Monday, June 18, 2012

Fill Your MP3 Player with Free Audio Books this Summer

SYNC is offering 2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week  June 14 - August 22, 2012 

Each week from June 14 - August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads. The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title's theme and is likely to show up on a student's summer reading lists. For example, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit or text syncya to 25827. 

This week's books are The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  Be sure to grab them by Wednesday June 20, because they'll only be available for one week.  Once you've downloaded them, you can listen to them any time - they do not expire.

Here's a list of the upcoming titles:
  • 06/21/12-06/27/12
    Irises by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
    Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media) 
  •  06/28/12-07/04/12
    The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones (Listening Library)
    Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens (Naxos AudioBooks) 
  • 07/05/12-07/11/12
    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO) 
  •  07/12/12-07/18/12
    Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
    The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books) 
  • 07/19/12-07/25/12
    Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
    Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO) 
  • 07/26/12-08/01/12
    Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
    Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Brilliance Audio) 
  • 08/02/12-08/08/12
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio) 
  • 08/09/12-08/15/12
    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
    Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast (Galaxy Press) 
  • 08/16/12-08/22/12
    The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga'aia (Bolinda Audio)
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks) 
What a great way to keep young people 'reading' over the summer!

I may be all grown up, but I enjoy reading/listening to YA literature, too.  I'm actually looking forward to listening to several of the classics on this list, because I've never read them.  They were not on my school reading lists, and I never read them on my own.  I guess it's about time....  Which ones are you looking forward to?

I would strongly suggest you sign up to get the alerts, via text message or email, so you don't miss any of these downloads.  I did, because I just know I'll forget if somebody doesn't remind me.  All downloads are in MP3 format and you'll need the FREE Overdrive Media Console to download them.  They'll only be available for that one week, but once you've downloaded them, you can listen any time.

If none of these titles spark your interest, be sure to visit your local library to find out if they offer the Overdrive service where you can browse and downloads hundreds (thousands?  probably thousands) of audio books and ebooks from the comfort of your own home.  Those are free, too.  However, they do come with an expiration date, just like all library checkouts.
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