Thursday, June 27, 2013

SYNC Summer 2013: Week 5 #syncya

Thursday, June 27, 2013 with 3 comments

SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer, and the program has officially kicked off.  Last week's offerings were Once and Letter from Birmingham Jail.  And here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!

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This week's YA title is Rotters by Daniel Kraus, performed by Kirby Heyborne for Listening Library.

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

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This week's classic title is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, performed by Jim Weiss for Listening Library.

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

Hmm...a monster theme this week.  I like monsters, so this works for me.  :)  I've never read either of these books, though I do consider myself a bit of a zombie aficionado, and I have actually read several Frankenstein retellings.  Both sound great!  And Kirby Heyborne, I've recently decided, is an awesome narrator, so I definitely suggest picking Rotters up this week.

Will you be checking out either of these titles?  Remember, they're only available through Wednesday, and new titles will be put up on Thursday for download.  Other things to note:

To download this week's titles, just click on the image below to be taken directly to the SYNC download page:

I hope you take advantage of this program. I've been doing it for the last couple of years, and I've had the chance to listen to a ton of great audio for free.  If you've never tried audiobooks before, it's a great opportunity to do so without the obligation of buying one that you might not enjoy.  And if you love audiobooks, well, it's a great time to stock up on some titles you may have missed.  Win/win.  =)

And to celebrate the fact that June is Audiobook Month, we're giving away three different books on CD!  Click the image below to check out the giveaway!

June is Audiobook Month Giveaway


  1. THANKS for highlighting these! I LOVE that these fantastic books are offered for free. But I have trouble remembering to pick them up each week.

  2. I can't remember if I've read Frankenstein -- totally downloading that one :)

  3. OH WOAH. I never even knew about this program! I'm not a huge fan of audiobooks, but I think that that's just because I have yet to come across the right one! I looked at your schedule, and I am so excited for the Raven Boys and Grave Mercy week. As it is, I may have to check out Frankenstein... thank you, Jen!


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