Thursday, June 6, 2013

SYNC Summer 2013: Week 2 #syncya

Thursday, June 6, 2013 with 1 comment

SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer, and the program officially kick-offed off last week with Of Poseidon and The Tempest.  Here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!

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This week's YA title is The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood, performed by Katherine Kellgren for HarperAudio.

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

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This week's classic title is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, performed by Wanda McCaddon for Tantor Audio.

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

This is the first I've heard of Incorrigible, but it sounds like a great MG read.  I'll definitely be picking it up.  As for Jane Eyre, well, it's a classic for a reason.  It's been awhile, though, and Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite audio narrators, so I'm excited to give the book another read/listen.

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.  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 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.  Win/win.  =)

1 comment:

  1. I've started listening to audiobooks more again, so this is great! I'm going to download the app now. Thanks for sharing, Jen!


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