[Free Audiobooks] Girls Like Us by Gail Giles & The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge [Young Adult COA Novel & Refugee Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 friendships between women overlooked by society and finding their own path through life, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, are as follows:

  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, is a Schneider Family Book Award-winning young adult contemporary/literary fiction coming-of-age novel about two special ed teens with very different personalities, thrown together by circumstance as they make their way in the grown-up world; read by Lauren Ezzo, from Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing, available worldwide
  • The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge, a biographical memoir of two women starting over, one a breast cancer survivor moving to Oregon, another a Somalian refugee struggling to raise her five daughters in an unfamiliar culture with little help, as they meet and forge a lasting friendship; read by Kirsten Potter, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, 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 Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, 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 Audiobook] First Comes Love by Emily Giffin [Sibling Drama Novel]

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin is a standalone contemporary literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for June and is narrated by Emily Foster & Catherine Taber. Apparently, it’s being offered to help promote the author’s next novel, All We Ever Wanted, expected later this month.

The story is a sibling relationship drama, centred around two formerly-close sisters who became estranged by a tragedy, reuniting them fifteen years later when their paths have diverged and both have become dissatisfied with their respective personal lives, even as they confront the lingering issues of their shared past.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on June 21st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobooks] Come August, Come Freedom by Gigi Amateau & My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter [Young Adult Historical]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 slavery and freedom in US history, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 21st, are as follows:

  • Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau, a YA biographical novel narrative, intertwined with readings from actual surviving historical documents, about Gabriel, an enslaved blacksmith who, inspired by the revolution in Haiti, planned a large-scale slave rebellion in Virginia at the turn of the 19th century which eventually had significant repercussions for decades afterwards; read by JD Jackson, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, available worldwide
  • My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter, a YA historical novel set during the US Civil War, starring an orphaned black boy who is sold from freedom in the North into slavery in the South and must make his way back again; read by Dion Graham, from Scholastic Audio, available in most countries worldwide (excluding UK & Ireland)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 21st, 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 Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace & Everland by Wendy Spinale [Classic Mystery & YA Steampunk]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 quests for unofficial justice in the absence of law, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, are as follows:

  • The Just Men of Cordova by the late Edgar Wallace, the 3rd novel in the The Four Just Men series of vintage mystery/detective thrillers starring a group of gentlemen vigilantes dedicated to pursuing wrongdoers the law cannot touch, with this story originally published in 1917 and dealing with aristocratic gambling, horse-racing, and blackmail; read by Bill Homewood, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale, the 1st novel in the Everland series of young adult steampunk science fiction novels which remix Peter Pan in a dystopian postwar London riddled by disease, where the surviving children are hunted by Captain Hook of the German Army experimenting upon a cure, with this installment starring a girl in search of her kidnapped sister, who meets the mysterious Peter and his Lost Boys on the quest to save her; read by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West, from Scholastic Audio, available US & Canada only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, 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] Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist & Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider [YA SFnal Dystopia & Contemporary with Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 living with and overcoming the challenges of illness and disability, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 7th, are as follows:

  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist, a young adult contemporary drama novel with f/m romantic elements starring a blind teen attending a mainstream high school for the first time, then later undergoing experimental surgery to acquire sight and adapting to that as well as discovering that his sighted friends have been less than honest about what the world (and his new girlfriend) looks like; read by Pat Young, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, an sfnal dystopian fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements set in near future where an epidemic of virulent tuberculosis has led to people diagnosed with it being confined to sanatoriums, starring a new inmate gradually adapting to the facility, as he gets to know the odd rules of the place with the help of another teen; read by Khristine Hvam & James Fouhey, from HarperAudio, available most countries worldwide (including Canada, but excluding UK and the rest of the British Commonwealth)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 7th, 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] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, 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 Audiobook] Final Girls by Riley Sager [Psychological Thriller]

Final Girls by Riley Sager, a pseudonym for journalist and novelist Todd Ritter, is a standalone psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for May, is narrated by Erin Bennett & Hillary Huber and is being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s next novel, The Last Time I Lied, due in July..

The story is centred around three women who were lumped together by the media as the last victims and sole survivors of assorted serial killers during their college years, two of whom are now finally meeting for the first time after the suspicious death of the third, as one struggles to separate truth from lies and recall what actually happened to her all those years ago as well as uncover what the other woman is really after, before it’s too late.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on May 24th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobooks] Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings & Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki [Young Adult LGBT Memoir & Literary Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 teenaged identity and self-discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 24th, are as follows:

  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings, is an autobiographical memoir of the author’s transition which started in early childhood, supported by her parents, and the challenges she faced growing up as a girl in less understanding surroundings in the public eye and eventual success as an activist and YouTube celebrity; read by the author herself, from Listening Library, available worldwide
  • Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki, YA contemporary/literary fiction coming of age novel, starring the teenaged daughter of two moms living in a less-than-tolerant California town, who has an obsession with believing in paranormal mysteries and eventually unravels the greater mystery of being herself; read by Rebecca Lowman, from Listening Library, available worldwide (excluding Canada)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 24th, 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 Audiobook] Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by Courtney Ryley Cooper [19th C Markswoman Biography]

Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by the late Courtney Ryley Cooper, a circus perfomer turned journalist and crime writer, is a 19th century historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for May, and is narrated by Jonathan Reese.

The book was originally published in 1928 and was the first-ever biography of the 19th century celebrity Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley, separating the facts from the legends that grew up around her, tracing her life from humble beginnings through to her rise to fame and later years, and the many eventful things that happened along the way.

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

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