Usenet is a treasure trove of movies and TV shows, uploaded in the highest possible quality. But when it comes to audiobooks, well, the pickings can be a little slim, depending on the indexer(s) you use.
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about using Usenet for audiobooks, including the best NZB sites to find them on.
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Best Usenet Indexers for Audiobooks
In this section, we’ll cover multiple different indexers that carry audiobooks, including those that focus specifically on audiobooks and those that cover a wide range of content as well, like movies and TV shows.
Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot of choice here, since there aren’t many NZB sites that just focus on audiobooks. But the main option you do have is actually quite good.
Abook.link is one of the only audiobook-focused Usenet indexers, and it’s widely considered to be the best. However, there is a catch: it’s private.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to get an invite by visiting their IRC channel at #abook.link and just chatting with one of the admins.
Other NZB Sites That Index Audiobooks
Outside of abook.link, your best bet for audiobooks on Usenet are some of the better all-around indexers, including:
Geek is one of the best and most consistent NZB sites on the ‘net, and they have a solid index of audiobooks to go with it.
Dog does catch some flak for their management and pricing, but they tend to be better than most Usenet indexers in the audiobook department.
NZB Planet is another of the general indexers that’s worth checking out if you’re on the hunt for audiobooks.
That being said, don’t be surprised if these sites don’t have the exact title you’re looking for. Which leads us to our next point...
Usenet vs Torrents for Audiobooks
Now, if you’re an avid user of Usenet who just wants to grab a few audiobooks along with your other media, the sites above should have you covered. But if you’re interested in the best way to download audiobooks, then it’s worth considering another option: torrents.
Because while Usenet has a lot of advantages and beats torrents for certain types of content, audiobooks are actually a bit easier to find using torrents.
There are several options for this, including:
- Audiobookbay (completely open)
- MyAnonaMouse (private site, with an easy registration process)
- ABTorrents (registration only)
As well as general torrent sites, like RuTracker or The Pirate Bay. To find out more, you can check our post on the Best Audiobook Torrent Sites.
Usenet for Ebooks?
Audiobook lovers are often avid readers as well. If you’re one of them, then you may be interested in finding out where all the ebooks are hiding on Usenet.
But to keep it short, while you can still find ebooks on Usenet by manually searching through newsgroups, it’s really not the easiest or best options these days. Instead, just check out your local “shadow library”, like Library Genesis.
You can find out more info in our post on the 5 Best Shadow Libraries on the Web.
Usenet Audiobooks: Wrap-Up
As you can see, there are some solid options for finding audiobooks on Usenet. That being said, torrents will almost always be the best best for this particular type of content, as they tend to focus on it more than indexers and NZB sites.
Do you have any tips for using Usenet for audiobooks that we missed? Give us a shout and let us know about them.