Advertisements galore 2/5
Listened to an audiobook last night I have listened to previously without issue. Something was different...maybe with this last update? who knows...all I know is I had to endure an advertisement at at least twice the volume of the narrators every fifteen odd minutes. Time to use Librivox directly on their website now, I suppose. I gladly pay for a good, ad free app, if you need income, but this is unbearable.
App problems 1/5
App constantly flickers and often crashes when downloading book files. This is making the app unusable. Please fix.
Using IOS 12
Recent update now opens book in such a way as the controls are not accessible.
Latest update did not fix the problem noted on 10-30-18.
Today’s update still did not fix the problem.
Today’s update fixed the problem noted on 10-30-18. Thank you.
When select “download”, the app freezes. It will not let me scroll though the files nor will it allow me to select “back”. It just freezes. Then the app crashes.
Using ipod 6 with latest ios 12
Suddenly ads 1/5
I used to like this app. However, since the last “upgrade” the sleep timer doesn’t work. I will set it for 15 minutes and it just plays on and on for hours. Also there are now obnoxious ads between chapters. Please, bring back App 1.0.
Terrible update 5/5
Once I start a book, I can’t see the controls. It looks like the image on the screen is hugely magnified so all I see is a corner of the picture of the book. Please help!
Gud books but bad interface 3/5
But the play pause options are not appeared when playing an audio book in XSmax
After update last night app is not functioning correctly on iPhone 6s+
Timer switches are missing and vertical view is misaligned
By Mark. Galassini
Free books that is a beautiful thing!!!! Mark Milwaukee
Excellent readers; hilarious little known stories 5/5
Readers are of the highest quality reading a wide range of stories from old classics to humorous short stories.
I used to consider this a 4star app... 3/5
By I used to love this...
Because LibriVox is volunteer based, it was never going to be 5 stars—90% of the readers are very good, but there’s that 10% who aren’t. However, due to the sudden appearance of ridiculously loud ads after a mere 30 minutes or so of listening, I’m finding this borderline unusable. I’ve had LibriVox for years (and loved it!) and this issue has only come up for me recently. It makes me sad—and annoyed and startled when I’m using the app to fall asleep. Another free audiobook option bites the dust....
Dante's Levels of Hell 5/5
By Tessa the Singer
Great!!!!! Loved it.
Great resource 5/5
It’s free!! I’ve read now three books I’ve always wanted to while going about my regular life.
By I'm Reading A Book
I had been wanting to read a variety of classic works but rarely could find the time. Through the generous efforts of talented volunteers in reading and recording these works I’ve been given the ability to listen to many wonderful stories...and all for free! The app itself works great and is very easy to use. Many thanks!
Great find 5/5
I love karn savage readings she puts life into the books
SOOOOO GOOD 5/5
By Farting Dad
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus , read by Cori Samuel 5/5
By P Samson
What a great way to enjoy a good book. When I read at night, it’s wonderful to follow long after my eyes get tired.
Cori does a great job!!!!!!
Thank you, thank you!
What an amazing service 5/5
This is my second time using this app, and I am blown away by the quality you get for free. A great way to experience the classics.
Must get!!! 5/5
This app great
I use to listen all the time before the commercials is so disruptive. And if I fall asleep listening to audio book it wakes me up
Great audiobook app! 5/5
Love this app! Great selection of free audio books!
Kind of crazy 3/5
It's a really fun app that is not like other apps
Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire 5/5
Great free reads!!!!
By Andy Baum
As a truck driver who loves Jesus there is endless timeless classics. But not only for the believer, so many great books to enjoy!
By Great game you should buy it
I love listening to all of my favourite stories, like the The treasure seekers the Secret garden, and all other stories. I'm 10 and I love this app, so cool 😎
It is a great amenity for when you don’t have time to read books for school assignments. Some of the quality of some recordings are a bit wonky, but considering I don’t have to pay for it, it’s great!
what’s going on? 2/5
By La finca caribe
librivox Seems to have really slept… Like no one’s at home on my end the store. Are you just a shell now to get people to sign up for audible? Or the horrendous other ads that blast through the box for listening to? After I finish this book I think I’ll be moving on to other sites for my free classic audiobooks… I’ve listen to you guys for years but between the hands and the glitches… But not worth it and that’s even for free. sad.
All is great except..... 4/5
The app skips chapters.
Usually around Chapter 10, it will jump to Chapter 16 or so. Not always, but frequently enough that I must always be aware of my current chapter.
Ads ruin the experience 1/5
Ad volume is way louder than the book volume. I listen to audiobooks to relax and fall asleep and this completely ruins this app for me.
How great 5/5
By spirit of wisdom
Can’t download it just blinks 1/5
Can’t download it just blinks.
Great app! 5/5
An excellent way to enjoy classic literature for free. Like having a portable library.
Awesome while driving 5/5
Free audiobooks, all the classics. Like Anne of Green Gables and The Count of Monte Cristo. And don’t miss the hidden treasures like The House of a Thousand Candles and Little Fuzzy. Let yourself be spoiled and have some fabulous narrators read to you.
Please help! 3/5
Firstly, I LOVE this app! Thank you for making it possible for me to revisit old classic books and find new ones through your app.
Lately, though, it’s been such a chore to open the app and continue with a book. If I don’t happen to finish a chapter before closing the app, it will take me back to the beginning of the chapter when I’m ready to start listening again. It’s very difficult sometimes to fast forward and find my place! This is a relatively new problem (over the last month, I’d say).
Is there anyway to fix this? Is there a setting I inadvertently turned on?
Thank you for a timely answer!
I WILL change my rating to 5 stars when this is fixed!!
Loud ads!! 5/5
By Acute Listener
I understand the logic behind putting audio ads into a free audio app. BUT for the sake of all of us who listen with earbuds and who want to protect their hearing - FFS calibrate the ads do that they play at the volume where the chapter just ended. Try listening to a quiet reader, the chapter ends, and BOOM CRASH LOUD UGLY MUSIC FAST NOISY AD SO LOUD SO UGLY LOUD LOUD LOUD LOUD and you'll be frantic looking for the FF button tearing your earbuds out and swearing at LibriVox. Don't you people LISTEN to your own products?
Advertisement ruined it 1/5
The commercial advertisement really takes away from the reading of the books. It’s so annoying I wouldn’t buy any of the products advertised. I don’t no if the website is now like the App; it never used to be.
The adds make this useless 1/5
Adds rudely interrupt your story at Ill-considered thoughtless intervals, ruining the suspense or flow of a story. Unlike on audio plays produced for radio these ads just chop in, mid-word; completely mechanical and unaware of the content.
The app is useless. You’re better off listening for free without ads from LibriVox directly
Loud Advertising Killed it! 3/5
By j mcalpin
I sincerely appreciated, enjoyed, and listened nightly to classic literature read by some truly gifted volunteers. It was a nice way to relax and fall asleep. It was my routine. Then after updating my app ( not sure if this was just coincidental) loud obnoxious advertising rattled through my headphones in between chapters. I realize advertising keeps projects afloat and I would support your advertising community if the advertisement were played at the same or lower volume than the book’s narration.
Please, have some respect for your readers and audience. Listening to a book should be an artful experience. Blasting advertisement and political campaign messages into a persons earphones or car speakers it not necessary; tone it down.Take a lesson from podcast advertising.
Great free audiobooks! 5/5
This app is wonderful! It allows me to listen to classic books absolutely free! I highly recommend it, and getting involved with reading for LibreVox is also a lot of fun!
By Steller Demetrios
I discovered LibriVox years ago and listened to many books on my PC. Soon after I got my first iPhone, I downloaded the app. I recently joined Audible, and then I truly realized what a great deal LibriVox is. I love classic novels and LibriVox has loads of them. The recent addition of the occasional commercial does not bother me. Those kind advertisers are paying the bills so I can get my book fix! If you have not yet tried LibriVox, give it a listen. You will be glad you did.
Great app 5/5
Get this now! The paid one is lousy, it won’t respond at all. This one is fantastic!
Great books 5/5
Lots of great books to choose from and lots of great readers.
LibriVox Rocks 5/5
I love to listen the classics I should have read in school. Especially when I am cleaning house or gardening. The time and chores fly by. I Love the world LibriVox has opened for me.
Speed setting resets... please fix 3/5
Please update so the speed setting stays the same when you pause and restart or when switching chapters.
+1 for "5-star content, one annoying problem" review 3/5
I've listened to LibriVox audiobooks for years, initially through their website, then through this company's app (LibriVox and this app developer may not be affiliated - LibriVox is not-for-profit, volunteer-run, and their output is free for anyone to use).
I've had many Android devices and only used this app on 2 iOS devices, including an old 2nd gen iPad. Initially, my only minor criticism was that the iOS version was far behind the Android version in terms of UI and features. But recently I upgraded the app on the iPhone I'd borrowed from my husband and was dismayed to find myself awakened, repeatedly, in the night by the new audio ads (they didn't exist before, on either Android or iOS).
I was so frustrated at being awakened, even when I set the sleep timer to end at the end of the chapter, that I stopped using LibriVox on that iPhone and had to use the website while traveling (it's how I get to sleep EVERY night). I had the paid version on my primary (Android) device but had problems with that app and was having to use the free version on it for quite awhile while we tried to get it resolved (that's another story, but doesn't affect iOS users, to my knowledge, so I'll refrain).
I hadn't updated the free app on my old iPad, so it didn't play the audio ads, so I figure as long as I never factory reset my iPad or update the app, I won't be awakened from a dead sleep by an ad again. I'll just have to be sure to keep some 2011 tech working in perpetuity.
The app developers tell me they've fixed that and that the volume should be at the level of the audiobooks now, but I'm really afraid to test it - I seriously don't want to be wrenched from sleep like that again.
No iPhone X Support 1/5
Despite the screenshot previews of an iPhone X and the update notes stating iPhone is supported, the app does not fill the display. Quite annoying when you expect the app to appear as the images show.
What happened? 2/5
I have been enjoying this app for a couple years. I realize that the readers are volunteers but if you have a heavy Slavic accent it really makes it hard to understand! Am I the only one who has this problem?
Books on the go 5/5
I love reading, especially classics. I don’t always have time. LibriVox is the perfect solution. I can mow my yard and run errands. My favorite time to listen is at nigh while falling asleep. A good way to unwind. It also has some wonderful children’s stories that I use for quite time with my grandkids.
A wonderful Blessing! 5/5
I love this app. Great books available especially in The Christian genre ! Selections are endless.
stop with the interrupting loud rude adds 5/5
just stop with it. really. rude.
People helping people learn 5/5
I first found this app 4 or so years ago. I love how you can participate if u so desire. I've learned a lot over the years from this app. For people who may not have a library card this is the go to app for audio books without having to pay. Pro large selection of topics. Con some people are a little hard to hear unless volume is turned up.