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Best websites for audio books

These sites will take you to audio books in the public domain, to stories called “iSoaps,” and to cultural and educational material, all of it free.

BooksShouldBeFree.com offers free audio versions of titles that have entered the public domain, as do Librophile.com and Gutenberg.org. The “hundreds of selections” on Books Should Be Free are organized by genre. The site makes choosing easy with a Top 100 list and provides readings in 25 languages, including Old English, Javanese, and Urdu.

NewFiction.com features newly created stories called “iSoaps,” which are performed by groups of actors. Create an account, and the site will deliver these “modern-day radio dramas” to your iPod, iPad, computer, or smartphone.

OpenCulture.com aggregates free cultural and educational material, from audiobooks to university lectures, panels, and musical performances. The site also offers links to lessons or courses in everything from Spanish to archaeology to law.

Source: AARP.org

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