Friday, June 4, 2010

Audiobook Month & Free Downloads!

I didn't but according to Booklist's Audiobooker blog, SYNC, an online community that seeks to build the audience for audiobooks among readers 13 and up, is giving free audiobook downloads all summer!!!
Each week, SYNC will give away 2 FREE downloads--a popular Young Adult title paired with a Classic title that appears on Summer Reading lists--starting July 1 through September 1, 2010.

These are the titles and dates they've listed so far. Titles will be available in MP3 format.

Available July 1 - July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 - July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

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

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
Coming Soon...

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

I've never really been big into audiobooks. I tried listening to a romance novel on audiobook, will NEVER do that again. It felt really pervy listening to someone speak all the sexy bits. Yuck. I was NOT a fan!

However, I did listen to all the Harry Potter books on audio. Jim Dale, the narrator, was AMAZING. He's so good he's won a TON of awards for narration including two Grammys Awards. Anyway, it's been really hard to find any that compare to the Harry Potter books.

However, I recently picked up a copy of Graceling by Kristen Cashore on CD at my local library. It's a full-cast production. I'm not too far into it but I like it so far. I also read some great reviews of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters on audio and reserved that from the library as well.

I'll probably keep the CD's in my car and listen while I drive. Might take me awhile to get through a book though, since I only have a 15 minute commute to work.

What about you all? Do you listen to audio books? If so, where and when? Can you recommend some good titles?


  1. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and you will be surprised how much you can listen to in just 15 minutes of commuting. And I was actually surprised at how much more time I spent in the car beyond just the commute. Enjoy!

  2. I have never listened to an audio book before but I just might be tempted to do so with this thing. Thanks for the heads up sweetie!

  3. @Anon
    I'm also listening on my lunch hour. I'm just about half way through it already!!!

    Might as well give it a go when you can get them for free! I'm definitely going to check out The Hunger Games on audio, but I would still read the print copy ;)

  4. I've never tried listening to an audiobook, mainly because I don't usually pay attention to lyrics of a song, so I'm not sure how I'll fare with the audiobooks... but if they're free, I'll definitively going to try them out ;)

    Thanks for letting us know, Mollie... because I didn't know either that June was audiobooks month...

  5. Great post, Mollie! Hope you all come join us on Sync (which is hosted by! Lots of fun audiobook stuff there---recommendations, authors, upcoming titles, and so on. You can even chat with narrators about reading the "sexy bits" in romance novels! :)
    See you there---Allison


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