Free Classic Audio Books is pretty self explanatory. This extremely basic site offers free recordings of Treasure Island, Emma and The King James Bible. The site itself is a bit difficult to browse but as long as you know what you’re looking for it can be navigated quickly. Everything is absolutely free and can be downloaded as either an MP3 or M4B. As the title clearly states this is the place to find classics, it is not the site to use for anything newer than Huckleberry Finn.
Librivox asks volunteers to record different chapters or sections of books. This can make listening to a novel more interesting or awful depending on whether or not you enjoy hearing different voices, but a listener can search by “solo” or “group” if you prefer hearing one voice the whole time. Books can be searched by author, title, genre or even language which is an interesting feature. The site says it will accept any reader speaking in any language as long as they can be understood. There are no auditions, people can just submit whenever they want. Though this opens the site up to a lot of variety it can be a bit hit or miss, but it does increase the book selection.
Books Should Be Free is a family-friendly website that caters to the classic literature devotee. The site offers a nice collection of public domain novels and short stories in multiple languages, available in both Mp3 and MP4 format. You can also stream book chapters online and browse titles by genre, language, and top 100, or search for specific books using the integrated Google search bar at the top of the page. Plus, all books are rated and reviewed to give you a slightly better idea of what to expect.
Storynory has provided a solution for parents who can’t find the time to read to their kids. The free-to-use audiobook website is tailored specifically for children, providing a plethora of original stories as well as classic fairy tales and short novels. The site currently only offers a couple hundred audiobooks to choose from, but it is steadily growing as it routinely publishes at least one new story a week. Storynory also touts some of the most exuberant narrators around.
Librophile is another free alternative for accessing classic audiobooks. The site’s minimalistic design, clean layout, and bookshelf-like appearance make it easy to navigate through the vast array of titles by popularity, release date and genre. Want to listen to James Joyce’s Ulysses or the inspiration for the longest running musical on Broadway? Not a problem. You can stream novel chapters right on the site or download them for use with more than 500 MP3 players.
Next page: Six more great audiobook websites