Top 40 Free Audio Books on the Internet

Top 40 Free Audio Books on the Internet

40 Best Free Audio Books Online

On our blog we recently showcased forty of the top free audiobook downloads available online. For the past three years we've featured a Free Audio Book every Friday as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. From these resources we've selected the top 40 free audiobook downloads. You can check them all out by clicking the link below:

The 40 Best Free Audio Books Online

Here are the top ten audio books from the list:

1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Podcast

This edition of Mark Twain's great American novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the top free audio books on the internet. It is professionally narrated by Marc Devine and offered as an unabridged, 9-1/2 hour mp3 audiobook from Literal Systems. Listen to the classic tale of Huckleberry Finn and the runaway slave Jim as they take a raft down the Mississippi River to escape the confines of civilized life. This audio book is available as a podcast and it can be downloaded or subscribed to. Enjoy this classic work of American literature!

2. Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine Chris Anderson follows up his bestselling book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, with his new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. And in practicing what he preaches, Anderson and his publisher Hyperion are giving away his new audio book for free! We've listened to the prologue and it sounds like a very interesting book regarding the future of business in the digital age. You can download this audio book unabridged on iTunes, Audible.com, and Wired.com. Or you can download the abridged version from the Hyperion website if you enter in your email address. Both versions are narrated by Mr. Anderson himself.

3. Pride and Prejudice Podcast

A professionally recorded edition of Jane Austen's masterpiece Pride and Prejudice has recently been released as a podcast. Offered by SwitchPod, it is available in its entirety on the podcast feed and runs 11 Hrs. and 30 Min. Listen to the comedy and romance that ensues when the Bennet family sets out to marry the 2nd eldest daugther Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy. Download this novel on MP3 today.

4. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Here's a great short story you can listen to. It is written by Washington Irving, one of the first acclaimed American authors. It tells the tale of a Dutch settlement called Sleepy Hollow which is haunted by the legend of a Headless Horseman. This story is read by Chip at LibriVox and his narration is magnificent. It's available on MP3 Download.

5. Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's novella is a bonafide 20th century classic about a traveling salesman that wakes up one morning to find his body has been transformed into that of a giant dung beatle. This highly symbolic tale about the plight of the modern working man, human alienation, and the eternal need to fit in has gone on to be Kafka's signature work. The audio version is brought to you through Thought Audio, and is narrated in a crisp performance by Michael Scott. If you've ever been interested in Kafka or have heard of the story's premise but never checked it out, now is the time. This book really is as good as everyone says!

6. The Law

Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" produced by FreeAudio.org is one of the best free audio books available. Bastiat's brief treatise on law is a passionate cry for his belief that law should only be put in place to maintain life, liberty, and property. He denounces legislators and philosophers who seek legalized plunder, moral coercion, and numerous other methods of force through law which encroach on liberties. The production quality is professional and Marvin Payne's narration is superb. You can download this title through LearnOutLoud.com on MP3 or MPEG-4 (if you want to bookmark it in your iPod).

7. The Age of Innocence

Listen to Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Age of Innocence. Brenda Dayne has narrated a very fine unabridged recording of the book and put it out in its entirety as a podcast. Immerse yourself into the upper class of New York City, in an age when "being things" was better than "doing things"!

8. Macbeth

Listen to William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Macbeth on streaming audio and MP3 download. This full cast dramatization of the play is offered by Wired for Books. Hear all the drama of Macbeth's bloody grab for power and his subsequent unraveling. The play stars Mark Mann as Macbeth and Laura Lee Parrotti as Lady Macbeth.

9. Alice in Wonderland by Storynory Podcast

Listen to Lewis Carroll's fantastic tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland offered as a podcast by Storynory. Follow Alice down the Rabbit Hole as she meets the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and many other curious characters. The story twists logic in ways that have entertained both kids and adults since it was first published in 1865. This 12-chapter, unabridged audio book is professionally narrated by actress Natasha Gostwick, and is available on MP3 download.

10. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Ejunto.com presents this free unabridged edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Written by Benjamin Franklin over the course of 20 years, this autobiography follows major events of Franklin's life including his publication of Poor Richard's Almanac, his quest for "moral perfection", and many other significant events reflecting life in 18th century America. The book is well narrated by Andrew Julow. Download this 6 hour audio book on MP3 from ejunto.com.

Over 200 Blackstone Audio Downloads

We're now featuring over 200 titles on MP3 download from the largest independent audiobook publisher in the country: Blackstone Audio. They're offering many of their audio downloads at upwards of 50% off their list price of the same titles on CD or cassette. To see all the downloads we currently feature go here:

Blackstone Audio Downloads

Here are some of the latest highlights we've added.

Audio Book Downloads by Ayn Rand:



The Art of Fiction by Ayn Rand

The Art of Nonfiction by Ayn Rand

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

Philosophy: Who Needs It? by Ayn Rand

Why Businessmen Need Philosophy by Ayn Rand

And the Ayn Rand memoir: Facets of Ayn Rand by Mary Ann & Charles Sures

Classic Audio Books from C.S. Lewis:

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Problem Of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Learn About Classical Music and Opera:

Classical Music 101 by Fred Plotkin

Opera 101 by Fred Plotkin

Business & Finance Titles for Practical Use:

25 Things to Say to the Interviewer, to Get the Job You Want by Dexter Hawk

Applied Economics by Thomas Sowell

Cracking Your Retirement Nest Egg by Margaret A. Malaspina

The Small Business Owner's Guide To A Good Night's Sleep by Debra Koontz Traverso

Newly Added Classic & Contemporary Literature:

Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Leaves of Grass (Unabridged) by Walt Whitman

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Something Wicked This Way Comes and A Sound of Thunder & Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Clarence B. Carson's Monumental Six-Volume Basic History of the United States:

A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience, 1607-1774

A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 2: The Beginning of the Republic, 1775-1825

A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 3: The Sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877

A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 4: The Growth of America, 1878-1928

A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 5: The Welfare State, 1929-1985

A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 6: America in Gridlock, 1985-1995

And Some Other Great Titles on MP3 download:

Banker to the Poor & Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus

Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works by Andrew Saul

Politics (Unabridged) by Aristotle

Raise Your Social IQ by Michael Levine

What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard P. Feynman

Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency -Abridged & Unabridged by Nigel Hamilton

Enjoy these and many more audio downloads from Blackstone Audio:

Blackstone Audio Downloads

Browse Full List of Authors & Publishers

We recently created pages so you can browse all authors & publishers that have over 5 titles on LearnOutLoud.com. Browse over 700 authors you can learn from listed in A-Z according to last name:

Full List of Authors on LearnOutLoud.com

And browse over 200 publishers and content providers you can learn from listed in alphabetical order:

Full List of Publishers on LearnOutLoud.com

Some of authors of note that have quite a few titles on our site:

Tony Alessandra (21 Titles)

Jane Austen (58 Titles)

Dave Barry (22 Titles)

Ken Blanchard (29 Titles)

Gary Chapman (27 Titles)

Pema Chodron (20 Titles)

Fyodor Dostoevsky (17 Titles)

John Gray (28 Titles)

Henry James (30 Titles)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (21 Titles)

Caroline Myss (37 Titles)

Barack Obama (28 Titles)

Edgar Allan Poe (31 Titles)

Bob Proctor (25 Titles)

Ronald Reagan (31 Titles)

Edith Wharton (30 Titles)

Ken Wilber (35 Titles)

Sherwin T. Wine (110 Titles)

And here are some publishers and content providers of note that have quite a few titles:

AtGoogleTalks (57 Titles)

C-SPAN (144 Titles)

Gordon Skene Sound Collection (57 Titles)

Harper Children's Audio (104 Titles)

Intercollegiate Studies Institute (125 Titles)

LearnOutLoud.com (121 Titles) :)

Living Language (105 Titles)

Made For Success (89 Titles)

MIT World (138 Titles)

Trout Lake Media (22 Titles)

Tyndale House Publishers (57 Titles)

University Channel (57 Titles)

webcast.berkeley (113 Titles)

And you can always browse our official author pages and publishers pages by browsing the links below:



Do we have audio & video learning resources or what?! Browse all the best author and publishers you can learn from on audio & video at LearnOutLoud.com.

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