Free Chinese Audiobooks and E-books: Listen and Read World Literature in Chinese

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih
From Ling-LingChinese

The best way to enhance your language ability is to listen and read literature. In this post you will find out how to find free Chinese audiobooks and free Chinese e-books.  This post will help you find world literature in both audiobooks and e-books. It will also provide you tips on how to enhance your reading and listening comprehension by using these resources.  The last two sections contain a list of books to hear and read and a list of recommended dictionaries and language tools for reading and practicing writing.

Find an Audiobook First, then Look for an E-book for It

First, go to the websites in the next section to look for a free audio book you want. Once you decide an audio book you want to listen to, then google to find the Chinese e-book for it.  You will be surprised to find that you can find many free e-books for the audiobooks you are interested.

Tips for improving listening and reading skills in Chinese:

Listen to the audiobook you select and read the literature along with the corresponding e-book you find on line. First, listen and read along a few times until you can understand the text. Then try to listen to it without reading. If necessary, listen to it a few more times until you can comprehend what you hear.

How to Find Chinese Audiobooks?

Here are some apps and websites you can hear free Chinese Audiobooks (有声读物)in Chinese:

How to Find Chinese e-books?

Once you find an audiobook from the above links, you can simply google the title of the book in Chinese (You should click on a link that has the title of the book followed by the words, “在线阅读” (zai xian yuedu, “on-line reading”). For instance, if you are looking for the book “老人与海” (Old Man and the Sea), just type the title of the book, and  look for a link that has these words: 老人与海在线阅读. You can look for any e-book that way.

You can also go to the following websites to get free Chinese e-books. Here are some of the websites that provide free Chinese e-books in World Literature, Chinese classics, Famous autobiography, Novels, Poetry, Children’s Literature, etc.

I have found the audiobooks and e-books for the following literary work:

This list will continue to grow.

Recommended language tools  for your reading and writing


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