[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Classic Literature]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 fantastic discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, are as follows:

  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, is his debut young adult urban fantasy novel set in modern Brooklyn, starring an artistically talented girl who discovers that she can wield a special hidden magic that infuses spirits into artworks, but also killers targeting these shadowshapers, who believe her to be hiding a family secret they want; Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Annika Noni
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, is his vintage classic literary fiction story about a man who one day wakes up as a giant cockroach, and how his day goes from there; from Naxos Audiobooks, read by Martin Jarvis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 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).

This is the final week of the promotion, and I hope you’ve enjoyed whichever selections you might have been interested in.

[Free eBook] Storm by Stephen Bowkett [Young Adult Sci-Fantasy Adventure]

Storm by Welsh author Stephen Bowkett is the 2nd novel in his The Wintering trilogy of YA science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2002 by Orion Children’s Books’s Dolphin imprint. The trilogy is set in a future world frozen over by an ice age, where the remaining humans live in a protected enclave which is watched over by an all-encompassing AI whose guardianship has dominated them for millenia.

This installment apparently adds fantasy elements to the science fiction premise, as one rebellious teen escapes the enclave into the frozen world outside and bonds with the intelligent descendants of mutant wolves, embarking on a quest to help them confront a mortal enemy who slaughters their kind.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Frontier Legion by Sydney J. Bounds [Vintage Science Fiction]

Frontier Legion by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his shorter science fiction works, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The titular novella was originally published in 1952 as a serial in Authentic Science Fiction Magazine, and eight other stories from points throughout his decades-long career (which eventually culminated in the British Fantasy Awards creating the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer) are included as a bonus.

The main story is a old school pulpy sci-fi adventure thriller starring an amnesiac man who wakes up on a spaceship with an important mission to fulfill and enemies in his way, and many of the other stories also explore themes of human relations with space and aliens and technology.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Glass Warrior by Robert E. Vardeman [Fantasy]

The Glass Warrior by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 1st novel in his The Demon Crown trilogy of epic adventure fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by Tor Books. The trilogy comprises an epic adventure quest set in the usual sort of fantasy kingdom with disputed rulership, long lost heirs, and a dangerous magical artifact which may be the key to restoring or destroying the land.

This installment starts off the quest as the titular Glass Warrior, who has the magical artifact in her possession and must now go in search of the fabled lost heirs, while avoiding the forces of the rival claimants who would put a stop to her task.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting [YA Paranormal Fantasy Mystery with Romance]

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the 1st novel in her The Body Finder series of young adult paranormal urban fantasy with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Harper Teen imprint.

This is a contemporary urban fantasy series starring a teenaged heroine has an unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed. This installment is a suspenseful one which pushes her into trying to actively use her abilities to catch a serial killer, with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, while trying not to become the killer’s next victim.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers (previously only free @ B&N the last time around).

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[Free eBook] The Chromosome Game by Christopher Hodder-Williams [Science Fiction Dystopian Technothriller]

The Chromosome Game by the late British author Christopher Hodder-Williams is his science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Mithras Publishing Limited and was his final novel printed before retiring due to illness (he completed another shortly before he died, which currently remains unpublished).

The story takes place in a future dystopian Earth, where it appears the remains of humanity exist in an alternate dimension outside a barren wasteland, and a group of adventurous persons is tasked to investigate and locate the remains of a long-ago genetic engineering experiment that may revitalize the human race.

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[Free eBook REPEAT ] Project One by E. C. Tubb [Vintage Science Fiction]

Project One by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running Dumarest Saga, is a collection of his short science fiction, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This contains four standalone novellas, of which the title story was originally published in 1954 in Nebula Science Fiction Magazine, and the others are of similar provenance. The stories range from Cold War contemporary to far future exploration, and mainly concentrate on themes of space and the adaptation of humanity to changing conditions.

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[Free eBook] Emergence by Ray Hammond [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Emergence by British author Ray Hammond, a science journalist and futurist, is his standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2001 by Macmillan UK.

The story is set in the near future and centres around a powerful corporation’s deployment of a new satellite technology which connects up information networks in a way which leads to the unexpected development of a new, potentially world-changing entity.

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[Free eBook] Fairweather by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Fairweather by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, is her standalone debut science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future world dominated by corporations which function as tribes, featuring an information retrieval specalist tasked with looking into an old mystery associated with one such corporation, and of course uncovering the obligatory disturbing revelations about past secrets and such.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Deathknight by Andrew J. Offutt [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

Deathknight by the late author Andrew J. Offutt is his standalone sword & sorcery fantasy adventure novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Ace Books. The story is an epic tale of revenge in a an adventurous fantasy world, as a knight from an elite warrior order which has become targeted by parties unknown must journey to discover who is behind the murders of his colleagues and avenge them accordingly, while uncovering startling discoveries along the way.

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