[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 eBook] The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait by Edward Wagenknecht [Vintage Classic Author Literary Biography]

The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is an historical literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1929 by Houghton Mifflin and was revised and updated in 1966 in a new edition from the University of Oklahoma Press, with a retrospective foreword by the author. This 2016 reprint of the UOP edition has a brand-new introduction by Fred Guida placing Wagenknecht’s lifelong contributions to the field of Dickens biographies in their historical context.

The book originated as a doctoral dissertation for the University of Washington during the 1920s, and provides an early character study and examination of Dickens’ life, times, influences, and works during an early 20th-century transitional era when Dickens was apparently still considered simply a publicly popular novelist not taken very seriously in academic literary circles, before attaining his classic author status in later decades.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens [Classic Literature]

Oliver Twist by the 19th century Victorian British author Charles Dickens is his classic standalone literary fiction social drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for November, and is narrated by Simon Vance. This was Dickens’ second novel, originally published as a monthly serial between 1837 and 1839 in Bentley’s Magazine as Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress, and has since become one of his best-known and most enduring works, with many adaptations to this very day.

The story follows a poor orphan born and raised in harsh circumstances, who escapes into criminal underground of a pickpocket gang, getting the chance to better himself when he is taken in by a kindly benefactor who does not believe he is a hardened thief, only to have his past return to hinder the attempt to better himself and his lot in life.

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

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