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June Is Audiobook Month #JIAM @audiobookSYNC

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To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’m listening to three audiobooks at the same time. (I’m listening to each one at different times, but all at the same time, too, if you know what I mean.)

Red Hook RoadUsually two at a time is my maximum for audiobooks, but I’m listening to Red Hook Road (Midwest Tape, 2010) written by Ayelet Waldman, narrated by Kimberly Farr, on CDs borrowed from the library, because I couldn’t get the audio download through OverDrive or Axis360 from any of my public library sources.

sin-eaters-daughter-101262-sync2016-2000x2000Then, when my Axis360 app wouldn’t work and I couldn’t finish listening to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, narrated by Mia Barron the other day, I downloaded a SYNC free audiobook to listen to: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, narrated by Amy Shiels.

Since listening on CD means I can’t listen to Red Hook Road except at home and The Sin Eater’s Daughter is good so far, but not gripping, I decided to start Armada by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton, once I finished The Nest (which I really liked, by the way). I’ve been noticing a few reviewers have said they didn’t fall in love with Armada the way they did with Ready Player One, so I wanted to get to it before I ran across any spoilers.

ArmadaI haven’t gotten too far into Armada, but I like it! So far there’s really no love story going on, it’s all Space Invader-style video game and scifi movies, but Wil Wheaton’s narration is great and I’m enjoying the voice of the main character.

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What I really wanted to mention with this post, though, was the weekly free audiobook downloads that are offered by AudioFile through the annual SYNC program, where you can download two audiobook titles a week: a YA novel paired with either a classic novel or multi-voice production of a play.

The selection changes each Thursday at 7 am. EDT, so bookmark audiobooksync.com to check selection weekly, or to sign up to receive weekly email or text reminders.

sync-poster-no-dates-2016-finalIf you have the OverDrive app on your phone or mp3 player already, all you need to do is add SYNC as a library and you can easily download the weekly selections. (They do take up room on your phone, though, so you might want to download them on a computer if you’re not going to listen right away.) There is no loan period; the audiobook files are yours to keep!

SYNC Starts Thursday: Two Free Audiobooks a Week @audiobookSYNC #audiobookSYNC

head with earbuds graphicIf you listen to downloadable audiobooks, SYNC is something you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a free summer audiobook program, geared towards young adults (teens) but open to everyone.

Starting on Thursday, May 7,  SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads each week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title – through August 13, for fourteen weeks total. The first week, the pairing is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, read by Kevin T. Collins and Eve Branco, and Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, read by Anna Massey.

Once you’ve downloaded them, the audiobooks are yours to keep for as long as you want, but are for personal use only. Under the terms of use, the downloaded MP3 files may not be shared or distributed in any way.

Each pairing is only available during the one week they are offered. So you won’t miss out on any of them, sign up for a weekly reminder email at http://www.audiobooksync.com or text syncYA to 25827 to receive title alerts by text message.

Sample SYNC audiobook offerings on SoundCloud here:

Is it just me, or do these SYNC graphics give off a horror-fiction vibe? Could we give the scary head some eyeballs next year, please?

You’ll need the free OverDrive app for downloading and listening on a mobile device. To download titles to a computer and transfer to a mobile device, you’ll need to install free OverDrive Media Console software on your computer before downloading titles. For links to the app/software, go to the SYNC Download Prep help page. If you already use OverDrive through your library, you’ll be all set!

Due to international restrictions in the original publishers’ contracts, not all of the SYNC titles can be downloaded if you live outside the U.S., but many of them can. Check this page for the list of titles that can be downloaded in countries other than the U.S.

Armchair BEA Day 5: Two More Free SYNC Downloads This Week @SYNC_YA_Lit #armchairBEA

Armchair BEA logoDay 5 of Armchair BEA already! One of today’s topics is Middle Grade/Young Adult (YA) Literature, so I’m reminding everybody out there who listens to audiobooks that Audiobook SYNC offers two free audiobook downloads every week through the summer. A classic is paired with a YA title every week. (Weeks run Thursday–Wednesday, so sign up for email alerts or text message alerts to remind you!)

This week’s free downloads are James Patterson’s YA suspense novel Confessions of a Murder Suspect(available only in the US, Canada, and the Philippines) and Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel The Murder at the Vicarage (available except in the UK and British Commonwealth.) Through this partnership between AudioFile Magazine and Overdrive, some of the audiobooks are available internationally, some only to certain countries, depending on licensing agreements with the publishers.

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