are available for free listening  or watching online.  Audio is also available for free download im MP3 and often Ogg Vorbis.  Videos are also available for free download in varying formats.

In The Gloaming  4 "comedy-horror" podcasts available for free listening online and free download im MP3.  There do not appear to be any  new stories.

Isaac Asmiov's Foundation Trilogy (BBC) the interenet archive has the BBC radio production of Asimov's classic trilogy available for free download in MP3 or for free listening online.

Italy Guides offers a large collection of free audio guides for locations within Italy.  All are available for free download in  MP3 without registration.

iT'SFreeDownloads has a listing of free audio books offered by iTunes.  Many are samples, but there are several complete works.

iTunes  huge collection of free audiobooks available for free listening through iTunes software.

JimKelly (InternetArchive) the internet archive offers a number of works by Science Fiction writer Jim Kelly, originally offered as podcasts, for online listening or download in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis.

Johnnie's Story Page  most of these are links offsite, but it is a very nice collection and  well sorted for beginning and more advanced readers.  All the ones I looked at were flash presentations and also had audio available.

Just The Books  several classic novels and some short stories released in podcast form. All are available for free listening online or free download in MP3.

JW.org  Jehovah's Witnesses offer the Bible audio in MP3 and AAC for free download without registration.  They also offer 14 Bible Dramas and some Books and Brochures for free download in MP3 and AAC.

Kallysten  offers several romance novels by Kaallysten for free download in MP3.

Kara's Free Audiobooks  over 200 free podcasts of readings of classic books and poems.  All suitable for children and all available for free listening online without registration.

KayRay is a contributor to Librivox and posts links to her recordings at her own site.

KFAT offers the free science fiction story, Twin Stars, an audio drama for free listening online or free download in MP3.

KiddieRecordsWeekly has a very interesting collection of stories.  These were recorded on records during the mid 1940s to the early 1950s.  Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers of the day.  There are around 250 recordings available for download in high quality MP3 format or they can be streamed.  Some are available as one download, but most are available in several segments. (See KidsAudioBooks for easier download).

KidsAudioBooks Very good site which lists many of the same records listed at KiddieRecordsWeekly, but has them all available in one download.  Also has some old time radio shows as well as a small collection of coloring (images to be saved) and reading books (pdf download).

KidsLearnOutLoud  has about 160 free audio books and podcasts available for listening or download in various formats (usually MP3).  These are links to other sites so the format and quality can vary, but the few I listened to were of very good quality.  Some interesting entries here.  Note:  At last check the site was not loading, but this may be temporary.

KidsNurseryRhymes has singalong nursery rhymes for online listening and disco sing alongs for download in MP3 format.

Kids World Fun has a nice collection of animated short stories for read-a-long.  There are also some animated movies available, but they do not have read-a-long.  Some free ebooks and other learning activities also available.

KidzClub  has a good number of free read-a-long stories available for free listening online in a flash presentation.  The page linked is to Level 1 levels 2 and 3 also have free offerings.  There are other pages at the site to help with reading (some are links to pay products).  No registration needed.

KOL Jr. has 40 free read-a-long video and audiobook for free watching online in their flash player, without registrration.  There are 15 Arthur books included in this collection.

Kung Fu Action Theater has 4 original and unique radio dramas, originally released as podcasts, available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.

Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive   has a good sized collection of free audiobooks regarding Buddhism.  All are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online without registration.

Learn Out Loud  offers audiobooks and some educational videos for free download in MP3 or free streaming.  This a fairly large collection divided into a good number of categories.  They also offer a number of free online courses.

Learn Out Loud  offers a free complete audiobook every Friday and this is a collection of the top 50 free audiobooks.  All available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.

LGfL  the Lancashire Grid for Literacy has a good number of animated flash presentations of children books available for free listening online without registratrion.

LibriVox has over 2000 free audio books (and always growing) available for download in MP3 (64kb/128kb) or ogg vorbis.  All are human read.  This is a very nice collection.

Librophile  has a good size collection of audio books for download.  Most all appear to be from Librivox, but the site is easy to navigate through.  Suggested by Philip.

Lightning Bolt Theater of the Mind  podcasts of original and fan fiction stories acroww a wide variety of genres.  All are available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  The site appears to be still active.

LightSpeedMagazine offers a very nice collection of podiocasts for free listening online or free download in MP3.  These are science fiction and fantasy stories.

LightUpYourBrain has 14 childrens audio books available for download in MP3 or for listening online.  All are read by Chuck Brown.  There is also a large collection of childrens games available at the site.

LitToGo is a project of the Florida Educational Technology clearing house that offers a very large collection of interesting audio books and poems.  All are available for download in very good quality MP3.  They are also available for online reading.  They offer browse by title or author or search, but no categories.   They also have several interesting collections: The Books of Oz (5 books); The Princess Collection (13 books); and The Stratemeyer Syndicate (5 books)    Quality of recordings was very good.  Available for free download in MP3.

LiteralSystems is a site maintained by a group of local Santa Fe, NM, USA, actors and technicians that offers around 50 very interesting audio books for download in excellent quality MP3.  Some are available for direct download at the site and 26 are hosted at LoudLit.   All of the recordings are available at the human read section of Project Gutenberg, though not separated into their own section.    (Temporarily down?)

L.LeeLowe offers two complete novels, Mortal Ghost and Corvus,  for listening online or download in MP3.

London Gardens Trust  has 2 free audio guides "to London's green heritage" available for free listening online or free download in MP3 ithout registration.

LoudLit offers a small collection of free audio books, but with some unusual entries.  They are available for online listening (and reading) or download in MP3.  All are human read.

Machine of Death  a collection of 34 horror short stories released as podcasts.  Most read by the author.  All available for free listening online or free download in MP3.  Also available in iTunes.

MagicKeys has 4 free audio stories available for free listening online.  Not downloadable as they are in flash player.  3 are for young children and 1 is for older children.

ManyBooks  1776 free classics as audiobooks.  You have to select audiobook from the pulldown menu of download options (it is the last option).  All the ones I checked were at Librivox, which means they are available for free listening online or free download through iTunes of free download in MP3.

Many Things  a good size collection of novels and other informative audio intended as a learning source for English for speakers of other languages.  These recordings come from Voice of America.  All are available for free listneing online and most are available for free download in MP3 and some for iPad.

MariaLectrix is a site that is primarily known for its books catering to a Catholic readership. However they also have some interesting works that are not religious oriented, particularly in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery categories.  For listening online.

MarkMoxonTravelWriting a nice little collection of Mark Moxon's travel writings available for download in MP3 or AAC.

Marxists.org has a variety of Marxist works available for free listening online in the Quicktime player.

MeeGenius has 6 free classic fairy tales for younger children with the option to read or be read to in their online flash viewer.

Memoryscape Audio Walks has 5 free guided audio walks along the river Thames available for free download in MP3 without registration.

MetamorCity is an ongoing podcast of a science fiction story by the same name.  Episodes are available for free listening online or for free download in MP3.

Miette'sBedtimeStoryPodcast offers a unique collection of mostly short story MP3 audio works.  These are selections that you will not find elsewhere and it appears to be a good size collection.

Mightybook  is a pay site, but it offers a good size collection of very interesting and free flash animation storybooks, story songs, Beatrix Potter stories and more.  I thought the music and art section, which combines classical music and art,  was a very good idea.  All of the stories and songs are audio and print for read-a-long.

Misfits Audio Productions  a collection of  podcasts in several categories, some based upon novels, available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.

Mother Goose Club  has a large collection of nursery rhymes available for free listening online without registration.  These are video presentations.

Ms. Simpson's Website For English Language Learners: American Tall Tales  a collection of several classic tall tales available for free listening online.  Some other audio resources at the site also.

My Audio School although also a pay site, they offer a good collection of free audiobooks for free download in MP3 without registration.

New Fixtion offers free original and unique audio stories for free listening online without registration.  A right-click of the player also allows free download in WAV without registration.

ODP  has a listing of "100 Free Audio Books You Should Have Read".  The title is a bit strange since these are audio books and the links are off site to sites listed here-but it is still a good collection of classic works nicely put together in one place.

OnlineLibraryofLiberty offers a good number of economic and political science books for download in MP3

OpenCulture lists a large collection of free audio books available for free download in good quality MP3 or iTunes compatible.  Some are available for direct download, but most link to other sites for download.

Open Culture  has links to 20 free popular high school audiobooks.  These are classic works.  Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.

Open Culture has links to 20 free travel podcasts at iTunes in its article, Turn Your iPod into a Travel Guide.

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.

PDGene I have no idea who PDGene is, but PDGene has put together an excellent collection of links to online audiobooks and short stories. 

Pendant Productions eight original podcast stories and a podcast of the works of William Shakespeare.  All available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  The site is still active and producing new eopisdes.

Penguin Group  has 4 of Aesop's Fables available for free listening online without registration.  These are uniquely animated versions presented in  flash video.

PeopleTalk is a non-profit British group of actors, writers and others in the entertainment industry who provide audio books, anecdotal stories and documentaries in MP3.  Link is to audio book section.

PodCastle the associated site of EscapePod, above, offers podcasts and MP3 of fantasy related works.   Thanks to Ron Hudson for this suggestion.

Podiobooks offers around 100 audio books available for download in very good quality MP3.  These were originally released as podcasts (and still are) but most are completed.  Most of this collection will not be found elsewhere.

Poetry Archive  A huge collection of poetry readings, accompanied by the written version.  There are several "guides" to acquaint you with the offerings.

Primism  has links to 7 free classic philosophy audiobooks.  These are links offsite, so download and listening options vary.

Protecting Project Pulp audio versions of legendary pulp fiction.  Available for free listening online or free  download in MP3 without registration.

PseudoPod offers horror fiction podcasts for free listening online or for free download in MP3. 

PublicDomaineBlog has links to hundreds of  popular classic works available for free listening online.  They also have links to the reading materials and for most a video (movie).

Pulp Daily  a collection of pulp era action and adventure stories in podcasts.  All available for free download in MP3.

Radiobooks  short stories of Dutch and Flemish authors translated to English, available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.

Read To Me has 15 free flash video read-a-long books for free viewing online, without registration.  All are performed by professional performers.

Rick Steve's Audio Walking Tours   a nice collecton of free MP3 downloads for various cities throughout Europe.

RIFReadingPlanet has 10 free audio stories (with read-a-long) available for listening online.  They are in flash player, so are not downloadable with the DownloadHelper mentioned above.

Robert Munsch has about 60 books by Robert Munsch (and read by him) available for download in MP3 format.

Rockford's Rock Opera  a free audiobook available for streaming or free download in MP3 without registration.

Rolf Witsche  a series of 12 novels by Rolf A.F. Witsche available for free download in MP3.

SciFiSerialoffers a daily dose of science fiction audio, either a short story or a book chapter presented in serial form.  Thanks to MrWednesday7 for this suggestion.

ScottSigler Offers several audio works available for free listening at Podiobooks or download in iTunes.Also a nice collection of short stories and serialized novels for download in PDF.  These are adult works.  Thanks to MrWednesday7 (James) for this.

Second Shift three college students are transported to another world, where they must deal with new realities and try to find a way home.  This ran for two seasons, but does not look active any more.  All episodes are available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.

SecretWorldChronicle is a super hero science fiction novel that is delivered in podcast (also available in print).  it has been running for 4 seasons and is still ongoing.  Availablle for free listening online or for free download in MP3.

Seth Harwood offers 5 of his works for download in Mp3.

Sherlock Holmes Podcast  a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories available for free download in MP3.

Speakaboos is a site for children that has about 100 books available for listening and viewing online through a flash viewer.  Downloads are available for a fee, though some are available free after registering.  They also have a Play area with arts and crafts projects.

SpeakTheSpeech   Offers audio versions of the plays by Shapespeare for download in MP3.  Suggested by Stephen Warkentien,

SpokenAlexandriaProject has a small collection of free audio books available in MP3, Ogg Vorbis or AAC download.  Most are also available elsewhere, but there are few unique ones here.

Starfall has some read-a-long materials for new readers.  Starting with the ABCs and then some additional material under Learn to Read and I'm Reading as well as some poetry and other activities.  All available for free online listening without registration.

Star Trek Eras  a continuation of the Star Trek stories in audio productions.  All are available for free listening onlinne and some are available for free download.

StoriesNow offers a small but interesting collection of free Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Sherlock Holmes audio books for download in MP3.  Also, some older Radio Dramas and some radio broadcasts of the Mercury Theater.

StoryLineOnline is a site for children that has audio books available for online listening and viewing through a flash player.  There are also activities associated with the book available online for download in pdf.  This site is a program of the Screen Actors Guild and features well known actors as the readers.

Storynory has a good size collection of interesting children stories.  There are original stories as well as classic novels and fairy tales.  The educational page has Greek myths and Robin Hood stories and some others.  The Junior stories page has books for those just learning to read.  Downloads are very good quality MP3.

Story Time For Me  has 36 free audiobooks available for free listening online without registration.  About half the stories are for children aged 1 to 4 and the other half for children 4 to 8.

Sultan.org  in addition to the text resources, this site also has a good number of audio resources of Islamic works.

TalesFromTheForest has 11 free audio books available for free listening online or free download in MP3.  4 of the stories are originals and the other 7 are classics.

TellTaleWeekly  has a good collection of classic audio books for download in MP3, AAC or Ogg Vorbis or for listening online.

The Adventures of the Extraordinary  17 story lines consisting of several episodes each available for free listening online or free download in MP3.  Original stories.

The Bluford Series  18 of the Bluford books are offered as free audiobooks for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.

The Classic Tales Podcast  classic novels in unabridged audio podcasts.  All are available for free download in MP3 without registration.

TheDrabllecast is an audio fiction magazine that has short stories available for free listening online or for free download in MP3.

The Drama Pod has around 15 free podcasts in their Horror category.  These are original stories and are available for free listeining online without registration.

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..  

The Guardian offers a number of short free audio guides for cities around the globe.

The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast features completereadings of some of the works of Lovecarft as well as podcasts discussing the various works.  All available for free listening online without registration.

The Mercury Theater on the Air the classic Mercury Theater productions of Orson Welles and John Houseman.  Radio/audio versions of classic novels available for free listening online or free donwload in Real Player (some also in MP3), without registration.  Thanks to Ron Hudson for this excellent resource.

The Prophet of Panamindorah  a fantasy trilogy available for free listening at the site or free download through podcasts.

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd is a family friendly podcast that has been running since 2004.  All seasons are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.  Click on "Archive" to access past indiviual shows.  No registration required.

TheStorySpieler   offers a good variety of audio books for listening online (or download with the proper addon) all narrated by Roy Trumbull, a retired radio and TV broadcaster.

ThoughtAudio offers around 70 audio books for free download in good quality MP3 format.  Many are not available elsewhere and this is an interesting collection.

Tom's Free Audio Books  a small collection of free audiobooks recorded by Tom as well as links to some free audiobooks around the web.  All are available for free listening online or free download in MP3.

Top Free Books  a large collection of links to classic novels as audiobooks as well as audio and video courses online.

Tor.com  has a good number of Science Fiction & Fantasy stories available for download in pdf, mobi pocket, html or ePub.  Also available for listening or download as MP3.

Toy Box Productions has about 25 free audio books for free reading and listening online in a flash player.  The few I looked at were longer books (60+ pages).  They are divided into Time Traveler books of USA historical figures and Bible stories.

TumbleBook Cloud Jr. an onlline audiobook and ebook site for elementary school children.  The site is run in conjunction with libraries and this library offers access to all users.  All available for free listening online.

Turnstyle.org  offers the book, Free Culture, by Lawrence Lessg for listening online (M3u).

Twirly Girl Theater has several short stories for children available for free download in MP3 without registration.

Union of Renegades  the fantasy audiobook is available for free at Podiobooks.  Available for free download in MP3.

Uvula Audio Kids & Adults offer around 50 free classic novels as audiobooks in podcasts, evenly split between those for the young and for adults.  All are available for free download in MP3 without registration.  See also their RSS Feed.

Verako.org  a Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) group that produces audiobooks and short stories for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.

Virtual Imprint offers the 5 volume science fiction series, Earthbound, for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.

Voicesin the Dark  offers about 100 classical audio books for download in HQ or LQ MP3 as well as a transcript.  Searchable by genre, title or author.

Well Told Tales   the internet archive has the 60 episodes of this podcast that ran from 2007 to 2009 for free listening online or free download in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis without registration.  This is a collection of unique short stories ranging from 15 to 40 minutes each.

We're Alive   a podcast story of post apocalyptic Los Angeles with Zombies.  Looks to be still active.  All episodes of the 3 seasons are available for free download in low quality MP3 without registration. Free registration allows download in higher quality.

Western Stories Podcast  a collection of classic western fiction novels and stories available for free download in MP3.

Wil McCarthy offers his work "The Wellstone" for download in MP3.

WiredForBooks  has a nice collection of Beatrix Potter books as well as a few others for online reading and also available in audio.

Woodlands Junior School  has an excellent collection of links ot online audiobooks for children.  Listening and download options vary as these are links offsite.

WorldofTales   a collection of folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available as audio.

Wormwood   a serialized radio mystery production that ran for 3 seasons.  The first episode is 2 hours and the ones after that appear to be about 20 minutes each.  This link is to Season 1.   All available for free download in MP3 or free listening online without registration.

YakiToMe  is a free text to speech software and many of their users have created podcasts which are available for download at their site.  Registration is required.  Suggested by Stephen Warkentien,

YouTube  has a huge offering of audiobooks, but it is a bit of a pain to find them.  the main link here is just a search for "audiobooks" and contains some non-book entries but is a thorough display of their entries.  There are also a large number of playlists that should help in finding what you want.

YouTube - Health has a large collection of health and cooking videos in its Health category.  There are links here to various channels on YouTube in the Health category.

YouTube Kiddie Record Weekly  the YouTube site for the Kiddie Records Weekly site referenced above.  98 free audiobooks for children available here.  These are classic recordings from the 50s made by popular stars of the day.

YouTube - Travel   a listing of the travel channels at YouTube for free viewing and listening online without registration.

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by mr6n8 on 11. November 2013 - 13:31  (112161)

November 11, 2013, 38 new sites added, 6 dead sites removed and 4 links fixed.

All links here checked and working.

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by mr6n8 on 19. April 2013 - 15:00  (107197)

April 19, 2013, 26 new sites added, one dead link removed and all links here checked and working.

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by mr6n8 on 17. March 2013 - 15:21  (106315)

March 17, 2013, 34 new sites added, one dead link removed and 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.

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by mr6n8 on 17. February 2013 - 21:28  (105504)

February 17, 2013, 8 new sites added, 1 site removed as dead link, 1 site removed for bad WOT rating and all other 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.

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by mr6n8 on 8. January 2013 - 15:50  (104330)

January 8 2013, new sites added and links checked with LinkChecker (1 site removed).

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by John Lindquist (not verified) on 17. November 2012 - 14:45  (102478)

Thanks for the hard work on audio books, got me to thinking ,I enjoy the colege lectures that I recieve weekly from KEEN wouldn't it be great to have a lcation or directory for u2 films, from coleges & Universities around the world with a translater?

As an 80 year old that only got thru 9th grade I have found "learning keeps me young"

Thanks for GIZMO, From the desk of:
RVinJohn the Cyber HoBo in west Texas

John Lindquist

by Scott A. (not verified) on 31. October 2012 - 5:30  (101643)

For AncientFaithRadio...

You mention that the site has religious books, yet you also say "but also has the Narnia books".

The Narnia books are also religious books. They are Christian allegories. Enjoyable to listen to when you're younger and don't get the hidden themes, but when you get older and hopefully more open-minded, the books are incredibly annoying. To each their own though.

by Amelia Robinson (not verified) on 11. October 2012 - 20:50  (100656)

i don't like to read books,but i do like to listen to them, so this,website is perfect for me. Thanks to all who have put time and effort into making this fantastic page!!

by ron hudson (not verified) on 31. July 2012 - 4:33  (96919)

Here is a link to "The Mercury Theatre on the Air" radio plays by Orson Welles and John Houseman. The shows are available in RealAudio format (some are also in MP3 format). I've enjoyed them very much.

http://www.mercurytheatre.info/

by mr6n8 on 31. July 2012 - 6:48  (96924)

Thank you. That is an excellent find.
I will be adding that in next update.

Steve

by ron hudson (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 3:13  (96855)

The link to BMWAudioBooks takes you to a site containing podcasts of only short clips of the stories with author comments. The site where the stories are found, bmw-audiobooks.com has been down for some time :-(

by mr6n8 on 30. July 2012 - 8:18  (96868)

Thanks. I have removed.

Steve

by Patricia (not verified) on 16. July 2012 - 2:38  (96237)

This is freakn amazing!! Thank you so much for your hard work.

by mr6n8 on 15. July 2012 - 17:37  (96204)

July 15, 2012, 12 new sites added and all links checked with LinkChecker.

If you find any sites not working properly or not as indicated, please post here.

If you know of any sites that could be added to this list, please post here.

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by James S. (not verified) on 10. July 2012 - 15:41  (95988)

You also might want to consider adding Decoder Ring Theater to the list. They deal in "radio dramas" modeled after the old time radio shows. They currently have The Red Panda Adventures and Black Jack Justice, all done tongue firmly in cheek as well as a small rotating assortment of other various short works.

http://www.decoderringtheater.com

Everything is available for streaming or for MP3 download.

by mr6n8 on 10. July 2012 - 16:08  (95990)

Thank you. I like that.

Coincidentally, I have been pondering adding to the site (not this listing) old time radio programs.

That site will definitely be added next update.

Steve

UPDATE: Added July 15, 2012

by Jesse (not verified) on 2. July 2012 - 15:30  (95655)

I'd like to nominate AmblingBooks.com for your "Best Of" listings. In your listing above you mention they have 1500 free titles, my impression was that it was more than that. Sure enough, I got in touch with the company and they said they now offer 2686, with another 2000 in the works.

by Reagan Polk (not verified) on 1. July 2012 - 12:20  (95620)

I am grateful to you. Thanks to published this essential webpage for us. This is truly excellent site. I appreciate the positive posts that you put up and thank you. This is also an interesting and wonderful collection of audio books. Thank you again for this web site.

by mr6n8 on 28. May 2012 - 13:13  (94091)

As of May 28, 2012, all links have been checked and are working.

12 new sites were added and 1 site was removed.

Steve

by Aziza (not verified) on 7. May 2012 - 2:28  (93149)

thank u very much, it was very hard to find free audiobooks before I visited this website) But the audiobooks which I downloaded were without subtitles, I needed with subtitles so that I could see how the words are read and also to translate the words which I don't know yet.. if u know any can u please write here? Thank u ;)

by jesantam (not verified) on 5. February 2012 - 17:05  (88358)

Great list with very useful comments!.

Does anyone know how to download current affairs topics to read and listen?.

Articles about actual situation (political, thecnology, economy, etc...)

Thanks!!!

by carmel cooper (not verified) on 15. January 2012 - 3:12  (87187)

great site !

by Kristi (not verified) on 12. December 2011 - 17:52  (84908)

You might consider adding http://www.kiddierecords.com/.

by mr6n8 on 12. December 2011 - 21:09  (84919)

Thank you. That is an excellent site, but it is in there under Kiddie Records Weekly.

Kids Audio Books has many of the same recordings, but available in one download, while some of the Kiddie Records have to be downloaded in segments.

I have downloaded some of those recordings and they are special.

Steve

by Kendra (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 20:05  (83397)

I would like to say thank you for the time you have spent putting together this wonderful list of free audio books. I work for a non profit organization which assist individuals with different disabilities who enjoy books. They do not have a lot of funds and the organization does not allow a lot of spending. So again THANK YOU!!

by Bronwen (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 3:18  (82507)

This is a really great site. There is so much in it. Thanks.

by mr6n8 on 17. October 2011 - 18:10  (81607)

As of October 17, 2011, 11 new sites have been added and all links have been checked (7 sites removed).

As always, any new sites or comments are welcome.

I appreciate the positive posts that have been put up and thank you.

I am in the process of putting together a "Best Of" listing for this book page, as well as the others. Any comments from you would be helpful in compiling these lists.

Steve

by Guru (not verified) on 27. September 2011 - 14:12  (80426)

Very interesting collection....one place for all...Love it

by margie smith (not verified) on 10. September 2011 - 16:51  (79375)

BoosShouldBeFree I think you meant books . :} on your website. just a friendly comment

by MidnightCowboy on 11. September 2011 - 6:37  (79408)

Thanks! Corrected now :)

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