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Free YA Audiobooks Week Nine

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 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!

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories
by Terry Pratchett
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Published by Harper Audio

Summary:  Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is the second fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just seventeen years old and working as a junior reporter. In these pages, new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—and loyal readers will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692
by Stacy Schiff
Read by Eliza Foss
Published by Hachette Audio

Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.

 

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 the Overdrive or Libby app on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the apps or software.

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

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Meet Libby – A New App for eBooks and Audiobooks

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We are excited to announce that OverDrive has released a new and improved app for ebook and audiobook lending called Libby. Libby simplifies the setup and lending process for ebooks and audiobooks, and was designed based on user and library feedback. Libby is available now for download in all app stores.

If you prefer to use the OverDrive app, it will continue to be fully functioning for the foreseeable future. We recommend that you download Libby and give “her” a try, though! The staff here at CCL has found Libby to be extremely easy to set up and use. Let us know what you think!

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Eight

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 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.

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The Red Umbrella
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Read by Kyla Garcia
Published by Ideal Audiobooks

Summary: In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

 

The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois
Read by Rodney Gardiner
Published by Dreamscape Media

Summary: A cornerstone of African-American literary history, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work by W. E. B. Du Bois. Originally published in 1903, it contains many essays on race and equality, but is also a piece of seminal history as laying the groundwork for the field of sociology. Some of the essays in the novel were even previously published by the Atlantic Monthly magazine. When writing, Du Bois drew from his personal experiences as an African-American in America to highlight the issues of prejudice that were still going on into the 20th century.

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Seven

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 14th, 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!

Plus One
by Elizabeth Fama
Read by Julia Whelan
Published by Elizabeth Fama

Summary: In an alternate United States where Day and Night populations are forced to lead separate–but not equal–lives, a desperate Night girl falls for a seemingly privileged Day boy and places them both in danger as she gets caught up in the beginnings of a resistance movement.

 

If I Run
by Terri Blackstock
Read by Nan Gurley
Published by Zondervan

Summary: Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run? Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Six

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 7th, 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.

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Beast
by Donna Jo Napoli
Read by Robert Ramirez
Published by Recorded Books

Summary: Elaborates on the tale of “Beauty and the Beast,” told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.

 

Of Beast and Beauty
by Stacey Jay
Read by Julia Whelan
Published by Tantor Media

Summary: When nineteen-year-old Gem of the Desert People, called Monstrous by the Smooth Skins, becomes the prisoner of the seventeen-year-old Smooth Skin queen, Isra, age-old prejudices begins to fall aside as the two begin to understand each other.

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Four

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 24th, 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!

The Gathering: Shadow House Book 1
by Dan Poblocki
Read by Dan Bittner
Published by Scholastic Audiobooks

Summary: “Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House–and she is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.”

 

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It
by Nita Belles
Read by Nicol Zanzarella
Published by Oasis Audio

Summary: “Modern slavery is happening all around you . . . and you can be part of the solution. Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to ‘other people,’ such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don’t have to. Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you, so that you can help fight it.”

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Three

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 17th, 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!

Bronx Masquerade
by Nikki Grimes
Read by Jessica Almasy, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez, and Cherise Boothe
Published by Recorded Books

Summary: While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

 

Teenage Diaries: Then and Now
by Radio Diaries
Hosted by Joe Richman
Published by HighBridge Audio

Summary: They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life; usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers. Sixteen years later, five of those diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives.

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Two

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 10th, 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!

Feed
by M.T. Anderson
Read by David Aaron Baker and a full cast
Published by Listening Library

Summary: In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Read by Stephen Fry
Published by Random House Audio

Summary:  Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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Road Trip Audiobooks for the Whole Family

It’s that time of year again when vacations are being planned and parents are preparing for long car trips. If you’re hoping to avoid the endless barrage of are-we-there-yets, check out this selection of audiobooks in our collection that are fun for the whole family to listen to in the car. Please note: some of the selections below may be better suited to older children.

winnieThe Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh
by A.A. Milne
Read by Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Jane Harrocks, Michael Williams, Finty Williams, Robert Daws, Steven Webb, Sandi Toksvig.

Summary: In this superb full-cast dramatization, Michael Williams and Judi Dench narrate 20 stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. The tales are divided into four segments: “Pooh Goes Visiting,” “Piglet Meets a Hefflalump,” “The House at Pooh Corner/Tiger Comes to the Forest,” and “Pooh Invents a New Game.” Stephen Fry voices Pooh and recites the many hums and rhymes to the accompaniment of piano tunes, which also separate the stories. Steven Webb is a perfect Christopher Robin. Jane Horrock’s rendition of Piglet captures his loyalty and friendship to one silly old bear. Geoffrey Palmer’s Eeyore is marvelously melancholy, while Robert Daws’s Rabbit is energetic, and Sandi Toksvig’s Tigger is pleasantly loud and irritating. Besides narrating, Williams is Owl, and Dench is Kanga to Finty Williams’s Roo. Perfectly nuanced sound effects include bird songs, bees humming, the crunch of feet in the snow, branches breaking, and more. Milne has written some of the loveliest prose and poetry in children’s literature, and this extraordinary recording makes it live again for today’s listeners.

A Wrinkle in Timea wrinkle in time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Read by Hope Davis

Summary: Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

 

 

lion witch wardrobe.jpgThe Chronicles of Narnia Series
by C.S. Lewis
Read by various narrators

Summary of Book 1, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie— step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerfrankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Read by Jan Miner

Summary: When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run “from” somewhere, she wants to run “to” somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

hitchhiker's guide to the galaxyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Read by Stephen Fry

Summary: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel.

The Westing Gamewesting
by Ellen Raskin
Read by Jeff Woodman

Summary: Samuel G. Westing’s 16 heirs are elated to find that one of them stands to inherit a cool $200 million & shocked to learn that one of them is his murderer. Paired up & furnished with a set of clues, each scrambles to expose the murderer in order to claim the money.

 

 

peterPeter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Read by Jim Dale

Summary: Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

 

The Graveyard Bookgraveyard.jpg
by Neil Gaiman
Read by the author

Summary: Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

 

 

 

holesHoles
by Louis Sachar
Read by Kerry Beyer

Summary: As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a sense of himself.

The Hunger Games Serieshunger games
by Suzanne Collins
Read by various narrators

Summary of Book 1, The Hunger Games: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

leviathanLeviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
Read by Alan Cumming

Summary: In the first installment of Scott Westerfeld’s alternative history Leviathan trilogy, the year is 1914 and the world is embroiled in a global war. However, this war is fought by giant airships and monstrous, walking death machines.

 

 

Brown Girl Dreamingbrown girl
by Jacqueline Woodson
Read by the author

Summary: Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

All summaries from catalog.ccls.org.

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Free YA Audiobooks Week One

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 3rd, 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!

The Dead House
By Dawn Kurtagich
Read by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson
Published by Hachette Audio

Summary:  Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller! Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins. But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly? The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary. The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde
Read by Greg Wise
Published by Naxos Audiobooks

Summary: Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde’s remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!

 

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 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

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