Freebie Friday

Three classic authors and one awesome YA heroine – today’s free audiobook downloads. Enjoy!

Free Stories - Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales | [Nelson Mandela (editor)]

Two stories from Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Alan Rickman, a half-hour selection from the winner of the 2010 Audie award for Audiobook of the Year for Hachette Audio. Snap this one up fast, as it’s a limited time offer commemorating Nelson Mandela’s birthday, earlier this week. Here’s the link:

Jayber Crow

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry, narrated by Paul Michael. This 15 hour audio is the first in Berry’s Port William series, the fictional world that explores many of the topics in the award-winning author’s essays and poetry. This download is available until July 31st from Christian Audio at this link.


Hamlet by William Shakespeare from L.A. Theatre Works. This production is performed by a full cast with American accents, which provides a different – and for some listeners more accessible – listening experience. A fantastic freebie provided through July 24th from SYNC.

Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, narrated by Erin Moon, published by Recorded Books. I adore this Young Adult audio – one of my favorites from last year – featuring a kick-butt young woman who serves Lord Mortain, the god of death, as a novice in a  medieval convent. Available through July 24th from SYNC – and just in time for the sequel, Dark Triumph.

A great bunch of listening for your (hopefully air-conditioned)  summer travels, or to download and file away into your to-listen-list for those cold winter days that seem so blissful during this summer dog days heat wave!



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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