Thursday, May 22, 2014

SYNC Summer 2014: Week 2 #syncya

Thursday, May 22, 2014 with 6 comments

Man, I can't believe it's already the middle of May! The kids are [almost] out of school, and summer is officially upon us. You know what that means! SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer. Here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!

This week's YA title is Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, performed by Elizabeth Knowelden for Harper Audio.

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Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

This week's classic title is Oedipus the King by Sophocles, performed by Michael Sheen for Naxos Audiobooks.

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The anguished tale of Oedipus, who, having solved the riddle of the Sphinx and become King of Thebes, gradually realizes the crimes he has, unwittingly, committed, remains a drama of unremitting power 2,500 years after it was written. With full drama values, this production brings the atmosphere of the Greek amphitheater to audio, with the outstanding young actor Michael Sheen–recently seen as Henry V (RSC) and Amadeus (West End) and on film and TV.

I actually read an ARC of Cruel Beauty earlier this year, and it quickly became one of my favorite retellings. I can't wait to listen to the audio and fall in love with the story all over again! And I remember reading Oedipus Rex and Antigone back in school, but for some reason, I wasn't required to read Oedipus the King. Going to have to remedy that with this audio!

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 few 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. ooooh, I'll have to sign up this week. I"ll be able to get to Cruel Beauty way sooner this way.

    1. Yay! I hope you love it. I'm probably going to listen to it soon, just to see if I love it even more on audio. :)

  2. YAY! Yup, just signed up got Cruel Beauty! Thanks for the tips <3


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