Listen to 60+ Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify: Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy & More

tolstoy on spotify

Where music goes, tech­no­log­i­cal­ly speak­ing, audio books soon fol­low. We’ve had audio books on vinyl LP, on cas­sette tape, on CD, and on MP3, just like we’ve had music. Now that so many of us pull up our dai­ly jams on Spo­ti­fy, it should­n’t come as a sur­prise that we can do a fair bit of our “read­ing” there as well. We’ve found a few lists that gath­er up the best audio book avail­able on Spo­ti­fy, includ­ing 21 clas­sics and a col­lec­tion of Shake­speare plays and son­nets at Gnarl’d, ten ever­green lit­er­ary picks from Life­hack­er, and a Spo­ti­fy forum thread ded­i­cat­ed to sub­ject.

Below, you’ll find Spo­ti­fy links to more than 60 clas­sic works of lit­er­a­ture that, even if you strug­gled on get­ting them read in your Eng­lish class­es, you can now revis­it in a per­haps much more lifestyle-com­pat­i­ble medi­um. If you find more audio books on Spo­ti­fy, def­i­nite­ly let us know in the com­ments sec­tion below and we’ll add them to our list.

To lis­ten to any of these, you will of course need Spo­ti­fy’s soft­ware and account, both easy to come by: you just down­load and reg­is­ter.

For more great audio, don’t for­get to vis­it our col­lec­tion, 1,000 Free Audio Books: Down­load Great Books for Free. Also remem­ber that you can down­load a free audio­book (includ­ing many con­tem­po­rary books) from’s Free Tri­al pro­gram.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

630 Free Audio Books: Down­load Great Books for Free

Down­load 55 Free Online Lit­er­a­ture Cours­es: From Dante and Mil­ton to Ker­ouac and Tolkien

Col­in Mar­shall hosts and pro­duces Note­book on Cities and Cul­ture as well as the video series The City in Cin­e­ma and writes essays on cities, lan­guage, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Ange­les, A Los Ange­les Primer. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­book.

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