Fagan Finder: Listen search

Details and further resources

Overview

The tools collected here can help you find almost anything to listen to, for information or entertainment. From old time radio, to audiobooks for kids, to the latest podcast episodes, news, and sports.

General

The Internet Archive’s audio library includes a wide variety of content including podcasts, news, old-time radio, and audiobooks, to poetry, music, and historic speeches.

TuneIn includes podcast shows and episodes and radio stations (sports, music, and news).

iHeartRadio, which cannot be searched above, includes radio stations and podcasts.

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Podcast shows and episodes

Stitcher, Podbean, Spreaker, the Internet Archive’s podcasts collection, and TuneIn (listed under General), search for both podcast shows and individual podcast episodes. The “Apple” search here uses Google to search within podcasts on iTunes. Podbean and Spreaker can also be browsed by topic.

Pandora also has podcasts but is only available in the United States.

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Podcast shows

Listen Notes, Podchaser, Spotify, Podbean, Podcasts.com, Spreaker, InstantWatcher, and PodSearch are all search tools for podcast shows. Podchaser has more information about each than most of the others, including creator profiles, ratings and reviews, etc. You need a (free) account on Spotify to listen there.

You can also find shows on iHeartRadio podcasts and myTuner podcasts, which cannot be searched from this page.

Learn Out Loud is a directory of podcast shows you can learn from, by topic.

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Podcast episodes

You can search for individual episodes of podcasts using Listen Notes, Podbean, Podchaser, and Spotify, as well as Mixcloud, which cannot be searched directly from here. Listen Notes also lets you set up keyword alerts. You need a (free) account on Spotify to listen there.

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Episodes - full text

Unlike other tools here that search the titles, authors, and other metadata, Audioburst searches through the full text of podcast episodes and radio.

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Audiobooks

LibriVox contains books which are in the public domain, read by volunteers. The Internet Archive’s audiobooks and poetry collection includes LibriVox as well as other content. Loyal Books is also made up of public domain books.

Lit2Go includes audiobooks, plays, short stories, and poems intended for use in classrooms. Storynory has stories for kids, and includes the full text of each story.

There are smaller collections of free audiobooks that can be browsed on Open Culture, Project Gutenberg, and ThoughtAudio, which specializes in classic literature and philosophy.

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Audiobooks (library)

Overdrive a free source of audiobooks if your local library subscribes. You will need to log in via your library to listen.

Your library may also get audiobooks through RBdigital; visit your library’s website to find out.

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Audiobooks (not free)

On Audiobooks.com, Audible, and Rakuten Kobo you can buy individual books or pay for a subscription. All have free trials. Audiobooks.com is owned by the same company as RBdigital (see library audiobooks), and Audible is part of Amazon.com.

Google Play and Scribl sell books individually. Google Play results include ebooks as well, but you can limit to only audiobooks from the results page. Prices on Scribl are based on demand, and some books are free.

BookBeat, which is subscription-based, is available in most of Europe. Like Google Play, results include ebooks but that can be turned off from the results page.

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Radio stations

These search tools include both traditional (AM and FM) and internet radio stations, from around the world.

On Streema, you can search by name, call sign, genre, city, or country. On Online Radio Box, you can search by station, and browse by location or genre. On SHOUTcast, search by station or genre, or browse by genre. Community Radio Browser is built by user contributions, and can be browsed by location. myTuner can be browsed by location and genre. TuneIn (listed under General) includes radio stations.

While they are not keyword-searchable, you can find stations around the world using Radio-Locator.com and Radio Garden, which displays stations on a map.

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Radio shows

The Internet Archive’s radio programs collection includes a wide variety of shows from recent programs to old-time radio shows.

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