[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 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 eBook] Darlings of the Gods: One Year in the Lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Garry O’Connor [1940s Hollywood Celebrity Oceania Theatre Tour Biography]

Darlings of the Gods: One Year in the Lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by British author Garry O’Connor, a playwright, biographer, and novelist, is a celebrity actor travelogue biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1984 by Hodder & Stoughton and was the basis of a 1989 film.

The biography is a partial travelogue, following the year 1948 in the lives of classic British Hollywood actors Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind) and Laurence Olivier (most noted for his Shakespearean work) as they leave England and take the Old Vic Company on a 6-month tour of Australia and New Zealand, experiencing stresses that would contribute to the breakdown of their marriage even as they made theatrical performances and were fêted as celebrities amongst the locals.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen & A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bathena [Young Adult SFnal Mystery/Drama Novel & Classic Theatre Play w/ bonus Eco-Disasters Interview]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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 rumour and reputation and repression in the name of other peoples’ agendas, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 13th, are as follows:

  • An Enemy of the People by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, a 2014 live performance of his classic 1882 play about environmental issues and profit versus the public good, wherein a small town dependent on tourist visits may have its public baths shut down by a report of dangerous pollution; this includes a bonus interview about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other man-made environmental disasters with Joel K. Bourne Jr, a former senior environmental writer at National Geographic; read by a full cast, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bathena, a YA contemporary multicultural social issues mystery/drama novel with strong supernatural elements, set in Saudi Arabia, where a group of teens including the ghostly deceased watch the unfolding investigation of a fatal and possibly not accidental car crash involving two of them who were engaged in a forbidden romantic relationship in a strict society; read by Firdous Bamji, Neil Shah, Soneela Nankami, Lameece Issaq, from Recorded Books, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 13th, 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] Spill by Leigh Fondakowski & Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle [Oil Spill Disaster Documentary Play & New Adult Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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 coping with the effects of disasters both natural and otherwise, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 23rd, are as follows:

  • Spill by Leigh Fondakowski, a live perfomance recording of a documentary-styled theatre play based on the events of British Petroleum’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, told via dramatized interviews, court proceedings, and emotional experiences of the rig workers and their families in the aftermath; read by a full cast, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle, a New Adult f/m contemporary romance novel starring an emotionally-withdrawn young woman traumatized by recent accidents and misfortunes, who gets separated from her family during a hurricane evacuation off the coast of North Carolina, and finds herself trapped on her home island and struggling to survive and learn to live fully again with the help of a former high school crush who broke her heart and has suffered heartbreaks of his own; read by actress Morgan Fairbanks, from Blink, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 23rd, 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] Othello by William Shakespeare & You by Charles Benoit [Young Adult, Classics, Plays, Crime Thriller]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 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 outsiders with treacherous friends, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, are as follows:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare, the classic play of the Moorish commander Othello undermined by his treacherous subordinate Iago via his jealousy about his beloved Desdemona, from the Donmar Warehouse performance in London during the 2007-2008 season; read by a full cast including actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, and Kelly Reilly, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • You by Charles Benoit, a young adult noir thriller, told in the second person, by an underacheiving teen in a dreary high school who finds his life becoming less boring and more bloody as he gets caught up in the schemes of the new kid at school; read by David Baker, from Full Cast Audio, available Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, 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).