Herland by the late Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a sociologist and novelist perhaps best remembered for her classic horror short The Yellow Wallpaper, is her vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for March to celebrate International Women’s Day, and this reading is narrated by William Dufris.
The novel was originally published in 1915 and is now regarded as an early classic of feminist and utopian science fiction. The story takes place in a future utopian society consisting entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis, as it is explored by outsiders, a group of male sociology students who wind up captive after their expedition goes awry.
Offered worldwide through March, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.
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ATA Girl: Up in the Air is the 1st episode in the ATA Girl series of historical drama radio plays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Big Finish, makers of the officially licensed Doctor Who radio play episodes.
This is a special giveaway to celebrate International Women’s Day, from their new Big Finish Originals line.
The series is set during WWII amongst the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, told as a sequence of fictional reminisces from one of the female pilots who flew the planes from the factories where they were built to the squadrons where they would be used. This first hour-long episode is centred around two sisters, one newly widowed, the other estranged, reuniting during the initial ATA pilot training and trying to mend their broken relationship amidst the challenges of building a new life.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 9th until 23:59 UK time (approx 4 PM Pacific Time), available directly from the publisher.
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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by the late James Weldon Johnson, a highly influential author, diplomat, and civil rights activist, is a novel classic literary memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.
This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February and a special selection for Black History Month, and is read by Alan Bomar Jones. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a literary novel, originally published anonymously in 1912 and now considered a classic of literature and important early influence on many other African-American authors.
The story is styled as the fictional memoir of a biracial African-American man who is able to pass as a white man at the cost of giving up his heritage and musical ambitions, exploring race relations and artistic constraints in the aftermath of the US Civil War and at the turn of the 20th century.
Offered through February, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.
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The Drifter by Nick Petrie is the 1st novel in the Peter Ash series of mystery/suspense action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February, and is read by TV actor Stephen Mendel. The series stars a returning US war veteran who finds himself investigating assorted crimes and nefarious plots he comes across, engaging in action-packed confrontations with dangerous opponents.
This story sets him up with an initial homecoming adventure, helping the widow of a former friend in the Marines, whose apparent suicide turns out to be more complicated than it seems.
Offered through February 24th at 12 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to worldwide directly from the publisher.
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The Secret Garden by the late [Frances Hodgson Burnett][author-link] is her classic children’s journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.
This beloved children’s classic novel, originally published in 1911 and adapted many times to film, tells the tale of an abruptly orphaned girl who discovers a secret garden at her uncle’s manor, which has been neglected since the death of her aunt, and becomes transformed by her experience working to save it. This reading is narrated by Josephine Bailey.
Offered worldwide through November, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.
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A Boy Called Christmas by British author Matt Haig is the 1st story in his Christmas trilogy of children’s holiday adventure tales with fantasy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The series gives an alternate backstory for Santa Claus and his family in the modern day, undergoing Christmas adventure quests, and this installment is narrated by actor Stephen Fry.
The story stars a young boy who goes in search of his missing father, traveling to the North Pole on adventures which include meeting reindeer and trolls and the elves of Elfheim village, who are experiencing problems only young Nikolas might be able to solve.
Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on November 20th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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The War of the Worlds by the late British author H. G. Wells is his classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.
The story is an early tale of alien invasion, first published in 1898, with Martians mysteriously attacking the Earth, made famous by its many popular adaptations. This reading is narrated by Simon Vance.
Offered worldwide through October, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.
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The Best of Edgar Allan Poe by the late Edgar Allan Poe contains a mix of his classic poetry and prose stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This selection of the classic 19th century author’s unabridged poetry and prose stories is read by narrator Edward Blake, and includes such spooky horror tales as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more.
Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on October 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.
The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.
Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on September 29th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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Smerte (Pain) by Troels Staehelin Jensen, a Professor and pain researcher in the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, is the 51st in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This science research essay focuses on the topic of the sensation of pain, and its drawbacks and benefits in signalling various aspects and statuses of continuing life and health.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through September 11th, available directly from the university’s website.
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