If you have not yet found the website Books Should Be Free, especially if your short on pocket change these days, be sure you follow the link and check it out. Essentially the title of the site speaks for itself, unlike the website you are currently visiting. Books, after a certain amount of time, enter the public domain (they are owned by everybody, including you), which is how big publishers sell super cheap copies of these books at book stores, no royalties. Why pay for something you already own?
That is were Books Should Be Free comes in. Volunteers record themselves reading these books and give away the recordings. Because it is all volunteers, and because there is no real filter for talent, the quality of these audio books varies from professional quality and perfect annunciation, to grainy audio of a kid who breaths with a wheeze. However, by an large, I have had great luck on this site.
Books I have listened to for free include:
The Art of War by SUN TZU. Great quality, easy listen, surprisingly applicable to modern day living if you can think of it as a parable. Its only an hour and a half long, and then you can say, “Yeah, I read The Art of War.”
The Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft. While I only listened to a couple of these before my stereo was stolen, what I heard was spot on considering the subject matter.
These are only a fraction of the books you can get for free. I personally downloaded all the Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as Swiss Family Robinson, White Fang, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and many, many more. Hope you find some cool titles there. If you happen upon an excellent recording, be sure to comment.