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March 31, 2018

Unlimited Audiobooks Subscription from Scribd

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I've had a little bit of a revelation recently. That revelation being unlimited audiobooks services! Like many fans of audio books I've been a subscriber to Audible.com for years, getting my one credit per month for $14.95 and amassing a sizable library of audio books over the past decade.

Earlier this year the popular e-book and audiobook subscription service Scribd opened up their subscription service to offer unlimited e-books and audiobooks for $8.99/month after a 30 day free trial. I was skeptical of the selection I could get, but then I started browsing around. On Scribd you can browse around without having to create an account or log in to see the different audio books they have to offer. It's easier to browse their offerings on a desktop or laptop computer, but you can also browse on a mobile phone. And you can search for specific audio books on their site as well, sorting results by "Everything" or just "Books" or "Audiobooks". I decided to subscribe and after subscribing I've now got unlimited access to 90,000 audio books and 900,000 eBooks! Check it out for yourself:

Browse and Get Access to 90,000 Audio Books on Scribd

Scribd works with almost all the major audio book publishers amounting to over 50,000 titles from the following publishers:

Penguin Random House Audio (9600 Titles)
HarperAudio (4200 Titles)
Simon & Schuster Audio (2800 Titles)
Hachette Audio (1600 Titles)
Macmillan Audio (700 Titles)
Tantor Audio (9500 Titles)
Recorded Books (9000 Titles)
Brilliance Audio (8100 Titles)
Christian Audio (1800 Titles)
Oasis Audio (1600 Titles)
Zondervan Audio (1600 Titles)
Highbridge Audio (1400 Titles)
Naxos Audiobooks (800 Titles)
Thomas Nelson Audio (500 Titles)
Listen & Live Audio (500 Titles)
Gildan Audio (400 Titles)
L.A. Theatre Works (300 Titles)
Made for Success Audio (300 Titles)
Audio Holdings (300 Titles)
Better Listen Audio (200 Titles)
Penton Overseas Audio (130 Titles)
New World Library (40 Titles)
Berlitz Audio (30 Titles)

Once I had joined and was into my Scribd account, I started browsing the categories of the site. I began adding dozens of audio books to my saved library, and it was a bit like the first time I added streaming movies to my Netflix queue or starting listening to any album I wanted to on a streaming music service like Spotify. I wasn't just creating a wish list of audio books I would someday like to buy, but I was making a list of audio books that I could access and listen to as much (or as little) as I wanted to immediately! And that's what I've been doing since I subscribed last month. I've been trying out new releases along with audio books that used to be in my Audible Wish List, and I've also listened to titles that I might've never have purchased on Audible.

When it came to listening, I found the Scribd app on iOS to be very user friendly and assume that Android is the same experience. The titles are divided up by chapters and the app bookmarks your place wherever you've left off listening on your desktop or mobile app. On your phone you can stream audio books over your mobile network or download them on a WiFi connection for offline listening. The app specifies how large the files are for storing on your phone.

While I'm still an Audible.com subscriber since it has the largest selection of audio books at about 180,000 with many titles I can only get there, I've been impressed by Scribd's selection of 90,000 audio books. Some publishers not currently offered on Scribd include Blackstone Audio, Nightingale-Conant, Pimsleur, Phoenix Audio, Sounds True, The Great Courses, Hay House, AudioGO, and, of course, they don't have the titles published exclusively by Audible Studios (which includes about 30,000 audio books).

After looking around I discovered Scribd is not the only unlimited audiobooks subscription service currently. Here are a few others:

Playster.com - Has 100,000+ audiobooks available unlimited for $14.95/month. They have apps for iOS and Android, but their app is not as well reviewed as Scribd.

Otto Radio - I think they started as a radio and podcast app on iOS, but now have 55,000 audio books with two plans:
- Otto Select is $9.99 a month for unlimited access to 20,000+ Audio books.
- Otto Premium is $14.99 a month for everything included in the Select plan, plus one premium audio book per month.

And if you're looking for more a la carte options or one audio book per month subscriptions then you can try these:

Audible Free Trial Offer:
Get your first 30 days of the Audible membership plan free, which includes two free audiobook credits. After your 30 day trial, your membership will renew each month for just $14.95 per month so you can continue to receive one audiobook credit per month plus members-only discounts on all audio purchases. 180,000 Audio Books available!

Downpour Audio Books - Owned by our friends at Blackstone Audio, members get 1 Credit per month for $12.99 per month along with saving up to 70% off retail prices for members.

Kobo Audio Books - The popular eBook platform also features one audio book per month for $9.99/month.

Audiobooks.com - Offers an impressive 100,000 audio books with a free book and trial before it is $14.95 for one audio book per month.

Google Play Audiobooks - And with the growth in the audio book market, Google decided it was their turn to jump in, offering no subscriptions, but audio books for sale a la carte at discounts. They launched in January with audio books in their Google Play Books app for both Android and iOS.

LearnOutLoud.com Audiobooks for Sale - And we offer 10,000 educational and inspirational audio books to download or stream on MP3 audio.

You can also purchase audio books through Amazon.com (which owns Audible) and iTunes (which Audible distributes to). There is also the ability to get audio books through libraries with Hoopla and Overdrive. Many options, but we recommend trying:

90,000 Audio Books with a 30 Day Trial to Scribd

 

March 30, 2018

20 Free Talks by Osho, Star of Netflix's Documentary Wild Wild Country

There is a new 6-hour Netflix documentary series out called Wild Wild Country on the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (popularly known as Osho) and the Rajneeshpuram community he and his followers set up in the 1980s in central Oregon. It is a fascinating documentary that covers the drama that unfolded over many years from many perspectives including leading figures within Rajneeshpuram and the surrounding townspeople and law enforcement officials they came into conflict with.

What the documentary doesn't cover much is the actual teachings of Osho. We've sold Osho talks on our site for years and have enjoyed his unconventional spiritual wisdom which draws on Eastern philosophy and religion. We recently discovered that these talks are available for free on Spotify as well, so we've embedded them onto our pages for 20 of Osho's talks which we'll list below. OSHO International has also recently uploaded a six-part 4-hour video series by Osho to their YouTube channel entitled:

Priests & Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul

And here are the 20 free talks featured on Spotify. Please Note: In order to listen to these audio programs you'll need a free Spotify account. You can listen for free with occasional ads and they also have Spotify software for easier listening on your computer. If you want to listen ad-free and on a smart phone and you love music as well, we can't recommend Spotify Premium highly enough. If you don't have Spotify or you want the talks on audio download, we are selling each talk for $4.00 on audio download.

1. 20 Difficult Things to Accomplish in this World

2. Bringing Up Children

3. The Broken Family

4. Compassion, Love, and Sex

5. Emotional Wellness

6. Every Human Being is a Seeker of Truth

7. The Fear of Intimacy

8. Hypnosis in the Service of Meditation

9. Love and Hate: Just Two Sides of the Same Coin

10. The Man With the Inexplicable Life

11. Mind And Body Are Not Two Things

12. The Miracle of Meditation

13. The Philosophy of Non-Violence

14. Reminding Yourself of The Forgotten Language of Talking to Your Mind And Body

15. Watchfulness, Awareness, Alertness

16. What Is Meditation?

17. When Eternity Penetrates Time

18. Why Is Communication So Difficult?

19. You Are in Prison and You Think You Are Free

20. Zen Is a Revolution

Take a listen to these Osho talks and decide for yourself about his unique spiritual ideas.

 

March 22, 2018

100 New & Notable Podcasts for 2018

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In the past few years podcasting has been going through a Renaissance evolving from its origins of talk shows and radio programs to a new era of original content through digital storytelling complete with seasons as binge-worthy as your hottest Netflix show. After seeing this trend, we decided to greatly expand our podcast directory adding 5000 New Podcasts in Our Podcast Directory in January of 2017. We've been continually checking for the best podcasts on iTunes and also discovering amazing ones that aren't making it to the top of iTunes charts. We've recently added 100s of more podcasts and today we're highlighting 100 new and notable podcasts that we've added. As always we're sticking to the best podcasts you can learn from. Enjoy these great new educational podcasts in our directory. We tried to divide them up by categories:

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PODCASTS:

Change Agent Podcast - Podcast by Charles Duhigg, author of the bestselling book The Power of Habit. In the podcast Dughigg sets out to help everyday people solve tough personal problems with the help of novel methods.

The Solopreneur Hour Podcast - Interviews with icons and successful game changers on how to become profitably unemployable.

The One You Feed Podcast - Conversations about creating a life worth living. Host Eric Zimmer interviews experts on a variety of self help topics.

Something You Should Know Podcast - Host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice on a great many topics.

From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl Podcast - Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen shares practical and spiritual wisdom along with her guests.

Popular Mechanics Most Useful Podcast Ever Podcast - Life hacks from the classic magazine of popular science and technology.

Masters of Scale Podcast - Reid Hoffman hosts this educational podcast on how the leaders of the world's biggest companies scaled up to the place they are today with interviews of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix's Reed Hastings, and Google's Eric Schmidt.

The Goop Podcast - Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand gets a podcast mostly about health and wellness.

Cutting Edge Consciousness Podcast - Older podcast but features interviews with many leading spiritual teachers.

Dream Big Podcast - 7-years-old Eva Karpman and her mom Olga Karpman interviews extraordinary achievers like General Stanley McChrystal, inventor Ray Kurzweil, and human guinea pig A.J. Jacobs. Family-friendly inspiration!

Getting In: Your College Admissions Companion Podcast - A real-time podcast following a diverse group of New York-area high school seniors through the process of applying to college with plenty of expert advice along the way.

Losing 100 Pounds Podcast - Master Weight Loss Coach Corinne has lost 100 pounds and is now coaching you how to lose weight.

Daily Meditation Podcast - Meditation coach Mary Meckley answers your questions and guides you on the journey of establishing a daily meditation ritual.

The Ultimate Health Podcast - Interview with world-class experts in the health & wellness community. Over 200 episodes to choose from.

The Psych Central Show Podcast - Candid chat on many different aspects of mental health & psychology.

Pray the Word with David Platt Podcast - Short, daily meditations on prayer featuring teacher, author, and pastor David Platt.

Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations Podcast - Oprah Winfrey is now podcasting the conversations from her Super Soul Sunday TV show! Hear 30-60 minute long conversations with some of the most popular authors on spiritual and personal growth.

Where Should We Begin? Podcast - Relationship therapist Esther Perel takes you behind closed doors for the stories of 10 anonymous couples.

Under The Skin with Russell Brand Podcast - Comedian speaks with guests from the world of academia to help us to see the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality.

High Performance Habits Podcast - Late last year the bestselling author and leading personal development trainer Brendon Burchard put out a free abridged version of his new book High Performance Habits as a podcast!

The Goal Digger Podcast - Jenna Kutcher's podcast for creative girl bosses.


HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY PODCASTS:

American History Tellers Podcast - Multi-episode series on The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race, and more. Very entertaining history storytelling hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator).

Slow Burn: A Watergate Podcast - In this 8-part investigative podcast hosted by Slate's Leon Neyfakh, you'll get a careful examination of the people that had a key political, legal, and cultural part to play in the Watergate scandal.

Unknown History Podcast - Short, fun history podcast covering little known stories in world history.

Ponzi Supernova Podcast - Original audio series from Audible.com covering Bernie Madoff's $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme and including interviews with Bernie Madoff from prison.

Presidents Are People Too! Podcast - Short Audible original series covering Franklin Pierce, Gerald Ford, Chester A. Arthur, George Washington, William Howard Taft, and Rutherford B. Hayes.

Making Obama/Making Oprah Podcast - Season One told the story of how Oprah built a media empire and Season Two tells the story of Obama's climb from Chicago to the national stage.

Slate's The Moment Podcast - Host Brian Koppelman interviews creative people about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers.

ESPN: 30 For 30 Podcast - Very well produced audio documentaries on sports from ESPN, creators of the amazing 30 for 30 documentary series. They also interview some of the documentary filmmakers from the series.

Tides of History Podcast - Patrick Wyman, PhD sets up the makings of the modern world from the fall or Rome to the Renaissance.

Business Wars Podcast - Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war! More fabulous storytelling from the podcast network Wondery.

This is War Podcast - A raw look at the combat and homecoming experience from American veterans who have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Fall of Rome Podcast - PhD historian and specialist Patrick Wyman outlines the fall of the Roman Empire in over 20 episodes.

LBJ's War Podcast - From Public Radio International, a documentary in oral history form of Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War.

100:1 The Crack Legacy Podcast - Journalist Christopher Johnson traces the roots of today's violent policing and mass-incarceration back to the war on drugs.

APM: Reports Documentaries Podcast - Over 100 of the best produced audio documentaries available dating back over two decades. APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has now put them all on one podcast feed!


NEWS, POLITICS, & CULTURE PODCASTS:

Today Explained Podcast - Led by host Sean Rameswaram, Today, Explained brings together Vox Media's team of explainers to break down the news into a 20 minute, daily podcast released every afternoon.

Slate's Working Podcast - Slate host Jacob Brogan goes out and interviews everyday Americans about their jobs.

Our National Conversation About Race Podcast - Lively multiracial conversation about the ways we talk about race.

WBEZ Resound Podcast - Short audio documentaries and stories from WBEZ in Chicago.

See Something Say Something Podcast - BuzzFeed's Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.

The Ben Shapiro Show Podcast - Daily podcasts from this leading conservative voice.

NPR: It's Been a Minute Podcast - Weekly wrap up show from NPR's Sam Sanders.

Slate Politics Spoken Edition Podcast - The latest Slate.com political articles read by humans.

Radio Atlantic Podcast - A weekly show from the 160-year-old magazine hosted by Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic), Matt Thompson (Executive Editor, The Atlantic), and Alex Wagner (Co-host, CBS This Morning: Saturday; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic).

POLITICO's Pulse Check Podcast - Podcast on health care with interviews of the most interesting and influential people in health care.

The Atlantic Interview Podcast - Atlantic Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg talks with the pivotal voices shaping politics, technology, art, media, business, and culture.

C-SPAN's The Weekly Podcast - C-SPAN's latest podcast features interviews that take you behind the scenes of what is happening in politics in Washington, D.C.

The Libertarian Podcast - Hoover Institution podcast featuring Richard Epstein on the latest news from a libertarian political perspective.

Slate's Double X Podcast - Slate podcast focused on the latest news involving feminism and women's issues.

The FRONTLINE Dispatch Podcast - FRONTLINE has launched their first audio-only podcast in The FRONTLINE Dispatch Podcast and it applies FRONTLINE's investigative reporting to the podcast medium with superb audio documentaries.


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AND LITERATURE PODCASTS:

The Writers Panel Podcast - Chat show with professional writers about the process and business of writing TV, film, comic books, music, novels, etc.

The Combat Jack Show Podcast - Interviews with hip hop icons and news from the world of hip hop music.

The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice Podcast - New Yorker fiction writers read their stories.

NEA Big Read Audio Guides Podcast - Audio guides featuring readings from great books with commentary from artists, educators, and public figures. Short guides to The Great Gatsby, The Age of Innocence, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and many other works of great literature.

All of the Above with Norman Lear Podcast - Entertainment legend Norman Lear (now 95 years old!) interviews many famous entertainers.

LeVar Burton Reads Podcast - Listen to short fiction read by the amazing actor and voice talent Levar Burton.

KPCC: The Frame Podcast - Hosted by longtime LA film writer John Horn, who talks to the people at the center of the creative universe in the world of film, TV, art and music.

HarperAudio Presents Podcast - Conversations with authors of major book releases from the publisher Harper Collins.

The New Yorker: Poetry Podcast - Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.

The Slash Filmcast Podcast - Discussion and debate over the latest movies from bloggers at the film site slashfilm.com.

AudioShelf Podcast - Finally a podcast for the audiobookworm! Podcasts about many audio books, mostly fiction.

Fictional Podcast - Modern adaptations of classic stories.

Homecoming Podcast - The first scripted audio series from Gimlet Media, starring Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, and Spike Jonze. What a cast!

The Daily Show Podcast - The "Ears Edition" of Comedy Central's The Daily Show hosted by Trevor Noah.

Launch Podcast - Screenwriter John August sets out to write his first novel and takes you along the ride.

The New York Public Library Podcast - Amazing wealth of talks and events featuring today's best writers, artists, and thinkers. Over 200 episodes to choose from.

The Close-Up: Film Society of Lincoln Center Podcast - Film Society of Lincoln Center brings in major guests from the world of cinema including filmmakers, actors, critics, and more.


AND SOME OTHER PODCASTS:

The Vergecast Podcast - Popular tech and gadget news podcast.

The Sporkful Podcast - Eating show hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better.

Antiques Roadshow - PBS Podcast - Behind-the-scenes of the fun PBS show on the world of antiques and collectibles.

The H3 Podcast - Comedy podcast featuring mostly YouTube superstars and hosted by the H3 duo of Ethan & Hila Klein.

2 Dope Queens Podcast - Live comedy podcast from Brooklyn featuring Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams and many other comedians.

Hi-Phi Nation Podcast - Professor Barry Lam's storytelling podcast that raises philosophical questions and answers them with the help of contemporary academic philosophers.

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast - Interviews & lectures from the now world famous psychologist and author of the current bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

Houston We Have a Podcast - Official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of human spaceflight, stationed in Houston, Texas.

NPR: Live from the Poundstone Institute Podcast - Comedy and random knowledge from Paula Poundstone and her team of experts.

The Butterfly Effect Podcast - This free series from Audible.com is a multi-part audio documentary by bestselling author Jon Ronson who examines the wide-ranging effects of free pornography.

Sincerely, X Podcast - TED and Audible.com teamed up for this series of talks from speakers whose ideas deserve to be heard, but whose identities must remain hidden.

Stay Tuned with Preet Podcast - Join Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, in a podcast about justice and fairness.

WSJ The Future of Everything Podcast - Wall Street Journal podcast that takes a look at the future of technology.

Duolingo Spanish Podcast - Learn some Spanish from the creators of the popular language-learning platform.


TRUE CRIME PODCASTS:

And for you true crime fans we have added some of the most popular true crime podcasts to our podcast directory:

Dirty John Podcast - Complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and survival from the L.A. Times.

Up and Vanished Podcast - The unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead.

Cults Podcast - What goes on inside a cult? Let's find out. Covers the Manson Family, the Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, and many other cults.

Crimetown Podcast - Each season investigates the culture of crime in a different American city.

APM: In the Dark Podcast APM Reports Season 1 focused on the investigation of the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.

Atlanta Monster Podcast - Atlanta Monster aims to tell the true story of one of Atlanta's darkest secrets, almost 40 years later.

Casefile True Crime Podcast - A new true crime case in ever episode.

Serial Killers Podcast - A psychological glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories Podcast - Podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders.

The Vanished Podcast - Stories of those who have gone missing.

And for some lighter fare:

A Very Fatal Murder Podcast - The Onion puts together a pretty funny podcast satirizing the true crime podcasts that have become all the rage.

 

March 9, 2018

100 Best Librivox Audiobooks from the Past 5 Years

We've recently gone through the last five years of audio book recordings on the free audio books site Librivox.org. The volunteer narrators there have been busy recording over 4,000 titles since we last updated them on our site back in 2014. We will be adding a number of these free audio books to our site soon. For today we've attempted to pick the best of the best in terms of interesting audio books with high quality recordings. Most of these are solo narrations (as opposed to the group narrations with many narrators). For the first 50 audio books we're featuring here, they are not on our site yet so we're linking directly to Librivox. For a few of these titles it's the first time they've ever been on audio book! Enjoy these top recent Librivox recordings:

Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers by Charles Bradlaugh
Anthropology by Immanuel Kant
The Art of Kissing by Will Rossiter
The Book of Good Counsels by Sir Edwin Arnold
The Citizen's Almanac
The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Confession by Leo Tolstoy
Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
The Essentials of Spirituality by Felix Adler
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin
The Fireside Chats by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fundamentals of Prosperity by Roger Babson
The Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
A Guide to Stoicism by St. George Stock
Happy Homes and the Hearts that Make Them by Samuel Smiles
Henry D. Thoreau by Franklin Benjamin Sanborn
History of the World War by Francis Andrew March
How to Write a Novel
How We Think by John Dewey
Indian Home Rule by Mohandas Gandhi
An Iron Will by Orison Swett Marden
The Jefferson Bible by Thomas Jefferson
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
The Life Triumphant: Mastering the Heart and Mind by James Allen
The Logic of Hegel by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Logic of Vegetarianism by Henry Salt
The Madman by Kahlil Gibran
Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews by Mark Twain
Mark Twain: His Life and Work by William M. Clemens
Meister Eckhart's Sermons by Meister Eckhart
The Misanthrope by Moliere
Musings of a Chinese Mystic: Selections from the Philosophy of Chuang Tzu by Lionel Giles
My Reminiscences by Rabindranath Tagore
A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Written by Himself by Davy Crockett
The New Freedom by Woodrow Wilson
Noted Speeches of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln
Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann
The Odysseys of Homer by Homer
On the Ends of Good and Evil by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
Philosophical Rudiments Concerning Government and Society by Thomas Hobbes
Poems of Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
Political Ideals by Bertrand Russell
Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin
Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses
Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany by Friedrich Engels
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt
Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
The Shining Gateway by James Allen
Smoke by Ivan Turgenev
Some Problems of Philosophy by William James
The Soul or Rational Psychology by Emanuel Swedenborg
A Study in the Psychology of Religious Phenomena by James H. Leuba
Thoughts on Art and Life by Leonardo da Vinci
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex by Sigmund Freud
Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
The Warren Report on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The Way to Will-Power by Henry Hazlitt
World English Bible

And for our next top 50 new free Librivox audio books, these are titles that were on Librivox already and on our site, but have had a better narration done in the past five years. Previously these books either had a group narration or a solo narration that was not very high quality. We've update the narrator info and RSS feed and links for these titles to point to the new Librivox recording from our site. You can also listen to them all and download them directly on LearnOutLoud at the links below:

Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Bhagavad Gita Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Columbian Orator by Caleb Bingham
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Dhammapada by Buddha
Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett
Laws by Plato
The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

We hope you find a great new listen from the Top 100 Free Librivox Audio Books from the Past Five Years!

If you want to browse more of the best of Librivox on our site, please check out our selection of over 3,000 free Librivox audio books we feature on LearnOutLoud:

Browse Over 3,000 Free Librivox Audio Books on LearnOutLoud.com

 

March 1, 2018

The Best Librivox Narrators

Librivox.org continues to be the best resource for free audio books online. Since 2005, Librivox volunteers have now narrated over 11,000 public domain titles with over 8,000 readers! Their community has not only recorded almost every great work of classic literature, but they've dug deep into the public domain, narrating titles that might otherwise never have made it onto audio book. Because of their open copyright, their audio books have been distributed through many sites and apps (including our own). And thanks to Archive.org, the hosting of these audio books is free.

While we love any reader who volunteers their time to narrate unabridged audio books, some of the readers at Librivox stand out above the rest, both in terms of the quality of their narration and the technical quality of the recording. To further help you find the best Librivox audio books, we've assembled this short list of "The Best Librivox Narrators" and some of their top solo recordings. We've come up with this list after sampling thousands of their audio books over the years. Also most Librivox audio books are up on YouTube now, and we've gone through the comments of these videos to see which narrators listeners enjoy the most. We've put together a list of videos on our YouTube channel of some of the Best Librivox Audiobooks, which are narrated by many of the readers below:

Best Librivox Audiobooks on YouTube

Below are our top 15 Librivox narrators in no particular order of greatness. We've included some of their top solo narrations below their name and we're linking to their websites if they have provided ones on Librivox. For a number of these narrators their efforts at Librivox have lead to narrating audio books professionally for titles on Audible.com. Below we're linking to their top titles on our site. If you'd like to see everything they've narrated you can search their names on Librivox.org. Enjoy free audio books from these great readers:

1. Audiobooks Narrated by Ruth Golding
Her Website: golding.wordpress.com
Top Titles She's Narrated:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Speaking Voice by Katherine Everts
Mental Efficiency by Arnold Bennett
The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

2. Audiobooks Narrated by Bob Neufeld
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Republic by Plato
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

3. Audiobooks Narrated by Cori Samuel
Her Website: piratelibrary.com
Top Titles She's Narrated:
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

4. Audiobooks Narrated by Chip Doc
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
American Indian Fairy Tales
War Is Kind by Stephen Crane

5. Audiobooks Narrated by Karen Savage
Her Website: www.karenrsavage.com
Top Titles She's Narrated:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

6. Audiobooks Narrated by John Greenman (who has taken it upon himself to narrate almost all of the writings of Mark Twain)
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

7. Audiobooks Narrated by Mil Nicholson (who has taken it upon herself to narrate many of the best Charles Dickens novels)
Her Website: milnicholson.com
Top Titles She's Narrated:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens

8. Audiobooks Narrated by David Clarke (who has taken it upon himself to narrate all the Sherlock Holmes novels and short story collections by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Top Titles He's Narrated:
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

9. Audiobooks Narrated by Mike Vendetti (In addition to free audio books he's narrated for Librivox, he also sells some audio books through our site)
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

10. Audiobooks Narrated by David Barnes
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis
What I Believe by Leo Tolstoy

11. Audiobooks Narrated by Mark F. Smith
Top Titles He's Narrated:
White Fang by Jack London
The Kama Sutra by Mallanaga Vatsyayana
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

12. Audiobooks Narrated by Elizabeth Klett
Her Website: elizabethklettaudio.com
Top Titles She's Narrated:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

13. Audiobooks Narrated by Mark Nelson
His Website: www.markdouglasnelson.com
Top Titles He's Narrated:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

14. Audiobooks Narrated by Jothi Tharavant
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Dhammapada by Buddha
Bhagavad Gita Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Translated by Charles Johnston

15. Audiobooks Narrated by Phil Chenevert
Top Titles He's Narrated:
The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde
How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

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