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by Traveling Classics
Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B004KUP3F8
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,325 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Access to over 3,500 classic audiobooks
  • Download books for offline playback
  • Bookmark your place in multiple books automatically
  • Track all of the books you are currently enjoying in the My Books section
  • Set a sleep timer so you can listen while you doze off, but without the book playing all night

Product Description

Join the more than 2,000,000 people who have used Audiobooks to listen to over 3,535 classic audiobooks for FREE. In addition to all our free content, we also now include a growing collection of premium audiobooks for your enjoyment. Audiobooks is a fantastic way to access all your favorite audiobooks on your Android device. This application gives you access to over 20,000 hours worth of great audiobook content. Audiobooks provides a simple and straightforward way to listen to many of the best classic books, from Oliver Twist to Moby Dick, and Pride and Prejudice to the Art of War. Whether you are stuck in traffic, waiting for your connection, cramming for that English test, or just relaxing on your sofa, Audiobooks provides your most beloved audiobooks at the touch of your finger.

"DOWNLOAD books for offline playback
ADVANCED search by Most Popular, Genre, Duration, Author, Narrator or Language
SURPRISE ME! shows you a random book to read, so if you don't want to decide what to read, the app will select for you
AUTOMATIC BOOKMARKING to keep your place in all the books you are listening to
SLEEP TIMER so you can listen while you doze off, but the book doesn't keep playing all night
MY BOOKS section to keep track of all the books you are listening to"

Technical Details

  • Size: 1.4MB
  • Version: 1.5
  • Developed By: Traveling Classics
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about networks
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great and lots of good titles! April 3, 2011
Good selection of free audiobooks. Quality of the reading is excellent. Works flawlessly on HTC Incredible. Interface is easy to use. Can browse by title or author and also search if you'd like. Looking forward to seeing more titles added in the future. Well done.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From an Audible lover September 20, 2011
Verified Purchase
Test devices:
Samsung Epic, Android 2.2 official
Viewsonic gTablet, Calkulin+Clemsyn 1.5ghz Froyo Combo V6

I've been into audiobooks for years, having a long daily drive to and from work. Getting audiobooks has certainly helped me get some daily literary time in. Normally, I pick up titles from Audible, having a Gold account there that runs $15/mo, or one "free" book each month. It's great and all, but, there are a load of classic titles that I've never read. Enter this app, which contains a boat load of classics and other free domain titles. Excellent! Now I have more to listen to, and I can catch up on the classics.

The app itself isn't bad, but it's not all that great either. A lot of this comparison is coming from my experience with Audible's app, which I've been used both on Android and iOS. Titles are downloaded to the SD card of your device, which is good because even though they are MP3, they can take up some serious space. Being in MP3 format, you can play them back on any device that supports MP3, which is pretty much all of them these days. The tracks themselves have no ID3 tagging information in them, so you may want to use an editor to add that stuff in. While you can listen while you download, you can't just tell it to download and jump over to another title and have it download that too. You're stuck there waiting for it to finish downloading before you can browse other titles. Nor can you download only specific parts. If you back out of the app (using the back button), it will stop downloading instead of continuing in the background. Using the home button will let the download continue. All downloads are dropped into a single folder on your SD card, with no sub folders for each title.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty nice for free December 20, 2011
As it says, it's classic books, so up front you know you won't be getting any of the latest hits, or anything close to it.

With that being said, you have to review the app on what it says it is, which is classic books...and it's pretty good. The quality is always good, there's categories to pick from, and it plays smoothly. The controls for controlling play are solid. Every category has some good choices, there's quite a few older books for multiple tastes.

Given that this app is free, it's a nice app to download and give it a try. It's a solid app.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great literature November 19, 2011
By Ammalo
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Audiobooks gives you free access to tons of books, which you can select by a number of different criteria, including author, title, genre. Don't look for the latest best sellers. Only books in the public domain (basically older classics) are available. But there are tons of them. They are streaming downloads, so you have to have a data connection to use the app. I love it. Read a Sherlock Holmes story while you exercise. Improve your body and your mind at the same time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Lovers of Public Domain Titles April 21, 2012
I recently went back to working a day job. Unfortunately I have a 45 minute commute in the morning. There are no buses or trains that I can reasonably take so I am driving. Have you ever noticed how horrible morning radio is? It's very bad.

So I downloaded this audiobook app to my iPhone. It has its ups and downs, but so far I like it enough to award it four stars. Here's my feedback

Positive aspects:
- Oodles of public domain titles to pick from.
- If you want to pay the extra money, you can download recent titles. The selection is limited though.
- The preview feature is very nice. You can listen to the opening snippet of the story to see if you like the narrator.
- You can search and sort titles.
- The sleep timer is a nice addition.
- Once you have downloaded a story, there is no need for a strong connection. The file is stored on your phone.

Negative aspects:
- The downloads are very slow. You need a strong connection and will also need to babysit it. One story I tried to get needed to have the download restarted numerous times. I think it took over a half hour to complete.
- The app can crash from time to time.
- The stories frequently jump locations. Mine primarily jumps back five to ten minutes when I resume playing after a break. Not sure why it does this.
- Some of the narrators are not the best and frequently there is only one narrator option for a particular story. For example - Villette is one I'd love to listen to. The only narrator option is Chip and I just can't listen to him. He reminds me of a game show announcer.

So far I've listened to the follow in whole or part and recommend them:

The Picture of Dorian Gray read by John Gonzalves
Tess of the d'Urbervilles read by Adrian Praetzellis
Wuthering Heights read by Ruth Golding (wonderful)

Worth a shot. This little free app has already made my morning commute more tolerable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and free. October 26, 2011
By Sarah
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Not a bad app for being free. It seemed to always lose my place when I closed out of it. You have to shut it down from one specific place in the app, which frustrated me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great device!! October 6, 2011
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I am loving this audibook it is a great device for my android, one problem that i have found is that it keeps loading a chapter over and over and it takes sometime to get started. but when it works it is great.
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Does this work with Kindle Fire?
I ordered it is August and it still hasn't downloaded it on my Kindle Fire. Can't seem to get help fixing the problem either.
Dec 14, 2012 by Larry Willardson |  See all 2 posts
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