5 Best Places to Download Free Self Help Audio Books

Having a free audiobook in the car for when you run errands, on your phone when you’re traveling, or on your computer to enjoy while you work, can keep you sane and add some fun and interest to your day.

These websites offer completely free audiobooks for you to download and listen to whenever you want. You won’t find any samples here—at these websites, you’ll be able to download complete audio books. The free audio book downloads below are all legal. They are either public domain or the websites have permission from the author to offer the audio book for free.

Most of the time you’ll be downloading these books as MP3 files (or sometimes WMA or AAC files) that can play on your computer, tablet, phone, iPod, or MP3 player. There are free audio converter tools you can use if you need the audiobook to be in a different file format.

LibriVox free audiobooks
What We Like
  • You can listen to specific chapters without having to download all of them
  • Several ways to find a specific audiobook
  • Lets you recieve new audiobooks by podcast
  • Available in many languages
  • Works on mobile devices
What We Don’t Like
  • Can’t sort audiobooks by most popular

LibriVox has a huge selection of free audio books that are recordings of volunteers who have read chapters from books that are in the public domain.

You can find a free audio book by searching by title, author, genre/subject, or language. You can also browse all the titles in the catalog, view only the most recent audio books, and subscribe to new releases as podcasts. Once you reach a book’s description page, you can read more about it and even listen to the chapters individually without having to download each of them.  However, if you do want to download the whole audio book, every chapter included, you can do so in a ZIP file, directly from LibriVox. Some are also available through a torrent and M4B file.

LibriVox is also available for iOS here, and Android devices here, so that you can download audio books to your phone or tablet, or stream them on the go.

2. Audible
Best selling Audible audiobooks
What We Like
  • There’s a huge selection of audiobooks
  • Get two audiobooks completely free
  • The audiobooks are yours to keep forever
  • Listen to your audiobooks from a mobile device or computer
What We Don’t Like
  • The trial period is only one month long
  • Limits you to just two audiobook downloads
  • Must pay monthly after the trial to keep downloading audiobooks

Audible has a 30-day free trial going which means that you can download any audio book of your choice, plus any two Audible originals, for free during that time.

Audible has a great selection of audio books and you’ll be able to find just about any audiobook you are looking for, including best sellers and new releases.

After the 30 day trial, you can get one book each month for $14.95 /month, no matter the price of the book.

3. Rakuten OverDrive
OverDrive technology audiobooks
What We Like
  • Lets you borrow audiobooks free from your local library
  • Works with tens of thousands of libraries
  • You can listen from a computer or the mobile app
  • Includes free audiobooks samples
What We Don’t Like
  • Must have a library card from a supported library

If your local library has a subscription to OverDrive (check here) then this is a great place to find free audio book downloads of recent fiction and non-fiction books, including best-sellers.

You’ll check out these audio books just like you would a library book and they’ll be returned at the end of the loan period. You can even do it all from Libby, the mobile app for iOS and Android.

Besides free audiobooks, OverDrive also has free eBooks, movies, and music.

Archive.org Audio Book and Poetry website
What We Like
  • Has thousands of free audiobook downloads
  • Several sorting options for finding the perfect audiobook
  • Lets you filter the audiobook downloads by certain criteria
  • Usually multiple audio format options when downloading
  • Can be downloaded in bulk or by individual chapter
What We Don’t Like
  • Many audiobooks are poorly named and hard to recognize at first glance
  • There aren’t many non-English audiobook downloads

The Internet Archive also has a ton of free audio book downloads that you can browse through by subject, keywords, or using the search box. There are around 18,000 results for audio books and poetry on this website. My favorite way to find free audio books at Internet Archive is by sorting the books by view count to find the most popular audio books.

Popular audio books here include The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, The Swiss Family Robinson, Moby Dick, The Art of War, and Dracula. Some are available in multiple formats so that you can download an audio book in the MP3 or OGG format, for example.

Mind Webs is another part of Internet Archive that has several dozen classic sci-fi audio books.

5. YouTube
YouTube search for the six pillars of self esteem audiobook
What We Like
  • Any audiobook you find is free to stream
  • No user account is needed to view or download audiobooks
  • Also has lots of free music and videos
What We Don’t Like
  • Doesn’t provide a built-in way for finding audiobooks
  • Most audiobooks don’t have a download link

Similar to Spotify, YouTube isn’t primarily a good source for audiobooks because most of the content is music and videos. However, you might have luck finding some really great free audio books on YouTube if you know how to search for them. If you can’t find an audio book on YouTube by searching for its name followed by “audiobook” (e.g., the six pillars of self-esteem audiobook), you can try Reddit. 

Once you find an audiobook you like, and so long as you know it’s public domain or is legal to download, you can download just the audio from the video with a YouTube to MP3 converter.

6. Spotify
Spotify audiobooks
What We Like
  • Lets you stream audiobooks absolutely free
  • Works on computers and mobile devices
  • Also includes tons of free music
What We Don’t Like
  • It isn’t easy to find audiobooks among all the music
  • Only paying customers can download the free audiobooks
  • You have to have a user account to even search for audiobooks

Free audio books at Spotify? Yes! With a catch: it’s only free to download the books if you’re a paying user. Spotify memberships allow for downloading content while free users can only stream the books. The free audio books at Spotify are not organized very well because Spotify is a music streaming service, not an audio book website—but there is a good handful of them available.

If the link below doesn’t have the audiobook you want, try doing a general search for audiobooks on Spotify.


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