[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 eBook] Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27 [Fiction Shorts & Non-Fiction Essays]

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27 is a classic detective mystery semi-professional fan magazine, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

The quarterly magazine series features a selection of new and reprint fiction and non-fiction pieces all about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic Victorian era detective’s cases and his world, and the various worldwide adaptations over the decades (and is automatically included in all subscriptions to the Black Cat Community).

This issue contains 4 non-fiction pieces and 7 new short stories as well as a classic ACD reprint, with contributions from award-winning horror novelist Kim Newman looking at foreign-language Holmesian comedy films, a pastiche from pop culture historian Ron Goulart, alongside humorous cartoons and a fake advice column from Baker Street landlady “Mrs. Hudson”, and more.

Offered worldwide through September 23rd (maybe a few days more), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[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 Audiobook] The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [Classic Science Fiction]

The Lost World by the late British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, is the 1st novel in the Professor Challenger sequence of vintage classic science fiction adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for July, is narrated by Michael Prichard and accompanied by a PDF ebook of the original text (which is public domain anyway, so you can easily find an ePub/Mobi if you prefer) and is a different version from the Naxos Audiobooks reading offered during AudiobookSync’s Summer of Listening giveaway.

The novel was originally published in 1912, and is the first adventure starring Conan Doyle’s other famous character, Professor Challenger, an intrepid scientist-explorer, and was a popular tale which influenced further authors, including Michael Crichton, whose novel Jurassic Park became the basis of the hit movie franchise. The story features a journey to the Amazon, where the expedition discovers a hidden enclave of dinosaurs who have survived into the present day.

Offered worldwide through July, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobooks] Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama & The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [YA Fantasy & Classic Science Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 this is their final week of the event, from which I hope you’ve found books you’ve enjoyed.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the rediscovery of strange creatures from times past, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 26th, are as follows:

  • Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, is a standalone young adult paranormal fantasy novel starring a girl attempting to unravel the truth behind her family line, which seems to be afflicted by repeated tragedy dating back to a long-ago decision by a mermaid to leave the sea; read by Katherine Kellgren, from Macmillan Audio, available US, Canada, New Zealand, and selected other regions worldwide (excluding the UK, rest of the Commonwealth, and Europe)
  • The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a classic science fiction adventure novel originally published in 1912, starring the Sherlock Holmes creator’s other famous character Professor Challenger, on an expedition to a hidden plateau in South America where dinosaurs have survived to the present day; read by Glen McCready, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 26th, 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).