Karen’s Mashups-Show 15-Audio books

On this show, we’re listening to audio books.

Audio books are a powerful educational tool for building literacy and increasing the love of reading for readers of all ages. They have great applicability to special needs students and can help build literacy skills for all readers. (Specially classified students may qualify to receive audio versions of textbooks and other instructional materials free of charge.)


There are many free sources for audio books like LibriVox and Project Gutenberg, as well as commercial sources. One great place to get commercial audio books for free is from your public library. Many libraries now offer audio books as well as ebooks for checkout through their web sites. There are also free podcasts of serialized books delivered to you on a schedule provided by groups like Podiobooks.com.

As with all Internet content, it is recommended that you pre-screen individual shows before sharing them with students. (Some of the sites below do include explicit adult content, as well as children’s content.)

Included in this show are:

Excerpt from The Flown Sky by Matthew Olshan, available on Podiobooks.com

Podiobooks.com provides free, serialized books delivered to you chapter-by-chapter on your schedule. What a great idea! This site features a variety of genres, including ones for children, young adults, and adults. Each book’s content is marked with ratings such as “family friendly” or “adult.” The books at this site are generally from contemporary authors (not public domain), but they are free. The site gladly accepts donations if you like what you hear.

Excerpt from Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, produced by OverDrive, available through many public libraries

Many public libraries are now offering audio books available for checkout through their web sites. These books include many best-sellers and are available free for library patrons.

Excerpt from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton as read by Elizabeth Klett, available on LibriVox.org

LibriVox.org is one of the best-known and most extensive collections of public domain audio books on the the Internet. LibriVox also has a podcast, and you can volunteer to record portions of books to give back to the community. Because these recordings are all public domain, there are many ways you might use them in the classroom with students. One idea is to have students make their favorite portion of a book into a multimedia presentation with accompanying music and images.

Excerpt from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson available from Lit2Go and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology

Lit2Go from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology is a free online collection of recorded stories and poems. The books in this collection are primarily out of copyright print materials that have been turned into MP3s with the help of professional narrators. This site also includes text versions of each chapter, PDFs of classroom resource materials, and correlations to Florida state standards.

Excerpt from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, read by Jane Aker with music by Kevin MacLeod, available on Literal Systems

Literal Systems offers MP3 and FLAC files of great literature. They work with a small group of voice talent and have an emphasis on high quality, which results in a rich listening experience. Literal Systems accepts donations to help support this free service.

Transition sound – Wind chimes by www.offthesky.com

Here are some other sources for audio books:

If you have other favorites, post a link! Thanks for listening.

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3 Responses to “Karen’s Mashups-Show 15-Audio books”

  1. Donna Baumbach Says:

    Great podcast! I really enjoyed listening to things we can listen to! Thanks, Karen!!

  2. karen Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Donna. I have a lot of fun producing these, and it’s always nice to hear that people enjoy listening too! :)

  3. tanya Says:

    Excellent podcast! I really enjoyed listening…
    As a long time audio book lover, I truly appreciate your informative & useful article. Thank you, Karen!
    Great blog…

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