[Free Audiobooks] How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather & The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [YA Paranormal Fantasy & Classic Lit 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 real or imagined ancestral sins and dealing with unjust persecution in Massachussetts past and present, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 19th, are as follows:

  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, contemporary literary drama/urban fantasy novel, starring a girl who is the descendant of one of the men responsible for the 17th century Salem Witch Trials, who in turn comes into conflict with modern-day descendants of the people persecuted as witches, and must also deal with an angry ghost and a centuries-old curse affecting those with ties with to the trial; read by the author herself (who is also a descendant of Cotton Mather and has apparently included a note about the real-life experience of living with her ancestor’s legacy), from Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the classic 19th-century novel about hypocritical social standards in 18th-century Boston, as a young mother is ostracized for adultery which her tormentors will not admit to their part in; read by Donada Peters, from Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 19th, 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 Audiobooks] The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace & Everland by Wendy Spinale [Classic Mystery & YA Steampunk]

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 quests for unofficial justice in the absence of law, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, are as follows:

  • The Just Men of Cordova by the late Edgar Wallace, the 3rd novel in the The Four Just Men series of vintage mystery/detective thrillers starring a group of gentlemen vigilantes dedicated to pursuing wrongdoers the law cannot touch, with this story originally published in 1917 and dealing with aristocratic gambling, horse-racing, and blackmail; read by Bill Homewood, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale, the 1st novel in the Everland series of young adult steampunk science fiction novels which remix Peter Pan in a dystopian postwar London riddled by disease, where the surviving children are hunted by Captain Hook of the German Army experimenting upon a cure, with this installment starring a girl in search of her kidnapped sister, who meets the mysterious Peter and his Lost Boys on the quest to save her; read by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West, from Scholastic Audio, available US & Canada only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, 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 Audiobook] Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman [Classic Poetry]

Leaves of Grass by the late Walt Whitman is a vintage 19th century poetry collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured Free Audiobook of the Month offer for April, which is National Poetry Month, and is read by actor Mel Foster.

Leaves of Grass was originally published in 1855, though Whitman continued to revise the poems throughout his lifetime. It was considered controversial at the time due to its sensual imagery, and has become an influential and enduring classic. Several lines from the poems have inspired other authors, such as science fiction author Ray Bradbury’s short story I Sing the Body Electric, titled after Whitman’s eponymous poem, which was adapted into a The Twilight Zone episode.

Offered worldwide through April, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [Classic Science Fiction]

Herland by the late Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a sociologist and novelist perhaps best remembered for her classic horror short The Yellow Wallpaper, is her vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for March to celebrate International Women’s Day, and this reading is narrated by William Dufris.

The novel was originally published in 1915 and is now regarded as an early classic of feminist and utopian science fiction. The story takes place in a future utopian society consisting entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis, as it is explored by outsiders, a group of male sociology students who wind up captive after their expedition goes awry.

Offered worldwide through March, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson [Classic Literary Memoir]

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by the late James Weldon Johnson, a highly influential author, diplomat, and civil rights activist, is a novel classic literary memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February and a special selection for Black History Month, and is read by Alan Bomar Jones. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a literary novel, originally published anonymously in 1912 and now considered a classic of literature and important early influence on many other African-American authors.

The story is styled as the fictional memoir of a biracial African-American man who is able to pass as a white man at the cost of giving up his heritage and musical ambitions, exploring race relations and artistic constraints in the aftermath of the US Civil War and at the turn of the 20th century.

Offered through February, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free eBook] The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford by Arthur Mizener [20th C Author Biography]

The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford by the late author Arthur Mizener, a literary critic and English professor at Cornell University, is his vintage 20th century literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Harper & Row and was later republished in 1985 by Carroll & Graf.

This biography explores the life of early 20th century author and editor Ford Madox Ford known for his classic The Good Soldier, among other novels, who was influential and successful in his day and encouraged many other notable authors, but was also troubled by many personal and professional issues.

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[Free Audiobook] The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Children’s Classic Novel]

The Secret Garden by the late [Frances Hodgson Burnett][author-link] is her classic children’s journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This beloved children’s classic novel, originally published in 1911 and adapted many times to film, tells the tale of an abruptly orphaned girl who discovers a secret garden at her uncle’s manor, which has been neglected since the death of her aunt, and becomes transformed by her experience working to save it. This reading is narrated by Josephine Bailey.

Offered worldwide through November, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [Classic Science Fiction]

The War of the Worlds by the late British author H. G. Wells is his classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

The story is an early tale of alien invasion, first published in 1898, with Martians mysteriously attacking the Earth, made famous by its many popular adaptations. This reading is narrated by Simon Vance.

Offered worldwide through October, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair [20th C Welsh Poet Biography]

Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair author British, a novelist, historian, filmmaker, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is his biography of the 20th century Welsh poet, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1999 by Constable.

This is a comprehensive biography of the late Welsh poet, playwright, and short story author Dylan Thomas, who was active during the early-to-mid 20th century and left a lasting legacy of modern classic poems, exploring his personal life and travels and influences, as well as the attraction of his work to mass audiences, and also the particular creation of his radio play Under Milk Wood, which biographer Sinclair himself had adapted into a film in 1972, starring iconic actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and many more.

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