Listen to Hundreds of Free Audiobooks, From Classics to Educational Texts
by Theresa Machemer/Smithsonianmag.com
With classrooms closed due to COVID-19, millions of students across the United States are venturing into the realm of distance learning. To support these efforts, Amazon’s audiobook service, Audible, has launched an online collection of hundreds of free audiobooks primed for both education and entertainment.
The website doesn’t require a log-in, sign-up or payment information. To peruse Audible’s selection of novels, poetry and fables—from classics to modern favorites—simply click “Start Listening.”
“As the world grapples with new challenges, Audible’s younger listeners in particular have an immediate need,” Audible CEO Bob Carrigan tells Daryl Austin of Business Insider. “Our intent is that Stories will offer parents, educators, and caregivers a screen-free experience to look forward to each day, while keeping young minds engaged.”
The books in Audible Stories are categorized by age group, from “Littlest Listeners” to “Tween” and “Teen.” The collection also includes several dozen “Literary Classics” and “Folk & Fairy Tales for All.”