Thursday, June 14, 2012

SYNC Summer 2012 has launched!

Thursday, June 14, 2012 with 3 comments
SYNC Summer 2012 launches today!

I was just wondering about this yesterday, and then I checked my email this morning to find this summer's first offering from SYNC.  You see, over the summer, SYNC provides access to free audiobooks, pairing a recent young adult novel with a classic that ties into it.  The offerings change each week and are only available for download until the next offering is announced a week later.

I've included a list of all of the scheduled downloads for this summer at the bottom of this post, and I'll try to post a reminder each week of the next week's upcoming titles.  Here are this week's (June 14-20) offerings: 

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 The Eleventh Plague
Published by Scholastic Audio

In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

“Each outburst, each emotional shutdown, each request for help is perfectly believable when presented in Bittner’s even but emotionally layered delivery…” –AudioFile Magazine

You can check out my review of the book here.

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The Grapes of Wrath
Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Drought and economic depression are driving thousands from Oklahoma.

“…bringing heart, soul, and tears to every line. A fine introduction to Steinbeck’s world.” –AudioFile Magazine

I've actually never read this one -- how I managed to avoid that during high school, I'll never know -- but I've always wanted to.  Guess I'll get my chance now, thanks to SYNC.

From the SYNC website:

Available for a Limited Time:
Remember–Grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/21/12!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not.  Once you have the resulting MP3, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).  Visit the OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

Schedule of SYNC Downloads

SYNC Titles
Summer 2012

June14 – June 20, 2012
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 21 – June 27, 2012
by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

June 28 – July 4, 2012
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones
(Listening Library)
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens
(Naxos AudioBooks)

July 5 – July 11, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO)

July 12 – July 18, 2012
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)

July 19 – July 25, 2012
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
TBA (Brilliance Audio)

August 2 – August 8, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio)

August 9 – August 15, 2012
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast
(Galaxy Press)

August 16 – August 22, 2012
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia (Bolinda Audio)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks)

Personally, I'll be downloading these as soon as I get home.  I LOVE audiobooks more than I ever thought I would.  They really help pass the time on my grueling commute, during my workout, cleaning house, or generally when I find myself doing something I'd rather not be.  Plus, I'm working on that neverending TBR pile at the same time!

So, which titles are you most excited about?  Have you participated in this promotion before?


  1. gr8
    but alot is not in my country

    1. Sorry! Maybe they'll change up the promotion in the future to better include international listeners. :)

  2. Cool!I like these books. Seem interesting.


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