As we’ve talked about before, one of our favorite language learning strategies is using an audiobook together with the corresponding transcript. To this end, we thought we’d make a list of Japanese Audiobooks that have corresponding transcriptions.
For whatever reason, the Japanese are not big fans of audiobooks. I have spent a great deal of time looking around for good quality audiobooks in Japanese, but usually ended up frustrated by how scattered the resources were.
The following list is therefore an attempt to bring together all the Japanese audiobooks that I could find. Many of them are free. I have provided links to the audio file, transcript, physical book or e-book wherever possible. Enjoy!
Update April 2019: Some of the Japanese audiobooks have been removed from Audible so I’ve removed the broken links. If you have any audiobooks to add to this list, please let me know in the comments!
Transcript (no longer available)
Kenji Miyazawa “The First Deer Dance” (20 min)
Kenji Miyazawa “The Great Bear of the Crows” (20 min)
Maurice LeBlanc “Edith Au Cou De Cygne” (52 min)
Lyman Frank Baum“A Kidnapped Santa Claus” (22 min)
1. Some people (like me!) prefer to own the real book rather than just a website transcript, so the Japanese e-book and physical book versions have been listed for your convenience. However, please note that the text in the book may be different from the audiobook depending on the edition. While the exact transcript is preferable, don’t stress too much if it doesn’t match up. It will still be helpful if you read it!
2. I adapted this list from an old post on the HTLAL forum that was full of broken links. I have also added several materials to the list.
3. Many of the audiobooks and e-books that I found were listed on Amazon.com. For copyright reasons, they might not be available on your local Amazon store, so try looking on Amazon.com if in doubt.
Add to Our List!
Do you know of any other useful Japanese audiobooks? Paid or free is OK. Please let us know below in the comments and we will add them to this list! We’d also be grateful for any reports of dead links or incorrect transcripts. Thank you.
Rohan has spent years studying Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and currently lives in Japan. He created the perapera pop-up dictionary plugins to help other learners of Chinese and Japanese.