When it comes to audiobooks, some big-name subscription-based services may appear in your mind for the first time, such as Amazon Audible, Rakuten OverDrive, Scribd, etc. Despite the fact that most of those services provide xx-day free trial to explore, listen and access a large library of resources, the audiobooks will be saved in different DRM-protected audio formats, which can only be opened in exclusive players. Actually, apart from those paid services, you're able to download free audio book MP3s from a wide array of neglected websites. To save your energy and time, after the time-consuming investigation, I have compiled a curated list of 18 best sites below for free audiobook MP3 downloads.
I bet most of you guys are not surprised to see YouTube in the free MP3 audiobook download list. The fact is, there are loads of full-length free audiobooks on YouTube for listening without monthly subscriptions. After submitting a search query like "audiobook", you'll find either a long YouTube video or scattered chapters saved in a playlist. The problem is, how to convert YouTube to MP3 longer than 2 hours. No worries, I've got you all set. The free program enables you to download YouTube playlist to MP3, simply copy and paste the URL > analyze > download.
To be honest, Open Culture is more like an audiobook archive website than it is a free audiobook download site. On this webpage, you'll find hundreds of free audiobooks of fiction, poetry and non-fiction that link to different resources, such as iTunes, Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Audible and other public domain sites. It also provides free MP3 streams and MP3 zip file downloads. Just scroll down the alphabetized list or use "Ctrl + F" to find your interested audiobooks.
Loyal Books (formerly known as Books Should Be Free) claims to provide 7000+ free audio books & eBook downloads. These audiobooks can be filtered by 50 genres and 29 languages, and all audiobook covers are neatly arranged on the right side. Click on each title to learn the brief introduction. You're allowed to download separate chapters or a zip file that contains all MP3 audiobooks. Additionally, you can even read reviews, rate and submit your ideas on the bottom of each title page.
Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project that donates its recordings to the public domain. LibriVox audiobooks are read by volunteers from all over the world, and are free for anyone to listen to and download. You can navigate this website by author, title, genre or language, and even submit an advanced search in the top-right corner of the website. Enter each title's description page, you're able to download each chapter or a whole audiobook in ZIP package. If interested, volunteer to read and record chapters of books.
Digital Book (formerly known as Librophile) is a terrific place to access thousands of free public domain audiobooks, eBooks and podcasts online from a range of online libraries covering all genres. The website is impressive owing to the clean and user-friendly interface. Explore your desired audiobook by trending, top-rated or genres. An overlaid window will pop up after clicking on each title, where you can learn the book description, stream/download free MP3 audiobooks, open as podcast or add to bookshelf.
Scribl doesn't seem to be a good option for free audiobook MP3 downloads, despite the fair prices, most audiobooks come at a cost. The reason why I added it into the list is that Scribl provides plenty of podcasts for free streaming and downloading, but it requires a free account as a premise. Open the above link and click on "Listen" button underneath each title to learn the synopsis. If you have logged in, scroll down the page and you're allowed to stream podcast audiobooks chapter by chapter. Click the three-dot icon to download free audiobooks in MP3. Unfortunately, there is no option to download the whole audiobook.
Without further introduction, Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering universal access to free audiobook MP3 downloads. You may have noticed that this library of audiobooks features digital recordings and MP3's from multiple websites like LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive users, etc. It offers multiple sorting options on the left side to help you locate your interested audiobooks, even better, the audiobook can be downloaded in multiple audio formats by individual chapters or a whole ZIP file.
Project Gutenberg, which aims to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks, is also a pretty good website to find free downloadable MP3 audiobooks. You're able to search and browse eBooks by author, title, subject, language, type, popularity, and even the full text search. This site provides both human-read and computer-generated audiobooks, but IMHO, I don't think you guys will like the robot voices. It is worth mentioning that you can save chapters individually or download the entire audiobook, and there are even M4A, M4B, OGG, SPX formats available for some audiobooks.
Unlike other comprehensive websites, Storynory is geared towards kids only, with a mix of classics, fairy tales, myths & world stories, educational books and original stories. Go to each story, simply click on the download button below the audio player to download free audio book MP3. Besides, a text version is also available for each story.
Similar to Storynory, Light Up Your Brain also provides free audio stories for children. Although there are only a limited number of stories, they are downloadable MP3 audiobooks that can play on virtually any audio device without network connection. Likewise, in addition to the download button, it still lists the text version below each audiobook.
As its name implies, this website focuses on short bedtime stories. You don't need to open a post to take further action, it's convenient to stream and download audiobook on the homepage. Unfortunately, it has been no longer updated since 2016, but if you're a newcomer to this website, these amazing bedtime stories may strike a chord with you. Sweet dreams!
Thought Audio offers a selection of classic literature and philosophy titles as audiobooks and PDFs for free downloads. There is a title list arranged with book covers on the homepage. Click a title to explore more information, and you're able to stream the audio online. Or right-click on the audio track name and select "Save link as" for free audiobook MP3 download. There is also a PDF transcript provided right there. However, you have to download each chapter individually as there is no a ZIP file available.
Its name has explained everything, Free Classic AudioBooks is a good place to download classic audiobooks in MP3 and M4A formats. You can navigate this website by Authors Last Name and Most Popular Downloads. Not every title provides online streaming, click on the media icon to open download page. You're allowed to download separate chapters as well as the whole books in a ZIP file. BTW, if you haven't installed ADBlocker, the annoying ADs will appear on both sides.
Learn Out Loud has a selection of over 50,000 educational and inspirational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos. You can browse audiobooks by categories like Biography, Literature, Philosophy, Arts & Entertainment, etc. And the free audiobooks are sorted by author's name, most popular, release date, alphabetical or random sort. Mark "Audio Download" option on the right side so that it will list all titles which allow you to download free MP3 audiobooks. However, in most cases, some audiobooks are free with Audible Trial or need an account to download.
Lit2Go, a project established by the University of South Florida, organizes a free collection of stories and poems in MP3 format, which cover the abstract, citation, playing time, and word count for each of the passages, and can be streamed, downloaded or printed out as the teaching materials for classroom. It's a teacher-friendly website for free audiobook downloads.
Audiobook Treasury claims to recommend the best audiobooks for sale & for free. To download free audio book MP3, directly go to "Latest Free Audiobooks" and "Free Audio Books" sections on the navigation bar. Open a title, you'll see an audio player for online streaming and a download option to save the audiobook.
New Fiction has awesome library of audiobooks that are officially described as "modern-day radio dramas". The recordings are performed by multiple actors with different BGM, and you would be interested in the novel performance. Most interestingly, each chapter has a cover, and the cover will change when you switch to the next chapter, just like a slideshow. Although there are only several works, all of them are free to be streamed online and downloaded in MP3s chapter by chapter.
This is the last website for free audiobook MP3 downloads. Honestly, the site looks very outdated and only a very limited number of audio book titles are available on this page. To save MP3 files directly to your computer, open a title, right-click the audio track and choose "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." option.
Compared with paper books and E-books, audiobooks definitely offer a novel way to free up your hands and eyes when you're busy doing something else like driving, running, climbing, etc. I hope this handpicked list of 18 websites is of help to you guys. If you have ever bookmarked an awesome website for free audiobook MP3 downloads which is not in the list above, feel free to share with me via Facebook, and I will make an update whenever necessary. Thanks for reading!