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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