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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Find out how to get free audio books downloaded to your phone or computer. | Free Audio Book Downloads

I love to listen to audiobooks. Audiobooks are a great way to “read” while doing housework, cooking, driving, or working out. I’ve even found great children’s literature on audiobook to play for my girls during long car rides. I first got into listening to audiobooks after I tried a Audible.com’s free 30 day trial. I downloaded my first book and I was hooked. My frugal heart couldn’t handle the $15 per month membership fee in addition to buying the books (you do get one free per month).

It was starting to look like I would have to dial down my interest in audiobooks if it would cost me $15 dollars for each book, but after a little research I found tons of books for FREE.  By this point, if I had paid $15 dollars for every audiobook I’ve listened to, then “audiobooks” would be a big, fat slice of my monthly budget’s pie chart.

Here are three of my favorite sources for free audiobooks:

LibriVox.org

LibriVox is like the thrift store of free audiobooks. It has thousands of public domain audiobooks read and recorded by volunteers. Since the audiobooks are from texts in the public domain, almost all of them are at least a century old (not the recordings).

These audiobooks aren’t professional productions, so some of them can be of poor quality read by monotonous volunteers. You have to be willing to dig around to find something good. That being said, I found an excellent recording on LibriVox of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There’s something about the experience of listening to British literature read by British people that you can’t get outside of the audiobook format. If you enjoy classic works of literature, or if you’re willing to try out something that you’ve always wanted to read, then I would recommend checking out LibriVox’s catalog.

Youtube.com

YouTube has a surprising amount of audiobooks! Try searching Youtube for “<book title> audiobook” and you just might find the entire book uploaded as an hours-long “video.” This is where I found the entire Narnia series by C.S Lewis, a children’s story that I love to play for the girls when we get in the car. You may be wondering how I am able to listen to the audio from a YouTube video in my car. Well let me tell you: ClipGrab.org.

ClipGrab is a free program that lets you download the audio from videos on YouTube to your computer. I just download the audiobook from YouTube, and I play it on my mp3 player in my car for the girls.  You can use your phone too but that eats up data, and to pause the story and come back to it days later is impossible on your phone.  You’ll need to remember what minute you were at and then forward to find it again.

The Library

If you can’t find anything that you like on LibriVox or on YouTube, then you will find something that you like at your local public library. Most public libraries have a large selection of books on CD.  Also checkout the ever growing amount of audiobooks they offer on many libraries websites too.  You may not even have to go into your local branch!

What is your favorite source for FREE audiobooks?

    • Linda G

      Good post! Thanks for the info for clipgrab. I have seen youtube books and figured I would just listen at the computer. The dload to Ipod much much better for me!

    • Susannah

      Also, many public libraries have ebooks that you can listen to (through an app called OneClickDigital) or read (through an app called Overdrive). The apps and the books are free!

    • Col

      Thanks for this post. I also couldn’t handle the price of Audible. My local library is tiny so the selection isn’t very good. Also you should do a post about saving money on ebooks by using the lending sites like Lendle, free ebook lists websites like BookGorilla or even the lending groups on websites like Goodreads. I only recently started doing this and have saved hundreds of dollars as well as my sanity from spending money on books that I don’t like.

    • shauna

      There is an app called “audiobooks” for the iphone (probably for andriods too). It streams or downloads those LibriVox books right to the phone. Its super easy!

    • Melissa

      I download audio books from my library on the Overdrive app. You need a library card to “borrow” them from your library and there is sometimes a long wait for newer titles but you can’t beat free.

      • Connie

        My kids use this all the time. Before a car trip everyone loads book(s) on their iPod touch from our library branch’s digital library using the Overdrive app. The selection eventually seems limited but they like to relisten too.

        • Connie

          Overdrive has both audio and digital print.

    • Sarah

      Many who have vision deficits or children with them know about Talking Books, a national audio book service that delivers the tapes and cd players to your mailbox for free. What some don’t know is that you can also qualify if you or your child has a learning disability. Search for Talking Books in your state.

    • Kay

      Just downloaded ClipGrab and used it…. WOW!!! How easy!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • ?

      I’m not sure how piracy counts as a good tip.

    • Melissa

      booksshouldbefree.com

    • Lane

      I spent the better part of my day trying to find a free way to listen to the book i wanted too. I have Ann audible account but can’t stand spending 15 plus for a month, then on top of that buying the next one. I found Overdrive and live it, but they didn’t have the book i wanted at my library, so i looked on pinterest as a lady ditch effort! I would’ve never thought about YouTube in a million years! Awesome and thank you????

    • Jan Faroe

      Given that this post is a bit old, I suggest using Tubulator for downloading from YouTube. Comes in both a Mac and Windows version.