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SUMMER 2014 SYNC TITLE LINEUP May 15 – May 21 WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library) THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library) May 22 – May 28 CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio) OEDIPUS THE KING by …

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  1. Kate

    How do you sign up for this?

    1. afadmin

      The program will open for use to all that want to use it on 6/14/12. You can sign up for reminders about title launches via text message or email in the right hand column. If you are an educator or librarian, head over to the Tool Kit for posters and other means to tells student and patrons about it.

  2. jan

    Never used this before….is any special software required to download these? What format will they be? That is a lot of audio to listen to in just a week… it something we can download and listen to later or will it stop working after the week is up?

    1. Dana

      You need the free OverDrive software to download them, and once you’ve downloaded them you have them forever–they won’t disappear. They’re in an MP3 format, so you can transfer them to iTunes or your iPod or whatever other MP3 player you may have with no trouble at all. :)

  3. Karen


    Once you download it, you have it forever. You can listen to it anytime. I have done this the last two years & love it. I just relistened to The Hunger Games, which was downloaded from a previous year. Enjoy!

  4. Barney

    Appreciate the books, although I wouldn’t call the 2 hourish performance of The Grapes of Wrath an audiobook. The audiobook version is more like 20 hours, not 2, this is some kind of dramatization. Still thankful for the downloads just the same.

    1. afadmin

      Audiobook listeners have different opinions about dramatizations. This one was so good, we could not resist. Thanks for listening at SYNC!

  5. Carla

    Thank you so much!

    1. afadmin

      You are VERY welcome.

  6. MsPM

    This is a wonderful program (just found it through my Tantor newsletter) and I Thank You very much for such a lovely thing. I missed the first weeks offerings but am eagerly looking forward to the weeks that come. Very nice of your company to do this and because of your kindness I will have wonderful things to listen to this summer.

    Again I Thank You very much and wish you a wonderful summer too.

    P.S. By the way I have never used the OverDrive download program before. I must say it works quite well and is very easy to use. Only wish I could figure out how to find down loadable library audio books with it. I used the they said to use but I come up with nothing every time I search search for a title or author.

    1. afadmin

      So pleased you have found us and feel free to ask at your local library how to use Overdrive with your library card! Keep listening!

  7. AvidReader

    Why are there international restrictions? I love the Amulet of Samarkand, but I can’t download it from where I live!

    1. afadmin

      Well, its complicated. It all has to do with how the book (and subsequently the audiobook) is sold by an author’s agent to a publisher. For example, an agent might sell the US rights for a book to one publisher and the UK rights to another publisher (and so on across the world). And when that book is recorded by the US publisher, the audiobook can often not be distributed in the UK (or other countries) as it would violate those countries’ exclusive territorial rights to the title. It is a tangled web, but one we have to pay attention to here to make sure everyone’s rights are protected.

  8. Kitty

    I am new to the audiobook experience, Thank you very much for the interesting selections and offering free reading for the summer.
    I’m absolutly loving listening to the Woman In White, I read it several years ago through Daily Lit., and this is a whole new way to enjoy literature.

    Thanks so Much, I’m eagerly awaiting Cleopatra ones.

    1. afadmin

      Delighted to hear it! Once you start listening to lit, it is hard to stop! This is my first time with WOMAN IN WHITE and I am loving Ian Holm as the narrator.

  9. Kat Hooper

    Thanks so much — you guys are awesome!

    Every summer we mention you at Fantasy Literature. Keep it up!

    1. afadmin

      Thank you!!

  10. Patricia Tompkins

    Hi. I am new to this site as well and am very grateful that it is here. I was wondering if you missed any of the free downloads — which, obviously I have — is there a way to still get the books free or do we just accept our lost opportunity and move on to the new titles that are being offered each week?

    Thanks so much.

    1. afadmin

      Patricia, if your library has the Overdrive system you can borrow free audiobook downloads anytime you like!

  11. rinib

    Thanks so much for this! I know about Overdrive from the library but this is new to me.

    1. afadmin

      So glad you use Overdrive normally! We want more people to be introduced to the power of listening to lit (and FREE from your library year round!)

  12. Cynthia Perez

    This has been an amazing service! I am sad that I missed the Mark Twain pairing but all the same this is a wonderful opportunity.

    1. afadmin

      If your library has Overdrive, you should be able to grab it there!

  13. Hanna

    Just in case you haven’t already noticed, the second title this week is not available just now, at least as displayed to an iPhone using Safari in the U.S.A. This is the message that is displayed:
    Download Antony and Cleopatra
    by William Shakespeare
    Download Currently Unavailable

    Thanks so much for the excellent audiobooks! I’m only sorry that I did not know about the program before this summer. We are really enjoying them and excited for each new pair. We use Overdrive with our local library, but audio selections are limited for machines that don’t use Windows. This program is a real treat for us!

    1. afadmin

      That Antony and Cleopatra is still coming! There was a problem with the file. Our host was serving us the wrong version. Should be fixed soon!

  14. DeAnna Schultz

    Anthony and Cleopatra download says this “Download Currently Unavailable.” I was only able to download Cleopatra’s Moon. Darn.

    1. afadmin

      You will get another chance on ANTONY & CLEOPATRA! Our hosting service is having trouble with that title at the moment.

  15. Nan

    Am enjoying the summer selections enormously! I listen using a bluetooth headset paired with my android phone. Great narrator for The Amulet of Samarkind. Just finished The Woman in White, a book I was not familiar with, and loved it. Thanks for the diverse choice of books! How do you select the annual summer list?

    1. afadmin

      So glad you are listening, Nan. Yes, you must continue with the Jonathan Stroud series. The narrator, Simon Jones paired with Stroud is one of the funniest listening experiences I know.

      Picking the titles is not easy! We follow the AudioFile Magazine reviews specifically and YA book popularity in general. From our wish list, we work with the publishers to choose the best matches for the program.

  16. Barbara

    Hi, It’s 6:20 PM DST,Friday evening July 20th. I just opened an email telling me the problem with A & C is solved. But it isn’t, for when I go to the page, it’s still not available. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling stuck here. Any thoughts? Many thanks for the wonderful things you have shared.

    1. afadmin

      Should be working at LONG last! Try again…

  17. BookMoot

    Received your email that Shakespeare’s version of Antony and Cleopatra is available now but above it is listed as unavailable. Are you still having issues or is it gone? Love this program. Thanks

    1. afadmin

      The Bard finally seems to be back. Go have a look!

  18. Barbara

    I went back more than a day later, and it was working. Thanks!

    1. afadmin

      Yes, a bit of a mishap, but glad you got the Bard.

  19. Heather

    Really enjoying listening to the free audiobooks. Just letting you know there is noise interference with the concluding chapter of Pinned (part 2 of Ch 53) and audio “gets stuck” a couple of times. I tried deleting and downloading again with no improvement. :(

    1. afadmin

      Heather, we will look into this! Thank you!

  20. Barbara

    Many thanks for widening my listening horizons. A most gracious gift.

    1. afadmin

      You are QUITE welcome and I will pass on your thanks to the publishers that so generously donated!

  21. Marni Raney

    So far not impressed with the Overdrive App. Hope to eventually get it to work so my kids and Ican enjoy these audiobooks.

    1. afadmin

      Help is on the way! MB will be in touch!

  22. Marni

    Apparently I’m to stupid to use this app.

    1. afadmin

      No, no! MB will be in touch to help you with it.

  23. JP

    Missed last week’s titles. Any way to go back to access them?
    Thanks so much for this resource!

    1. afadmin

      SADLY, NO…when they are gone, they are gone!

  24. Darcey

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am enjoying this more than I first thought I would. This is a great way to spread the joy of reading and learning and literacy!!!

  25. Mona

    You have made my summer complete, SYNC. I am forever in debt to you. Thank you VERY much!

  26. Kris

    Thank you for another great set of audio books!

  27. Kitty

    Thank you so much for some very good books!
    I love to read, but listen to the audio books while I knit, sometimes I get so enthralled with listening to a book that I have dropped stitches or messsed up my sock pattern. lol! One time I forgot to knit a toe and just grafted up the end of the foot.
    Still love to listen though, :)

  28. Dylan

    My school librarian told our grade about this, and I was very exited to go home and download. And let me say, I am not disappointed. I can takes the books wherever I go. I especially like listening to books at the beach. Thank you so much.

  29. Gervaise Randall

    Just wanted to make sure I thanked you for another wonderful summer full of good reads.I am an avid reader/knitter and you make it possible for me to do both. Love your selections and have yet to be disappointed. Thanks again.

  30. JP

    These are wonderful resources! Thanks so much for providing them — and for the intrinsic lessons / reading combinations you offer through the combination of titles!

  31. kat patterson

    Audio Book Sync is the awesomest!!! Great titles, and free!!! It doesn’t get any better than this. Thank you!

  32. Heather

    Thank-you so much for another summer of wonderful audio books. Each week I shared the links on my blog and they were very popular posts. I’m glad to be able to share such an excellent assortment of titles with my readers.

  33. Suzy

    Thank you, thank you, for wonderful reads! I look forward to this every summer.
    For some reason, last week’s download of Enchanted downloaded with an error. Did anyone else have that issue. I downloaded the odm file earlier in the week, but didn’t notice it had an error until after the 14th! Any way to fix this? Did others have this issue?

  34. Jill Pfluke

    Hello. I tried to download Enchanted and Through the Looking Glass today and was unable to. I know it’s late (the last available day)… Can you help me, please? Thanks in advance.

  35. Christina


  36. kerri

    My books that I downloaded are no longer on my Overdrive app after they updated the app. I can’t find them any where! please help!

    1. Michele Cobb

      Hi Kerri – unfortunately due to the ios7 update previous titles are unavailable. We are sorry, but do not have access to the technology to make any changes to this. Have you checked your local library to see if you can download and listen to them there?

    2. Michele Cobb

      Did you do an ios7 update? Unfortunately, those updates are removing the titles unless you have saved them to a computer elsewhere.

  37. Kerri

    I though there might still be a way to see my books on my desktop.

    My overdrive app is version 3.0.3
    But I have not updated the iOS on my phone.

    1. Michele Cobb

      Did you ever move the books to your desktop? When they updated the app it precipitated the loss of titles. If they were never backed up on your desktop they cannot be retrieved.

  38. Leanne McDowell

    Please remind me when free audio books are available. Thank you. I love them.

    1. Michele Cobb

      We encourage you to sign up for our text alerts or newsletters so you’ll be in the know! Program launches May 15 2014.

  39. Lucy

    I noticed that you can sign-up to get SYNC alerts via TEXT and the website provides a code to do this. Will there be a charge applied whenever a text is sent out or are the text messages free?

    Thank You.

    1. Michele Cobb

      If you get charged for texts normal charges will apply. You can also sign up for email alerts and that’s totally free!

  40. Elizabeth Trujillo

    Is there a list of past books? There was a book I enjoyed and was more than 1 part…lost the audio file and can’t recall the name. Would know if I see it. Thanks

    1. Michele Cobb

      Under the about section there is a SYNC archive that can be accessed. I’m including a link below as well.

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