Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best audiobooks of 2009 iTunes & Audio Books For Free

iTunes “Top Sellers of 2009” Fiction Audio Books
More Best in Audio Books: iTunes Releases its List for 2009
NY Times Notable Books of the Year: Books and Audio Books You Shouldn’t Miss
Audio Book Bestsellers for the Week of November 29, 2009

If you love listening to audiobooks on your commute to work in the mornings, then check out iTunes' selection of the best audiobooks of 2009. They've got some great picks for fiction and non-fiction, including the top sellers over the past year. The Last Lecture by the late Randy Pausch tops the best selling non-fiction titles. Stephanie Meyer's vampire series Twilight looks unstoppable taking over three of the top 5 best-selling spots. Editor's picks for audiobooks include one my personal favorites from this year, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, as well as books from Mitch Albom, Dan Brown, Christopher Buckley, Tracy Morgan and Ron Paul. You can view the complete audiobook list on iTunes. Continue reading here

Audio Books For Free allows you to download free audio books if you are willing to settle for poor sound quality and a large number of files per book. Unfortunately, they carry only older books that are no longer under copyright - if you are looking to download new books or download audio book bestsellers for free, you are out of luck. For $7 you can download Jack London's White Fang at 48Kb/sec sound quality, but you can download it for free at 8Kb/sec. They also offer their entire collection of audio books on DVD for $120. is one of the leading sites for downloading audio books and you pay for the books you want to download, is another popular site for downloading audio books.

1 comment:

  1. There's also who produce similar books to Audio Books For Free (out of copyright) -- but it's completely free to download 128kb/s from them. They also provide (through, which hosts the files) 64kb/s for those with smaller download limits, and OGG files for people who prefer to use those instead of MP3s.

    Plus, they have recordings in at least 30 languages, and a catalogue of 3,000 books, adding at the rate of 2-3 new books per day.

    (Disclaimer: I am a LibriVoxer.)