Audio (Big Book)

Ideal for those who find difficulty reading, an Audio Version of the Big Book in mp3 format.

These are posted as an aid to the blind, those who have difficulty reading or who are remote from meetings either in prison or in hard to reach places.

If your downloading as a cheap way to put it on your ipod or listen to the car, please buy a new comer a big book at your next meeting.

Trouble Playing files? Then “Right Click” on MP3 link and “Save as…”

The best On-line Source of Recordings of Speaker Shares can be found at XA-Speakers

“12 Steps and 12 Traditions” on Audio as downloadable mp3 from the Jack Bielan.

Alcoholics Anonymous, and AA, and the Big Book are registered trademarks of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. The publication of this web page and the above mentioned volume does not imply affiliation with or approval or endorsement from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

90 thoughts on “Audio (Big Book)

  1. John, I am trying to provide alcoholics in prison with mp3 players with the big book of AA. I already have permission from the California Department Of Corrections to send mp3 players to any California prison. I have raised enough to purchase about 1000 players thus far. I am wondering if I can get your written permission to use your mp3 file to download on an unlimited number of mp3 players to be given free of charge to Alcoholics in prison. I also would like your permission to use any of your alcoholic related mp3 downloads to load on these players that might further bringing the message to the alcoholic. Please email me and I can provide further information, documents and pictures of mp3 proving my endeavor. Thank you for your time.

    Jeffrey Crawford

  2. I can not tell you how many times I have sat quietly and listened to the Big Book here. What a great joy for me. Thank you for your gift and your service.

    S.F. Bay area
    10,000 + days, one day at a time

  3. Thank you for the effort and time to make this endeavour possible for me. I live in a remote place have cataracts and this is a dream come true for me. My gratitude is immense. Blessings to you and all those that benefit from your work

  4. Thank you so much for putting the Big Book audio files on the web. I have a difficult time with reading comprehension and being able to listen while I read helps me absorb the material.

  5. I have benefitted greatly from the audios of the Big Book. Sincere thanks for all the effort that has gone into it.

  6. Hi John,
    I am very grateful for this download as I am currently helping a friend who is blind to have his own experience with the big book. Just one question however, is the doctor’s opinion available to download?


    Manny b

    1. Hi Manny B
      Afraid I don’t have a copy to dl. There are sites out there who will let you listen to the BB on-line including the Doctor’s Opinion.

      John D

    2. Manny, The Dr’s opinion is the last section of the 1st file of the big book above, entitled “Preface to the AA Big Book”. I am new and my sponsor shared some things from the prefaces that helped me too. Like how the “old-timers” only had a few years when the book was written, how I should not expect everyone to behave well as we are a group of sick people helping eachother get better, and how quickly we can begin helping others in AA. Best to you and your friend.

  7. I’m so glad this is here. I have a hard time reading myself and when i go to meetings and here people read, they go so fast it’s hard for me to keep up. I’ve been following this in my big book and able to pause it and go back and rehear it. Thank you!

  8. Thanks cor this offer. Have lots of time in my car, which is also where i did mostof mydrinking. Thought itwould be great to hear it then.

  9. I thank you so muh for the audio downloads of big book at no cost it sure makes a differnce & yes i havebought books for newcomers i cant thank u enough

  10. while i website possessor I conceive the content material here is rather wonderful, appreciate it for the efforts.

  11. I am enjoying these mp3’s quite a bit my reading skills are labored. I would like to hear “Drop the rock” thanks for your service fred

  12. Thank you, John! I’m grateful to you for this site. I can’t afford a Big Book right now. I am returning to AA after years of trying to make it on my own. I had a belly full of program and a head full of pain. I got back to the meetings when a friend asked for a ride to a meeting. I walked into the meeting helping my friend, and realize the insanity of my semi-sober death walk of a life without working this program. I felt at home. Your site and these MP3s have helped me. Now I have the book in my head, if not in my hands. My current life consists of driving my friend to meetings, court dates, work, and meetings. Without this book, a good sponsor, and daily meetings, I would be some sort of savior, a victim, or living somebody else’s life. My feelings are returning and the drama is dialing down to a setting worthy of reality. This thing works, you know. Ain’t that the damnedest thing? It works.

    1. Billy,

      If you can not find anyone at a local AA fellowship willing to give you a big book, please shoot me an email ( [at] and I can mail you a mini big book for free (I have a drawer full of them).

  13. I am a friend of Bill W., and I am blind. Thanks for providing this website. I have bought several versions of audio Bigbooks, but don’t always have them available, so thanks for having a place where I can still get to the book.

  14. john i would like to thank you from my heart for this website you helped me many
    nights and dads with the calling of alcohol your files drowned out the noise
    your a great person for passing in on thanks so much your friend in cork city ireland

  15. Outstanding! Just when I was starting to get discouraged over time issues…God bless you for your efforts to help people like me.

  16. I’m getting ready to go to truck driving school and was wondering… is there a way for me to download this to my computer? I may not alway’s be able to get internet connection and Being on the road I really need to stay connected with my higher power and my readings. Please get back to me. Thank you.

    1. Hi Steve

      You should be able to right click in your browser and “Save Target as……” to save the mp3 to your hard drive.

      You should then be able to transfer to an portable music player of burn to CD.


  17. Thanks for your time to do this excellent piece of work. A little unordthodox maybe but I have started swimming again regularly and so bought myself a water proof MP3 player, rather then listen to mindless pop I thought of and audio book! What better than the big book ! there’s more than one way to receive the message :)


  18. i am a addict and alcoholic and have been trying to read the big book now for 2 years but
    i cant seem to get past the first chapter and decided to try and get it on disc and now i found this site.

    South Africa
    30 months clean

  19. Thanks John for the service you have provided. I spend a lot of time on the road and oftentimes traveling really puts me in an odd state of mind. This will really help me keep my focus.
    On a similar note, I often download audiobooks from a free website called, where audio recordings of various works of literature within the public domain can be freely downloaded. As of right now they do not have a reading of the Big Book. If you feel like you have the time, check the page out, and I’m sure they’d welcome your recordings.

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  21. This is great! I am dating an alcoholic and have been going to meetings with him. I am going to see if they have had access to this audio because I am sure there are some that struggle with reading and this would be very helpful.

    Zanesville, Ohio

    1. Hi Frank,
      I’m afraid the BB as one file is too big to put on site or email. You can download each file one by one using “Right Click” on MP3 link and “Save as…”

      The MP3’s could then be put on CD’s or an MP3 player/IPOD I’ve done this myself for people who have difficulty reading.

      In Fellowship

  22. Thank you so much for making these audio version available. I am able to listen to them at work, were I need them the most, and it keeps my ming with God. As an alcoholic with anger issues this program has saved my life and my family. Thanks

  23. John
    thanks so much for making these recordings available!!! really appreciate it my ipod goes everywhere I go so this will be fabulous to listen to while exercising!
    I quit smoking twice the first time for 4 yrs and then started up again when I wanted a distraction as my then husband was making me nuts I then struggled for 1 1/2 yrs and have been smoke free now for 10 yrs I went on wellbution (a mild antidepressant) very briefly and I was able to quit
    good luck to you and thanks so much for the site!
    Laurel 3/28/88

  24. Thank you, John. Here’s your recordings are helping
    another person (deeply sorry for this extreme anonymity)

  25. Jon,
    Thanks for a great website. Love the pics and of course the AA related items.
    Dont beat yourself too bad about the butts mate.
    All the best,
    Wayne USA

  26. Looking for audio versions of bigbook…found this site…this is truly a magnificent web site!!! Congrats and many thanks to ukjohn.

    Bob Blasier, El Dorado Hills, California, USA

  27. Thanks for the site UK John. It looks amazing. My last substance was ciggarrettes too. Its on to new areas to address. E-mail me if you would like. I haven’t had a smoke in 5 1/2 years now. I wish I hadn’t had a craving in that long.

  28. Hi,
    I have put the Big Book files together as a single MB4 audiobook file (I also added the 12×12). The file will play in any player (iTunes and windows media player plus others). It is handy for those with an ipod or want a bookmarkable file together in iTunes etc. I will be happy to email it to you if you want to put it on your site, for those who may find it useful.
    All the best
    Malcolm K.

  29. Thanks so much for making this available online. I spend so much of my time driving for work, and I’m delighted to be able to listen to the Big Book instead of some mindless pop music. Cheers!

  30. Hi, I’m so grateful to have found this site! It has be so much easier to comprehend what the big book has to say when it is being read out loud so smoothly.
    I have a question…How can I download these mp3’s to my computer so I can burn the book to a cd and then share with new friends and my sponcer?
    Thanks! :)

  31. Thanks John! I listen to books at night while I try and go to sleep. What a perfect book for that and my recovery. :)

  32. I just received an i-pod as a gift. How do I download the Big Book on it ? I tunes does not have it available. I am computer challenged…

  33. Thank you so much for doing this. I have been looking for an audio version of the Big Book for one of my sponsees who is blind.

    Love and Recovery

    Bill C
    Auburn, Maine, USA

    “Every person has a purpose and a reason for being on Earth. What you love is a sign from your Higher Power of what you are here to do. You will have joy only when you focus on having it and settle for nothing less!”

  34. Thanks , I have been looking to get the Big Book on my I pod. and I found your site . Thanks so very much
    John V from Dana Point

  35. Thank you, so much. Having access to the big book, wherever my work takes me, is brilliant, very very much appreciated!!

  36. Thank you so much. I looked and looked on the Web and finally! there you are!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  37. Hello From Virginia USA.
    I am not doing too well but short story is that I am on a cross country trip (alone).
    On my last day (today) I found your website and I just finished burning the Big Book so I can take it on the trip.
    Sober for 17 years.

    Love you guys.

  38. Thanks!!!! I’ve got them loaded in my phone (mp3 player)… I can take it with me. One breath at a time, somedays. *hug and smile*

  39. Thanks. I’m busy; but I’ve an mp3 player in my phone… now I can listen to whatever I need wherever I am. I (and my sponsor) thank you.

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