Audiobook Freebie Alert!

AudiobookerBuild your audiobook library for free! Take advantage of these download freebies—and stay tuned for more.

Try Audiobooks, a website from Penguin Random House Audio,  matches your hobbies and activities to audiobooks you might like, giving every listener a free download from a rotating batch of six different audiobooks. I can attest that the current title filed under “Families,” Voyagers: Project Alpha by D. J. MacHale and narrated by Robbie Daymond, is perfect for end-of-summer road trips!

TheBrothersK_3DCoverElsewhere on the web, grab Naxos Audiobooks’ production of The Brothers Karamazov, narrated by Constantine Gregory. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil. The normal retail price of the audio title is $152.98, but christianaudio is offering it as a free download this month. That’s 37 hours of listening to save for the long winter nights ahead.

There’s still time to take advantage of SYNC, a free summer audiobook program aimed at teens 13+, from AudioFile magazine. Every summer, they give away two paired audiobook downloads each week, often terrific award-winners that will appeal to both teen and adult listeners. Their forthcoming selections, linked to their Booklist reviews, are as follows (you can sign up for email or text alerts to receive notification when they go live):

SYNC verticalJuly 28 – August 3

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers, read by Brandon Gill

Pennies from Hitler by Jackie French, read by Humphrey Bower

August 4 – August 10

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, read by Yareli Arizmendi, Christine Avila, Jesse Corti, Gustavo Res, Ozzie Rodriguez, Gabriel Romero

Most Dangerous : Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam Warby Steve Sheinkin, read by Ray Porter

August 11 – August 17

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby, read by Dan Bittner

Classic American Short Stories, by Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, and O. Henry, read by Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross, and William Roberts



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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