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Free YA Audiobook Week Eight

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

SYNC is providing one YA bestseller and one classic for free. The current titles are available until July 2nd, 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 the 8th free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic pair from SYNC

Monster
By Walter Dean Myers
Performed by a Full Cast
Published by Listening Library

Summary: Steve Harmon is a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial for his supposed role in the fatal shooting of a convenience store owner. But was Steve really the lookout? Or was he in the wrong place at the wrong time? In this innovative novel, which is written as though it were a screen play at times, the reader becomes both a witness and a juror in Steve Harmon’s life.

Lord of the Flies
By William Golding
Read by William Golding
Published by Listening Library

Summary: A modern classic about a group of ordinary boys marooned on a coral island. At first it seems as though it will be great fun- there are no adults to guide the boys or set rules. But before long life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death.

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.

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Seven

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

SYNC is providing one YA bestseller and one classic for free. The current titles are available until June 25th, 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 the 7th free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic pair from SYNC

Rose Under Fire
By Elizabeth Wein
Read by Sasha Pick
Published by Bolinda Publishing

Summary: Rose Justice is captured by the Nazis while attempting to fly an Allied fighter plan from Paris to England. She is sent to Ravensbrock, the notorious women’s concentration camp, where Rose must find hope in the impossible.

Anne Frank Remembered
By Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold
Read by Barbara Rosenblat
Published by Oasis Audio

Summary: For more than two years Miep Geis and her husband helped to hide the Frank family from the Nazis. While millions have been moved by Anne Frank’s diary, this is the story of Miep’s life, from her remarkable childhood as a WWI refugee to the moment she places a small diary in Otto Frank’s hands. Miep remembers her days with honesty and clarity.

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.

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Six

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

SYNC is providing one YA bestseller and one classic for free. The current titles are available until June 18th, 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 the 6th free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic pair from SYNC

The Living
By Matt De La Pena
Read by Henry Leyva
Published by Brilliance Audio

Summary: Shy Espinoza is 11 days into his summer job on a luxury cruise line when “the Big One” hits California, hurling massive tsunamis into the ocean and tearing our contemporary romantic plotline to bits, as Shy and an unexpected companion are forced to survive in churning, shark-infested waters. The tsunami sequence is a straight-up tour de force, a breathless, horrifying dash into the void.

The Perfect Storm
By Sebastian Junger
Read by Richard Davidson
Published by Recorded Books, Inc.

Summary: It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it “the perfect storm.” In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched..

Perfect Storm

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.

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Audiobook Spotlight: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2010)

the glass castleIn this stunning memoir, Jeannette Walls recounts both the glorious and horrifying moments of her peripatetic childhood in the 60s and 70s- exploring the stark beauty of the desert with her siblings, to almost burning to death as a three year old cooking hot dogs alone. Walls’s parents move the family frequently- “doing the skedaddle” as Walls’s father Rex calls it- abandoning debts and responsibilities across the country. Walls recalls her father’s changeability unflinchingly- when sober he shared his brilliant scientific mind as a loving and engaged father. When drinking, he stole, lied and terrified his children and wife. Walls’s artist mother appears to spend much of her time eating her secret stash of candy, waiting for her “big break”, refusing to work despite a teaching degree and pleas from her starving children. Both parents largely leave the children to their own devices, leading to their development of great ingenuity and self-sufficiency. Despite the numerous difficulties Walls faced while growing up, she manages to write of her parents and childhood with great affection and respect.

By Elizabeth

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Audiobook Spotlight: Nonfiction Recommendations

assassination vacationAssassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (2005)
The pleasingly dry humorist Vowell (The Wordy Shipmates, Unfamiliar Fishes) traversed the country, visiting the sites of presidential assassinations. Read in conjunction with The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness & the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (2011)

the canonThe Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier (2007)
Astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology, and geology succinctly and clearly explained for the non-scientist. There is some discussion of mathematics, probabilities and statistics. Many cute metaphors are used to help clarify the subjects.

ike's bluffIke’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas (2012)

Thomas makes a compelling case for Eisenhower as master manipulator waiting for the appropriate time to act on both the domestic and international stage. His presumed boredom and lack of interest in public was a ruse. As with Tim Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, it reveals the disturbing fact that the President of the United States has never been able to control that organization. Its representatives agree to do what he wants but go away and do what they want.

legacy of ashesLegacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner (2008)
A disturbing examination of the many failures and too few achievements of the CIA. Weiner points out that the service was never fully apprised of its real mission. Was it gathering information or conducting covert operations? How did its concentration on regime changes jive with our democratic principles? Some presidents listened to it, others did not. It became more and more dysfunctional, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. What then was its mission? It failed to change with the times and even those who recognized the imminence of an Al Quada attack were not heeded. As Weiner points out, successes often could not be made public.

pluto filesThe Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil DeGrasse Tyson (2009)
Astrophysicist, writer and director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, Tyson took unwarranted flack for initiating (he didn’t) the demotion of Pluto from planetary status to dwarf planet/plutoid member of the Kuiper Belt. This is an informative and amusing account of Pluto’s discovery in 1930, the same year Disney’s cartoon canine made his appearance in our culture, and its hold on the public’s imagination. It seems that because Kansan Clyde Tombaugh discovered it, there has been a subconscious desire to maintain Pluto’s status as the 9th planet. “Patriotic Pluto”? Who knew that the definition of a planet was and may still be up for grabs? Is the criterion size, the production of storms, ability to “sweep” up all the debris in its area?

sailingSailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum (1895, 2003)
In 1895, Joshua Slocum, a Nova Scotian by birth but a naturalized Yankee, left Boston in his sloop The Spray. In 1898 he returned as the first man to have circumnavigated the world solo. This is his exciting account of navigating charted and uncharted waters. It’s a true adventure: traversing a great distance while overcoming both man-made and natural obstacles and returning to tell about it.

The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved (2009)simpsons
Eye-opening history of the origin and development of the iconic TV series. Explains how studio executives, producers, writers and animators put it all together while battling each other over the path the show should take. There are few heroes. Money corrupts. Oddly, the author takes shots at The Cosby Show for being a traditional sitcom. Really?

By Kim

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by | June 24, 2013 · 10:20 pm

Audie Winners and Nominees!

Below are the Audiobooks in the collection that were nominated for or won an Audie:
age of miracles
The Age of Miracles By Karen Thompson Walker. Read by Emily Janice Card. 2013 WINNER: Science Fiction

America Again By Stephen Colbert. Read by Stephen Colbert and Cast. Nominated for Humor

American Dervish By Ayad Akhtar. Read by Ayad Akhtar. american dervishNominated for Narration by the Author or Authors

American Grown By Michelle Obama. Read by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yosses, and a Full Cast. Nominated for Audiobook of the Year

And When She Was Good By Laura Lippman. Read by Linda Emond. Nominated for Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery By Louise Penny. Read by Ralph Cosham. 2013 WINNER: Mystery
boy in the suitcase
Beautiful Ruins By Jess Walter. Read by Edoardo Ballerini. 2013 WINNER: Solo Narration – Male. Nominated for Audiobook of the Year and Fiction

The Boy in the Suitcase By Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2013 WINNER: Solo Narration – Female. Nominated for Thriller/Suspense

Bring Up the Bodies By Hilary Mantel. Read by Simon Vance. 2013 WINNER: Literary Fiction
call the midwife
Call the Midwife By Jennifer Worth. Read by Nicola Barber. Nominated for Solo Narration – Female

The Cheshire Cheese Cat By Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright. Read by Katherine Kellgren, Robin Sachs. Nominated for Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12

Coming HomeBy Karen Kingsbury. Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir. Nominated for Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction
cronkite
Cronkite By Douglas Brinkley. Read by George Guidall. Nominated for Biography/Memoir

Da Vinci’s GhostBy Toby Lester. Read by Stephen Hoye. Nominated for History

A Death in the Family By James Agee. Read by Lloyd James. Nominated for Classic

Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You!
By Yuri Rasovsky. Read by Sandra Oh, Simon Helberg, Kate Burton, and a Full Cast. Nominated for Audio Drama and Original Work
diviners
The Diviners By Libba Bray. Read by January LaVoy. Nominated for Teens

The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green. Read by Kate Rudd. 2013 WINNER: Teens

Fearless By Eric Blehm. Read by Paul Michael. 2013 WINNER: Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction

Fifty Shades of GreyBy E. L. James. Read by Becca Battoe. 2013 WINNER: Special Award Sales Achievement
good thief's guide to vegas 2
The Good Dream By Donna VanLiere. Read by Donna VanLiere. 2013 WINNER: Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas By Chris Ewan. Read by Simon Vance. Nominated for Mystery

The Great Cake Mystery By Alexander McCall Smith. Read by Adjoa Andoh. Children’s Titles for Ages Up to 8
inheritance
Great on the Job By Jodi Glickman. Read by Tanya Eby. Nominated for Business/Educational

Heft By Liz Moore. Read by Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka. Nominated for Literary Fiction

Inheritance By Christopher Paolini. Read by Gerard Doyle. Nominated for Teens
it worked for me
Inside Apple By Adam Lashinksy. Read by Adam Lashinsky. Nominated for Business/Educational

It Worked For Me
By Colin Powell, Tony Koltz. Read by Colin Powell. Nominated for Personal Development

Killing Kennedy By Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard. Read by Bill O’Reilly. Nominated for Audiobook of the Year
let's pretend this never happened
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey By The Countess of Carnarvon. Read by Wanda McCaddon. Nominated for Biography/Memoir

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened By Jenny Lawson. Read by Jenny Lawson. Nominated for Humor

Me the People By Kevin Bleyer. Read by Kevin Bleyer. Nominated for Humor
on the night
Most Talkative By Andy Cohen. Read by Andy Cohen. Nominated for Narration by the Author or Authors

The Nightmare By Lars Kepler. Read by Mark Bramhall. Nominated for Mystery

Odd Apocalypse By Dean Koontz. Read by David Aaron Baker. Nominated for Thriller/Suspense
pure
On the Night You Were Born By Nancy Tillman. Read by Orlagh Cassidy. 2013 WINNER: Package Design

Pure By Julianna Baggott. Read by Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, Casey Holloway. Nominated for Science Fiction

The Remains of the Day By Kazuo Ishiguro. Read by Simon Prebble. Nominated for Literary Fiction

Same Sun Here By Silas House, Neela Vaswani.tao of pooh Read by Silas House, Neela Vaswani. 2013 WINNER: Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12

Society’s Child By Janis Ian. Read by Janis Ian. 2013 WINNER: Narration by the Author or Authors. Nominated for Distinguished Achievement in Production

Splendors and Glooms By Laura Amy Schlitz. Read by Davina Porter. Nominated for Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12
touching the sky
Spy the Lie By Philip Houston, Mike Floyd, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant. Read by Fred Berman. 2013 WINNER: Nominated for Biography/Memoir

The Tao of Pooh By Benjamin Hoff. Read by Simon Vance. 2013 WINNER: Personal Development. Nominated for Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction and Solo Narration – Male

Touching the Sky wonderBy Tracie Peterson. Read by Renee Raudman. Nominated for Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

The Whole-Brain Child By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson. Read by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson. Nominated for Personal Development

The Witness By Nora Roberts. Read by Julia Whelan. 2013 WINNER: Romance
yes chef
Wonder By R.J. Palacio. Read by Diane Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd. Nominated for Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12

Yes, Chef By Marcus Samuelsson. Read by Marcus Samuelsson. Nominated for Narration by the Author or Authors

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Audiobook Spotlight: The Chopin Manuscript

The Chopin Manuscriptchopin manuscript is an award-winning Audiobook written by 15 great thriller writers. Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first and last chapter and the other authors, including Lee Child and Lisa Scottoline, each contributed a chapter.

Harry Middleton, a musicologist who used to hunt war criminals, is asked to authenticate a possible Chopin manuscript. However, there is more to the manuscript than meets the eye and soon he is on the run from people that want it. The manuscript scheme could cost thousands their lives unless stopped.

Tony Award winner Alfred Molina does an excellent job narrating and handles all of the various accents wonderfully. This Audiobook won the 2008 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year.

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Of Poseidon and The Tempest Audiobooks

audiobookmonthJune is Audiobook Month and to kick it off here is an opportunity to download two free YA Audiobooks!

SYNC will provide two free audiobook downloads for teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature each week until August 15th. Every week there will be a YA bestseller and a classic for free! The current titles will be replaced by a new pairing on June 6th. 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 the 1st free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic pair from SYNC

Of Poseidon
By Anna Banks
Read by Rebecca Gibel
Published by AudioGO

Summary: Galen, prince of the Syrena, is sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish, and after several encounters with her, Galen becomes convinced Emma holds the key to his kingdom.

“Gibel’s flirty banter will make a big splash with listeners.” –AudioFile Magazine

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Performed by a Full Cast
Published by AudioGO/ BBC Radio

Summary: A storm rages. Prospero and his daughter watch from their desert island as a ship carrying the royal family is wrecked. Miraculously, all on board survive. Plotting, mistaken identities, and bewitching love follow as the travelers explore the strange place of spirits and monsters.

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.

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