[Free Audiobooks] New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson & Fake by Eric Simonson [Award-Nominated Science Fiction Novel & Science History Hoax Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of questioning past and future scientific assumptions and the associated status quo, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 22nd.

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by a full cast, from Hachette Audio. A standalone science fiction novel set in a future New York City partially submerged due to climate change, focusing on the various persons and factions living there as they try to survive and interact with each other despite the class divide between the wealthy in their secure skyscrapers above sea level, and the less privileged who live in the vulnerable low-lying tidal areas. This was a Best Novel finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award, and also placed 3rd on the annual Locus Award list for Best SF Novel.

  • Fake by Eric Simonson, performed by a full cast in front of a live audience, from L.A. Theatre Works. A science history drama alternating between the 1910s and the 1950s, exploring the discovery and impact and eventual debunking of the famous Piltdown Man fossil, a “missing link” debated over by many luminaries of the time, including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who participates as a character in the play. This audiobook version also includes an interview with University of Chicago professor Russell H. Tuttle, a distinguished palaeoanthropologist, discussing the hoax in retrospect.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 22nd, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare & A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Alison Larkin [Classic Comedy & Genderbent Remix Classic Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of celebrating a classic Christmas in July while playing around with ideas of gender, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 15th.

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted and read by Alison Larkin. A remixed version of the classic novel, genderbending the character of Ebenezer Scrooge and exploring the story’s happenings in a slightly alternate 19th century London as though it were perfectly normal for an independent Victorian businesswoman to behave and relate to others as the iconic miser does.

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performed by a full cast, published by Naxos Audiobooks. The classic comedy play with romantic elements starring separated brother and sister twins and the situations they get into and out of, as Viola disguises herself as a boy and falls in love with her unsuspecting employer who himself has fallen in love with another woman, whom he sends Viola to woo on his behalf only to have the lady fall for her male disguise, and the further complications that ensue.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 15th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Stalking the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco & Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [YA Historical Horror Thriller & 19th C German Classic Play]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of dubious partnerships with morally suspect entities, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 20th.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, read by Nicola Barber, from Hachette Audio. A Victorian-era YA historical thriller with horror elements and f/m romantic elements, starring an a high society lord’s daughter who secretly studies forensic medicine in her uncle’s laboratory alongside his apprentice, and finds herself on the trail of a serial killer.

  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, performed by a full cast including veteran actor Derek Jacobi, from Naxos Audiobooks. T he 19th century German classic play based on the even older legend of a man who is tempted to sell his soul to a devil for power and pleasure, which he begins to regret upon falling in love.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 20th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography by Peter Buse [Art Technology Business & Cultural History]

The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography by Peter Buse, Dean of the School of Arts at the University of Liverpool, is a retrospective photography technology and iconic business history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for December.

This combined art technology cum cultural and business history takes a retrospective look over the photographic innovations of Polaroid‘s pioneering instant snapshot cameras, first invented in the 1940s, and their impact in popular culture bringing easy quick photos to the masses, as well as the changing fortunes of the company as they first capitalized on its popularity over several decades, but later failed to understand the growing digital camera market in more recent times.

Offered worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Mahabharata: Peter Brook’s Epic in the Making by Garry O’Connor [Indian Myth-Based Theatre & Film Creative Process Memoir]

The Mahabharata: Peter Brook’s Epic in the Making by British author Garry O’Connor, a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company turned novelist, biographer, and theatre critic, is a semi-biographical behind the scenes theatrical creative process memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1989 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The book provides an insider’s behind the scenes look at the creative and practical processes behind the making of award-winning British playwright and film director Peter Brook‘s The Mahabharata, originally a play based upon the ancient Sanskrit Hindu mythological epic which was then turned into television and film, following from start to finish its conception and writing and initial media reception, to the global theatrical tour and subsequent decisions made adapting from stage to film and shooting on location during the 1980s, etc.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBooks] 10 nonfiction books from Verso [Art, Architecture, History, Philosophy, Environment, Social Issues, Political Theory, Etc.]

As a special tie in to their “50 % off Student Reading Sale”, publisher Verso Books are giving away free ebook copies of selected non-fiction titles in their quasi-academic line of philosophical, political, artistic, and social history, commentary, and analysis.

The selection includes the following 10 titles across various subjects, which you can claim via the blog announcement page by switching to “Ebook” tab for each book and clicking “Add to Cart” (DRM-free watermarked ePub/Mobi, requires account signup with valid email address but no payment info):

  • Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries (20th C intellectual movement history)
  • Beyond Black and White: From Civil Rights to Barack Obama by Manning Marable (race relations)
  • The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx: 1843 to Capital by Ernest Mandel (economic theory)
  • Metaphilosophy by Henri Lefebvre (French philosopher manifesto)
  • The Exform by Nicholas Bourriad (art theory and criticism)
  • Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter by Michèle Barrett (contemporary feminism)
  • Marx and Human Nature: Reflections of a Legend by Norman Geras (philosophy)
  • Screened Out by Jean Baudrillard (journalist essays)
  • All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities by Michael Sorkin (urban architecture)
  • Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future by Jeff Mann and Joel Wainwright (environmental political issues)

Offered DRM-free worldwide until just before midnight Pacific Time on September 30th, available directly from the publisher.

[Free eBook] The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Coren [19th C Sherlock Holmes Creator Biography]

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is an author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Bloomsbury.

This biography covers the many varied facets of 19th century British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, not only in terms of the personal and literary influences behind his best known creation, the seminal Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes, but also Conan Doyle’s own real life experiences as a doctor, attempts at solving crimes and enacting political reforms, interest in spiritualism, and various other aspects of his adventurous life.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings by Michael Coren [20th C Fantasy Author Literary Biography]

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is a literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Stoddart Publishing.

This accessibly-written literary biography, meant for a popular audience, covers the life and times and influences of 20th century author J. R. R. Tolkien, from his early childhood to his friendships with the “Inklings” literary circle at Oxford and other formative experiences which would lead to the creation of his best-known works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy set in the classic fantasy realm of Middle-Earth.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia by Michael Coren [20th C Fantasy Author Literary Biography]

C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is a literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

The biography covers the life and literary influences of 20th century British author C. S. Lewis from his childhood through to his formative years at Oxford and beyond as he forged enduring friendships with other prominent authors, with especial attention to the creation of his classic “Narnia” series of children’s fantasy novels.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Gilbert: The Man Who Was G. K. Chesterton by Michael Coren [20th Classic Author Literary Biography]

Gilbert: The Man Who Was G. K. Chesterton by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is a literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1989 by Jonathan Cape.

The biography looks into the life and times and literary influences of early 20th century British author G. K. Chesterton, perhaps best known for the “Father Brown” amateur sleuth mysteries, among other now-classic novels and nonfiction works.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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