[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, Historical Fiction]

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 World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 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 eBook] Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]

Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by the late William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his vintage ocean sailing travel memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Macmillan.

This vintage travelogue cum memoir recounts a 1960s-era voyage sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in the company of his son in a sailboat, during which he reaches back through his memories to also recall other journeys he has experienced even as he records this one.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

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, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, 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] The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell [Vintage WWII Postwar Germany Memoir]

The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical personal expat memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1954 by Rupert Hart-Davis under the title The Dancing Bear: Berlin de profundis — An account of the author’s experiences in Berlin, 1946-49, and this reprint edition includes an afterword by the author’s son, and contains never before published sketches by the author made while they lived in Berlin.

The memoir covers the experiences of postwar conditions and daily life in Berlin during the years immediately after World War II, where the author’s husband, a British civil servant, was posted as part of the reconstruction efforts alongside his family. Some of the observations about their German friends and neighbours eventually formed the basis of Faviell’s literary fiction novel A House on the Rhine, which has previously been offered free.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Novel, Documentary Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic, 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, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, are as follows:

  • Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes, a teen contemporary fiction novel about young people in the inner city learning to express themselves when a teacher begins an “open mic” night for poetry, from Recorded Books, read by a full cast
  • Teenage Diaries: Then and Now by National Public Radio, an award-winning personal history documentary programme which followed a group of teens as they recorded interviews, audio journals, and daily life experiences, and then revisited them 16 years later to find out how their lives turned out, from Highbridge Audio, hosted by Joe Richman

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, 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] Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard B. Primack [Nature Observations & Earth Science]

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard B. Primack, a Professor of Biology at Boston University, is his accessibly-written natural history book cum scientific memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press

This explores climate change via seasonal nature observations, alongside scientific explanations, in a tribute to the classic nature experience memoir [Walden; or, Life in the Woods][subject-wiki-2] The author uses the device of tracking the effects of changing climate upon the modern flora and fauna of the famous site near the town of Concord, Massachussetts (hometown of philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau by comparing them with Thoreau’s own journal notes from over a century ago. There are also a few illustrations in it, and a good deal of information and analysis about Thoreau and his methods, as well as the methods used by the recording team.

Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell [WWII London Blitz Historical Memoir]

A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her WWII home front historical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1959 by Cassell. The reprint contains a new introduction by British author Virginia Nicholson (herself a great-niece of author Virginia Woolf), who remembered this fondly in a letter to The Telegraph. This memoir takes place during the early 1940s London Blitz in the Chelsea area, where the author was a Red Cross volunteer, and covers her experiences living with and giving aid to ordinary people amidst the bombings.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Bernard Knight [True Crime Professional Memoir]

Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Welsh author Bernard Knight, who has also written the popular Crowner John mystery series, is his vintage non-fiction professional overview cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Robert Hale using the Bernard Picton pseudonym. This is a combination of Q&A and true crime memoir about forensic pathology in Britain in the decades leading up to the 1970s, drawing upon the author’s own personal experience, which he would later incorporate into his bestselling mystery novels. Although this has not been updated to cover developments in the years since, the original information about investigative procedures and medical knowledge still provides a nifty snapshot of everything you might want to know about what could be detected from potential crime scenes and how it was handled back then.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Looking for Strangers: The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood by Dori Katz [Holocaust Survivor Travelogue Memoir]

Looking for Strangers: The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood by poet and translator Dori Katz, a Holocaust survivor who is also a professor emerita at Trinity College, is her memoir cum travelogue concerning her childhood spent in hiding during WWII, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is her personal memoir about rediscovering her half-forgotten childhood spent in hiding in Belgium during the war by reconnecting with the persons and places in her life during those years and afterwards as she travels back to them to find out more about what really happened from an adult perspective. The narrative is done in a series of interleaving chapters which jump through time as chapters which follow the author’s period era reminisces are interspersed with the modern-day (circa the 1980s) search for more information and her thoughts about the memories she has uncovered.

Offered worldwide, available through January.

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[Free eBook] A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois [Family Illness Memoir with LGBT]

A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois is his personal memoir about his family relationships in a time of difficulty, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This is an introspective and retrospective memoir about the complicated and intertwining relationships in his family, past and present, as they come together during his mother’s terminal illness, with the help of his long-term partner Ralph, who is meeting them for the first time.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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