[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 Audiobooks] Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse & Easy Prey by Catherine Lo [YA Fantasy & Contemporary Whodunnit Mystery Drama]

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 decisions with life-changing consequences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 17th.

  • Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse read by Jaimee Draper from Oasis Audio. 1st novel in The Ravenwood Saga trilogy of YA fantasy with f/m romantic elements, set in a world where one House has a particular family gift which can enter and manipulate people’s dreams and desires. This installment stars the young heiress to the House becoming acquainted with her newly-activated hereditary gift of dreamwalking and its potentially fatal dark side, even as she encounters a young man tormented by his own dubiously harmful ability and its past results.

  • Easy Prey by Catherine Lo, read by Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, and Jack Meloche from Dreamscape Media. A YA contemporary teen drama whodunnit mystery/thriller addressing social issues, told in time-jumping tripartite POVs providing accounts of what happened (and clues) from the three student suspects accused of leaking a teacher’s risqué sexting photos which went viral.

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, June 17th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante [Award-Nominated LGBT SF/Fantasy Omnibus]

In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante is the 2nd omnibus in the In Our Own Worlds compilations of LGBT-themed science fiction & fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their supplementary featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for June to help celebrate Pride Month.

This omnibus contains 4 bestselling Tor.com imprint novellas featuring LGBT characters and relationships, by authors Katharine Duckett (an historical fantasy take on Shakespeare’s classic play The Tempest, set in Milan), Seanan McGuire (in her Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children contemporary portal fantasy series), Lina Rather (a space opera adventure), and Kai Ashante (a Hugo Award-nominated quest fantasy with m/m romantic elements).

Offered through Friday, June 5th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin & In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira [YA Fantasy with Romance & Family Drama]

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 the complicated relationships linking previously separated strangers, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 3rd.

  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, read by Holter Graham & Saskia Maarleveld, from HarperAudio. This is the 1st novel in the eponymous YA fantasy duology with strong f/m romantic elements, set in a France-inspired world where the Church persecutes witchcraft covens, starring a hidden witch who has forsaken her magic in favour of survival, and an elite witch hunter, who are forced into a marriage due to circumstances and must learn to deal with their respective prejudices towards each other

  • In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Brilliance Audio. A YA contemporary fiction coming of age intergenerational family drama novel with f/m romantic elements, exploring the bonds between a white mother and her mixed-race daughter, as the latter discovers her hidden family history via exploration of her mother’s own teenaged years in the 1990s and the love affair with her absent and possibly deceased African-American father, embarking on a road trip in search of the truth.

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, June 3rd, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Red in Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton [Award-Winning Victorian Pastiche Fantasy]

Red in Tooth and Claw by Welsh-born Canadian author Jo Walton, a recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is a standalone fantasy with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for May It won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2004 (and is a fun read and interesting take on both the original human and imitation dragon cultures), and is being made free to help promote Walton’s upcoming book, Or What You Will, expected in July.

The story is a pastiche of a Victorian romantic social drama novel, specifically inspired by 19th century English author Anthony Trollope‘s classic “Chronicles of Barsetshire” series, only set in a Society composed almost entirely of dragons.

Offered through Friday, May 22nd until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[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] Presumption: An Entertainment by Julia Barrett [Austen-Derivative Literary Sequel]

Presumption: An Entertainment by Julia Barrett, a joint pseudonym shared by the late Julia Braun Kessler and British novelist Gabrielle Donnelly, is a literary sequel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for November and was originally published in 1993 by Thorndike Press, as the first in a set of sequel books focusing upon selected characters after the end of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.

This volume is a social drama with f/m romantic elements, focusing on Darcy’s younger sister Georgiana, as she chooses between suitors of her own.

Offered worldwide through November (maybe a few days longer due to the weekend and recent holiday), available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Wraith of Vengeance by Edmund Glasby [Horror Mystery Collection]

Wraith of Vengeance by British author Edmund Glasby is a paranormal mystery/horror fiction collection short story collection, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This contains six dark tales with horror and speculative/paranormal mystery themes, including stories previously published in various small-press anthologies.

The title piece takes place in Venice, which is experiencing a spate of mysterious drowning deaths of burn victims in the canals, starring an inquisitive tour company adviser looking to plunder the stock of the latest victim, a shady antiques dealer storing his wares on an island abandoned since an outbreak of plague in the Middle Ages, who may just find more than he bargained for.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Cusp of Night by Mae Clair [Supernatural Investigative Mystery/Thriller]

Cusp of Night by Mae Clair is the 1st novel in the Hode’s Hill series of supernatural investigative mystery/thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is set in modern-day Pennsylvania in a small town where a recent arrival has become fascinated by the local folklore, which includes supernatural creatures.

This installment sees her turned amateur sleuth to uncover the truth behind an assault upon a prominent citizen during the annual “Fiend Fest” commemorating a dreadful local legend, as she seeks the truth behind who might have it out for the members of the town’s founding family and the long-ago secrets tied up with assorted disappearances and murders, with the aid of the journal of a 19th century spiritualist who once inhabited her newly moved-into house and was believed to have been one of the fiend’s victims, who might not have disappeared from this mortal plane just yet.

Offered in the US only through Sunday (Eastern Time), exclusively at B&N.

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