[Free Audiobooks] Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding a Home & Illegal by Francisco X. Stork [YA Short Stories & Action Thriller]

Once again, AudioFile Magazine has started its annual SYNC Summer of Listening program encouraging teen literacy by offering audiobooks in themed weekly pairings of 1 modern and 1 classic or non-fiction or drama performance, free for a limited time courtesy of the publishers and magazine.

This week’s selections, running from Thursday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 5th, have a theme of “crossing the border”.

  • Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding a Home edited by Adi Alsaid, and read by a varied cast, from Recorded Books. This is an anthology of #ownvoices short stories by YA authors who are immigrants or the children of immigrants, writing about assorted related experiences.
  • Illegal by Francisco X. Stork, read by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas, from Scholastic Audiobooks. This is the 2nd novel in the Disappeared duology of YA action thrillers, continuing the story of two teenaged siblings who have fled Mexico after running afoul of a cartel and must deal with the difficulties of having entered the US illegally, whether awaiting asylum in a detention facility, or still on the run from both the authorities and the cartel.

Offered free until May 5th (expires just before midnight Eastern Time), via the Overdrive Sora app (requires account signup with valid email address, follow the instructions on AudioFile Magazine’s dedicated promo page to register for access and claim your books in the app every week). You’ll be able to keep them indefinitely in your account once you click “Borrow” on the featured book’s page (right hand side under the book cover icon) and redownload at any time.

[Free eBooks] 10 free books from AmazonCrossing [World Literature, Memoir, Historical, Romance, LGBT, Kids]

As a special tie-in to international World Book Day on April 23rd, Amazon is once again offering 10 free ebooks from its exclusive AmazonCrossing translation imprint, free for a limited time.

The selection will be available through April 24th local time (e.g. just before midnight GMT in the UK, or Pacific Time in North America), and includes a range of genres, fiction and non-fiction, many from award-winning international authors including:

  • At the End of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano (Japan), a contemporary literary fiction with f/m romantic elements exploring the nature of love, winner of the Watanabe Junichi Literary Prize.
  • A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling (China & Canada), a dual-timeline historical saga taking place between the aftermath of WWII China and the present day.
  • The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller (Afghanistan, US), about the author’s family experience during the turmoil of the 1980s.
  • Amora: Stories by Natalia Borges Polesso (Brazil), a literary short story collection with f/f relationship elements exploring the different kinds of loves between women, both platonic and romantic, winner of the Prêmio Jabuti, the Jabuti Amazon Reader’s Choice Award, the Book of the Year AGES Award, and the Prêmio Açorianos de Literatura
  • The King of Warsaw by Szczepan Twardoch (Poland), an historical drama novel about a Polish Jewish boxer and criminal enforcer who finds himself challenged by changing conditions during the prelude to WWII.
  • The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy (France), an historical journey of self-discovery novel with f/m romantic elements, set in postwar Britain and Turkey during the 1950s, starring a young woman who travels in search of answers to a mystery in her past
  • The Son and Heir: A Memoir by Alex Münninghoff (Netherlands), a prize-winning journalist’s recollections of growing up in post-WWII Europe
  • You, Me, and the Colors by Noa C. Walker (Germany), a contemporary drama/chick-lit with strong f/m romantic elements
  • Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson (Madagascar), a mythology-inspired coming of age novel, starring a boy named for a local folkloric figure who finds himself trying to live up to his legendary namesake, winner of the Prix du roman de l’Océan Indien
  • Some Days by María Wernicke (Argentina), an illustrated children’s picture book with magical realism elements dealing with themes of loss and grief, starring a young girl who imagines a secret passageway to a comforting place

Offered in many regions worldwide through April 24th, available via Amazon’s special “Discover World Book Day” promotional page which also has links to the free book selection at its international sites and a countdown timer until expiry.

[Free eBook] Beyond the Ruins: The Fight Against Environmental Breakdown [Science, Politics, Economics]

Beyond the Ruins: The Fight Against Environmental Breakdown, edited by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton, is a collection of essays on the intersection of science, politics, and economic policy, free courtesy of publisher Verso Books as part of their Verso Reports series.

This was a featured tie-in to this year’s Earth Day (April 22nd) and includes contributions from researchers and activists worldwide. Apparently, this will remain free alongside many of their other Verso Reports on topical current affairs like Brexit and the #MeToo movement, among others.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, from the publisher’s website.

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Currently free directly @ the publisher’s website (watermarked ePub/Mobi bundle, requires account signup with valid email but no payment info)

Description
An urgent, free ebook in the age of environmental breakdown

We are hurtling towards total climate breakdown. Extractive capitalism has wreaked havoc on our planet, and countries in the global south pay the heaviest price for a crisis they contribute to the least. But we are far from powerless in the face of this catastrophe. How can the left build a more sustainable future, and win back a world fit for life? This collection brings together key thinkers, activists, researchers and writers who are leading the conversation on the urgent, global response that is required. Edited by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton, authors of Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown.

Contributors include Adrienne Buller, Pia Eberhardt, Fabian Flues, Dalia Gebrial, Antonia Jennings, Harpreet Kaur, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Mathew Lawrence, Cecilia Olivet, Julia Steinberger and Olúfémi Táíwò.

[Free eBooks] 5 free nonfiction from Verso Books [History, Political Theory, Activism, Economics.]

As a special treat to accompany their Student Reading sale through Wednesday, September 30th, 5 quasi-academic nonfiction ebooks are free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

Each free title in the giveaway is a selection from their themed suggested student reading lists (also on sale for 40% off print and ebooks), on various topics of history, political theory, economics, and activism from notable authors worldwide, and include:

  • How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century by the late Erik Olin Wright, a Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin
  • The Groundings with My Brothers by the highly influential Guyanese intellectual and 1960s anti-colonial activist Walter Rodney, who was later assassinated
  • Work: The Last 1,000 Years by Andrea Komlosy, a professor in the Department of Economics and Social History at the University of Vienna, Austria
  • Considerations on Western Marxism by British essayist Perry Anderson, Professor of History and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • The Return of the Political by Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

Offered worldwide through Wednesday, September 30th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available @ the publisher’s dedicated blogpost (watermarked but otherwise DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle, requires account signup with valid email and billing address, but no payment info; click to switch each book’s tab from Hardcover or Paperback to Ebook to add the freebies to your cart).

[Free eBook] The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld [US Political History & Current Affairs]

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld, an assistant professor of political science at Colgate University, is his history of US political party development, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and is described as an intellectual and institutional history of party polarization in the post-WWII United States, exploring the deliberate trending away over the decades from bipartisanship towards increasingly polarized ideology in both the Democratic and Republican camps and the various actors and agendas behind the shifts, focusing on overlapping periods from the 1945 to 2000, with an epilogue summarizing developments through 2016.

Offered worldwide through the end of September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith [Award-Winning Classic Science Fiction]

Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith, a pseudonym for the late Paul Linebarger, is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and was originally published in parts as two novels, the Hugo Award-finalist The Planet Buyer in 1964, followed by The Underpeople in 1968, before being reunited in the author’s original one-volume form in 1975 from Ballantine Books, which won Japan’s 1988 Seiun Award for Best Translated Long Story and has placed twice on Locus Magazine’s All-Time Best SF Novel lists.

The story takes place in the author’s “Instrumentality of Mankind” future history setting where a vigorous central government arising from a post-apocalyptic Earth has expanded into space and then stagnated, setting up the conditions for the revival of humanity from its increasingly sterile dysfunction. This adventure is heavily influenced by the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, starring the misfit scion of an ancient family on the only planet where a precious immortality drug is cultivated, who runs afoul of enemies whose machinations force him to flee to Earth for safety, where his wealth quickly makes him a target for the potentially more dangerous schemes of assorted crooks and revolutionaries.

Offered through October 5th (the monthly freebie rotates on the first Tuesday), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice [Paranormal Romance]

Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice, a recipient of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice & Career Achievement Awards, is the 1st novel in her Crystal Magic series of f/m contemporary paranormal romance, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself.

The series is set in the fictional small town of Hillvale in California, starring persons with empathic and psychic abilities who uncover and resolve secrets, mysteries, and the occasional murder rooted in the local history.

This installment stars a newcomer scientist with amnesia attempting to uncover the truth about herself, helped by a Chinese-American investigator from L.A. haunted by his father’s long-ago disappearance in the town, who struggles to cope with the expanded reality of spirits and other weirdness surrounding them both.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, probably until early October, available @ the Book View Café author consortium website.

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[Free Audiobooks] Kindred by Octavia E. Butler & Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina [1970s Time Travel Science Fiction & YA Historical Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of reliving past historical events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • Kindred by the late Octavia E. Butler, the recipient of multiple genre awards and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, read by Kim Staunton from Recorded Books. A classic science fiction novel from the 1970s, starring a contemporary African-American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in present-day California, and her slave ancestors’ lives on a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. An historical YA coming of age drama novel set at the height of the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer murders in 1970s New York, as a bilingual Cuban-American teen tries to juggle family dysfunction and emotional struggles and romantic attraction, amidst the backdrop of fear and violence and suspicion sweeping the city.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson & Fake by Eric Simonson [Award-Nominated Science Fiction Novel & Science History Hoax Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of questioning past and future scientific assumptions and the associated status quo, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 22nd.

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by a full cast, from Hachette Audio. A standalone science fiction novel set in a future New York City partially submerged due to climate change, focusing on the various persons and factions living there as they try to survive and interact with each other despite the class divide between the wealthy in their secure skyscrapers above sea level, and the less privileged who live in the vulnerable low-lying tidal areas. This was a Best Novel finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award, and also placed 3rd on the annual Locus Award list for Best SF Novel.

  • Fake by Eric Simonson, performed by a full cast in front of a live audience, from L.A. Theatre Works. A science history drama alternating between the 1910s and the 1950s, exploring the discovery and impact and eventual debunking of the famous Piltdown Man fossil, a “missing link” debated over by many luminaries of the time, including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who participates as a character in the play. This audiobook version also includes an interview with University of Chicago professor Russell H. Tuttle, a distinguished palaeoanthropologist, discussing the hoax in retrospect.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 22nd, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare & A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Alison Larkin [Classic Comedy & Genderbent Remix Classic Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of celebrating a classic Christmas in July while playing around with ideas of gender, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 15th.

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted and read by Alison Larkin. A remixed version of the classic novel, genderbending the character of Ebenezer Scrooge and exploring the story’s happenings in a slightly alternate 19th century London as though it were perfectly normal for an independent Victorian businesswoman to behave and relate to others as the iconic miser does.

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performed by a full cast, published by Naxos Audiobooks. The classic comedy play with romantic elements starring separated brother and sister twins and the situations they get into and out of, as Viola disguises herself as a boy and falls in love with her unsuspecting employer who himself has fallen in love with another woman, whom he sends Viola to woo on his behalf only to have the lady fall for her male disguise, and the further complications that ensue.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 15th, available worldwide.