Jun 13

SYNC Has Launched! Download Week 1′s Titles!

Welcome Listeners to the first week of free audiobook downloads from SYNC!

Download the SYNC pair here!

This week we have a Young Adult dystopian title by the riveting writer, Jeff Hirsch paired with the classic, The Grapes of Wrath.  What theme unites this pairing?   Well, the R.E.M. lyric, “It’s the end of the world as we know it…” comes to mind.  Let us know what YOU think connects the two.

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free June 14 – June 20

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


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


Thank you to Scholastic Audio and L.A. Theatre Works for this week’s titles.

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.


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  1. Lissa Smith

    I was on an emotional roller costar with both these books. With “The Eleventh Plague”, I was shell shocked with what the past present and future could hold for us. In “The Grapes of Wrath” I was an emotional train wreck, every word was laced with an undercurrent of emotion. On an educational note it brought the tragedy of mankind’s past in a whole different light. When I study history when I return to school, things will not be the same for me. And when I look at my family, I see them differently.

    Thanks, for these two reads!

    Macy Smith
    12, Rocky Face, GA

    1. afadmin

      Macy, you know how I can tell you are a good reader? Because you write beautifully!! Thank you for this. ~Kirsten

      1. Lissa Smith

        @Kristen: You made my heart smile and eyes water. Thank you so much for the complement. I do enjoy reading and I love the FREE program you offer. It fits my of $0.00 budget perfectly!!
        I should be thanking you for opening the door of former authors that inspire those of today. One day I hope I can weave such beautifully lyrical masterpieces as such, as you have introduced to me.
        THANKS Kristen and THANKS Sync!!!

        Macy 12
        Rocky Face, GA

        1. afadmin

          Okay, now MY eyes are watering! Yes, you will no doubt follow these authors to the bookstore shelves. Cannot wait to read my first Mact novel!

  2. Tressy Hart

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! It is so wonderful to not only have great FREE audiobooks, but to have titles that are currently popular AND classics that still need to be shared. Never doubt that this matters and is appreciated.

    1. afadmin

      You just made our morning! Thank you!

  3. DGorton

    I always love free books in any format. Looking forward to a summer filled with reading.

    1. afadmin

      Thanks for listening!

  4. Miss K

    Thank you for this amazing and generous service!

    1. afadmin

      Thank YOQU for listening and sharing!

  5. Barb

    Downloaded stories for my grand daughter but am enjoying them too! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to enjoy these authors!

  6. Susan Baird

    Bravo to Sync, AudioFile and the publishers for this launch! It definitely bears repeating—no one should ignore these riches. What a formidable combination, the ability to download for FREE summer reading and an outstanding companion title.

    The pairing of The Grapes of Wrath with The Eleventh Plague chillingly illustrate how drastically things can change. L.A. Theatre Works never misses a beat in this fantastic rendering of life during the Dust Bowl. While Dan Bittner single-handedly conveys the horror and hope as 15-year-old Stephen must go it alone in an unrecognizable U.S.

  7. Tom Sobieski

    using ubuntu, screwed

    1. afadmin

      Sorry!! The publishers and OverDrive are offering the titles and the delivery system for free as a commitment to build teen audio literacy–QUITE generous. Although, we would love to be Ubuntu/Linux friendly, we have to be content with what has been shared with us. We will certainly pass on to OverDrive your hope for compatibility.

  8. Dorothy

    Awesome way to start off the Sync Summer of 2012! I look forward to listening!

    Dorothy – The Alaskan Bookie – Squeak
    Blog ~ http://alaskanbookie.blogspot.com/
    Twitter ~ http://twitter.com/AkChocoholic

    1. afadmin

      Thanks Dorothy! And thanks for sharing on your blog!!

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