[Free Audiobooks] Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson & The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater [YA Mystery Drama & LGBT True Crime Journalism]

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 repercussions happening beyond school grounds, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 6th.

  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by Imani Parks, free courtesy of publisher HarperAudio. A YA high school mystery drama novel starring a learning-challenged African-American teen who begins to dig into the disappearance of her best friend, who has abruptly vanished at the start of the school year.

  • The 57 Bus by investigative journalist Dashka Slater, read by Robin Miles, free courtesy of publisher Recorded Books. This is a true crime account of an incident in Oakland, California, where an LGBT agender teen was set on fire by another teen on a school bus.

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 6th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks UPDATE] On Cats by Charles Bukowski & Wanderlust, USA by Flula Borg [Literary Poet Pet Memoir & Humorous Travel Ethnography]

As a special treat to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, two full-length audiobooks are being offered as a special promotion, free for a limited time courtesy of retailer Libro.fm and publisher HarperCollins’ HarperAudio imprint.

The two titles are available through Saturday, April 25th (UPDATE: the freebie period has been extended through Sunday April 26th, Pacific Daylight Time) as DRM-free MP3s (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info), and can also be gifted to your friends’ emails for them to claim later. You can find them by scrolling down Libro.fm’s special promotional page which includes their other charitable sale offers for the event or directly by clicking the titles below.

  • On Cats by the acclaimed late German-American poet and novelist Charles Bukowski, read by Roger Wayne, unabridged. A compilation of the author’s literary and personal reflections as well as poetry, written about the various cats encountered throughout his life, as well as the species inspiring him in general

  • Wanderlust, USA: An Über-Curious Guide to Sassy American Pastimes by German actor, comedian, and YouTube personality Flula Borg, read by the author himself, unabridged. A 6-episode audiobook-original humorous ethnographic travelogue adventure through the US in order to visit and experience the scenes of eccentric recurring cultural events including the Iditarod dog-sledding race in Alaska, Elvis Week in Mississippi, Revolutionary War-era historical reenactment in Lexington and more, and getting to know the history and communities behind them and their enduring popularity.

Offered worldwide through April 25th (at least until midnight Eastern Time, and possibly also Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Libro.fm.

[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] Worlds Apart: My Experiences in China (1953-5) and the Soviet Union (1962-5) by Humphrey Trevelyan [20th C Diplomat Expat Travel Memoir]

Worlds Apart: My Experiences in China (1953-5) and the Soviet Union (1962-5) by the late British author Humphrey Trevelyan, a notable ambassador to many key international diplomatic posts during his long career, is a mid-20th century historical political events cum expat life memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Macmillan.

This diplomatic career memoir covers Lord Trevelyan’s experiences as the British Ambassador to China in the 1950s after the Communist Revolution, and in the Soviet Union during the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, giving an inside view of both the various tense political situations which his embassy dealt with, as well as travel and everyday life in Peking and Moscow and surrounding regions both in the expat compounds and the local area attractions, with insightful retrospective political analysis of the times and cultures involved.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The First Ever English Olimpick Games by Celia Haddon [17th C Sports Event History

The First Ever English Olimpick Games by British author Celia Haddon, a journalist and former pet advice columnist for The Daily Telegraph, is a sports event history, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This gives an account of the Jacobean era attempt to revive the ancient Greek Olympic games as a sporting celebration in the English countryside now known as the Cotswold Olimpick Games, founded by lawyer Robert Dover and sponsored by King James I, as well as its enduring legacy as a recurring event for nearly two centuries, and later revival in the 1950s.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen & Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar [YA Historical Novel & Berlin Wall Political Speech History]

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][sync-list]).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 30th, are as follows:

  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a YA historical drama novel set during the 1960, starring a Berlin girl whose family was divided by the recent construction of the Berlin Wall, leaving theim stranded on the Soviet-controlled East German side with her mother while her father is on the West, inspired to attempt a daring escape to the other side; read by Kate Simses, from Scholastic Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar, a history of the role of the relationship between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ending the Cold War, centred around the iconic speech given by Reagan in Berlin in 1987 and exploring its origins, immediate impact, and aftereffects, drawing upon interviews with Reagan administration officials and East German records as well as eyewitness accounts from both sides and including in this audio version an interview with the author about the writing of this book as well as a recording of the original speech; read by Wes Bleed, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 30th, 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 eBook] A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman [1980s Military History Essay]

A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman, an historical novelist and naval historian, not to be confused with the cryptozoologist or the economist of the same name, is an historical military conflict essay, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1992.

This essay serves as a quick introduction, with brief retrospective analysis and further reading recommendations, to a particular naval operation during the summer of 1982 in the Falklands War conflict with Argentina, as the British Royal Navy sought to reclaim the islands with an ambitiously large amphibious landing.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The First Ever English Olimpick Games by Celia Haddon [17th C Sports Event History

The First Ever English Olimpick Games by British author Celia Haddon, a journalist and former pet advice columnist for The Daily Telegraph, is a sports event history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This gives an account of the Jacobean era attempt to revive the ancient Greek Olympic games as a sporting celebration in the English countryside now known as the Cotswold Olimpick Games, founded by lawyer Robert Dover and sponsored by King James I, as well as its enduring legacy as a recurring event for nearly two centuries, and later revival in the 1950s.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Death from the Sea by Herbert Molloy Mason [1900s Natural Disaster History]

Death from the Sea by the late Texas-resident American author Herbert Molloy Mason, Jr., a military history writer, is a natural disaster event case history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1972 by The Dial Press (since acquired by Penguin Random House).

The book is done in a narrative history style, giving an account of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane in Texas, considered the deadliest natural disaster in US history, covering the background and rise to prominence of the town and its colourful inhabitants, in parallel to the building up of the weather conditions which would devastate them amidst ignored warnings, as well as the aftermath of the hurricane’s damaging effects which reached as far as Canada and the town’s gradual recovery.

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