What are audiobooks?
Put simply, audio books are recordings of books being read aloud.
Audiobooks come in many variations, difficulty levels, and genres.
Usually, there is a print copy available, but not always, as is the case with some online audiobook sources.
Audiobooks for the ESL (English as a Second) student
Audiobooks are very beneficial for learners of a language because you hear how things are pronounced.
The ability to listen to an audiobook while doing other things like jogging, housework, driving*, etc.
Listening exercises are very important in language learning because it "trains your ears" to get used to the sounds of the target language.
On this page, you will find some audiobook resources that I have discovered.
Feel free to let me know about any resources you have discovered.
*Only listen to an audiobook while driving when you can still concentrate on driving.
Dubbed the Netflix of books, BookLender.com is an online rental service for paperback, children’s and audiobooks, offering subscribers access to more than 250,000 titles. The company offers a variety of subscription plans, starting at just $11.99 a month. There are no due dates or late fees and shipping both ways is free.
LibriVox - Free
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Please note: Our readers are free to choose the books they wish to record. LibriVox sees itself as a library of audiobooks.
Librophile - Free
Librophile is another free alternative for accessing classic audiobooks. The site’s minimalistic design, clean layout,
and bookshelf-like appearance make it easy to navigate through the vast array of titles by popularity, release date,
and genre. Want to listen to James Joyce’s Ulysses or the inspiration for the longest running musical on Broadway?
Not a problem. You can stream chapters right on the site or download entire novels for offline use with more than
500 different MP3 players. You can even subscribe to the site via iTunes, or save titles for quick reference if you
don’t mind forking over your Facebook credentials.
Loyal Books - Free/Paid
Formally known as Books Should Be Free, Loyal Books is a family-friendly website that caters
to the classic literature devotee. The site offers a nice collection of public domain novels
and short stories in multiple languages, available in both Mp3 and MP4 format in addition to
a podcast and an RSS feed. You can also stream book chapters online and browse titles by genre,
language, and popularity, or search for specific books using the integrated Google search bar
at the top of the page. Plus, most books offer ratings and reviews from fellow listeners,
thus giving you a slightly better idea of what to expect before you hit the play button.
Scribl - Paid
Home of CrowdPriced ebooks and audiobooks. We connect readers with the indie authors and books they love. Many of our titles are available in audio format. Some are read by authors, some by professional voice actors. All audiobooks on our site include the ebook for free. We call them Audio Ebooks. Buy the audiobook on Scribl and you get the ebook for free. One audiobook plus one ebook, for one low price.
Storynory - Free
There just isn’t always time for bedtime stories — no matter how amazing a parent you are.
Thankfully, Storynory provides a solution for those who simply can’t find the time to read to
their kids, offering a collection of original and classic fairy tales and short novels specifically
tailored for children. The site currently only offers a couple hundred audiobooks to choose from,
but it is steadily growing as it routinely publishes at least one new story each week. Storynory also
touts some of the most exuberant narrators around, and given each story utilizes an HTML 5 player for
playback purposes, you can listen to the audiobooks on nearly any smartphone, tablet, or browser available.
The occasional story competitions only further encourage listening and creativity on behalf of your children.