Free YA Audiobooks Week Thirteen

It’s Week Thirteen of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until August 4th, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free YA audiobooks!

Pennies for Hitler
By Jackie French
Read by Humphrey Bower
Published by Bolinda Audio

Summary: It′s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils′ heads to see which of them have the most ′Aryan′- shaped heads.

But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive. Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too. The companion piece to Hitler’s Daughter, Pennies for Hitler examines the life of a child during World War II, from a different perspective.

 

Juba!
By Walter Dean Myers
Read by Brandon Gill
Published by Harper Audio

Summary: In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry “Juba” Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England. Based on the life of Master Juba.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/ and http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

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New Releases 7/26

Movies Print
Criminal
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Sing Street
A Light Beneath Their Feet
Born to Be Blue
I Am Wrath
The Russian Woodpecker verdi aida
The Last Diamond
L’Attesa

T.V. Series 
Travel Detective, Season 3

Music
Verdi: Aida by Andrea Bocelli & Kristin Lewis
Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life by Stephen Marley truly madly guilty

Audiobooks 
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Twelve

It’s Week Twelve of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until July 28th, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free YA audiobooks!

Mandela: An Audio History
By Nelson Mandela
Read by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Joe Richman
Published by HighBridge Audio

Summary: The award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

 

Things Fall Apart
By Chinua Achebe
Read by Peter Francis James
Published by Recorded Books

Summary: Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. Things Fall Apart is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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Beach Listens for Summer 2016

It’s finally the middle of summer and it seems as though everyone is on vacation, or at least getting ready to leave! I put together a short list of light reads that you can listen to while sunning on the beach, boarding a plane to a far away destination, or simply at home while on your “staycation.”

The Vacationers by Emma Staub the vacationers
“For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their 35th wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.”

If you enjoy Emma Staub’s writing, give her newest novel Modern Lovers a try. It follows the story of a group of friends, who grew up in the 80s, coming to terms with raising coming-of-age adolescents.

 

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney the nest
“It is a warm, funny, and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point after an ensuing accident endangers the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, which they are months away from finally receiving. The Plumb siblings have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems. Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives. Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.”

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware woman in cabin 10
“When travel journalist Lo Blacklock is invited on a boutique luxury cruise around the Norwegian fjords, it seems like a dream career opportunity. But the trip takes a nightmarish turn when she wakes in the middle of the night to hear a body being thrown overboard, only to discover that no one has been reported missing from the boat.”

 

beach townBeach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
“Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame. Now Greer has been given one more chance. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoiled patch of the Florida gulf coast. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who’s seen huge damage done to the town by a paper company. Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.”

 

here's to usHere’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
“Celebrity chef Deacon Rowe is struggling with addiction, depression and not one, but two, scandals. As summer nears, he travels to the idyllic Eastern bluff of Nantucket, where he takes his own life. In the shocking wake of Deacon’s suicide, his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Laurel Rowe, sets out to gather Deacon’s far-flung family, including Deacon and Laurel’s son, and Deacon’s other ex-wives and children, on the island.”

 

that summerThat Summer by Sarah Dessen
“For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.”

 

sisterhood of the traveling pantsSisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 
“Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.”

 

Summaries and images taken from catalog.ccls.org

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New Releases 7/19

Movies batman vs superman
The Perfect Match
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Miles Ahead
Demolition
Elvis & Nixon
A Perfect Day
Bridgend
OJ: Made in America 5197019xgcL

T.V. Series 
The 100, Season 3
Royal Pains, Season 8
The Magicians, Season 1
Person of Interest, Season 5

Music
Hard Love by Needtobreathe
Coolaid by Snoop Dogg youth authority
Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka
Youth Authority by Good Charlotte
Loud Hailer by Jeff Beck
Fighter by David Nail
We’re All Somebody from Somewhere by Steven Tyler
Apache by Aaron Neville

Audiobooks
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Night and Day by Iris Johansen

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TV Shows That Will Help You Forget that You’re Not at the Beach

Perhaps, like me, you’re not sure if you’re going to make it to the beach this summer. Here are a few titles that we have in our collection that are not only engrossing, but have a summer vibe that will at least help you feel like you’re participating in summer! (They will also work for unexpected rainy days on vacation.)

The Affairthe affair

This show begins almost as an experiment in memory and self-representation. The episodes often re-tell the same storyline from each character’s point of view, and the way that they see themselves and others in comparison to how the other characters view them is fascinating. The major dramatic sequences of this show take place in the beach town of Montauk, and though I’ve never been there, I definitely want to see it now after watching this show.

Hello Ladieshello ladies

This show may not be for everyone. Stephen Merchant’s humor can be painfully awkward at times (see: both the UK The Office and the US The Office— he had a hand in both), but I think for the right person it can be highly amusing. This show is set in LA and while I haven’t lived there, it seems to me that it is one of the best at capturing the promise and heartbreak of the place: Stephen’s character Stuart has re-created himself in this trendy and happening locale in the hopes of capturing himself a lady (or 50). Stuart always comes up empty-handed, and his repeated heartbreak is totally endearing. Add in the beautiful shots of the LA skyline mixed with the Hall and Oates inspired soundtrack, and you will definitely feel like you’re on an LA vacation.

Reven8erevenge

Set in the Hamptons amongst the wealthy and elite, this show follows one woman’s plan for revenge against the preeminent socialite in town whom she blames for destroying the life of her father. This show is soap-opera-level ridiculous, but so fun to watch, mostly because it is so self-aware.

 

The O.C.the oc

While this show has perhaps become a punchline for teen soap operas, there’s no denying that it is not only entertaining but funny. This show was produced by Josh Schwartz, the same man responsible for Gossip Girl and Chuck. I’ve always found his shows to be light and witty with the occasional dose of seriousness, and his characters are always excellent. The O.C. is perhaps slightly more heavy than the other two, but the California vibes and not-too-deep plot lines are perfect for summer.

 

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Eleven

It’s Week Eleven of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until July 21st, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free YA audiobooks!

Fat Angie
By e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Read by Angela Dawe
Published by Brilliance Audio

Summary: Fat Angie’s sister was captured in Iraq, she’s the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?

 

On the Jellicoe Road
By Melina Marchetta
Read by Rebecca Macauley
Published by Bolinda Audio

Summary: Taylor Markham is now a senior at the Jellicoe School, and has been made leader of the boarders. She is responsible for keeping the upper hand in the territory wars with the townies, and the cadets who camp on the edge of the school’s property over summer. She has to keep her students safe and the territories enforced and to deal with Jonah Griggs, the leader of the cadets and someone she’d rather forget. But what she needs to do, more than anything, is unravel the mystery of her past and find her mother who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road six years before.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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If You Enjoyed…

house of cards

The 4th season of House of Cards is finally out on DVD. There is quite a long wait until Season 5 is released on Netflix. To hold you over until 2017, or until your hold for season 4 arrives, I’ve created a list of T.V. Shows, Movies, and Audiobooks that are similar to House of Cards. 

T.V. Shows

The West Wing– Headed by President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing demonstrates that office politics are the same everywhere; things just have greater repercussions when your office happens to be the White House. Stories surround the President; his deputy communications director Sam Seaborn; his beleaguered press secretary, C.J. Cregg; the chief of staff, recovering boozehound Leo McGarry, who sacrifices his marriage to his career. Among the global crises that Bartlet must finesse are a nuclear showdown between India and Pakistan, an American plane shot down by terrorists, and another downed U.S. plane in Iraq.

The Good WifeThe Good Wife follows a politician’s wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick not only deals with her career but also with keeping her family together as she provides a stable home for her two children.

Scandal– When trouble rears its ugly head, headline-making, life-ruining trouble, there’s only one person to call: the legendary Olivia Pope. With her steadfast rule of always trusting her gut, Olivia leads an expert team of crisis management consultants skilled at making even the most sordid, salacious scandals disappear. But as these self-proclaimed ‘gladiators in suits’ begin to reveal the cracks in their armor, will the masters of damage control be able to control the damage in their own personal lives?

Madam Secretary– In the first season of the gripping political thriller Madam Secretary, Dr. Elizabeth McCord navigates the maze of politics to protect America and affect global issues. When the current Secretary of State is killed in a mysterious airplane accident, the White House turns to Elizabeth to take over the job. As a former CIA analyst, she understands the risks of the world. However, she’s far less prepared for the treachery of politics.

Movies

All the President’s Men– True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade, based on the best-seller by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington– Washington’s youngest senator exposes corruption in high places, almost at the cost of his career.

The American President– Andrew Shepherd is a consummate politician and a man of integrity, who also happens to be a widower, ready to start dating again. He is swept off his feet by Sydney Ellen Wade. His critics rant that it is immoral and his friends proclaim that it’s romantic, but one thing is certain, all that stands between true love and re-election is the approval of the American public.

Dave– Even though Dave is more of a political comedy than drama, there are still some parallels to House of Cards. Kevin Kline stars as an off-the-wall, temporary replacement for the missing president. His unusual style of governing and decision making tip off the opposition that something is definitely “out-of-order” in Washington.

Audiobooks

American Assassin by Vince FlynnAmerican Assassin is the first in the “Mitch Rapp Series” by Vince Flynn. For years, CIA agent Mitch Rapp has served his country with ruthless efficiency. Here, author Vince Flynn chronicles Rapp’s very first assignment, a mission that will turn the green agent into the most hardened and revered counter terrorism operative in the world.

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren– The fictionalized account of Louisiana’s colorful–and notorious–governor Huey Pierce Long, All the King’s Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

The Prince by Machiavelli– Using as his model Cesare Borgia, a Florentine price who stopped at nothing to achieve and hold political position, it still has the power to shock. Machiavelli states what most governments do (but few admit) to keep ‘corrupt’ human nature in check. He suggests that leaders must be ruthlessly despotic as well as cunningly magnanimous – that cruelty is sometimes mercy in disguise – and that it is safer to be feared than to be loved.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare– A power couple is at the forefront of House of Cards. If you enjoyed Frank and Claire’s dynamic and evolving relationship, go back to one of the earliest power couples ever written. Eleventh century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that makes him king. But he does not enjoy his newfound, dearly-won kingship.

 

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New Releases 7/12

Movies 
London Has Fallen london has fallen
The Young Messiah
Miracles from Heaven
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Everybody Wants Some!!
Green Room
By the Sea
Mothers and Daughters
The Family Fang colony
600 Miles
Dear Eleanor
My Golden Days
Sworn Virgin
Mountains May Depart
My Big Night
Marguerite & Julien
Shakespeare’s Tombnorth corridor
The White House: Inside Story
Above and Below

T.V. Shows 
Colony, Season 1

Music
Beautiful Broken by Heart
The North Corridor by Chevellethe  singles game
Amazing Grace: Inspirational Favorites and Classic Hymns

Audiobooks 
Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig
The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo
The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for July

Here are my picks for July:

Friday Night Lightsfriday night lights

“In the small town of Dillon, Texas, everyone comes together on Friday nights when the Dillon High Panthers play. But life is not a game and the charismatic football players, their new coach Eric Taylor, and the passionate fans find that their biggest challenges and obstacles come off the field.”

This show was widely-lauded by critics when it was on television but struggled to find an audience. Their struggle for ratings led to some questionable decisions in season two, but even with that, this is one of the best shows ever made. The cast is perfect in their roles and the set feels so real because it was— instead of shooting on a sound stage in LA, the show was filmed in Austin, Texas in rented houses and on real football fields. It wasn’t really a show about football; it was a show about relationships, community, Texas, poverty, racism… a beautiful microcosm of real issues facing real people. The characters are so endearing, even with their many faults. You’ll find yourself thinking of Coach Taylor’s slogan “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose,” or Tami Taylor’s “I appreciate that,” or Riggins’ “Texas Forever,” on a regular basis after watching this show (and how can you not love Texas accents?).

A Man Without a Countrya man without a country
By Kurt Vonnegut

“One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut has left an indelible impression on literature with such inventive novels as Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions. Now this iconic figure shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics and life in general. No matter the subject, Vonnegut will have you considering perspectives you may never have regarded. On the creative process: ‘If you want to really hurt your parents … the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding.’ On politics: ‘No, I am not going to run for President, although I do know that a sentence, if it is to be complete, must have both a subject and a verb.’ On nature: ‘Evolution is so creative. That’s how we got giraffes.’ On modern cultural attitudes: ‘Do you think Arabs are dumb? They gave us our numbers. Try doing long division with Roman numerals.’ and on the fate of humankind: ‘The good Earth–we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.’ A Man without a Country showcases Vonnegut at his wittiest, most acerbic, and most concerned. Beyond the humor and biting satire is an appeal to all readers to give careful thought to the world around them and the people they share it with.”

I don’t think anyone gets to the heart of any issue quite like Kurt Vonnegut does. I’m happy that in A Man Without a Country, Vonnegut was able to take some time to write down his insights on the world that are not in the form of fiction (though the fiction he wrote is amazing too!). His thoughts are straightforward and without ornament, but he always brings a fresh perspective to problems that humanity faces. I always come away from reading Vonnegut with a feeling of goodwill toward man because that is truly what he wanted, as cynical and biting as his criticism can seem. This book will definitely make you laugh too, and who doesn’t need that?

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