[Free Audiobooks] Kindred by Octavia E. Butler & Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina [1970s Time Travel Science Fiction & YA Historical Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of reliving past historical events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • Kindred by the late Octavia E. Butler, the recipient of multiple genre awards and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, read by Kim Staunton from Recorded Books. A classic science fiction novel from the 1970s, starring a contemporary African-American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in present-day California, and her slave ancestors’ lives on a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. An historical YA coming of age drama novel set at the height of the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer murders in 1970s New York, as a bilingual Cuban-American teen tries to juggle family dysfunction and emotional struggles and romantic attraction, amidst the backdrop of fear and violence and suspicion sweeping the city.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais & Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña [YA Deafness & Biracial Coming of Age Novels]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of adjusting to cultural gaps between rather different groups, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 1st.

  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais, read by Chloe Dolandis from publisher Blink. A YA contemporary coming of age cozy with f/m romantic elements, starring a girl who has been profoundly deaf from a very young age, mainstreamed into a regular high school for her final year, making friends and finding unexpected romance among her classmates who attempt various ways of communicating with her (or not) by trying to learn American Sign Language and accommodate her lip reading as in turn, she tries to adjust to their unfamiliar hearing culture.

  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña, read by Henry Leyva from publisher Brilliance Audio. A YA multicultural coming of age drama set in San Diego County, starring a biracial teenager of mixed Anglo and Latino heritage who grew up being perceived as primarily Mexican at his private prep school, and is now seeing the flipside as a non Spanish-speaking outsider as he spends the summer with his father’s side of the family, in search of his own identity.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1st, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg & The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay [YA LGBT & Literature-Inspired Travel Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of confronting secrets and romantic journeys of self-discovery, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 25th.

  • The Music of What Happens by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg, read by Joel Froomkin & Anthony Rey Perez from Scholastic Audio. A YA contemporary m/m romance set in Arizona over the course of a summer, as two gay high schoolers take on the dual challenges of reviving a vintage family food truck business and incidentally also falling in love, as they learn to navigate various personal and professional obstacles blocking their way.

  • The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay, read by Laura Kirman from Thomas Nelson (a HarperCollins imprint). A contemporary road trip journey of self-discovery with f/m romantic elements, starring a Chicago vintage bookseller with a dodgy background and her estranged boyfriend’s wealthy grandmother, who unexpectedly hires her as a consultant for an antiques-hunting excursion amidst the literary haunts of north-west England’s Lake District area which eventually takes them to Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, to confront and come to terms with the secrets of their separate pasts and move forward into the future, with inspiration from the heroines of Victorian literature.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 25th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin & In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira [YA Fantasy with Romance & Family Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the complicated relationships linking previously separated strangers, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 3rd.

  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, read by Holter Graham & Saskia Maarleveld, from HarperAudio. This is the 1st novel in the eponymous YA fantasy duology with strong f/m romantic elements, set in a France-inspired world where the Church persecutes witchcraft covens, starring a hidden witch who has forsaken her magic in favour of survival, and an elite witch hunter, who are forced into a marriage due to circumstances and must learn to deal with their respective prejudices towards each other

  • In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Brilliance Audio. A YA contemporary fiction coming of age intergenerational family drama novel with f/m romantic elements, exploring the bonds between a white mother and her mixed-race daughter, as the latter discovers her hidden family history via exploration of her mother’s own teenaged years in the 1990s and the love affair with her absent and possibly deceased African-American father, embarking on a road trip in search of the truth.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 3rd, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Shadow of the Dome by Karen Warren [13th C Mongol Biographical Travel Adventure]

Shadow of the Dome by Karen Warren is a standalone biographical historical coming of age adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

The story is a coming of age travel adventure tale set in 13th century Asia, based on the life of the Mongolian princess Kököchin, as she is chosen to be the bride of the il Khan of Persia, and must make the perilous journey from Kublai Khan’s court in Yuan dynasty China to her new home in the company of unlikely companions under the escort of Marco Polo (who recorded it in his famous historical travelogue).

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Isabel the Fair by Margaret Campbell Barnes [Vintage 14th C Plantagenet Historical Drama with Romance]

Isabel the Fair by the late English author Margaret Campbell Barnes, one of the most popular historical novelists of the mid-20th century before falling into relative obscurity after her early death, is a vintage standalone coming of age historical drama novel with f/m and m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1957 by Macdonald & Co.

The story takes place in England during the 14th century, and is a coming of age personal drama with strong romantic elements starring Isabella of France, wife of Edward II, as their once-promising marriage breaks down under the stress of the king’s open favouritism towards his rumoured lover Piers Gaveston and the Earl’s eventual successors at court, creating rifts with his queen and ambitious noble lords which would lead to civil war.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Two Roads to Guadalupe by Robert Lewis Taylor [1840s Mexican-American War Historical Novel]

Two Roads to Guadalupe by the late Robert Lewis Taylor, a winner of the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is a standalone historical coming-of-age adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1964 by Doubleday.

The story is a coming-of-age adventure taking place during the 19th century Mexican-American War, starring two brothers from Kentucky who set off on a journey, intending to fight in it in order to prove themselves, encountering colourful characters and challenges along the way as they discover what kind of men they will become.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Ghost on the Steppe by Cecelia Holland [YA 13th C Mongolia Historical Adventure Novel]

Ghost on the Steppe by Cecelia Holland, a Locus Award-nominated science fiction and historical novelist, is a standalone novel YA coming-of-age historical adventure with mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1969 by Atheneum and is a self-contained spin-off of her adult historical novel Until the Sun Falls, about the 13th century invasions of Russia and Europe, from the POV of a Mongol general.

The story is an historical coming-of-age adventure (apparently suitable for teen audiences) with mystery elements, set around the time of Genghis Khan, starring a young man striving to prove himself to his grandfather the tribe leader newly returned from fighting the enemies of the Mongols, who finds himself exiled after an incident gone wrong, who discovers a creature claimed to be a ghost tiger hunting the family herds, which he must track down the true killer behind.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] Kids of Appetite by David Arnold & The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers [Young Adult Crime Drama & Multicultural Coming of Age Novels]

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 peoples’ roles in life and the sometimes deceptive assumptions made about them, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, are as follows:

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, a YA coming of age novel with crime drama elements, starring two teens who wind up having a story to tell to the police, in alternating chapters which gradually fill in the steps between the death of a boy’s father which leads to the murder of a girl’s uncle; read by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, & Ryan Vincent Anderson, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers, a YA multicultural coming of age novel starring a girl whose actress mother is a telenovela superstar in Mexico, whose family moves to the US to take an acting gig on American TV, who finds her social status upended as the privileged students at her private academy assume she’s just another immigrant kid there on a scholarship, and begins navigating experience of being a relatively ordinary person undercover; read by Karla Souza, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, 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 Audiobooks] Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry & Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina [Young Adult High School Drama & Comedy Novels]

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 outcasts in schools and life lessons learned there unofficially, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 4th, are as follows:

  • Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, standalone YA contemporary Latin American teen drama novel, starring a girl inexplicably targeted for bullying by another girl and her gang, forced to discover who she truly is as her sense of self begins to erode under the pressure; read by Roxanne Hernandez, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide
  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry, standalone YA contemporary teen comedy novel, centred around a club of misfit kids including an atheist in a strict Catholic school, who find themselves dealing with and challenging its authorities and the status quo in various humorous ways as they just try to live out their lives; read by Michael Crouch, from HarperAudio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 4th, 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).