[Free Audiobooks] Kindred by Octavia E. Butler & Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina [1970s Time Travel Science Fiction & YA Historical 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 reliving past historical events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • Kindred by the late Octavia E. Butler, the recipient of multiple genre awards and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, read by Kim Staunton from Recorded Books. A classic science fiction novel from the 1970s, starring a contemporary African-American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in present-day California, and her slave ancestors’ lives on a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. An historical YA coming of age drama novel set at the height of the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer murders in 1970s New York, as a bilingual Cuban-American teen tries to juggle family dysfunction and emotional struggles and romantic attraction, amidst the backdrop of fear and violence and suspicion sweeping the city.

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 29th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais & Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña [YA Deafness & Biracial Coming of Age Novels]

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 adjusting to cultural gaps between rather different groups, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 1st.

  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais, read by Chloe Dolandis from publisher Blink. A YA contemporary coming of age cozy with f/m romantic elements, starring a girl who has been profoundly deaf from a very young age, mainstreamed into a regular high school for her final year, making friends and finding unexpected romance among her classmates who attempt various ways of communicating with her (or not) by trying to learn American Sign Language and accommodate her lip reading as in turn, she tries to adjust to their unfamiliar hearing culture.

  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña, read by Henry Leyva from publisher Brilliance Audio. A YA multicultural coming of age drama set in San Diego County, starring a biracial teenager of mixed Anglo and Latino heritage who grew up being perceived as primarily Mexican at his private prep school, and is now seeing the flipside as a non Spanish-speaking outsider as he spends the summer with his father’s side of the family, in search of his own identity.

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 1st, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States [Current Affairs Essays & Journalism]

Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, & Alana Yu-lan Price, with a foreword by #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza is a topical essay collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.

The book is a collection of reports and essays written by community organizers, legal activists, and journalists exploring the topic of police violence and miscarriages of justice against black, Latino, and indigenous communities and also persons with mental illness and other conditions in the US, as well as attempts at reform and keeping communities safe via other means.

This is being offered in conjunction with their 30% off themed sale on “Haymarket Books Against Policing & Mass Incarceration”, and they also offer a free downloadable PDF study guide for their award-winning From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation volume which is part of the sale.

Offered through Friday, June 5th (probably until just before midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor & All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater [Young Adult Contemporary & Historical Fantasy]

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 the blend of the real and magical worlds which co-exist, but are not the same thing, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 1st, are as follows:

  • Akata Witch by World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor, a YA contemporary fantasy novel starring a Nigerian-American albino girl who discovers her latent magical powers and joins a group of students juggling studies of the mundane and mystical arts as they learn to navigate both modern life and the hidden world of magic; read by Yetide Badaki, from Tantor Audio, available worldwide
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, a YA historical literary novel with magical realism fantasy elements, set in a small desert town in 1960s Colorado, where a Mexican-American family have the ability to perform unusual miracles for visitors; read by Thom Rivera, from Scholastic Audiobooks, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 1st, 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] Kids of Appetite by David Arnold & The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers [Young Adult Crime Drama & Multicultural Coming of Age Novels]

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 peoples’ roles in life and the sometimes deceptive assumptions made about them, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, are as follows:

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, a YA coming of age novel with crime drama elements, starring two teens who wind up having a story to tell to the police, in alternating chapters which gradually fill in the steps between the death of a boy’s father which leads to the murder of a girl’s uncle; read by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, & Ryan Vincent Anderson, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers, a YA multicultural coming of age novel starring a girl whose actress mother is a telenovela superstar in Mexico, whose family moves to the US to take an acting gig on American TV, who finds her social status upended as the privileged students at her private academy assume she’s just another immigrant kid there on a scholarship, and begins navigating experience of being a relatively ordinary person undercover; read by Karla Souza, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, 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] Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry & Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina [Young Adult High School Drama & Comedy Novels]

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 outcasts in schools and life lessons learned there unofficially, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 4th, are as follows:

  • Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, standalone YA contemporary Latin American teen drama novel, starring a girl inexplicably targeted for bullying by another girl and her gang, forced to discover who she truly is as her sense of self begins to erode under the pressure; read by Roxanne Hernandez, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide
  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry, standalone YA contemporary teen comedy novel, centred around a club of misfit kids including an atheist in a strict Catholic school, who find themselves dealing with and challenging its authorities and the status quo in various humorous ways as they just try to live out their lives; read by Michael Crouch, from HarperAudio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 4th, 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).