Free stuff is great. And you can easily find audiobooks for free online. But you don’t just want to download any ole’ free audiobooks. You want to listen to THE BEST free audiobooks! Right?!
Audiobooks are so popular these days. Which means there are more ways than ever to enjoy them without going broke. But, as they say, you get what you pay for. And I’ve seen lots of listicles with websites to download free audiobooks that were really disappointing. Either the mentioned audiobook services were not available to everyone, the productions had bad quality, or the websites simply looked illegal.
Not having to pay anything is only half of the story. Just like I don’t watch every movie on Netflix only because it’s “free” for me, I don’t listen to every audiobook just because I can download it for free. I want awesome stories and the best voice actors! I want to be thoroughly entertained!
So it was time to make my own list on how you can get audiobooks for free online that are really worth your time! On the following websites, you will find great selections of entertaining books performed by professional narrators. And you have so many titles to choose from that you’re likely to find a bunch of new 5-star
All of the following websites are of course completely legal!
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Get your Audiobooks for Free Online from These 6 Websites
Free Audiobook Codes
Listen to Audible audiobooks of your choice for free!
The Free Audiobook Codes website has a big catalog of free Audible books that is nicely sorted by genre. The page displays how many free audiobook codes are available for each book. If you want to request a code, create a free account on the website first. Once you’ve picked a book, click on the “Get Promo Code”, choose your Audible marketplace (GB or US), and the code will be displayed right away on the website.
You don’t even have to create an account, just click and listen!
PodBean offers a selection of classics that are professionally narrated and produced. You can simply stream and listen to the audiobooks for free online or you can download the PodBean app and listen on your phone.
More free Audible audiobooks!
Audio Freebies is a fantastic site to download free audiobooks. You can choose from a great catalog of books and request Audible book codes. The code will be displayed right away and you can download the audiobook for free from Audible.
Hassle-free Audible codes!
Audiobooks Unleashed is probably my favorite on this list. They have a huge selection of audiobooks from all genres and a really nice search function. Just look through the catalog, pick an audiobook, and you’ll instantly receive a code for the Audible marketplace of your choice.
Audible Free Listens
Audible itself offers a selection of audiobooks for free online that don’t require a membership or subscription. The link above takes you directly to their page of actually free audiobooks.
Free Audiobooks for Teenagers!
This is a special project from AudioFile magazine for teenagers. Throughout every Summer, popular audiobooks from big publishers become available every week. But you need a U.S. library card for this one!
Free Audiobook Review Copies
Audiobook review copies are a little-known but absolutely awesome thing! Indie authors, narrators, and publishers give you an audiobook for free (usually in the form of an Audible promo code). And you return the favor by leaving an honest review on Audible to help other listeners make their buying decision.
And don’t worry, writing an Audible review isn’t all that difficult. No one will expect you to write a long book analysis! You can usually be done in 3-5 minutes. Check out my list of the best places to find audiobook review copies and my guide on how to write a helpful Audible review in 3 minutes.
Free Audiobooks with your Library Card
Many libraries work with Overdrive Libby or Hoopla so you can get ebooks or audiobooks for free online from your local library. Please check your library’s website to find out which digital program they are part of and how you can access their audiobooks!
Bonus: Other Ways to Get Audiobooks for Free Online
Free Trials with Unlimited Audiobook Services
Free trials are always a fantastic thing! And what’s particularly great about the following subscriptions is that you can listen to as many audiobooks as you want during your free 30 day trial. However, once your trial month ends, you won’t have access to any of these audiobooks anymore. Think of it as a Netflix for audiobooks. You can only browse the catalogs while you are signed up.
You might or might not find one of these services so awesome, that it’s worth the following monthly subscription cost. I recommend all of them to audiobook fans. Which one’s best for you depends on your personal taste!
Related article: A Comparison of Unlimited Audiobook Subscriptions
Chances are, you already have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Make sure you check out the free audiobooks that are included! However, if you didn’t take a closer look at Kindle Unlimited yet, the included audiobooks are definitely worth that free trial. Kindle Unlimited is perfect if you like to mix things up and want to listen to audiobooks from many different genres and discover new authors.
Related article: How to listen to Audiobooks with Kindle Unlimited
Audible Plus is Audible’s unlimited audiobook subscription. You can choose from thousands of Audible Originals and Audible Studios productions and you can listen to as many audiobooks as you like. If you have an Audible membership already, Audible Plus is entirely free for you!
Related article: What is Audible Plus?
Unlike the two other subscriptions, Scribd isn’t actually fully unlimited. There are some rules in place. Unfortunately, Scribd isn’t very forthcoming with information on how much or which kind of titles you can listen to before certain audiobooks become unavailable for that billing period. That being said, Scribd offers audiobooks for lots of bestsellers and popular titles from big publishing houses for a very fair monthly fee.
Related article: Scribd Audiobooks Review
Credit-Based Audiobook Trial Memberships
A great way to get specific audiobooks for free online are trial months with audiobook stores. All big websites offer free trials, and authors and narrators get paid when you listen to their audiobooks during your test month (but not if you return a book to get another one!).
If there’s a specific audiobook you want, grab a test month with one of these stores to get it for free and keep it!
Audible is the biggest audiobook store and you’ll find pretty much anything you want here. During your test month, you get a free audiobook that you can pick from their entire catalog, and you get access to the entire unlimited Audible Plus catalog as well.
After canceling the subscription, you’ll keep the audiobook you bought with a credit and can re-listen to it in the Audible app as often as you like.
Audible often offers special deals when you cancel your membership!
Like Audible, you can choose one free audiobook from the entire catalog. You can also download one additional title from a monthly changing selection of audiobooks free of charge. However, you don’t get to keep this second audiobook after canceling your membership.
You can keep and relisten to the audiobook you bought for your free credit.
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Kobo is often overlooked but it’s a great audiobook service with really good prices and a free trial month! Kobo only costs $9.99 per month after the free trial and provides one credit for an audiobook of your choice each month. They might offer fewer perks than the two stores above, but their prices are better!
If you cancel after the free trial, the audiobook is yours to keep and you can keep listening to it.
Downpour is another smaller audiobook store that deserves a lot more attention because they offer great prices and deals, and they sell DRM-free audiobooks! That means you get to download your free audiobook as MP3 and it will be yours to keep forever and ever. You can play it on any device and in any app you like.
If you are looking for more specific recommendations for audiobooks that you can listen to for free, check out my list of the best free audiobooks for road trips!All about Audiobooks /
22 thoughts on “How to find Great Audiobooks for Free Online”
Great post! All this time I never knew there were so many options for places to find good audiobooks. I started out using Scribd but then realized that I don’t listen to audiobooks as much as I thought I would, so I just stuck to my Audible subscription and use the credits to get books and that’s enough for me. I never knew that audiobooks were also included in Kindle Unlimited?! That’s definitely not common knowledge, I think? Will definitely have to check it out 🙂
Haha, yeah, I stumbled over the Kindle Unlimited audiobooks by accident a few years ago. It’s such a great way to try out Audible. That’s why I’m writing so much about this 😀
I had no idea Kindle Unlimited had audiobooks – thanks so much for sharing that! Spotify also has some now too!
I tried Spotify two years ago or so. And back then, I found it too difficult to actually find audiobooks on there, so I gave up on it. I’ll check it out again, thank you 🙂
I’m always looking for more ways to get free audiobooks so great to see some new ones here!
Great! I’m keeping this list updated 🙂 One of my favorite websites for free audiobooks sadly closed down a few weeks ago. But new ones are taking its place.