Audiobooks for Busy Drivers

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How many hours a week do you drive? You know it’s a good time to spend listening. Some people like the radio, and in a later post I’ll tell you about some of the good podcasts I’ve found.

It’s sort of like the radio, but you can hear it again and again.

Other people in Zaragoza like V*****n Radio. (In English the name rhymes with yawn.) Best of luck to you if you’re a beginner.

However, I suggest you try audiobooks. Best of all, free audiobooks. Absolutely best of all, free audio versions of books you love, read by fine voices.

This is the first site I discovered loyalbooks.com

This has literally thousands of free audiobooks. I would suggest some classics, but it doesn’t really matter because if you don’t like one, then get another. Easy!

I have to say that my personal favourite here is Sherlock Holmes. He is one of the great characters of world fiction, say I.
Sherlock Holmes
but there are literally hundreds of fiction titles to explore.
loyalbooks.com/genre/fiction

Another site is thoughtaudio.com which offers free pdfs of many of the titles, so you can listen and read at the same time, but for me a lot of its offerings are pretty dark. Not sure if I want to drive along to them, but tastes differ and it might be just your cup of tea.

By the way, reading and driving at the same time is not the best idea I’ve heard of.

Librivox.org is a rather unusual site. It features volunteer readers to read famous public-domain books. I found several things here that I liked.

I only had a few minutes to look at Podiobooks.com but I think it is for science-fiction enthusiasts. Some of the blurbs are rather wonderful. (Blurb = the publisher’s words in front of the book to persuade you to buy.) For example,

When you’ve been accused of kidnapping an emperor, and every enforcer in the city wants your head, it’s hard to prove yourself an…

I didn’t read any further.

Now for something completely different. I have just found 75 free recordings of classic English and American literature read by well-known actors. For example, Alice in Wonderland (one of my favourite books of all time) read by Sir John Gielgud (a very famous and honoured actor) Have a look.
75 Free Audio Books
In fact, the whole site has a wealth of wonderful stuff OpenCulture.com

And here’s the granddaddy of them all, Gutenberg.org which has over 55,000 free e-books. They have an audiobook section as well, Gutenberg Audio Books They have both human- and machine-read books. Obviously, I recommend the services of a human.

So if you drive, why not listen at the same time? Listening is THE route to learning a language, as I say to all my students all the time.

There are comments below. Could you give us some of your experience? Other people would be interested. What other sites are good? What sites are terrible? What audiobooks did you particularly like?

One Response

  1. what about free books on Amazon????

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