[Free Audiobooks] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

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[Free eBook] The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas [YA Fantasy with Romance]

The Burning Sky by RITA Award-winning Chinese-American author Sherry Thomas is the 1st novel in the Elemental Trilogy of YA fantasy adventure with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The trilogy is set in a fantasy realm suffering under the rule of a tyrant mage, and stars a girl with the prophesied destiny of defeating said tyrant, whether she likes it or not, and a prince of the displaced royal family seeking to avenge their loss.

This installment sees them struggling against their assigned roles as the girl reluctantly begins to train her elemental magical powers under the protection of the prince, who discovers that he doesn’t want to just use her as a means to an end, even as the tyrant begins to hunt them down.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings & Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki [Young Adult LGBT Memoir & Literary Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of teenaged identity and self-discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 24th, are as follows:

  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings, is an autobiographical memoir of the author’s transition which started in early childhood, supported by her parents, and the challenges she faced growing up as a girl in less understanding surroundings in the public eye and eventual success as an activist and YouTube celebrity; read by the author herself, from Listening Library, available worldwide
  • Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki, YA contemporary/literary fiction coming of age novel, starring the teenaged daughter of two moms living in a less-than-tolerant California town, who has an obsession with believing in paranormal mysteries and eventually unravels the greater mystery of being herself; read by Rebecca Lowman, from Listening Library, available worldwide (excluding Canada)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 24th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Qualify by Vera Nazarian [YA Science Fiction]

Qualify by Vera Nazarian, a Nebula Award-nominated author and publisher of the Norilana Books small press imprint, is the 1st novel in the The Atlantis Grail trilogy of dystopian YA science fiction adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via StoryBundle.

This is offered to promote StoryBundle’s The Sci-Fi SFWA Space Bundle, curated by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. (Humble Bundle also has an otherwise unrelated, but excellent and highly recommended ebook bundle, The Super Nebula Author Showcase 2018 presented by the SFWA containing backlist and newly-collected works reprinted by Open Road Media, Small Beer Press, Tachyon Publications, and more, featuring major authors and award-winners including Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, Jane Yolen, Octavia E. Butler, Tim Powers, Fritz Leiber, and many others for just $20 for 40 titles (fewer if you buy from outside the US, since some are unfortunately geo-restricted due to competing publisher rights).)

The series takes place in the near future of the 2040s, with an asteroid expected to hit Earth soon and the descendants of ancient Atlantis returned from space to help evacuate a small proportion of humanity, with a catch. This installment sets up the premise of the storyline, which is a Hunger Games-like sports competition for teens to qualify to escape the doomed planet and incidentally grant their other wishes before they leave, which one girl is hoping to win in order to cure her mother’s cancer, but for the fact that she’s an unathletic klutz.

Offered through May 31st at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free worldwide directly from StoryBundle.

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[Free Audiobooks] Johnny Get Your Gun by John Ball & On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni [Mystery & War Refugee Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of children caught up in conflicts, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 17th, are as follows:

  • Johnny Get Your Gun by the late John Ball, is the 3rd novel in his Virgil Tibbs mystery/crime thriller series starring an African-American police detective (the Edgar Award-winning 1st novel, In the Heat of the Night, was adapted into an Oscar-winning film), with this story, originally published in 1969, exploring racial tensions and childhood gone awry in Pasadena, California, when a nine-year-old boy shoots an older child; read by Dion Graham, from Brilliance, available worldwide
  • On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni, is a memoir of the author’s boyhood during the height of the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, when as a 10-year old he is forced to flee Tehran in order not to becoming drafted as a child soldier, leaving his parents and friends behind to seek a refuge among strangers in Istanbul; read by the author himself, from Brilliance, available in Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 17th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Spelled by Betsy Schow [Oz-Based YA Fantasy]

Spelled by Betsy Schow is the 1st novel in The Storymakers series of young adult fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The series takes place in a magical mashup world sideways to ours, combining elements from folk and fairy tales as well as older fantastic works including the legends of Robin Hood, King Arthur, and L. Frank Baum’s classic Oz novels.

This adventure sees the Princess Dorthea of the kingdom of Emerald trying to escape an arranged marriage by making a wish that backfires, leaving the King and Queen stranded in the strange land of “Kansas” and requiring her to go on a quest to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz to undo the curse before it’s too late.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Chasing Truth by Julie Cross [YA Mystery with Romance]

Chasing Truth by Julie Cross is the 1st novel in the Eleanor Ames series of young adult investigative mystery/thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

This is apparently being offered free to promote the recent release of the 2nd novel, Hiding Lies, which was released last month. The series is set at a prep school, and stars a teenaged former con artist.

This first installment sees her attempts to reform her past go awry as she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of her boyfriend, and winds up being suspected of his murder by someone else who’s seemingly taken up the case.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] Solo by Kwame Alexander & The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea [YA Fiction & Award-Winning Journalism]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of journeys and tragedies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, are as follows:

  • Solo by Kwame Alexander, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel about a budding musician struggling with the effects of drug addicted washed-up rock star father on his life and the absence of his deceased mother, making a journey to Ghana to uncover his true history after family secrets come to light; read by the author himself, with audio performances by singer Randy Preston, from Blink, available worldwide
  • The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea, an investigative journalism account of a 2001 tragedy in which a group of 26 Mexican immigrants attempted to cross into Arizona via a grueling path, with only 12 survivors remaining afterwards, which won the Laman Literary Award winner and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; read by the author himself, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free Audiobooks] A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro & The Great War by Various Authors [Young Adult, Mystery, Historical]

AudioFile have started their SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 program for young adults, meant to promote greater literacy. This offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of historical legacies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, are as follows:

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, is the 1st novel in her Charlotte Holmes trilogy of young adult mystery/adventure novel starring the 21st crime-solving duo of Charlotte and Jamie, modern-day teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson; read by Graham Walstead & Julia Whelan, from HarperAudio, available in most places worldwide & Canada, but not the UK and rest of the British Commonwealth
  • The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War by various authors, is a collection of historical literary fiction short stories, accompanied by non-fiction pieces, set during WWI, inspired by ordinary objects which had a connection to the war (the print edition came illustrated with photographs of the objects and explanations for their historical context); read by multiple narrators, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free Audiobooks UPDATE] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm [Fiction, Non-Fiction, & Young Adult]

UPDATE: Libro.fm has extended part of the offer through May 1st, for Brain Rulesfor Aging Well and the two audio samplers.

As part of a special promotion to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th this year, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering six full-length audiobooks and two samplers from publishers Macmillan and Penguin Random House, mostly available worldwide in DRM-free MP3 format (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info). If you like, you can also get extra copies for your friends, if you enter a valid email address to send the gift link to.

The six books being offered are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, from children to adult:

There are also two freebie audio samplers, exclusive for Bookstore Day:

  • Macmillan Audio Sampler with essays and short stories by Luvvie Ayaji, bestselling thriller authors Jeffrey Archer and Lisa Scottoline, literary fiction author Jeffrey Eugenides, Francesca Serritella, and Lara Williams
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler with excerpts from popular works from their bestselling and classic authors.

Offered DRM-free worldwide (mostly) through April 28th, probably just through Eastern Time, and you can read more about the offer on its main page @ Libro.fm.