By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih
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. You will find world literature in both audiobooks and e-books.
Find an Audiobook First, then Look for an E-book for It
Once you decide an audiobook 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 e-books for the audiobooks you are interested.
Tips for improving listening and reading skills in Chinese: Hear 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.
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.
- 中英对照外国文学名著|名著阅读|双语对照世界名著在线阅读- 可可英语
17部英文版世界名著在线阅读 – 英语备课大师： 英语大师双语阅读——读名著
- 名著小说网- 世界名著_外国名著_古典名著_名著阅读_小说txt电子书 …
- 久久读书人: 历届诺贝尔文学奖作者作品
- 随便看看吧文学: 中国现代当代文学在线阅
- 华语网：现代文阅读 >> 小学阅读 初中阅读 高中阅读 应用文 经典名著 课外阅读 散文随笔 阅读指导 休闲阅
Here are some well-known literary works I have found in both Audiobooks and e-books
This list will continue to grow.
- 有声小说 Audio book：Weicheng 围城 （Fortress Beseiged) （14 hrs) & The e-book for Weicheng 围城
- 有声小说 Audiobook: The Story of Ah Q 阿Q正传 and The e-book for The Story of Ah Q 阿Q正传；Translation for the Story of Ah Q
- 有声小说 Audiobook：生死场 and the Transcript for 生死场
- 有声小说Audiobook：彷徨(19集) and Transcript for 鲁迅《彷徨》在线阅读
- 有声小说 Audiobook: Star War 星球大战 and Transcript for Star War in Chinese 星球大战 (in simplified) and Transcript (traditional)
- 有声小说 Audiobook for Ba Jin “The Family” and Transcript for Ba Jin “The Family
- 有声小说 Audio Book for “Old Man and the Sea” and Script for 老人与海. It first begins with a preface.