[Free Audiobooks] Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert & Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janezck [YA Contemporary Drama & WWII History]

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 artists living in the shadows cast by dramatic events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 13th.

  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko, read by Ron Butler, from Brilliance Audio. A non-fiction World War II history book focusing on the activities of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as “The Ghost Army”, a unit of actors, technicians, and artisans tasked with making believable counterfeits of the Allied armed forces to fool the Nazis into making mistakes, using inflatable tanks and other tricks to create the false impression of battlefield movements.

  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, read by James Chen, from Dreamscape. A YA contemporary Asian-American teen drama novel starring an aspiring artist who discovers a hidden secret in his family past which he must come to terms with, even as he worries about his relationship with his best friend which was was strained by a recent tragedy among his peer group.

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 13th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Chinese Diaries: 1941-1946 by Robert Payne [China Expat Travelogue & War History Memoir]

Chinese Diaries: 1941-1946 by the late US-resident British expat author Robert Payne, a notable mid-20th century historian, novelist, English literature professor, and biographer who had actually met and conversed with a number of his famous historical subjects, including Hitler and Mao Zedong, is a memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1945 and 1947 in two volumes as Forever China and China Awakes, with this combined reprint edition containing approximately half the original text in this installment

This section of Payne’s personal diaries form a 1940s-contemporary wartime travelogue memoir of his expat experiences leaving Singapore for China as World War II expanded further into the Pacific, taking him from his initial posting at the British Embassy to eventually teaching at universities at Chungking and Kunming in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, and recording his first-hand observations of the effects of the war upon his students and broader Chinese society, as well as his own encounters with the local people and their culture.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Spearhead of the Fifth Army: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Italy, from the Winter Line to Anzio by Frank Van Lunteren [WWII Military History]

Spearhead of the Fifth Army: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Italy, from the Winter Line to Anzio by Dutch author Frank Van Lunteren, an historian and honourary member of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is a military group and event history, free for a limited time courtesy of specialist publisher Casemate.

This is the 2nd in the author’s sequence of books following the exploits of the US Army’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II, and covers the Italian theatre in 1944 as they enter Naples, drawing upon war diaries, personal journals, letters, and interviews with veterans to flesh out their activities and experiences and those of their allies.

Offered in Canada, the UK, Australia, and possibly other countries worldwide (excluding the US and Europe), available at Kobo.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell [WWII London Blitz Historical Memoir]

A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her WWII home front historical memoir, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1959 by Cassell. The reprint contains a new introduction by British author Virginia Nicholson (herself a great-niece of author Virginia Woolf), who remembered this fondly in a letter to The Telegraph.

The memoir takes place during the early 1940s London Blitz in the Chelsea area, where the author was a Red Cross volunteer, and covers her experiences living with and giving aid to ordinary people amidst the bombings.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Douglas Bader: A Biography by Robert Jackson [WWII Amputee Fighter Pilot]

Douglas Bader: A Biography by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is a 20th century aviation figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1983 by Arthur Baker Ltd.

The biography covers the life and legacy of Sir Douglas Baker, a much-decorated British flying ace who accomplished his World War II victories while equipped with artificial legs (having lost them prior to the war), and later became a controversial dabbler in politics.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Journeys into Night: Remarkable first-hand accounts from the Bomber Command by Don Charlwood [WWII Australian Aviator Memoir]

Journeys into Night: Remarkable first-hand accounts from the Bomber Command by the late Australian author Don Charlwood, a recipient of the Order of Australia for his contributions to literature, is an autobiographical military memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1991 by Hudson Hawthorn.

This memoir relates the author’s experiences as a WWII navigator in the Royal Australian Air Force, alongside those of the companions who trained with him in Canada or later served as crew members in the British Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, drawing upon his and their wartime letters and diaries.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine [Political History]

The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas, is a vintage World War II history book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1965 by McGraw-Hill and was later updated with a second edition in 1979, which is now reprinted here.

The book focuses more on the diplomatic aspects of international relations between the US and others during the lead up to World War II in the 1930s, drawing upon then-current research findings (circa the 1970s) to examine the possibility that the US’ ostensibly neutral foreign policy at the time may have added to the eventual severity of the war, as well as the various factors contributing to the policy.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] A Place to Call Home by Tania Crosse [Historical Fiction]

A Place to Call Home by British author Tania Crosse is the sequel novel in a duology of heartwarming historical personal drama sagas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The story is set in Britain during World War II, continuing the tale of the unlikely friendship that arose between an orphaned teenager and a woman who’d just lost her own daughter in Nobody’s Girl (previously also offered free), as war encroaches upon the countryside and their bond is put to the test.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] ATA Girl: Up in the Air [WWII Historical Radio Play Drama]

ATA Girl: Up in the Air is the 1st episode in the ATA Girl series of historical drama radio plays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Big Finish, makers of the officially licensed Doctor Who radio play episodes.

This is a special giveaway to celebrate International Women’s Day, from their new Big Finish Originals line.

The series is set during WWII amongst the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, told as a sequence of fictional reminisces from one of the female pilots who flew the planes from the factories where they were built to the squadrons where they would be used. This first hour-long episode is centred around two sisters, one newly widowed, the other estranged, reuniting during the initial ATA pilot training and trying to mend their broken relationship amidst the challenges of building a new life.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 9th until 23:59 UK time (approx 4 PM Pacific Time), available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Shelter by Marguerite Steen [Vintage WWII Literary Novel]

Shelter by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is a standalone vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1942 by Sun Dial Press.

The story was written contemporary to and takes place during WWII on the British homefront, set in 1940s London near the beginning of the Blitz, and is a domestic drama centred around the shifting relationship between two women caught up together in the war and connected by particular circumstances whether they like it or not.

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