Listen to thousands of free audiobooks on your iPhone
If you spend a lot of time in the car, nothing beats
Of course, unless you check them out from the library, they
don't come cheap. Even if you subscribe to a service like Audible,
you're looking at around $15 minimum per book.
I suppose it goes without saying that you won't find Stephen
King or Toni Morrison in this collection. Rather, Audiobooks Free
connects you with the LibriVox library, where you'll find books
like "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "The Count of Monte
Cristo," "Great Expectations," and "Gulliver's Travels."
As I noted above, these are all public-domain works, so
there's sure to be some material you've never heard of or have no
interest in hearing.
Fortunately, you can search the catalog or browse by various
filters, including Popular, Categories, Recent Additions, and
Inkstone Recommends. This last reflects the developer's
refreshingly honest declaration that "not all the audiobooks in
this collection are great. They are narrated by volunteers, so the
quality varies. Some are incredible, as good as any professional
recording, but others are frankly amateurish. So we have made it
easy to find the great and special books in the catalog through the
curated 'Inkstone Recommends' section."
Those recommendations give Audiobooks Free an edge over apps
like Audiobooks - 2,947 for free
, which pull from
the same LibriVox library but don't recommend any good stuff.
Also, Audiobooks Free incorporates a solid audio player, with
features like 30-second skip, bookmarks, a sleep timer, and
slider-adjustable playback speed. The only real hitch is that you
have to sit through a short commercial before downloading a
If you want even more selection, the $1.99 Audiobooks HQ
brings the book count to over 7,200, adding selections from sources
like Podiobooks Live and Globe Radio Repertory.
Either way, this is a great option for fans of classic
literature. The next time you're stuck in crosstown traffic, let
Huck Finn help you pass the time.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.