[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).

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Dystopian Sci-Fi, Survival Thriller]

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 orphaned and abandoned children in dystopias, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 27th, are as follows:

  • Gone by Michael Grant, is the 1st novel in his Gone series of his sfnal dystopian teen survival thriller series, where all the adults have suddenly vanished for unknown reasons, leaving behind teens who are developing strange powers and must rise to the challenge of forming new societies while cut off from working technological infrastructure; from Tantor Media, read by Kyle McCarley
  • The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth, is her standalone sfnal dystopian future thriller starring an orphan who travels from his late grandfather’s farm to the city where a benevolent organization is supposed to take care of abandoned children, only to find its true agenda far more dangerously sinister than it appears; from HighBridge Audio, read by Mark Turetsky

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 27th, 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] City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams [Science Fiction Suspense Thriller]

City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams is the 1st part in his Otherland tetralogy of science fiction suspense thrillers comprising a single long, complex story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series is set in the near future, where full-immersion virtual reality has begun to dominate all aspects of society, allowing the expression of personal freedoms unheard of before.

This installment involves the discovery of a chilling conspiracy which threatens the stability of both real and virtual worlds. The story is read by actor George Newbern (voice of Superman on the Justice League cartoon).

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on July 28th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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Free for a limited time, available worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on July 28th directly @ the publisher’s dedicated promo page (DRM-free MP4 format approx ~411 mb, in exchange for newsletter signup with your valid email address; right click to Save As the download, which may otherwise try loading directly in your browser)

You can also read more about the book on its regular catalogue page, or download via the PRH’s Volumes app for iDevices and Android (Canada & US-only)

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ANYONE CAN GO THERE… COMING BACK IS ANOTHER STORY.

The first in a four-audiobook series, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future, where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society — and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the world’s most powerful individuals now threatens to shatter this world to its very core….

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Drama Novel, Non-Fiction, Health & Nutrition, Food Science]

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 food and health, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, are as follows:

  • Sugar: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, her contemporary teen life drama novel starring a girl with a difficult relationship with food and nutrition, who begins to make friends with people who care more about her personality and less about her weight, even as she comes to terms with her own struggles battling a family tendency towards obesity; from Brilliance Audio, read by Tara Sands
  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker, an award-winning Canadian journalist,, is his non-fiction food technology exposé, looking into the decades-old roots of what he perceives to be a contributing factor in the modern tendency towards poor health and increasing incidences of heart attack, diabetes, and obesity—leeching the flavour out of food and blaming carbs and fat while ignoring their benefits in moderation, instead artificially creating substitute “healthy” food which is nutritionally empty; from Dreamscape Media, read by Chris Patton

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, 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, Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense]

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, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, are as follows:

  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama, a standalone sfnal adventure story with romantic elements, set in an alternate America where humans are rigidly divided into night and day dwellers who work and live only during their allotted hours, starring a girl who intends to kidnap her newborn niece to visit her dying grandparent, but winds up breaking the all-important curfew and going on the run with a boy in similar straights, discovering more about the conspiracy underlying the dysfunction of their world; read by Julia Whelan
  • If I Run by Terri Blackstock, the 1st novel in an eponymous contemporary suspense series with f/m romantic elements, starring a woman who flees a crime scene covered with her DNA, and the man tasked to bring her in, who begins to believe that the supposed evidence doesn’t add up; from Zondervan (a religious imprint of HarperCollins), read by Nan Gurley

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, 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).