Download Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a Free Audiobook (Available for a Limited Time)

When Ralph Ellison published his first novel, Invisible Man, in 1952, it took the literary world by storm. Orville Prescott, a literary critic at The New York Times, wrote in April of '52:

Ralph Ellison's first novel, "The Invisible Man," is the most impressive work of fiction by an American Negro which I have ever read. Unlike Richard Wright and Willard Motley, who achieve their best effects by overpowering their readers with documentary detail, Mr. Ellison is a finished novelist who uses words with great skill, who writes with poetic intensity and immense narrative drive. "Invisible Man" has many flaws. It is a sensational and feverishly emotional book. It will shock and sicken some of its readers. But, whatever the final verdict on "Invisible Man" may be, it does mark the appearance of a richly talented writer.

Invisible Man won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction the following year. And the belief that Ellison wrote something special hasn't diminished since. Case in point: When Modern Library created a list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, they placed Invisible Man at number 19.

As Don Katz tells us above, the book touched him deeply during his college years at NYU. Now the founder and CEO of, he's letting you download Invisible Man as a free audiobook. The free download is available at Audible and at Amazon until December 31st. (Audible is an Amazon subsidiary). Please note that you'll need to create an account to get the download. But apparently no payment/credit card info is required.

Separately, I should also mention that Audible offers a free 30-day trial program, where they let you download two professionally-read audiobooks. At the end of 30 days, you can decide whether to become an Audible subscriber or not. Either way, you can keep the two free audiobooks. Find more information on that free trial program here.

Again, the links to download Invisible Man are here: Audible - Amazon. And remember, we have more free audiobooks in our collection, 900 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. Mostly classics.

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  • Doug Stead says:

    Perhaps I have miss understood Mr. Katz, founder of Audible Books, in his video here and where he says no credit card required.

    I followed the link and signed in using the Amazon link and good a $0.00 invoice and went ahead. I had to download their app to listen on my phone.

    Somehow I ended up with an account suspended as the credit card number was expired…..

    Is this “free” no credit card book only a switch and bait to get people hocked into a monthly billing plan for 14.95??

    If so, I don’t think much of this type of sales being used here.

  • Audible Social Support says:

    Hi Doug.We are sorry about the experience. This offer does not enroll you in a trial or any other membership. We’d like to check your account to help you get this book for free. Please email us at

  • karen says:

    Not available in the UK??

  • Chris Aldrich says:

    Thanks Don Katz and Audible for such a kind and thoughtful gift!
    For those interested in the letter mentioned in the video, it can be found here:

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