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Monday, 23 September 2019

Exploring Audiobooks: Where To Find Free Audiobooks

Exploring Audiobooks: Where To Find Free Audiobooks

Where To Find Free Audiobooks Online


Finding the time to read is a constant struggle. Between my kid's schools, swim training, and all the other things I have going on on a daily basis it can be hard to find the time to sit down and read. This is why I've been looking more into audiobooks. 

I've listened to a few audiobooks in the past that I got sent by publishers, authors, or PR companies for review. Some were great. Others harder to get into. The narrator makes a big difference!

What I did like though was that audiobooks allow me to follow the story whilst doing other things at the same time. For example, it was a great way to kill the time whilst ironing or cooking. 

As life seems to get even more busy with each year that passes, the idea of getting copies for review feels like it would leave me stressed. I don't like having to read a book to a deadline. It takes away some of the enjoyment of reading, and makes me feel like I have to read it. Too much pressure.

So, being the frugal gal I am, I decided to look into other ways to get free audiobooks. Whilst I love a good freebie, I'm not a fan of privacy sites (NEVER use them!), and so want to make sure that all the audiobooks I download are legal copies. I will also be reviewing each of the books I listen to in support of the authors. 

Websites That Offer Free Audiobooks:


Audible - This is the first place I looked. I get ebooks from Amazon quite often so it was the first place to come to mind. They have a special offer that when you sign up you get 2 free audiobooks. I've yet to subscribe, but did find a few audiobooks listed on site for free anyway. It's much harder to find free audiobooks on here than it is to find free kindle reads though so you need time to search the site.

Librivox - This site is awesome! A great collection of books from the public domain. Searchable database by author, title, genre, and language. The objective of the site is:

To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.

All it's recordings are donated to the public domain. So far the quality of the audio I've listen to on this site is great.

Loyal Books - Another site offering free public domain audiobooks. Over 7000 titles in a variety of genres. This site also offers audiobooks in different languages. 

Spotify - Yep, it's not just music. They have quite a large selection of audiobooks you can listen to too. Spotify is free to listen to, or you can go Premium if you don't want the ads.  As I have this app on my phone I'll probably be using this quite often to listen to audiobooks now. 

Free Audiobook Promo Codes - This is a new site I discovered thanks to Facebook where you can get promo codes to redeem via Audible. A great way to get free audiobooks! Like I said, it's a new site. They already have a nice selection available though. I'll definitely be checking back often.


Exploring Audiobooks: Where To Find Free Audiobooks


Where do you find audiobooks to listen to? Favourite website or app for audiobooks? Have you listened to a particularly good audiobook and think everyone should give it a try? Drop a comment below.

Are you a book blogger with an interest in audiobooks? Want to know more about audiobooks, finding ARC audiobooks, how to review audiobooks, etc? My book blogging buddy Eline from Lovely Audiobooks has you covered. Check out her post Where To Find Free Audiobook Review Copies.

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  1. I wish I had better hearing so I could enjoy these too

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    1. I always seem to have less time available for reading so I'm looking more into audio books in the hope that I can listen to them whilst doing other things.

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  2. Great list. I don't really listen to audiobooks as I find them hard to follow but maybe I just haven't found the right one yet.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

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    1. The first few I tried were difficult to get into. The right narrator makes a huge difference though, and I've discovered some good ones since then.

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  3. Great post for those who enjoy audiobooks. I personally don't listen to them because I can't concentrate on them, I'm a visual reader or I don't take anything in.

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  4. I still much prefer reading a paperback or kindle copy but I like that I can multitask whilst listening to an audio book. I've been looking into titles that my kids might like too as they're often too tired to read a book in the evening but will happily listen to one.

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  5. This is amazing Jo. I often find that when I borrow a book through KU I can get a reduced audible copy where one is available. The free audible codes have me so happy.

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    1. Free audible codes make us all happy :) I've seen a few more sites popping up that showcase audio book promotional codes. Happy listening!

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  6. Great post! I will be honest, the majority of my reading for the last few months has been in audiobook, so this list has to live in my bookmarks. I have been on a major reading slump this year and I haven't read as much as I wanted to, but when I'm working it's like a treat for myself to listen to an audiobook whenever I can. My biggest splurge has to be the audible Escape program which I love and adore. Thank you again!

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  7. Audiobooks aren't really my thing.

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  8. Overdrive app + library card = free audiobooks! 😊

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  9. Great post and a great list to find audiobooks. I really love audiobooks as well and I didn't even know you could listen to books on spotify and I am going to look at that soon. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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  10. Oh I have spotify premium and never realised audiobooks are on there.
    Thanks for the tip

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  11. Ohhh I never realised about Spotify and I have premium. Thanks for the tip.

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  12. I never knew Spotify had audiobooks. I get most of mine from Audible or from audiobook tours.

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