Saturday, June 28, 2014

sync this week: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and October Mourning

Sync's offerings this week (Thursday, June 26 through Wednesday, July 2, 2014) are:




In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was — that I couldn't stick around — and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.
Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.
But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart — obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.
In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made — and the light in us all that never goes out.


The edition of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock offered by Sync is narrated by Noah Galvin, courtesy of Hachette Audio.

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesléa Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew’s murder. October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.

The edition of October Mourning offered by Sync is narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister; courtesy of Brilliance Audio.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

synce this week: I'd Tell You I Love You, but then I'd Have to Kill You and Anne of Green Gables

Sync's offerings this week (Thursday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 25, 2014) are:




Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but its really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks shes an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, shes on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.


The edition of I'd Tell You I Love You, but then I'd Have to Kill You offered by Sync is narrated by Renée Raudman, courtesy of Brilliance Audio.

As soon as Anne Shirley arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever... but would the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected — a skinny girl with decidedly red hair and a temper to match. If only she could convince them to let her stay, she'd try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes or blurt out the very first thing she had to say. Anne was not like anybody else, everyone at Green Gables agreed; she was special — a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreamed of the day when she could call herself Anne of Green Gables.

The version Anne of Green Gables offered by Sync is narrated by Colleen Winton, courtesy of Post Hypnotic Press.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

sync this week: Code Name Verity and The Hiding Place

Sync's offerings this week (Thursday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 18, 2014) are:


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
and
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Bloom, with John and Elizabeth Sherril


Oct. 11th, 1943 — A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?


The edition of Code Name Verity offered by Sync is narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell, courtesy of Bolinda Audio. I highly recommend that you download this book. You can read by review of Code Name Verity in this post.

The amazing story of Corrie ten Boom, a heroine of the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape from the Nazis and became one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20th century, is told in her classic memoir, now retold for a new generation.

The edition of The Hiding Place offered by Sync is narrated by Bernadette Dunne, courtesy of Christian Audio.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

sync this week: All Our Yesterdays and Julius Caesar

Sync's offerings this week (Thursday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 11, 2014) are:


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill and
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare


Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. Shes tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of Americas most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, Jamess life crumbles apart, and with it, Marinas hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.


The edition of All Our Yesterdays offered by Sync is narrated by Meredith Mitchell, courtesy of Tantor Audio.

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings–“Beware the ides of March”–and of moving public oratory, “Friends, Romans, countrymen!” Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

The version Julius Caesar (aka Oedipus the King) offered by Sync is performed by Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast; courtesy of L.A. Theatre Works.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

sync this week: Confessions of a Murder Suspect and Murder at the Vicarage

Sync's offerings this week (Thursday, May 29 through Wednesday, June 4, 2014) are:


Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Hachette Audio edition, narrated by Emma Galvin
and
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Harper Audio edition, narrated by Richard E. Grant


James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family... and the dark secrets they're keeping from one another.
On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone — maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous — and revealing — game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?


Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.

Friday, May 23, 2014

sync this week: Cruel Beauty and
Oedipus Rex

Sync's offerings this week (Thursday, May 22 through Wednesday May 28, 2014) are:


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles


Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom--all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.
Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle--a shifting maze of magical rooms--enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. But even if she can bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him?
Based on the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast," Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.


The edition of Cruel Beauty offered by Sync is narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, courtesy of Harper Audio.

One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama.

The version Oedipus Rex (aka Oedipus the King) offered by Sync is performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast, courtesy of Naxos AudioBooks.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

2014 Sync schedule


Sync YA literature into your earphones with
two free audiobook downloads each week
May 15 - August 13, 2014


Teens and other readers of young adult literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from May 15 to August 13, 2014, Sync, a program sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title's theme and is likely to show up on a student's summer reading lists.

SYNC Schedule:


May 15 - May 21
May 22 - May 28
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge,
    Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
  • Oedipus the King by Sophocles,
    Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 - June 4

June 5 - June 11
  • All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill,
    Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare,
    Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
June 12 - June 18
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (highly recommended, see post),
    Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)
June 19 - June 25

June 26 – July 2
July 3 - July 9
July 10 - July 16
July 17 – July 23
July 24 – July 30
July 31 – August 6
August 7 – August 13
  • Living a Life that Matters by Ben Lesser,
    Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick,
    Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)
Another important note is that these books don't expire like th e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to check in each week to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to reading them right away.

More information about Sync is available on the Sync website.

better late than never: the first week of Sync 2014

Audiobook Sync, the annual summertime audiobook extravaganza, started early this year. Week one is already underway.

Sync's offerings this week (through Wednesday, May 21, 2014) are:


Warp: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
Listening Library edition, narrated by Maxwell Caulfield
and
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Listening Library edition, narrated by Derek Jacobi


Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick.
In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a nineteen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist's knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie's possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.


When the Time Traveller courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,700--and everything has changed. In another, more utopian age, creatures seemed to dwell together in perfect harmony. The Time Traveller thought he could study these marvelous beings--unearth their secret and then return to his own time--until he discovered that his invention, his only avenue of escape, had been stolen.

Go here to get this week's downloads.

Note: these books don't expire like the e-audiobooks you get from the library. So, be sure to download the books even if you don't think you'll get around to listening to them right away.

More information about Sync and this year's schedule of offerings is available in this post.