Hear 75 Free, Classic Audio Books on Spotify: Austen, Joyce, Bukowski, Kafka, Vonnegut, Poe, Shakespeare, Kerouac & More


Here’s a lit­tle known tip. If you open Spo­ti­fy, click “Browse” (in the left hand nav), then scroll way down to “Word,” you will find a num­ber of free audio­book col­lec­tions–read­ings by Sylvia PlathLangston Hugh­es, and Dylan Thomas; old time crime and sci-fi dra­mas; a big H.P. Love­craft com­pendi­um and more. But that way of nav­i­gat­ing things real­ly only scratch­es the sur­face of what Spo­ti­fy has to offer.

If you rum­mage around enough, you’ll find many qual­i­ty recordings–everything from Christo­pher Lee read­ing Drac­u­la and Franken­stein, to Kurt Von­negut read­ing four of his nov­els, to a 68-hour playlist of Shakespeare’s plays being per­formed by leg­endary actors. We’ve found 75+ record­ings in recent months and grad­u­al­ly added them to our col­lec­tion, 1,000 Free Audio Books: Down­load Great Books for Free. But they seemed worth high­light­ing and call­ing to your atten­tion here.

If you need Spo­ti­fy’s free soft­ware, down­load it here. And if you find any oth­er gems, please list them in the com­ments below and we’ll add them to our list.

  • Austen, JanePride and Prej­u­diceSpo­ti­fy
  • Beck­ett, Samuel Wait­ing for Godot (The­atri­cal per­for­mance with Bert Lahr) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Bukows­ki, Charles – 4 Hours of Bukows­ki Read­ings – Spo­ti­fy
  • Bukows­ki, CharlesHostageSpo­ti­fy
  • Bukows­ki, CharlesMas­ter Col­lec­tionSpo­ti­fy
  • Bur­roughs, William S.Call Me Bur­roughs (his first spo­ken word album) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Bur­roughs, William S. – Let Me Hang You (posthu­mous album sett­ting read­ings of Naked Lunch to music) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Car­roll, Lewis – Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land (Read by Sir John Giel­gud) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Car­roll, Lewis – Through the Look­ing Glass (Read by Joan Green­wood, Stan­ley Hol­loway) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Cia­r­di, JohnAs If: Poems New and Select­ed by John Cia­r­di (read by the author) –Spo­ti­fy
  • Coleridge, SamuelPoems (Read by Ralph Richard­son) – Free Spo­ti­fy
  • Collins, Bil­lyThe Best Cig­a­rette (Poet­ry col­lec­tion read by the author) – Free Spo­ti­fy
  • Collins, Bil­lySoapSpo­ti­fy
  • Conan Doyle, Arthur The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes (64 Hours of Read­ings) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Dante AlighieriThe Infer­no, Can­tos I‑VIII (Read by John Cia­r­di) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Defoe, Daniel Robin­son Cru­soe (Read by Nigel Gra­ham)
  • Dick­in­son, Emi­lyPoems & Let­ters – Spo­ti­fy
  • Eliot, T.S. – The Cock­tail Par­ty (Per­formed by Alec Guin­ness & Cath­leen Nes­bitt) – Free Spo­ti­fy
  • Eliot, T.S.Old Possum’s Book of Prac­ti­cal Cats (Read by T.S. Eliot) – Spo­ti­fy playlist
  • Eliot, T.S. T.S. Eliot Read­ing Poems and Cho­rus­esSpo­ti­fy
  • Eliot T.S.T.S. Eliot Reads the Waste LandSpo­ti­fy
  • Fer­linghet­ti, Lawrence A Coney Island of the MindSpo­ti­fy
  • Frost, RobertRobert Frost Reads His Poet­ryFree Spo­ti­fy
  • Gins­berg, AllenHowlSpo­ti­fy
  • Gins­berg, Allen – First Blues: Rags, Bal­lads and Har­mo­ni­um SongsSpo­ti­fy
  • Gins­berg, AllenThe Last Word on First BluesSpo­ti­fy
  • Gins­berg, Allen The Lion for Real – Free on Spo­ti­fy
  • Gins­berg, Allen Witchi­ta Vor­tex SutraSpo­ti­fy
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scar­let Let­terSpo­ti­fy
  • Hugo, Vic­tor – The Hunch­back of Notre Dame (Abridged ver­sion read by Christo­pher Lee) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Hesse, Her­mann – Sid­dhartha – Spo­ti­fy
  • Hitch­cock, Alfred – Alfred Hitch­cock Presents Ghost Sto­ries for Young Peo­pleSpo­ti­fy
  • Hugh­es, LangstonLangston Hugh­es Reads Langston Hugh­esSpo­ti­fy
  • Hugh­es, Langston  The Dream Keep­er and Oth­er Poems of Langston Hugh­es (Read by Hugh­es) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Hugh­es, Langston The Glo­ry of Negro His­to­rySpo­ti­fy
  • Hugh­es, LangstonThe Voice of Langston Hugh­esSpo­ti­fy
  • Joyce, James Dublin­ers – Free on Spo­ti­fy
  • Joyce, James – “The Dead” (Read by Bart Wolffe) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Kaf­ka, Franz – The Meta­mor­pho­sis – Spo­ti­fy
  • Ker­ouac, Jack4 Albums with Ker­ouac Recit­ing Poet­ry & VerseSpo­ti­fy
  • Ler­oux, Gas­tonThe Phan­tom of the Opera (Abridged ver­sion read by Christo­pher Lee) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Love­craft, H.P – The Call of of Cthul­hu & Oth­er Sto­riesSpo­ti­fy
  • Melville, Her­man – Moby-Dick (Abridged ver­sion read by Hay­ward Morse) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Miller, Arthur – Read­ings from The Cru­cible and Death of a Sales­manSpo­ti­fy
  • Nabokov, Vladimir – Vladimir Nabokov Reads from Loli­ta & Select­ed Poems – Spo­ti­fy
  • Nash, OgdenChrist­mas with Ogden NashSpo­ti­fy
  • Nash, OgdenOgden Nash Reads Ogden NashSpo­ti­fy
  • Neru­da, PabloPablo Neru­da Lee a Pablo Neru­da (in Span­ish) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Orwell, George – Ani­mal FarmSpo­ti­fy
  • Poe, Edgar AllanThe Essen­tial Edgar Allan PoeSpo­ti­fy
  • Poe, Edgar AllanThe Mask of the Red Death (Read by William S. Bur­roughs) –Spo­ti­fy
  • Prokofiev, SergeiPeter and the Wolf (Nar­rat­ed by David Bowie) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Sand­burg, CarlA Lin­coln Album: Read­ings by Carl San­durgSpo­ti­fy
  • Sand­burg, Carl The Peo­ple YesSpo­ti­fy
  • Sex­ton, AnneWhat’s ThatSpo­ti­fy
  • Schiller, Friedrich – Poet­ry of Friedrich von Schiller: Read in Ger­man by Kin­s­kiSpo­ti­fy
  • Shake­speare, William – A 68 Hour Playlist of Shakespeare’s Plays Being Per­formed by Great Actors: Giel­gud, McK­ellen & MoreFree on Spo­ti­fy
  • Shake­speare, WilliamHam­let (French trans­la­tion by Mar­cel Pag­nol) – Spo­ti­fyYouTube
  • Shake­speare, WilliamHam­let (Star­ring John Giel­gud) – Spo­ti­fy + Archive.org
  • Shake­speare, WilliamMac­beth (with Alec Guin­ness) – Free Spo­ti­fy
  • Shel­ley, Mary – Franken­stein (Abridged ver­sion read by Christophe Lee) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Shel­ley, Per­cy Bysshe Var­i­ous Poems (Read by Vin­cent Price) – Free Spo­ti­fy
  • Stein­beck, John – “The Snake” and “John­ny Bear” – Free Stream – Spo­ti­fy
  • Steven­son, Robert Louis – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Read by Christo­pher Lee) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Steven­son, Robert Louis – Trea­sure Island (Read by Hans Con­ried) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Stok­er, Bram – Drac­u­la (Read by Christo­pher Lee) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Thomas, DylanDylan Thomas Reads 8 Hours of His Poet­rySpo­ti­fy
  • Thomas, Dylan An Evening with Dylan ThomasSpo­ti­fy
  • Thomas, DylanRichard Bur­ton Reads 15 Poems by Dylan Thomas – Spo­ti­fy
  • Twain, Mark – The Adven­tures of Tom SawyerSpo­ti­fy ver­sion
  • Von­negut, Kurt Slaugh­ter­house 5, Cat’s Cra­dle, Break­fast of Cham­pi­ons, Wel­come to the Mon­key House (Abridged read­ings by Von­negut) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Welles, Orson — 61 Hours of Orson Welles’ Clas­sic 1930s Radio Plays: War of the Worlds, Heart of Dark­ness & More — Spo­ti­fy
  • Wells, HG – The War of the Worlds (Read by Maxwell Caulfield) – Spo­ti­fy
  • Wilde, Oscar – The Impor­tance of Being Earnest (Per­formed by John Giel­gud) – Free
  • Woolf, Vir­ginia – The Short Sto­riesSpo­ti­fy
  • Yeats, William But­ler – William But­ler Reads His Own WorkSpo­ti­fy

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