Want Some Free Audiobook Classics?

I’m not talking about Librivox, although some of those can be quite good. I’m talking about a great, almost-hidden deal from Amazon to promote their Wispersync for Voice titles for the Kindle.

When you buy a Whispersync version of a Kindle book together with the Audible audiobook (usually priced at a steep discount, as with The Hobbit Kindle/Audible combo) of the same title, the audio version syncs with the Kindle version. That way, you can leave off reading at one point, switch to the audiobook version for a little while, and then return to pick up reading where the audio leaves off.

To promote the feature, Amazon is offering 10 free, professional audiobooks, with narrators including Kenneth Branagh, Tim Curry, Anne Hathaway, and others.

All you have to do is “buy” the free Kindle version of a public domain classic and send it to your Kindle. On the next screen, just select the Audible version (which should cost $0.00) and check out. It’s at least $200 worth of free audiobooks.

Give it a shot. Here’s what they have for free:

  • Wizard of Oz (narrated by Anne Hathaway)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (narrated by Simon Vance)
  • The Three Musketeers (narrated by John Lee)
  • Huckleberry Finn (narrated by Elijah Wood)
  • Dracula (narrated by Tim Curry, Alan Cumming, Simon Vance, and others)
  • Heart of Darkness (narrated by Kenneth Branagh)
  • Jane Eyre (narrated by Susan Ericksen)
  • Gulliver’s Travels ( narrated by David Hyde Pierce)
  • Moll Flanders (narrated by Davina Porter)
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (narrated by John Lee)

If anyone ever tries the deal and finds it expired, please post a comment. As of 1/23/13, it works.

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  • Lisa

    As far as I can tell, Audible does have those books with those narrators, but those versions are not the free or $0.95 ones. Those inexpensive versions are different narrators than those listed. At least that I have found so far.

  • Lisa

    Check that. I misunderstood your instructions and tried to order backwards from the Audible site.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    You only get to the free stuff by “buying” the select free Amazon titles, and then the Amazon Audible option pops up, and only then can you go to Audible. It’s cumbersome, but it should work.

  • http://www.accordeonaire.blogspot.com Gary Chapin

    Very cool. I already own the Anne Hathaway Wizard of Oz, which is fantastic. And the Kenneth Brannagh Heart of Darkness, also fantastic (Max and I listened to it on our last trip to NJ … what a disturbing, great book). I’ve just gone and gotten the Dickens (nice!), and I’m considering the Dracula. Simon Vance is a strange reader. He is my favorite voice for PG Wodehouse, but is an acquired taste on Orwell (he does the non-fiction … it may just be associations for me, think of Bertie reading “Homage to Catalonia.”

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    I think I’ve only heard Simon Vance do PGW, so I can understand the association thing. He is a good voice, though.