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100 Best Free Audio Books and 10 Sites for More

100 Best Free Audio Books and 10 Sites for More

Audio books may not offer the timeless look, feel and smell (oh, the sweet smell of freshly printed leaflets!) of regular books, but they certainly present their own unique set of advantages – They’re lightweight (actually, they’re weightless!), they’re portable, they eliminate dangerous paper cuts, they’re compact, and, best of all, you can typically find a good selection of audio books that are a lot cheaper than their printed counterparts – oftentimes free!

Take a look at this list of the 100 best free audio books – we bet you’ll find some worthy of your attention:

100 Best Must-Hear Audio books That Won’t Cost You a Penny

Where to Find the Best Free Audiobooks

Now that you know which audio books to look for, where can you find more like them? There are surprisingly many sites making a killing on handing out free audio books, but we’ve found several gems you should check out first:

Lit2Go

    Lit2Go specializes in classic stories and poems that reside within the public domain.

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    Free Classic Audiobooks

      Here you can find most of the familiar classics in mp3 format.

      Librivox

        From classic works to translations in a slew of other languages, Librivox offers a huge selection of free audio books to download.

        Loyal Books

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          Besides of the most beloved classics, you can also find a large selection of hard-to-find or out-of-print books, along with titles from lesser known writers.

          Storynory

            Hearing a story is a great way to encourage your child’s love of reading, especially when you aren’t available to read it to them yourself. Storynory has a lot of original titles you can’t find anywhere else.

            Learn Out Loud

              Dedicated to all things educational, you can find some valuable self-help and other nonfiction resources, free for the listening.

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              OpenCulture

                Currently boasting over 900 free audio books, you can find a good variety of classic literature and poems.

                Scribl

                  Formerly known as Podiobooks, you can find a worldwide variety of novels, short stories, essays, and series.

                  Kiddie Records

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                    Reminiscent of the books-on-record days, this site is dedicated to providing a look (and sound) back to a classic form of children’s storytelling, but with a modern, digital vibe.

                    Mind Webs

                      This old-time radio series from the 1970s through the 90s has been converted to a digital audio format for your enjoyment.

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                      Last Updated on March 24, 2021

                      8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

                      8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

                      We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

                      On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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                      Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

                      1. Smart Door Locks

                      A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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                      2. Smart Kitchen Tools

                      Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

                      3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

                      If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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                      4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

                      These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

                      5. Nest Thermostat

                      This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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                      6. Smart Lighting

                      Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

                      7. Google Chromecast Ultra

                      Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

                      8. Canary

                      This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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