It’s Week 4 of free audio YA downloads at SYNC and we’ve got two great ghost stories for you this week! Kendare Blake’s hit novel ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD as well as the classic Wilkie Collins’ THE WOMAN IN WHITE are both available free to download from today through Wednesday, July 11th!
If you haven’t heard about it, ANNA is the excellently creepy story of Cas Lowood, a teenage boy who moves around the country slaying ghosts and demons (a little bit Buffy, a little bit Supernatural!) and meets his match when he falls for his greatest challenge yet, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. (And hey, if you love it, be sure to also check out the sequel GIRL OF NIGHTMARES coming from AudioGO in August!)
For the last official day of June is Audiobook Month, curl up on the beach or the backyard patio with (wo)man’s best friend and Lucy Dillon’s Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts. Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt’s house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.
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Julia Haeberlin’s Playing Dead is a rich, complex family saga that is as moving as it is suspenseful. The perfume-scented letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago. Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself inextricably linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana.
Are you permanently in a cowboy state of mind? Check out the Great Classic Westerns audio anthology, with stories from some of the most well-known authors of the genre, including Zane Grey and Max Brand! With sixteen unabridged classic tales, you’ll have enough great listening to keep your ears busy till the cows come home…
Can’t get enough of Doctor Who? Help pass the time till the next TV season with Doctor Who: The Gunfighters, a classic BBC TV soundtrack starring William Hartnell. When the Doctor lands in the Wild Wild West circa 1881, he soon finds himself in the middle of a feud with the Clanton family, whilst Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson try to keep the peace. There’s a gunfight at the OK Corral brewing and, if the Doctor and his friends aren’t careful, the Doctor and his friends are going to be caught in the crossfire.
We’re a little late to celebrate Bloomsday this year, but it’s always a good time for a little Ulyssesas far as we’re concerned. This dramatized reading of James Joyce’s masterpiece adapted for BBC Radio 4, starring Stephen Rea and Sinead Cusack is timelessly evocative, The story of Stephen Dedalus’ journey through Dublin, it is a huge, rich portrayal of human life. In this magnificent recording, which includes the famous Molly Bloom soliloquy, the power and truth of Joyce’s vision is as potent as ever.
A shocking death in a quiet Shaker settlement sets the stage for this intriguing and atmoshperic mystery in A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns. 1796: When traveling weaver and former soldier Will Rees learns that his son David has run away he immediately sets out after him. After tracking him down at a Shaker settlement near Durham, Maine, Will unexpectedly finds himself heading a murder investigation. As he adapts to the ways of the Shakers he begins to discover that some members of the community may hold clues to solving the case, but uncovering those clues will also reveal dark secrets that could threaten the whole community
Spend your Sunday with the South African detective duo Kramer & Zondi! Tollie Erasmus, an unsavory bank robber on the run, is hung from the neck until dead. Unfortunately, execution was administered without the benefit of South African judge or jury. Somewhere there’s a killer who knows far too much about the hangman’s craft, and Lieutenant Tromp Kramer and his Bantu assistant Mickey Zondi must find him before his trail of death continues. Penned in 1977, The Sunday Hangman is the fifth tale starring the odd couple sleuths.
Is there a cooler author name on the planet than Andromeda Romano-Lax? Not sure, but her new novel, The Detour, set in 1938 Italy and Munich features some very cool customers indeed. Enlarging on themes and questions about the role of art and the promise of love in wartime, this rich journey introduces young curator Ernst Vogler who is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Fuhrer. But then a simple three-day job to collect a famous statue, turns into a disaster. With nothing left to lose, the young German gives himself up to the Italian adventure, to the surprising love and inevitable losses along the way. This is a bittersweet novel about artistic obsession, misplaced idealism, detours, and second chances, played out along the beautiful back-roads of northern Italy on the eve of war.
If the summer heat is getting you down, plan an escape with Marcia Willett’s The Summer House. A simmering saga, the tale a pair of siblings who discover a terrible secret…
Matt’s mother kept all his childhood memories in a small box, amongst the many photos of Matt as a child. But something about those photos has always puzzled Matt. Is that really him? Why does he not remember those clothes and toys? And where, in the photos, is his sister Imogen? Imogen, meanwhile, is living with her husband and their baby in a rented cottage. Ever since her childhood she has loved the Summer House, a charming folly in the grounds of a beautiful and ancient house on Exmoor, and now they have the chance of buying it. But the Summer House provides the key to the strange and tragic secret which has affected Matt’s whole life.
While my past reviews of audio books from AudioGo have consisted of reissues of 80’sreleases from Tangled Web Audio, Ghostly Tales marks the first time I’ll be reviewing a more recent audio book commissioned by AudioGo. It also marks the first time I’ve reviewed an audio book with…
Hey, food network junkies! You’ll totally want to check out this one-of-a-kind audio, Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard — it’s a cooking show for your ears! TV host and food expert Steve Raichlen takes you on a guided tour of Martha’s Vineyard’s farms and local vendors, then cooks up a delectable meal from his debut novel (Island Apart). But grab a snack first—the sizzle of that frying pan will make your mouth water!
Richard Stark’s legendary thief Parker’s got 99 problems, but two in particular are giving him a run for his money as he tries to pull off a heist at a rare coin convention in The Rare Coin Score. He’s got a creepy rookie who insists on “helping” him out and a classy widow that’s offering too much distraction—will he still make his cool two-mill score?
Butch Karp is back! The NY DA and his PI Wife Marlene tackle medical and religious ethics in their fourteenth heart-pounding case, Bad Faith. Butch must prosecute when a young boy’s death from cancer could have been avoided, had his parents’ religious views allowed him treatment. But the real person at fault might be the shady, charismatic preacher who has them under his thrall. Meanwhile, a deadly Russian assassin is planning an escape from prison and she’s headed straight for Butch…
Irene Huss is a former Ju-Jitsu champion, a mother of twin teenage girls, the wife of a successful chef, and a Detective Inspector with the Violent Crimes Unit in Goteborg, Sweden. And now she’s back in Night Rounds, this gripping new installment from Swedish author Helene Tursten. Detective Inspector Irene Huss of the Violent Crimes Unit has the challenge of disentangling wandering ghosts and complex human relationships to get to the bottom of an intriguing case when a blackout at a hospital leads to the death and disappearance of two nurses.
Did you know MC Beaton, creator of the beloved Hamish Macbeth mystery series, also penned dozens of Regency romances as Marion Chesney? In this series debut, Lady Fortescue Steps Out, listeners will be introduced to the charming and merry world of Lady Fortescue and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation. Outlandish adventure and delightful romance await…
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 June 14 - August 22, 2012, SYNC 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. For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.
To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit www.AudiobookSync.comortext syncya to 25827.
For a schedule of SYNC downloads and a full title list, CLICK HERE!
We’ll have Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake; The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins; and Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare up on SYNC to download free in July!
Torchwood fans: Have you heard the new original audio drama, Red Skies? John Telfer reads this exclusive audio adventure set after the conclusion of Miracle Day, featuring Captain Jack Harkness. Jack Harness is in need of a holiday. He wants to get away from Torchwood, away from the human race – and where better to get completely away from it all than Cotter Paluni’s World, a planet surrounded by deadly scarlet lightning and cut off from the entire universe? But there are some shocks in store for Jack: the ‘Devil’s World’ might be completely isolated and inaccessible, but its inhabitants worship Torchwood. And before he can find out why, or how this is even possible, he finds himself arrested for murder. It looks as if someone on the planet knows who Jack is – and they’re out to get him… Written specially for AudioGO by Joseph Lidster, Red Skies is read by John Telfer.
How cute is that cover? No, really? If that’s not incentive enough to give this enchanting audio, Walking Back to Happiness, by Lucy Dillon a shot, I don’t know what is! This warm tale of a woman who heals from her broken heart by becoming the town’s unofficial pet-sitter—a job which makes her privy to the lives and secrets of everyone whose animals she’s caring for—will have you rolling over in delight too.
Most people don’t think of the world of finance as being exactly scintillating. But James Conway’s new novel The Last Trade just might change some minds! This fast-paced thriller focuses on the serial deaths of several high-profile money brokers around the world and the financial trend predictor who just might be able to figure out who’s behind the killings. The Last Trade is a relentlessly entertaining, adrenaline-fueled tale about the forces that shape our culture—and a lone man desperate to achieve redemption—while averting a global economic catastrophe.
Did you know that most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called “self-deception?” We deceive ourselves into thinking we’re doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won’t follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don’t know that our motivation is flawed. Through an entertaining and highly instructive story, this audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and—most importantly—the surprising way to solve it!
Need a great beach listen? Check out Island Apart, the debut novel from acclaimed television chef Steven Raichlen. When a NY book editor recovering from a serious illness agrees to house-sit a mansion on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha’s Vineyard, she expects a quiet time to find strength and focus on work….she doesn’t expect to find love and a shared passion for cooking with a local known as The Hermit.
Also, in July, look for an exclusive digital companion audiobook with the author as he tours Martha’s Vineyard and prepares local produce in a cooking show for audio! Only available from AudioGO
Love Jane Eyre? This modern take on the classic tale will charm you. Orphaned by the age of ten, neglected by a bitter and cruel aunt, sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student, young Gemma seems destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman with dreams of the future, she accepts a position as an au pair on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. But Gemma’s biggest trial is about to begin … A journey of passion and betrayal, secrets and lies, redemption and discovery that will lead her to a life she’s never dreamed of.
Missing Hogwarts? Check out Cambial Academy in this new YA novel! The prestigious boarding school was founded for students with supernatural abilities, or “specials” by 15-year-old Claire Walker’s great-grandfather. But she’s not exactly thrilled to be there. Claire can’t see ghosts or move objects with her mind like the other students, in fact, her special is too lame to admit: she can hear the thoughts of animals. But when another student goes missing and Claire discovers a dark prophecy, she might be the one special who can save them all.
Audie Award Winner: I, Claudius~ Narrated by Derek Jacobi and Full Cast
This year’s Audie winner for Best Audio Drama, I, Claudius was written by Robert Graves and features a star-studded cast including Derek Jacobi. This is the wickedly entertaining story of the Roman Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula, as told by their obscure relation, Claudius. AudioFile Magazine says, “superb performances by all make this perfect for audio.”
Today’s clip comes from this year’s Audie Award winner for Best Package Design. The beautiful Jane Austen: Classic BBC Radio Productions box set contains some of Austen’s best-loved work, including Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. This incredible collection of dramatizations and single-voiced recordings breathes vitality into Jane Austen’s 19th century England.
Winner of the 2012 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Audiobook, The Murder of the Century is the detailed account of the aftermath of a grisly murder in New York City during the summer of 1897. Written by Paul Collins and narrated by the incomparable William Dufris, The Murder of the Century begins with the discovery of a dismembered and unidentified corpse, and closely examines the ensuing police investigation and trial. Collins also delves into the fascinating publicity war between media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst that turned the events of 1897 into a massive spectacle. With a voice that evokes the bygone era of turn-of-the-century newspapers, Dufris brings to life a true story that reads like an edge-of-your-seat crime novel.
Most people have heard of the legendary French fashion designer and icon Coco Chanel, but few know her darker side. Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaney’s controversial book reveals the truth about Chanel’s drug habit and lesbian affairs. And the question about Chanel’s German lover during World War II (was he a spy for the Nazis?) is definitively answered. Ooh la la, indeed.
How did a banana boat become and instrumental vessel in an attack on the North African coast? Find out in Twelve Desperate Miles, the story of the USS Contessa. The Contessa, a banana boat of Honduran registry, was the only vessel with a draft shallow enough to make it the twelve miles up the river to carry out General Patton’s planned mission. While portraying the ship’s journey day-by-day and describing its colorful crew, Twelve Desperate Miles chronicles the overall invasion and its aftermath, as well as the critical but unsung role played by the Contessa.
Have you been following the New Yorker’s live tweeting of Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan’s new short story between 8-9 pm each night at @NYerFiction? If not, be sure to check it out and while you wait, listen to this clip from Egan’s very first novel. Set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O’Connor, age eighteen. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith’s life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith’s lost generation.
Are mermaids the new vampires? That’s the buzz making the YA rounds and this new release by debut talent Anna Banks introduces listeners to an undersea world of romance, magic and intrigue. When Emma runs into a hot guy on the beach while on vacation, she has no idea that he’s a prince of Syrena. But Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of—a human who can communicate with fish. Listen to our audio clip and see if the sirens call you…
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway - Narrated by Daniel Weyman
Is there a more imaginative writer of modern fiction working today? We think not. Harkaway’s latest enthralling tale revolves around a clockmaker, an elderly former superspy, a doomsday machine, and a South Asian dictator. There’s also mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses, girls in pink leather and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe to worry about. What more could you ask for really?
Also, you can mosey over to i09.com and ask Harkaway all your burning questions about Angelmaker in this post and he’ll start answering them at 12 pm Pacific Time today!