25 Places to Find Free Online Audio Books

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Audio books can be expensive to buy. Fortunately, there are lots of sites that let you download and listen to free audio books online. Here are 25 places to find the best in fiction, nonfiction and verse.
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Free Audio Books Online

Free Fiction and Non-Fiction Audio Books

  • Audible - Audible isn't a free site for audio books, but you can get two free books by signing up for the risk-free 14-day trial--just make sure you cancel before the 14 days are up.
  • Librivox - Get free access to nearly 1,500 free audio books recorded by Librivox volunteers.
  • Spoken Alexandria Project - Free audio book library with public domain classics and modern works.
  • Learn Out Loud - This site offers more than 500 free audio and video titles along with educational podcasts.
  • Gutenberg Audio Books Project - Human-read and computer-generated audio books from Project Gutenberg.
  • Books Should Be Free - Great collection of audio books on nearly every topic imaginable--including classics and children's literature.
  • Free-Books.org - A wide variety of free downloadable mp3 audio books--categories include American literature, European literature, children's literature, science, history, Shakespeare and poetry.
  • Podiobooks - Free serialized audio books delivered to you one chapter at a time on a schedule that you set.
  • Audio Literature Odyssey - An interesting collection of short stories, poetry and other readings from voice actor Nikolle Doolin.
  • Simply Audiobooks - This site has a small collection of free books that can be burned to a CD or downloaded to a computer or mp3 player.

Free Classic Audio Books

  • Lit2Go - A great collection of free stories and poems in mp3 format--includes text so that you can read along while you listen.
  • Literal Systems - Free, human-narrated classic audio books that can be downloaded as an mp3 file.
  • Free Classic Audio Books - This site offers tons of free audio books--some are human narrated, others are advanced text to speech. All are available in mp3 and mp4 formats.
  • Kiddie Records - An enormous collection of children's classics from Kiddie Records Weekly--download or listen on-site.
  • Thought Audio - This site isn't a free-for-all, but you can get up to two featured titles for free every month. Featured titles of the past have included books by Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Free Audio Book Poetry

  • Classic Poetry Aloud - Podcasts of classic poems and English literature--download or listen on site while you read along.
  • Poet Scoop - Get access to hundreds of free poetry recordings in mp3 format.
  • Naropa Poetics Audio Archives - More than 5,000 hours of readings, lectures and performances recorded at Naropa University.
  • Poetry Archive - Listen to the world's premier collection of poetry recordings for free.
  • Audio Poetry - A small collection of free poetry recordings submitted by Internet Archive users.

Miscellaneous Audio Books (Also Free)

  • Storynory - More than 100 free audio books for kids--includes classics like Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.
  • Kids Audio Books - More than 200 kid's stories in mp3 format--most are from the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Audio Books Corner - A small collection of free audio books for kids.
  • Audio Treasure - This site has a dozen free audio bibles in mp3 format--play on your computer or download to an mp3 player.
  • Free Christian Audio Books - Free Christian-themed audio books with synthesized narration--formatted for Windows Media, mp3 players and iPods.

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    1. The George Washington University

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    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
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    2. American University

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
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    3. Purdue University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
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    4. Queens University of Charlotte

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
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    5. Penn Foster High School

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    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    6. Southern New Hampshire University

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    Master's
      • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
      • MS in Marketing - Digital Marketing
      • MA in Communication
    Bachelor's
      • BS Marketing - Digital Marketing
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/Web Design
      • BA in Graphic Design
      • BA in Communication
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/ 3-D Modeling & Animation
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    7. Johns Hopkins University

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
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    8. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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    Master's
      • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
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    9. Full Sail University

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    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Media Design
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Media Communications
      • B.S. - Web Design and Development
      • B.S. - Digital Cinematography
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    10. Excelsior College

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    Bachelor's
      • BA in Humanities (Communication Studies)

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The George Washington University

  • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Arts in Communication - General
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
  • MS in Marketing - Digital Marketing
  • BS Marketing - Digital Marketing
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/Web Design

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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