90+ Free Audiobooks About Religion

by Luke Muehlhauser on December 26, 2008 in Bible,Buddhism,Confucianism,General Atheism,Islam,Paganism,Resources

I spend all my driving time listening to free audio lectures or free audiobooks. Here are some free audiobooks (97 so far) about religion, most of them from Librivox. Below you will find scriptures, treatises, sermons, epic poems, and scientific surveys about religion from nearly every century since 700 BCE.

Please comment if you know of any others. I will add more as they are recorded.

Last update: November 6, 2010.

Listed chronologically:

The Iliad (c. 750 BCE) by Homer
page | download | running time: 14:29:43
An epic poem about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks.

The Odyssey (c. 700 BCE) by Homer
page | download | running time: 11:05:34
Another epic poem about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks.

The Christian Old Testament (c. 600-300 BCE) by many authors (World English Bible translation)
page | download | running time: 58:02:02
The Jewish Bible, edited and rearranged by Christians for their own purposes. The World English Bible is a readable, public domain translation based on the 1901 American Standard Version, the Greek Majority Text, and the Hebrew Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.

Buddhist Writings (c. 500 BCE) by unknown, translated by Henry Clarke Warren
page | download| running time: 7:38:58
An anthology of very early Buddhist scriptures.

The Dhammapada (c. 400 BCE) by unknown
page | download | running time: 1:42:34
A central Buddhist scripture, supposedly a collection of sayings by the Buddha.

The Sayings of Confucius (c. 400 BCE) by Confucius
page | download | running time: 3:11:55
Confucianism may be a religion or merely a moral philosophy, but this “Bible of Confucianism” is one of the most influential books in history.

Bhagavad Gita (c. 200-400 BCE) by unknown
page | download | running time: 2:54:53
A Hindu scripture, depicting a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna.

The Tree of Wisdom (c. 100 BCE) by Nagarjuna
page | download | running time: 1:33:14
An ethical treatise by the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism.

Christian New Testament (c. 60-110) by many authors (World English Bible translation)
page | download | running time: 19:20:46
A collection of early Christian writings that were chosen in the 4th century to be the scriptures of orthodox Christianity (in addition to the “Old Testament”). The World English Bible is a readable, public domain translation based on the 1901 American Standard Version, the Greek Majority Text, and the Hebrew Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. These 27 books are holy scripture for 1.9 billion Christians worldwide.

Christian New Testament (c. 60-110) by many authors (King James Version)
page | download | running time: 20:22:34
The same New Testament, in its most famous English version.

The Wars of the Jews (c. 75) by Josephus
page | download | running time: 23:25:17
Josephus’ classic history of the wars of the Jews during the time of Jesus and shortly thereafter.

The Epistles of Ignatius (c. 95) by St. Ignatius of Antioch
page | download | running time: 1:17:16
Like Paul, Ignatius wrote these letters to early Christian churches (Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallians, Romans, Philadelphians, and Smyrnaeans). He also wrote to Polycarp on his way to martyrdom. These are some of the earliest Christian writings not accepted to the New Testament canon.

First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians (c. 96) by Pope Clement I
page | download | running time: 1:22:25
One of the earliest Christian writings, accepted in many canons of the New Testament until the 8th century. Hugely important for the development of Christian doctrine.

The Didache (c. 100) by unknown
page | download | running time: 0:19:56
Early instructions for Christian communities. Historians knew about it because it was quoted by other early Christian authors, but the full text was not rediscovered until 1873.

The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians (c. 125) by Polycarp
page | download | running time: 0:14:56
Polycarp, an early bishop and Christian martyr, supposedly knew John the Apostle. This is his letter to the church in Philippi.

The First Apology of Justin Martyr (c. 150) by Justin Martyr
page | download | running time: 2:09:43
The purpose of the Apology is to prove to the emperors, renowned as upright and philosophical men, the injustice of the persecution of the Christians, who are the representatives of true philosophy.

The Second Apology of Justin Martyr (c. 155) by Justin Martyr
page | download| running time: 0:29:48
Another defense of Christian faith.

Odes of Solomon (c. 250) by Unknown
page | download | running time: 1:46:20
A collection of 42 religious psalms attributed to Solomon, but actually written by Christians in the first three centuries C.E.

Church History (324) by Eusebius
page | download | running time: 14:53:25
Eusebius’ famous and invaluable history of the Christian church from the first apostles to his own time.

Concerning Virgins (377) by Saint Ambrose
page | download | running time: 2:29:09
A series of letters Ambrose wrote to his sister about women who are thinking about entering nunneries.

On the Duties of the Clergy (391) by Saint Ambrose
page | download | running time: 8:42:55
A treatise that could be called “Concerning Christian Virtues.”

Confessions (c. 398) by Augustine of Hippo
page | download | running time:  13:49:38
The famous autobiography of the famous Christian saint and theologian.

The City of God (c. 415) by Augustine of Hippo
page | download | running time: 40:27:16
Written shortly after Christian Rome was sacked by the Visigoths in 410. Augustine argued that Christianity would ultimately triumph. The book presents human history as being a conflict between what Augustine calls the City of Man and the City of God.

The Enchiridion (c. 420) by Augustine of Hippo
page | download | running time: 2:59:49
A short handbook on Christian piety.

Collected Works of Saint Patrick (c. 450) by Saint Patrick
page | download | running time: 1:00:41
The few writings of the legendary Saint Patrick, collected.

On Loving God (c. 1140) by Bernard of Clairvaux
page | download | running time: 1:29:45
A treatise on Medieval Christian mysticism.

The Divine Comedy (c. 1315) by Dante Alighieri
page | download | running time: 12:23:25
An epic poem about Medieval Christian conceptions of the afterlife.

Revelations of Divine Love (1373) by Julian of Norwich
page | download | running time: 7:20:02
A book of Christian mystical devotions. While Julian was recovering from serious illness, she experienced 16 visitations on the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

The Imitation of Christ (c. 1418) by Thomas a Kempis
page | download | running time: 8:42:03
A manual on how to read the Christian scriptures, how to submit to authority, how to deal with adversity, and how to resist temptations.

The Praise of Folly (1509) by Desiderius Erasmus
page | download | running time: 3:42:49
A satirical essay about the absurdities of Catholic doctrine. A catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. It was put on the Index of Forbidden Books by in 1559, so you know it’s gotta be good.

The Large Catechism (1529) by Martin Luther
page | download | running time: 5:46:56
A compilation of works by the leader of the Protestant Reformation, perhaps the greatest schism in all of religious history.

Conceptions of Divine Love (c. 1577) by Teresa of Avila
page | download | running time: 0:59:13
Apparently a heretical work, as one of her confessors read it and told her to burn it, which she did. But one of the nuns had already copied several of the chapters, preserved here.

Life of St. Teresa (c. 1580) by Teresa of Avila
page | download | running time: 13:31:33
The autobiography of this prominent mystic and Counter Reformation leader.

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs Vol. 1 (1653) by John Foxe
page | download | running time: 10:29:32
An account of the persecutions of Protestants, many of whom had died for their beliefs within the decade immediately preceding its first publication.

Leviathan (1651) by Thomas Hobbes
pages: 1 2 | download: 1 2 | running time: 22:27:37
A philosophical treatise on the structure of society and legitimate government. Parts III and IV deal more directly with religion than Parts I and II.

The Mortification of Sin in Believers (1656) by John Owen
page | download | running time: 4:37:33
A Puritan classic on how believers should deal with sin in their hearts.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666) by John Bunyan
page | download | running time: 3:49:34
An autobiography from the author of Pilgrim’s Progress. Records Bunyan’s struggle to find repentance and forgiveness, his battle with Satan’s temptations of unbelief, his comfort found in the Bible, and his overarching victory gotten by the grace of God.

Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton
page | download | running time: 9:41:16
An epic poem ala Dante’s Divine Comedy that represents all of Milton’s Protestant doctrines.

Pensees (1670) by Blaise Pascal
page | download | running time: 11:15:17
A classic of French prose and philosophy of religion (and other things).

Paradise Regained (1671) by John Milton
page | download | running time: 1:41:27
Milton’s epic poem based on Luke’s version of the temptation of Christ.

The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) by John Bunyan
page | download | running time: 12:28:58
The famous allegorical novel, describing a Christian’s journey through life to reach heaven.

The Holy War (1682) by John Bunyan
page | download | running time: 9:54:50
Another allegorical novel, describing a fierce battle to take control of a city from its rightful ruler.

The Practice of the Presence of God (c. 1700) by Brother Lawrence
page | download | running time: 1:13:14
A collection of letters and conversations compiled by a disciple of Brother Lawrence. One of the most popular Christian advice books in history.

Autobiography of Madame Guyon (1710) by Madame Guyon
page | download| running time: 15:23:42
The autobiography of a famous French mystic who was imprisoned by the catholic church for her heretical views on prayer.

Select Sermons of Jonathan Edwards (c. 1745) by Jonathan Edwards
page | download | running time:  19:31:44
Contains 19 of Edward’s sermons, including “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

A Dialogue between a Methodist and a Churchman (1760) by William Law
page | download | running time: 1:34:26
William Law uses a dialogue to engage what he considers to be the most dangerous doctrines in Methodist theology, especially predestination and absolute depravity.

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1776) by David Hume
page | download | running time: 4:01:57
Philosopher David Hume examines whether or not belief in God can be rational.

The Age of Reason (1807) by Thomas Paine
page | download| running time: 8:11:05
Paine’s critiques of institutional religion and the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy launched a short-lived deistic revival.

Christian Non-Resistance, In All Its Important Bearings (1848) by Adin Ballou
page | download | running time: 6:23:36
A defense of Christian nonviolence with Biblical and natural arguments.

The Age of Fable (1855) by Thomas Bulfinch
page | download | running time: 14:53:52
The first of Bulfinch’s three volumes of collected mythological stories.

Spurgeon’s Sermons May 1858 (1858) by Charles Spurgeon
page | download | running time: 4:19:10
A collection of sermons from the uber-famous Baptist preacher.

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859) by Charles Darwin
page | download | running time: 24:22:37
Not a religious book, but religions have reacted so strongly to Darwin’s theory (but not other successful scientific theories like relativity, big bang theory, quantum electrodynamics, or chemical periodicity) that many or most popular discussions of the work involve religion.

Has a Frog a Soul? (1870) by Thomas H. Huxley
page | download | running time: 0:16:06
Biologist T.H. Huxley considers the effects of scientific vivisection on our theories of the soul.

God and the State (1871) by Mikhail Bakunin
page | download | running time: 3:13:30
Anarchist Mikhail Bakunin’s unfinished work on the origins of religion and how the state and religion conspire to enslave the common people.

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome (1880) by E.M. Berens
page | download | running time: 11:23:55
A comprehensive collection of all the major and minor gods of Rome and Greece, with descriptions of festivals and retellings of major mythological stories.

Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (c. 1880) by Robert Green Ingersoll
page | download | running time: 14:08:08
A spirited orator for freethought, Ingersoll here reveals the absurdities of gods, ghosts, hell, and other religious ideas.

Thus Spake Zarathustra (1885) by Friedrich Nietzsche
page | download | running time: 12:39:26
Nietzsche’s dialogues against the Judeo-Christian worldview, including the famous “death of God” parable.

The Twilight of the Idols (1888) by Friedrich Nietzsche
page | download | running time: 4:43:15
Nietzsche’s own attempt at a short introduction to his life’s work.

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (1890) by James Frazer
page | download | running time: 42:43:54
This is a famous and still-influential study of comparative mythology and religion.

Steps to Christ (1892) by Ellen White
page | download | running time: 3:05:35
The co-founder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on how to come to know Jesus.

The Dawn and the Day (1894) by Henry Thayer Niles
page | download | running time: 3:52:43
Aka The Buddha and the Christ, Part 1. Similar to the epic poetry of Homer or the Bhagavad-Gita.

The Antichrist (1895) by Friedrich Nietzsche
page | download | running time: 3:57:57
Nietzsche’s fullest argument against Christian doctrines and morality.

Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses (1895) by Andrew Murray
page | download | running time: 3:52:25
A collection of short sermons by this South African pastor.

Humility: The Beauty of Holiness (1895) by Andrew Murray
page | download | running time: 2:05:23
A book on how to become humble like Jesus.

The Story of the Other Wise Man (1896) by Henry van Dyke
page | download | running time: 0:52:48
A parable about the “fourth” wise man, who got lost on the way to Bethlehem.

As a Man Thinketh (1902) by James Allen
page | download | running time: 0:54:07
Illustrates the power of thought to increase personal capabilities – an important Christian self-help precursor to the New Thought movement.

The Heavenly Life (c. 1902) by James Allen
page | download | running time: 1:32:59
A mystical work on the meaning of spiritual oneness with God.

When the King Came: Stories from the Four Gospels (1904) by George Hodges
page | download | running time: 7:14:47
Bible stories told for children.

The People’s Idea of God (c. 1904) by Mary Baker Eddy
page | download | running time: 0:29:02
Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science movement, tried to reform popular conceptions of the Supreme Being.

Heretics (1905) by G. K. Chesterton
page | download | running time: 7:15:39
Chesterton’s shortest major work of Christian apologetics.

History of the Christian Church (1905) by S. Cheetham
page | download | running time: 15:19:11
A single-volume history of Christianity during the first six centuries.

Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible (1905) by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 | download: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 | running time: 23:10:12
The entire Christian Bible condensed into 168 stories.

The Quest of the Historical Jesus (1905) by Albert Schweitzer
page | download | running time: 21:17:44
The classic, seminal work on historical Jesus studies.

The Varieties of Religious Experience (1905) by William James
page | download | running time: 22:23:06
James’ famous set of lectures on religion and the scientific study of religion.

The Iliad for Boys and Girls (1907) by Alfred J. Church
page | download | running time: 4:22:58
A retelling of Homer’s Iliad, centred around the events of the siege of Troy during the final year.

Hurlbut’s Bible Lessons (1907) by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
page | download | running time:  2:17:53
Questions and answers on the Old and New Testaments, for children.

Orthodoxy (1908) by G. K. Chesterton
page | download | running time: 6:02:31
Chesterton, his wit in full force, offers his main document of Christian apologetics.

The Truth About Jesus. Is He a Myth? (1909) by M. M. Mangasarian
page | download | running time: 5:40:15
A discussion of various studies into the historicity of Jesus.

The Bahai Revelation (1908) by Thornton Chase
page | download | running time: 5:55:18
An accessible introduction to the Bahai religion by one of its earliest American converts.

The Great Apostasy (1909) by James Talmage
page | download | running time: 3:25:19

With Christ in the School of Prayer (1910) by Andrew Murray
page | download| running time:  7:40:11
Murray argues for the centrality of prayer to the Christian existence.

In God’s Garden (c. 1910) by Amy Steedman
page | download | running time: 3:40:55
Stories about Christian saints throughout history, told for children.

The School of Obedience (c. 1910) by Andrew Murray
page | download | running time: 2:36:34
Andrew Murray describes the necessity and benefits of absolute obedience to God.

God’s Troubadour, The Story of St. Francis of Assisi (1910) by Sophie Jewett
page | download | running time: 2:30:13
A children’s telling of the story of St. Francis, who became a knight but, after seeing the tragedies of war, gave up all possessions and violence for God.

The Story of Mormonism (1910) by James Talmage
page | download | running time: 1:49:25
A concise history of the Mormon church up to 1910.

Legends of the Jews (1911) by Louis Ginzberg
pages: 1 2 | download: 1 2 | running time: 25:06:35
Two volumes of Ginzberg’s epic 7-volume compilation of traditional Jewish stories loosely related to the Bible. Over the millenia, these stories, which expand on the Bible, flesh out the lives of biblical figures.

Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness (1911) by Evelyn Underhill
page | download | running time: 22:03:40
Hailed at the time as the classic work on mysticism from the point of view of metaphysics, psychology, and symbolism.

The Making of a Nation: The Beginning of Israel’s History (1912) by Charles Foster Kent
page | download | running time: 5:05:59
Kent was the premiere scholar of Jewish history near the turn of the century, and this work chronicles the origins of Israel.

Sadhana, the Realisation of Life (1913) by Rabindranath Tagore
page | download | running time: 04:26:02
A series of essays describing Indian beliefs, philosophy and culture from different viewpoints, often making comparisons with Western thought and culture.

The Making of a Nation: The Beginnings of Israel’s History (1913) by Charles Foster Kent
page | download | running time:  5:05:59
A classic study on the origins of Judaism.

Myths and Legends of All Nations (1914) by Logan Marshall
page | download | running time: 8:58:51
A collection of stories from the myths and religions of people around the world.

The New Jerusalem (1920) by G. K. Chesterton
page | download | running time: 10:08:38
Chesterton’s musings on Christianity and other religions, rich with allegory.

The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today (1922) by Evelyn Underhill
page | download | running time: 8:27:17
A Christian treatise on the practical, here-and-now nature of spirituality.

Buddhism and Buddhists in China (1924) by Lewis Hodus
page | download | running time: 3:06:10
An anthropological text describing Buddhism as practiced in China at the beginning of the 20th Century. It also compares Buddhism with Christianity regarding missionary work.

The Meaning of the Glorious Koran (1930) translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall
page | download | running time: 16:28:14
An explanatory English translation of the Koran, the holy book of Islam’s 1.5 billion adherents, which was written by Mohammed and compiled around the year 633.

Mere Christianity (1952) by C.S. Lewis
page | download | running time: 5:50:23
A Christian classic from a former atheist that lays out his case for Christianity and explains its core virtues.

Bible Stories Your Parents Never Taught You (c. 2000) by Mike Earl
page | download: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | running time: 7:35:00
Performed by the author. Covers the violent and nasty parts of the “Good Book.”

Universally Preferable Behaviour: A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics (2007) by Stefan Molyneaux
page | download: 1 2 | running time: 5:45:00
A free audiobook performed by the author, on how to derive ethics without gods. (See my review.)

Free audiobooks in progress

Public domain religion books I wish were being recorded

Want to help record a public domain book? You can read, proof-listen, or volunteer in other ways. Here are some public domain books about religion I’d like to see recorded:

Last Few Updates:

  • added Ellen White – Steps to Christ
  • added James Talmage – The Great Apostasy
  • added William James – The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • added Albert Schweitzer – The Quest of the Historical Jesus

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Roy Thomas April 4, 2009 at 3:04 am

You are doing a great work. Thank you


MIKE May 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Just thought you might like to know that Frazer’s “Golden Bough” has been completed  @ Libravox.

re: your wishlist, how about the following:

Strauss, Life of Jesus (at least that’s what I think it’s called)

Baron d’Holbach (“Good Sense” and all the other  stuff)

Oh, and there is this other little book by some little-known American guy called, um, who is he? Oh yeah, Tom Paine!   AGE OF REASON, might be a good project.  I can’t believe no one has got around to that one yet, especially considering all the rather obscure stuff they have managed to put out.


MIKE May 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Oops, sorry. I see that Age of Reason is in progress. Kudos to Libravox.


n8evv July 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

Hi.  I like your website.  If you’re looking for more religion, I have some inside knowledge.
Adam H. Dickey’s article “Possession” is available from Librivox; he was a student of Mary Baker Eddy.  It’s my voice you hear on both this, and The People’s Idea of God, which you have cataloged already.
You might watch for Christian Healing, also by MBE, to appear on Librivox in the near future.


Emiliano August 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Some great books in this selection!



Mark November 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Great resource. Thanks, Luke


JoeD December 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I am solo recording Varieties of Religious Experience for librivox right now. It is quite good – I expect it to be finished by mid-April. After that, I want to start a really large project for librivox, either Strauss’ ‘Life of Jesus Critically Examined’, or Cassell’s ‘Supernatural Religion’ – I have read both and they are outstanding, critical books concerning the Gospels and early Christianity.

Librivox also has ‘The Truth about Jesus-Is he a Myth?’ by M.M. Mangasarian. It is quite good, in the vein of Ingersoll and other 19th century polemicists.


JoeD December 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

ooops – I see you already have Mangasarian listed!


lukeprog December 8, 2009 at 6:42 pm


Holy shit PLEASE do Strauss. That is an AWESOME book.


JoeD December 8, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Luke, your vote makes it as good as done – Strauss shall be next on my librivox agenda!! But don’t lose any sleep waiting for it…

Strauss’ Life of Jesus Critically Examined is a *huge* book. It took me about two months to read, and considering the pace that librivox works at, it should take about 5 years to get the first volume finished. I also want to continue with Lea’s History of the Inquisition of Spain, but the first volume of that tome has been dragging on for over a year with three more volumes to go. Unfortunately, it seems these critical studies of history and Christianity do not bring in too many librivox volunteers.


lukeprog December 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm


Yeah, Librivox seems to be overwhelmingly religious, but whatever…


shawn b judd February 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

Christians are Borg,resistance is futile.You will be assimulated.You will service us.We will add your disinctivness to our own.Surrender or be destroyed.What do you say to a recruitment ad like that? Most christian do not relalize that when they gained political power under the Roman Church they did not go killing Pagans ,but other Christians. Hundreds of competing sects were wiped out or assimulated under torture ,and death.First they killed they’re own ;then they went after pagans. Resistance is not futile!


Rosita February 27, 2010 at 4:23 am

Missing from this list (if I haven’t overlooked it) is a book outlining the history of the early Christian church, especially the history of the Roman governmental committee charged with forming a new religion (= Roman or Pauline Christianity) to cement the Roman population.

This should include the bloody history of the development of the various versions of the Christian New Testament and how they relate to those which survive today. Few people know that there are three major versions of this “word of god” (Coptic, Catholic and Protestant) or that some books were accepted in the canons in the 4th century but turfed out in subsequent centuries.)

This should include the equally bloody history of the development of the various Creeds of orthodoxy, especially the Nicene and the Apostles’ Creeds.


JoeD April 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Luke, I don’t know if this falls under the category you are looking for here, but Librivox finally finished Lea’s monumental, ‘History of the Inquisition of Spain’ – well the first volume anyway. Only three more volumes to go…


JoeD April 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Missing from this list (if I haven’t overlooked it) is a book outlining the history of the early Christian church, especially the history of the Roman governmental committee charged with forming a new religion (= Roman or Pauline Christianity) to cement the Roman population. This should include the bloody history of the development of the various versions of the Christian New Testament and how they relate to those which survive today. Few people know that there are three major versions of this “word of god” (Coptic, Catholic and Protestant) or that some books were accepted in the canons in the 4th century but turfed out in subsequent centuries.)This should include the equally bloody history of the development of the various Creeds of orthodoxy, especially the Nicene and the Apostles’ Creeds.  (Quote)

Rosity, just off the top of my head, Librivox has done most, if not all of Gibbon’s ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’, which contains the classic treatment of Christianity’s integration into the Roman Empire.


keith July 31, 2010 at 7:11 am

Has anyone got anything on Meister Eckhart


June Maxwell August 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Luke, where can we leave comments on your podcast on Morality??


lukeprog August 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

June: Here.


JoeD August 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Luke, William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience has just been catalogued by Librivox.


With the exception of the preface, the entire thing was read by yours truly..!!

Luke, I know you requested Strauss’ Life of Jesus Critically Examined, but I fished it around Librivox and had not a single offer for collaboration. Perhaps it is the size (the book is enormous), but an audiobook will have to wait. Instead, I am next working on recording Schweitzer’s Quest of the Historical Jesus, which should take me a couple of months to complete. Stay tuned..!!


JoeD August 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Keith asks:

“Has anyone got anything on Meister Eckhart?”

Keith, as far as I am aware, there are no audio recordings from the mystic. Yet.


lukeprog August 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Only a couple months? That’s awesome JoeD.


JoeD August 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Yeah, only a couple of months. I have the first 10 chapters recorded already, so I should be there soon.

Since you have Eusebius’ ‘Church History’ listed, I will assume you are interested in listing early Christian church fathers. We have recently catalogued ‘Against Heresies’, written at the end of the 2nd century by Irenaeus, the bishop of Lyons. I recorded about a third of it.


These early church Fathers make fascinating reading!


Hermes September 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

JoeD, thanks!

I see you worked on Bullfinch’s Golden Bough as well as James’ Varieties. I enjoyed both quite a bit, and listened to them each a couple times. Maybe I’ll add Against Heresies to the list as well as Josephus’ Wars of the Jews? If I had a good speaking voice, I’d lend a hand but I would not want to inflict my current unpracticed slow plodding gait on anyone.


JoeD October 15, 2010 at 4:12 am

Thank You, Hermes!! Glad to know somebody is listening.

Wars of the Jews and Antiquities of the Jews are both partially finished – but I am not involved in recording them, so I don’t know how long it will be before those are catalogued.

Against Heresies was a fun read for me, but it was kind of nuts. Not sure it will be a very understandable audio-book, but give it a try!

Golden Bough was one of the first audiobooks I got involved with, and I joined a bit late and only recorded about 5 chapters. What a blast that book was! I have since read the entire book on my own, and it is definitely a favorite of mine – dare a say – a personal life-changer..!!

I am almost finished with Schweitzer’s Quest of the Historical Jesus, am helping edit some Bahai texts on audio, and have just started (at Luke’s Request), Strauss’ Life of Jesus Critically Examined – where I plan on reading and recording that monumental book in its *entirety*!

So there is a lot coming down the pike for audio religious criticism – stay tuned!


JoeD October 15, 2010 at 4:16 am

PS – The Golden Bough was James Frazer, not Bullfinch. Bulfinch was responsible for popularizing Greek myths and legends and legends from the life of Charlamange. Frazer was more History of Religions


Rosita October 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

Thanks JoeD. The Golden Bough was a life-changer for me, too. It was one of the first books I read which provided significant challenge to the Christian Religion. The earliest one was “Battle For the Mind” by William Sargant. Do we have that on our list?


JoeD October 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Rosita, I am afraid Battle for the Mind is off limits. I believe that book was published in 1957, which makes it still under copyright. Only books which are already in the public domain and have not had their copyright renewed can be freely converted into audiobooks – this generally means books published before 1923 in the United States, but laws vary depending on your country.


Rosita October 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

That’s a pity. OTOH, it would be hard to make an audio-tape of the graphic illustrations of snake handlers, charismatics, etc.


JoeD October 28, 2010 at 3:55 am

Luke, are you still maintaining this list of Audiobooks? Librivox has catalogued quite a few recently, and I am well into Strauss’ Life of Jesus


lukeprog October 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm


Yes I am. Which ones have been catalogued recently about religion?


anti_supernaturalist November 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Nietzsche’s “Also sprach Zarathustra” should be translated as “Thus Spoke Z”. ‘Sprach’ is the ordinary high german for ‘spoke’ used in literature for past action.

The Common translation which uses ‘spake’ tries to turn Z into some kind of idiot spouting 17th century verb forms like Jesus in the KJV.

Moreover, the Common translation is completely inaccurate. Kaufmann pointed this out 56 years ago. Nietzsche has been ill-served by both his friends and his enemies, even among translators.

the anti_supernaturalisdt


JoeD February 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I don’t know if anybody is reading this thread anymore, but Librivox has been pretty busy lately. Here are some recent religious, and religious-related submissions:

The Quest of the Historical Jesus, by Albert Schweitzer (read entirely by yours truly)

The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, by Flavius Philostratus (read almost entirely by me)

A Traveller’s Narrative Written to Illustrate the Episode of the Báb, by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás (Bahai Faith)

The Universal Religion: Bahaism – Its Rise and Social Import by Dr. Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney

The Bacchae by Euripides

Antiquities of the Jews, by Flavius Josephus

The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex by Charles Darwin (not religious, but you get the idea..)

What I Believe by Count Leo Tolstoy

The Bible in its Making, by Mildred Duff and Noel Hope

Soul Food, by George Douglas Watson

The Art of Controversy by Arthur Schopenhauer

Answers to Prayer – from George Müller’s Narratives by George Müller

Union and Communion, by J Hudson Taylor

On Union with God by Blessed Albert the Great

The Monadology and other Philosophical Writings by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa

In Progress:
The Life of Jesus Critically Examined, by David Friedrich Strauss, to be read entirely by me.

You may notice, I appear to be Librivox’s sole reader of critical religious thinking. :-)


Rosita February 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thanks Joe.


Garren March 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Age of Reason is surprisingly fantastic. Thanks for the pointer! I’ll definitely be listening to many more hours of LibraVox books. Might even record Essay on the Freedom of the Will by Schopenhauer if I decide I don’t sound terrible.


Benjamin McLean April 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

This is the best ever yes.

But you’re missing Chesterton’s “The Everlasting Man” http://www.archive.org/details/EverlastingMan


Benjamin McLean May 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

The Catholic “Knights of Columbus” offer free audio courses in Catholic doctrine. http://www.kofc.org/un/en/cis/index.html

And my own faith, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, used to have a radio program “Hear Ye Him” with Elder Evan Fry. http://www.archive.org/details/HearYeHimRadio


Ben Barnes October 15, 2011 at 12:40 am

Thanks for the listings on Librivox I have found it diffcult to find all the titles regarding religion. I take mp3 files add .lrc files and then convert them to MP4 video so you see it as you hear it .
Text to speech has come along way since mirosoft Sam though im sure most would scoff at it ,im going to post a sample on my site with in a couple of days


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