[Free Audiobook] The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Children’s Classic Novel]

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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[Free Audiobook] A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig [Children’s Fantasy Adventure]

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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[Free Audiobook] The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [Classic Science Fiction]

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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[Free Audiobook] The Best of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe [Poetry & Horror Classics]

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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[Free Audiobook] A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk [Award-Winning Turkish Literary Novel]

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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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Smerte by Troels Staehelin Jensen [Danish Academic Pain Research Science Essay]

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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[Free Audiobook] Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman [Young Adult Fantasy]

Lyra’s Oxford by English author Philip Pullman is a short story sequel to his His Dark Materials series of children’s/young adult fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series, which was adapted to film as The Golden Compass, takes place in a multiverse, of which one part is a magical analogue of England circa the Victorian era, where humans’ inner selves manifest as special animals known as dæmons, and people can travel between parallel worlds.

This short story takes place two years after the end of the original novel trilogy, and stars the heroine Lyra as she experiences an adventure in her native world’s version of Oxford University. The story is narrated by the author himself, with additional performances by a full cast, and is being made free to promote an upcoming new trilogy in the same setting, The Book of Dust, the first part of which which will be released later this year.

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on August 25th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Classic Literature]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 fantastic discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, are as follows:

  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, is his debut young adult urban fantasy novel set in modern Brooklyn, starring an artistically talented girl who discovers that she can wield a special hidden magic that infuses spirits into artworks, but also killers targeting these shadowshapers, who believe her to be hiding a family secret they want; Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Annika Noni
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, is his vintage classic literary fiction story about a man who one day wakes up as a giant cockroach, and how his day goes from there; from Naxos Audiobooks, read by Martin Jarvis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, 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).

This is the final week of the promotion, and I hope you’ve enjoyed whichever selections you might have been interested in.

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, 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] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fantasy, Award-Winning Steampunk Alternate History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 alternate historical fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, are as follows:

  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, is her fantasy novel set in a world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a girl trained in the illusion-casting art of shadow weaving must discover her own identity, even as she seeks revenge for the death of her family; from Brilliance Audio, read by Amy Rubinate
  • Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, who was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for this in 2004, is the 1st novel in his eponymous trilogy of steampunk sci-fantasy which take place in an alternate history version of Canada, starring a cabin boy aboard an airship who rescues a traveler in a balloon, thereby setting off a series of adventures; from Full Cast Audio, read by David Kelly and others

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, 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).