If you have read my last blog post, and are wondering where you can get free audiobooks in Pakistan (Or any other region) then read along as I have collected a good amount of online source for audiobooks.As they are great for productivity and brings the joy of good storytelling and add some fun to your day when you are busy but as I ventured out to try listening to audiobooks, The biggest held back was that Audible a.k.a the biggest source of audiobooks is currently inaccessible in Pakistan and is also a bit pricier than you might suspect, for instance, Stardust by Neil Gaiman currently costs a whopping $23.95 on audible.
Luckily, I have found some alternatives where I can access thousands of audiobooks for free! The list is in no particular order.
A public domain site where people volunteer from all over the world by narrating popular books which are free to download. You can also volunteer here to read sections from books if you’ve got a knack for narrating books.
Previously known as Books Should Be Free, Loyal books have many audio books in different genres and have a great option to download specific chapters (Because memes need a considerable amount of space okay?). This is a public domain site so you may not find anything different from the others I mentioned here
Although the website is not much to look at visually, Those who like classics can find a nice collection in mp3 or m4b format. Books here are listed by author’s last name for easy navigation.
It’s a site where you can get Pakistani audiobooks for free! I didn’t know that Urdu audiobooks are accessible online until I stumbled on this site. I’ve never listened to an Urdu audiobook before so I’m pretty excited to try it myself.
Another site where you can get Urdu audiobooks. Although the website is a bit grim to look at I know, but you can have access to a decent amount of Urdu novels here.
You can stream chapters or save the zip file containing mp3 for offline use. Personal bookshelves are also available, Bonus!
This is for children who love bedtime stories. You should check this website as it contains compelling stories which can be played and read at the same time with good narration. Fairy tales, Classic stories, and Educational books can be found here for little ones.
Lit2Go offers audiobooks, poems and short stories in a nicely-organized site which also provides some background on each work an abstract, citation, playing time, and word count for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF.
It’s the classic site for free books that are in public domain. Project Gutenberg is collaborating with Librivox and AudioBooksForFree, Contains both human and computer-generated narration (I personally prefer human narration over the auto-generated one). No registration needed.
This site was discovered randomly while I was scrolling through youtube’s comment section and am I ever glad for this! This is the only website where I could find newly released audiobooks.
Biggest archives of audiobooks collected from different sources contain over 11,000 books.And you can play it on the web page or you can download it to listen offline in different formats and apart from books, this digital library is also providing millions of free movies, software, music, websites, and more.
@VOICE ALOUD READER
This is an application you can download from Google Play, And I must say this is one of the most useful application on my phone because it can read aloud not only books but basically any text file let it be txt or epub or pdf. The narration is auto-generated but with little tweaks and changes in the setting and adding pauses to sentences and with options to change the accent, It can almost sound like a human is narrating.
Another android application which can auto-narrate books. With a black background, it looks visually more appealing and it also provides the total time the book is going to take. Chrome extension is also available.
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