Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer is officially here, so you know what that means! SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer, and today kicks off week nine of the program for 2016. Here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!

This week's YA title is Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, performed by Philip Church for Listening Library.

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In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean.

Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.

This week's other title is The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, performed by MacLeod Andrews for Listening Library.

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“What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic, to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.

In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword, The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.

As I said earlier in the program, I've never read an Andrew Smith novel, but I'm thinking that the fact that TWO are featured in the SYNC summer program is a good sign that I should. :D

Will you be picking up either of these titles? Remember, they're only available through Wednesday, and new titles will be put up on Thursday for download. To download this week's titles, just click here to be taken to the SYNC download page.

I hope you take advantage of this program. I've been doing it for the last several years, and I've had the opportunity 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 or discover new ones.  Win/win.  =)

Happy listening!

1 comment:

  1. If you look closely, SYNC is actually offering the "young readers edition" of THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, which kinda bums me out, since it's for ages 10 and up, and Dial/Penguin itself recommends the adult version for teens.


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