[Free Audiobooks] Othello by William Shakespeare & You by Charles Benoit [Young Adult, Classics, Plays, Crime Thriller]

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).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of outsiders with treacherous friends, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, are as follows:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare, the classic play of the Moorish commander Othello undermined by his treacherous subordinate Iago via his jealousy about his beloved Desdemona, from the Donmar Warehouse performance in London during the 2007-2008 season; read by a full cast including actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, and Kelly Reilly, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • You by Charles Benoit, a young adult noir thriller, told in the second person, by an underacheiving teen in a dreary high school who finds his life becoming less boring and more bloody as he gets caught up in the schemes of the new kid at school; read by David Baker, from Full Cast Audio, available Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, 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] The Classical Roman Reader by Kenneth Atchity [Ancient Rome Historical Source Texts Introduction]

The Classical Roman Reader by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is an introductory historical source text sampler, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1997 by Henry Holt & Co as part of their Henry Holt Reference Books line, credited as by Kenneth John Atchity, and later picked up by Oxford University Press as part of their Oxford Paperbacks line.

This introductory reader contains excerpted translated period writings from various sources, both well-known and obscure, across many topics throughout the classical era of Ancient Rome from the founding to the early Republic and the Empire through the 5th century, accompanied by brief pieces about each author and giving more contextual information to aid in understanding their times.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens [Classic Literature]

Oliver Twist by the 19th century Victorian British author Charles Dickens is his classic standalone literary fiction social drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for November, and is narrated by Simon Vance. This was Dickens’ second novel, originally published as a monthly serial between 1837 and 1839 in Bentley’s Magazine as Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress, and has since become one of his best-known and most enduring works, with many adaptations to this very day.

The story follows a poor orphan born and raised in harsh circumstances, who escapes into criminal underground of a pickpocket gang, getting the chance to better himself when he is taken in by a kindly benefactor who does not believe he is a hardened thief, only to have his past return to hinder the attempt to better himself and his lot in life.

Offered worldwide through November, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October, and is narrated by Simon Vance. NB: This is a different reading than the Penguin Random House audio version offered last month.

The novel was originally published in 1818 and was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster. The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide throughout October, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper [Classic Historical Adventure]

The Last of the Mohicans by the late James Fenimore Cooper is is the 2nd novel in the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy of historical adventure fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for September, and is narrated by William Costello. This was originally published in 1826 as The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 and has been adapted repeatedly to many different media over the centuries, including the popular film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

The novels takes place in the formerly Iroquois areas of mid-late 18th-century New York, starring the frontiersman Natty Bumpo, known by various nicknames to the European settlers and local Native Americans. This story is set during the Seven Years’ War when France and Great Britain were battling over America, and sees Bumpo as part of a caravan transporting a Colonel’s daughters to safety at a Fort, only to be caught up in the conflict as new rivalries and old wounds cause them to become a target for revenge.

Offered worldwide through September, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for September and is narrated by Jim Weiss. The novel was originally published in 1818 as Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster.

The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide until just before noon Eastern Time on September 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobook] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [Classic Sci-Fi Adventure]

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by the late French author Jules Verne, a pioneering figure in 19th century proto-science fiction, as well as being one of France’s literary greats, is a 19th century classic science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for August, and is narrated by Michael Prichard. It was originally published in 1870 as Vingt mille lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin, remaining a highly-popular and influential, much-adapted tale worldwide for well over a century.

The story stars the international cast of an expedition to hunt a rumoured giant sea monster, which turns out to be the amazingly advanced submarine of the mysterious Captain Nemo, who takes them upon a thrilling underwater tour of the hidden ocean depths.

Offered worldwide through August, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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