A+ Audio: Odyssey Honor titles for FREE

Treasure Island read by Alfred Molina & Bloody Jack read by Katherine Kellgren – both recognized by the American Library Association’s Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production – are yours for FREE for one week only, starting today. Anyone can download these two great family listening A+ Audios with no need for personal information or credit card number – you just need the free OverDrive software (which many of you may all ready have to download titles from your public library).

It’s all part of the SYNC promotion: two top titles tied together by a similar theme – one classic, one YA – to hook listeners young & not-so-young on the best in audiobooks. But each title is only available for a week – so load up that MP3 player with great FREE listening to last long after summer vacation. This week’s theme is “Sailors & Scallwags,” a perfect choice for promoting audiobooks in your library’s summer reading “Make a Splash / Make Waves @ Your Library” programs.  Combine a display of listen-alikes with a printable bookmark featuring the free SYNC titles or add an audio clip from the audiobook publisher’s site to your library web page to entice patrons with a freebie to give downloading with OverDrive a try. Not enough audiobooks of summer reading assignment titles in your collection? Check the Sync list – it might be there. Are you & your patrons anxiously awaiting the release of Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay? Appease that hunger with the perfectly-timed free download of The Hunger Games, the first in the series. There’s a whole social network o of fans, narrators, and authors ready to discuss these titles & all thing audiobook at the Audiobook Community site.

Best of all, this is a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the Odyssey Award for free – and for libraries to promote the best in audiobook listening. So visit the Sync website and get downloading! 🙂

Here’s the rest of the Sync summer line up:

Available July 15 – July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 – July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 – August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Available August 5 – August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Available August 12 – August 18
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available August 19 – August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Available August 26 – September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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