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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Into the Woods by Ireland resident expat American author Tana French, who has been referred to as “the First Lady of Irish Crime”, is the 1st novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series of contemporary police procedural murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for August and is narrated by Steven Crossley. The novel won four awards in the Best First Novel category, including the 2008 Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony Awards, and is being offered to help promote the author’s upcoming standalone thriller, The Witch Elm, released later this year.
The series is set in Ireland, and alternates cases spotlighting the various detectives in the Dublin Murder Squad. This first case has psychological suspense thriller elements, and follows two detectives who investigate a girl’s murder, whose death seemingly has links with one of the detectives’ pasts which may provide clues to solve the crime.
Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on August 23rd, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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