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Old 01-06-2005, 10:50 AM
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Free Audiobooks

Hi All,

Does anyone use a reliable and legal site that offers free Audio Books?

Thanks in advance,


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http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/

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Podiobooks

Complete Podiobook (Podcast audiobook) directory

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Project Gutenberg's Audiobooks

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Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast

Audiobooks For Free

The Story Spieler

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LearnOutLoud Free Audio/Video Directory

Escape Pod

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Telltale Weekly

New CCEL Website

The Spoken Alexandria Project

Simply Audiobooks

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NAXOS audiobook download shop.

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Listen-Here Free Audiobooks

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Old 01-06-2005, 02:29 PM
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what are audiobooks??



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Project Gutenberg has audio versions of some of the classic books.


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what are audiobooks??
Audio book = a commerical recording of a book that someone reads and you can listen to on your iPod or via cassette tape or CD.




Here are some links:
(http://www.audiobooksforfree.com) and

(http://www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com)

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Dear Moderators: We keep on getting the same question, answered endlessly. Shouldn't this be answered in the sticky "Read this before you post"?

There are many sources of free, or VERY low-cost audiobooks. Here are a few of them:

http://www.audiobooksforfree.com
http://www.FreeClassicAudioBooks.com
http://www.telltaleweekly.com

Also, Audible.com have a variety of (generally short) free files - the 911 Hearings, for example, and recently an interview with Lemony Snicket, but there's quite a lot of other stuff. Just go to the Audible site and look down the left hand column for "Selected Free Audio".

You also generally get a couple of free books if you sign up a subscription with Audible.



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We get a lot of the same questions being asked over and over again because people don't always read the stickies nor the FAQ's. Most people post before they look or post without ever looking or using the 'search' feature, hence, the repetition.
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:35 PM
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Audio book = a commerical recording of a book that someone reads and you can listen to on your iPod or via cassette tape or CD.




Here are some links:
(http://www.audiobooksforfree.com) and

(http://www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com)
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Nothing that I've seen, except for Gutenberg, is free AND worthwhile (ya get watcha pay fer).

I subscribe to audible.com and really enjoy it - I usually only have time for one book a month, plus a periodical/radioshow (News from Lake Wobegon is one of my favorites). Give it a try. (and if you like, tell them I referred you - kbolser (I'd get a bonus book), or don't - it's a good service.



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I have found that the free sites offer audio books at 16kbps and it sounds horrible. I really can't listen and enjoy the books the sound is so terrible. They really need to raise the bit rate of the books.

Has anyone burned them to a disk and tried reimporting one to see if the sound quality is better?

Well, I tried it and the sound quality didn't improve much. It was a tad bit better but not nearly enough to be able to enjoy the books and one of them I can't find as an audio book anywhere. I was going to just buy the ones I wanted. Audible nor Amazon has it.

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis

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You can find a free audio version of The Imitation of Christ here:

http://www.ccel.org/k/kempis/imitation2/mp3/

The quality is pretty good, and the site has quite a few other audiobooks (mostly classic Christian texts, but includes some classic fiction) as well and is always adding new ones.

The main site address is: http://www.ccel.org
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I have found that the free sites offer audio books at 16kbps and it sounds horrible. I really can't listen and enjoy the books the sound is so terrible. They really need to raise the bit rate of the books.
I must have been lucky, I think that I downloaded a few books from www.audiobooksforfree.com before they changed the free level from 32 Mbps to 16 Mbps. I got two children's books by E.Nesbit at 32 Mbps, and at that rate they are very listen-able.

Still, $3 or $4 for an audiobook isn't bad!

I'm tempted to buy their version (on CD-ROM) of the whole Sherlock Holmes canon - pretty good value for $15.



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I don't mind paying for them especially if the quality is better. The 24k is ok but I still would like better quality and narrator. It's hard to find the classics with a higher quality bit rate. I think someone should offer them in mp3 format because I would buy them. But I haven't found anyplace that sells them. I'm gonna buy two of the CD's from CDEL link.
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I'm gonna buy two of the CD's from CDEL link.
Hmmm.... I listened to a sample of Anna Karenina from their site, and it was pretty awful.

Mind you, part of this is my dislike of American accents reading non-American books. This is completely unreasonable, I'm sure, from your point of view! But as I was born in the UK, and have lived most of my life in Australia, my brain 'tunes in' better to British accents, I think. I don't mind US accents reading books by American authors like John Grisham, since it 'fits' perfectly (of course!). But when reading classics like ####ens, I much prefer a British accent.

I suppose that means I should prefer someone with a Russian accent reading Anna Karenina!! (But I don't think so).



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