450 Free Audiobooks

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Here are more audiobooks that you can download for free. Open Culture lists 450 recordings that you can download for no cost. The narrators include authors reading their own work (Paul Auster, Neil Gaiman, Colum McCann, Flannery O’Connor, David Foster Wallace) as well as authors reading other people’s work (Salman Rushdie, Paul Theroux, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jeanette Winterson, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Philip Pullman, Chang-Rae Lee, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, Julian Barnes, Tobias Woolf, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Colm Toibin, Orhan Pamuk, Joyce Carol Oates, T. Coraghessen Boyle). There are even a few celebrities mixed in (James Franco, Christopher Walken, Sean Connery).

The full list is here: 450 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free.

Free Short Stories

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The quality and quantity of short stories available for free download continues to amaze me. You’re missing out on the chance to hear some remarkable tales if you’re not subscribing to the podcasts on this list:

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Monthly readings of New Yorker stories by New Yorker authors.

NPR Selected Shorts Podcast

Award-winning series of short fiction read by prominent actors.

Guardian Short Stories Podcast

Episodes featuring an interview with a well known author followed by a reading of one of the author’s favorite stories.

BBC International Short Story Award

Free recordings of the ten shortlisted stories read by popular actors.