[Free Audiobooks] A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen & Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar [YA Historical Novel & Berlin Wall Political Speech History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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][sync-list]).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 30th, are as follows:

  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a YA historical drama novel set during the 1960, starring a Berlin girl whose family was divided by the recent construction of the Berlin Wall, leaving theim stranded on the Soviet-controlled East German side with her mother while her father is on the West, inspired to attempt a daring escape to the other side; read by Kate Simses, from Scholastic Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar, a history of the role of the relationship between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ending the Cold War, centred around the iconic speech given by Reagan in Berlin in 1987 and exploring its origins, immediate impact, and aftereffects, drawing upon interviews with Reagan administration officials and East German records as well as eyewitness accounts from both sides and including in this audio version an interview with the author about the writing of this book as well as a recording of the original speech; read by Wes Bleed, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 30th, 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] Hard Law by Hank Madison [Western]

Hard Law Hank Madison, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Robert Hale.

The story has a bit of a mystery element, starring a Federal Marshal experiencing an uneasy homecoming to the town he grew up in and was driven out of twenty years ago as he investigates robberies in the county, and finds more enemies than allies among his old friends as he tries to get to the bottom of the case.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Blonde by Talmage Powell [Vintage 1950s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Midnight Blonde by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1957 in the May issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story features an unsettling encounter between a man and a girl at a bar, who seems to be waiting for something ominous to happen.

Offered worldwide through May 27th (probably; will likely end up lingering a bit due to US Memorial Day holiday), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Vengeance Gun by Clinton Spurr [Western]

Vengeance Gun by Clinton Spurr, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by Robert Hale.

The story stars a man framed and wrongfully imprisoned for alleged cattle rustling, who returns to his home after serving out his jail sentence to uncover the truth behind who wanted to put him out of the way.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse [Award-Winning YA India Expat Multicultural Coming of Age Novel]

Ganesh by the late Malcolm Bosse, an American novelist praised for his depictions of Asian culture and history and a recipient of Germany’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis recognizing outstanding works of children’s literature, is a vintage standalone young adult literary coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1982 by Chatto & Windhus and was later reprinted under the title Ordinary Magic, and was the novel which won the author the 1983 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the “youth book” category.

The story takes place in India and the US, starring the India-born teenaged son of expat American missionaries who is thoroughly acclimatized to local ways, experiencing culture clash when he must adapt to “foreign” life as circumstances force him to start over with his aunt in the Midwest, drawing upon the Hindu traditions of his old friends from the village for strength and inspiration in the attempt to make new friends in town and when the future of his new home comes under threat.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Architect of Murder by Rafe McGregor [Edwardian Historical Crime Thriller]

The Architect of Murder by UK-resident author Rafe McGregor, a former police officer in South Africa turned criminology lecturer at Edge Hill University, is a standalone historical mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Robert Hale.

The story is set circa the coronation of King Edward VII at the beginning of the 20th century as the late Victorian era was ending, providing a globe-trotting adventure through various parts of the British Empire as a war hero soldier and former policeman returns from South Africa after his sister’s death, which begins to look suspicious when sorting out her affairs which may have been linked to the imperialist legacy of a prominent personage, putting him on the trail of an international intrigue apparently reaching from the highest classes to the depths of the criminal underworld.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Flaming Range by Harvey Lant [Western]

Flaming Range by Harvey Lant, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Robert Hale.

The story stars a small-time rancher trying to keep out of a brewing dispute, who gets dragged into it when he is framed for murder and decides to become a lawman to keep the same from happening to anyone else once he has proved his innocence.

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[Free eBook] Triple Alibi by Dale Clark [Vintage 1930s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Triple Alibi by Dale Clark, a pseudonym for the late Ronal Kayser, a Minnesota-born author of early pulp science fiction and mystery, is a standalone hardboiled pulp mystery/crime thriller novelette, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1936 in the December 12 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly magazine.

The story stars a cop who begins to suspect that his annoying new partner may have secretly murdered his old partner for reasons unknown.

Offered worldwide through May 20th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Killer Brand by Chuck Mason [Western]

Killer Brand by Chuck Mason, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale.

This story stars a man returning from a successful cattle trail run with his profits, only to to find a setup with crooked local lawmen looking to grab his new fortune by imprisoning him under false charges, which he must use all his wits and determination to escape.

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[Free eBook] Killer Brand by Chuck Mason [Western]

Killer Brand by Chuck Mason, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale.

This story stars a man returning from a successful cattle trail run with his profits, only to to find a setup with crooked local lawmen looking to grab his new fortune by imprisoning him under false charges, which he must use all his wits and determination to escape.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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