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).