[Free Audiobooks] Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse & Easy Prey by Catherine Lo [YA Fantasy & Contemporary Whodunnit Mystery 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 decisions with life-changing consequences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 17th.

  • Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse read by Jaimee Draper from Oasis Audio. 1st novel in The Ravenwood Saga trilogy of YA fantasy with f/m romantic elements, set in a world where one House has a particular family gift which can enter and manipulate people’s dreams and desires. This installment stars the young heiress to the House becoming acquainted with her newly-activated hereditary gift of dreamwalking and its potentially fatal dark side, even as she encounters a young man tormented by his own dubiously harmful ability and its past results.

  • Easy Prey by Catherine Lo, read by Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, and Jack Meloche from Dreamscape Media. A YA contemporary teen drama whodunnit mystery/thriller addressing social issues, told in time-jumping tripartite POVs providing accounts of what happened (and clues) from the three student suspects accused of leaking a teacher’s risqué sexting photos which went viral.

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 17th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert & Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janezck [YA Contemporary Drama & WWII History]

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 artists living in the shadows cast by dramatic events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 13th.

  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko, read by Ron Butler, from Brilliance Audio. A non-fiction World War II history book focusing on the activities of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as “The Ghost Army”, a unit of actors, technicians, and artisans tasked with making believable counterfeits of the Allied armed forces to fool the Nazis into making mistakes, using inflatable tanks and other tricks to create the false impression of battlefield movements.

  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, read by James Chen, from Dreamscape. A YA contemporary Asian-American teen drama novel starring an aspiring artist who discovers a hidden secret in his family past which he must come to terms with, even as he worries about his relationship with his best friend which was was strained by a recent tragedy among his peer group.

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, May 13th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson & The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater [YA Mystery Drama & LGBT True Crime Journalism]

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 repercussions happening beyond school grounds, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 6th.

  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by Imani Parks, free courtesy of publisher HarperAudio. A YA high school mystery drama novel starring a learning-challenged African-American teen who begins to dig into the disappearance of her best friend, who has abruptly vanished at the start of the school year.

  • The 57 Bus by investigative journalist Dashka Slater, read by Robin Miles, free courtesy of publisher Recorded Books. This is a true crime account of an incident in Oakland, California, where an LGBT agender teen was set on fire by another teen on a school bus.

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, May 6th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Presumption: An Entertainment by Julia Barrett [Austen-Derivative Literary Sequel]

Presumption: An Entertainment by Julia Barrett, a joint pseudonym shared by the late Julia Braun Kessler and British novelist Gabrielle Donnelly, is a literary sequel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for November and was originally published in 1993 by Thorndike Press, as the first in a set of sequel books focusing upon selected characters after the end of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.

This volume is a social drama with f/m romantic elements, focusing on Darcy’s younger sister Georgiana, as she chooses between suitors of her own.

Offered worldwide through November (maybe a few days longer due to the weekend and recent holiday), available directly from the university’s website.

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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).

[Free Audiobooks] An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen & A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bathena [Young Adult SFnal Mystery/Drama Novel & Classic Theatre Play w/ bonus Eco-Disasters Interview]

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 rumour and reputation and repression in the name of other peoples’ agendas, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 13th, are as follows:

  • An Enemy of the People by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, a 2014 live performance of his classic 1882 play about environmental issues and profit versus the public good, wherein a small town dependent on tourist visits may have its public baths shut down by a report of dangerous pollution; this includes a bonus interview about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other man-made environmental disasters with Joel K. Bourne Jr, a former senior environmental writer at National Geographic; read by a full cast, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bathena, a YA contemporary multicultural social issues mystery/drama novel with strong supernatural elements, set in Saudi Arabia, where a group of teens including the ghostly deceased watch the unfolding investigation of a fatal and possibly not accidental car crash involving two of them who were engaged in a forbidden romantic relationship in a strict society; read by Firdous Bamji, Neil Shah, Soneela Nankami, Lameece Issaq, from Recorded Books, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 13th, 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] The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter & Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen [Young Adult Mental Health Issues Drama & Adventure 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 therapeutic self-discovery in the course of practicing self-reliance, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 6th, are as follows:

  • The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter, a contemporary YA coming of age drama novel dealing with mental health issues, as an 18 year old girl who spent years involuntarily institutionalized by her family is emancipated and makes her way out to an independent life, attempting to start fresh at college with new friends, only to find herself being pulled back under by the mother she tries to reconnect with; read by Jorjeana Marie, from Penguin Random House Audio Listening Library, available worldwide
  • Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen, a contemporary YA coming of age adventure novel, starring a 14 year old girl who has hit rock bottom and whose parents send her to a wilderness survival camp in the Utah desert for therapy, during which she gradually sorts herself out; read by Alex McKenna, from Penguin Random House Audio Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 6th, 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 REPEAT] A House on the Rhine by Frances Faviell [Vintage Post-WWII Germany Literary Novel]

A House on the Rhine by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late British author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage post-WWII literary fiction novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1955 by Rupert Hart-Davis, and this new edition contains an afterword by the author’s son who also lived through the time period in the novel, along with other supplementary material. The novel, which is now historical, but contemporary at the time it was written and loosely based on the author’s own observations which she also recorded in a memoir of post-war Berlin where her family was stationed as part of the occupation, takes place in the aftermath of WWII near Cologne.

The story is a family/societal drama exploring conflicts in a German family and its surrounding society which is struggling with the changes brought about by the end of the war, and the divide between the parents, who were part of the Nazi-ruled establishment, and the children, who are rebelling in various ways.

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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