Audiobooks are a wonderful addition to any home, but they can be a little pricey! We've found quite a few resources for free audiobooks over the years.
We listen to audiobooks as an alternative to screen time, on long car rides, and while we're working on other projects like lego building, drawing, or handicrafts.
Librivox has free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. The quality of the audio is hit or miss, but for the most part, they are well done. You can browse the catalog by author, book title, genre, or language. There are thousands of books available to listen to on your computer, mobile devices, or you can also burn them onto a CD.
This is a very easy to navigate site that includes thousands of public domain audiobooks and eBook downloads. There's also a small collection of books to buy, but they are mostly linked to an Audible purchase and most of the free audiobooks are Librivox recordings. What this site has that Librivox lacks is book covers (for visual folks like me) and a rating system with comments.
Learn Out Loud
Learn Out Loud goes beyond just audiobooks. They also offer free courses, documentaries, and podcasts. There are quite a few books that aren't free, again, mostly linked to an Audible purchase, but there are thousands of free titles as well. I have enjoyed listening to titles such as The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. We've also found quite a few titles for history including Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Life in a Medieval City.
Hoopla requires a valid library card at a supporting library. There is also a checkout limit. From what I understand, this varies depending on your supporting library. What is wonderful about Hoopla is that you have access to newer books as well as books that aren't in the public domain. You can't download the audiobooks to keep, but you do have access to listen on your computer or mobile devices (with the app).
Internet Archive is my go-to place for finding public domain books as well as newer books to "borrow" for a short time. They also have an audiobook selection, though most are the same as what is found on Librivox. There are currently over 20K selections available, so there's plenty to choose from!
The Good and the Beautiful Storytime
These beautiful public domain children's books are not only read aloud but each also has its own video. The pages flip as they are read aloud and there are beautiful illustrations. These are not downloads but can be viewed as many times as you'd like.
Do you have a favorite free audiobook resource? Please share!