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LibriVox is a free database of audiobooks that began in 2005. The organization’s mission is, “to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.” LibriVox utilizes volunteers to record chapters of books that are in the public domain. Anyone can volunteer to read a book in any language. To pay for expenses, LibriVox relies on these volunteers, as well as fundraising.

LibriVox partners with Project Gutenberg (where they get most of their text), and Internet Archive for hosting audio files. The site lets users browse books by author, title, genre, and language. There is also a basic search function. Because LibriVox only uses public domain books, their selection is limited. To date, LibriVox has over 8,600 audiobooks, 1,200 non-English audiobooks, audiobooks in 35 languages, and 6,800 readers. 

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The Good

  • Free Books
  • Audiobooks Are Downloadable
  • Multiple Language Options
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Free Books

LibriVox offers over 8,000 titles to choose from. While this number isn't large compared to big subscription-based companies, it is when you consider that all of these books are free. If you want to listen to the classics in audio format, LibriVox is the perfect service for you.

Audiobooks Are Downloadable

Because the books are free, you can download them, burn them to CD, or even stream them through your Android or iOS apps.

Multiple Language Options

We also like that you can find audiobooks in 35 languages on LibriVox. This is perfect for native speakers of those languages, as well as those who are wanting to learn a new language.

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The Bad

  • Public Domain Books Only
  • Limited Selection

Public Domain Books Only

LibriVox only uses public domain books, so if you want to listen to any new releases, you are out of luck. Because their selection is limited to the public domain, you won't find any new releases. So if you're the kind of person who wants to use one audiobook app for everything, LibriVox is not for you.

Limited Selection

Using solely public domain books also means LibriVox has a limited selection of audiobooks to choose from. Another thing to note about LibriVox is that they let anyone record audiobooks with them, no matter what their voice sounds like. So you will hear audiobooks from untrained professionals who may be hard to understand or use poor quality audio. The layout of LibriVox's website is user-friendly, but not as intuitive as other sites. You also need to scroll a lot to find new books. 

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The Bottom Line

LibriVox is perfect if you're looking to listen to older books (written over 100 years ago). Even though they only offer these types of books, it is nice that everyone has access to them for free. We also like the number of languages they offer books in. Luckily, LibriVox isn't something you have to invest in. You can use it along with other subscriptions you pay for, or just use it every now and then. We definitely recommend using LibriVox.
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Guthrey Ramsaroop ,

the range of books is very poor but in the same time they are not badly read at all. Totally happy with my purchase thouigh

6 months ago

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yesenia Rialto, CA

Most volunteers are pretty good narrators. There is one exception: JemmaBlythe, whose voice is excruciating to listen to. Other LibriVox readers have concurred. What is most disappointing is that, after being informed, LibriVox's policy is so loose as to who can volunteer, they aren't at all concerned with the quality of the recordings. I've read comments / reviews from others who say they will literally skip any chapter of a book read by JemmaBlythe. Unfortunately, I will, too.

1 year ago

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Boston Whipple Provo, UT

The selection of audio books isn't very large because it only includes books that are in the public domain. Sometimes the readers aren't very good and the reader changes from chapter to chapter because they are volunteers.

2 years ago

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