The number one source is your local library. Seriously, they probably have a great collection you're ignoring right now.
But here's some great resources on the net:
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net (podcast and catalog). Our objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
A division of the famous Gutenberg ebook project is dedicated to audiobooks, mostly the same way that LibriVox is set up. There are also some computer-generated recordings, but I wouldn't recommend them.
Free audiobooks, as well as many many audiobooks with a 5-year limit on the copyright before they enter the public domain. Around 2008 or 2009, a bunch of works should be entering public domain pretty regularly from then on. The second link is to a podcast with regular free readings.
Podcast that goes through classics in children's literature for which copyright has expired. You know, for kids.
Directory of free audio & video learning resources. Free audio books, lectures, speeches, and much more.
This site lets you download the lowest quality version of their MP3s for free, which are good enough to listen to if your really want something they have... or you can pay for an upgrade to better quality.
Audiobooks prepared by automatic text-to-speech conversion.
Quality is mediocre.
I don't speak/read Russian, but apparently this is a pretty big library of Russian recordings.
Check out this site too, lots of great tips on freebie audios.
I just found this one, yet another Creative Commons audio distribution site.
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Yeah they are free since all books there are in the public domain
Sites To Download Free Audio Books: Whether you want to get inspired, scared by a mystery, or simply have something to listen to on a long drive, there are loads of places to find free audio books. They may not be on the New York Times Bestseller list but that doesn't mean they are not worth your time.
For example, Sun Tzu's Art of War; is not quite selling like theShades of Gray; but it is an important read. In any case, these sites all host free audio books that are worth checking out!
These are all legal sites that host public domain books. There is more than enough great stuff in these libraries so check them each out when you have the time!
Free Classic Audio Books:
This site hosts a myriad of books that are all in mp3 or m4b format. You can find what you are looking for by sorting by the authors last name. The advantage of using the iPod format (m4b) is that it remembers where you stop in a file.
Project Gutenberg :
Another source for the classics. Read timeless tales from Dickens, Poe, and more with Project Gutenberg’s massive inventory. Boasting more than 2,000 free audiobooks in basically all categories, this should be one of your bookmarked sites!
Books Should Be Free :
Like the aforementioned ‘Art of War,’ many all-time bestsellers are available on Books Should Be Free. They’re from the public domain and you can find what you’re looking for through some handy sorting tools. Want a children’s book? How about just seeing the adult book results? Yep, you can do that.
When you first go to this site, you’re shown the price of every book. That price is $0.00, possibly the best price ever. Librophile has a substantial library of audio books as well as e-books that you can search by keyword, language, price (free), and more.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
Thanks for all the great links. It's amazing how I never knew such great resources existed. I am going to spend many an enjoyable hour listening to these audio-books.
LearnOutLoud.com has scoured the Internet to bring you over 5000 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online. Enjoy!
The term podiobook was coined by Evo Terra in April 2005 to describe serialized audiobooks which are distributed via RSS, much like a podcast. Podiobooks is supported by donations (if you use it, you should think about giving!) and boasts a solid set of sorting tools. You can browse popular books, award-winning books, all titles, etc. Lots of great novels in here!
Beautifully read audio stories for children and adults. Listen online or via podcast or app. Fairytales, myths, legends and stories from around the world.
The audiobooks are absolutely free. They have a solid set of books that are worth reading such as Kipling and Dickens. All audiobooks have been recorded especially for the AudioCloset website.
Thank you for valuable list. I can also add some websites that may be helpful.
Open Culture :www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
Open Culture is a portal to the finest educational and cultural resources on the Web. They've got a very respectable collection of great audio books, mostly classics, available for free in a variety of downloadable formats from all over the Web. Books are organized alphabetically by author's last name by genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.
Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry
The Internet Archive has a very good collection of free audio books and poetry recordings from a eclectic variety of sources. There are a number of ways you can find books to listen to here, including by subject, keywords, alphabetically, or by title. You can also check out the most downloaded items of the week (sorted by popularity), the most downloaded items of all time (again, sorted by popularity), or by what the Internet Archive staff has picked as their favorites for the week.
In order to understand basically, audiobooks are soundtracks of books that are read aloud. However some people may consider: why would we need audio books if we are able to read books ourselves? Audio books are beneficial not only for the visually reduced, but also for eventful people who love a good read, but just do not have the possibility to rest to hide their heads in their beloved classics. So the best substitute would be to listen to audiobooks through audio devices while wandering or shuttling to work. Moreover, audio books are super for improving a new foreign language to confirm you do not pronounce a foreign word mistakenly because you can hear precisely how it is pronounced. Librophile that I mentioned before delivers wholly lawful free audiobooks for both PC and mobile devices. It is easy to find the newest book by keywords, sort or language. Listen to episodes online, or play a part before transferring it. Librophile provides a lot of free eBooks and audiobooks of diverse types.