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Freebie Friday


Sci-Fi, self-improvement, Jane Austen & the animal kingdom. Three downloads for fiction fans, financial planning, and those who enjoy live drama or wish to add a touch of audio to their Common Core language arts instruction – plus one off-the-wall resource, the world’s largest natural sound archive. Today’s batch of great FREE listening!

The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team by John Scalzi, by William Dufris. Scalzi’s newest is a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man’s War universe. Download this first episode for free here:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, narratted by Seth Anderson. For those of you who think big with your New Year’s resolutions! Download for free from Learn Out Loud:

L.A. Theater Works has amazing free resources – check this previous “Audio Drama & the Common Core”  post. Currently, you can grab Pride & Prejudice for free as streaming audio via Soundcloud:

And if there are any narrators out there who  need to mimic an animal sound and are desperately searching for sound clips – as did Katy Kellgren when she had to laugh like a snorting camel – here’s your solution! The Macaulay Library archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has archived 150,000 recordings of 9,000 species going back to 1929, digitized and available at




About the Author:

Mary Burkey is a National Board Certified teacher-librarian in the Olentangy School District in Columbus, Ohio. Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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