Free YA Audiobooks from SYNC – 2014 Summer listening schedule

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If you are looking for the 2015 schedule – go here:

Attention audiobook fans! May 15th is the kick-off for SYNC Summer 2014! For 12 weeks every summer, SYNC offers 2 FREE YA and Classic audiobook downloads, including a current title paired with a related classic title that may even be on your summer reading list.

This is a wonderful program sponsored by Audiofile Magazine and the audiobook publishers to introduce the joys of listening to the YA audience. I know I’ve said this before, but this program is one of the reasons I’m hooked on audiobooks.

The audiobooks are in MP3 format so they work for both Mac and PC. All you need is Overdrive Media Console to download and your favorite listening device. Each download will be available for 7 days so don’t miss out! After you download the audiobooks though you can listen to them at your leisure.

I recommend you text  syncya to 25827 now so you are all set to receive alerts when the latest titles go live. Read more about the program at SYNC.

SYNC Titles
Summer 2014

There are  some really great titles to look forward to this year! (May 17- Edited to add international availability by title and links to the weekly downloads below)

May 15 – May 21

WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library) (US and Canada only)

THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library) (Available to everyone)

May 22 – May 28

CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio) (Available to all except UK and British Commonwealth)

OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks) (Available to everyone)

May 29 – June 4

CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio) (Available in the US, Canada, and the Philippines ONLY)

THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio) (Available to all except UK and British Commonwealth)

June 5 – June 11

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio) (US and Canada only)

JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works) (Available to everyone)

June 12 – June 18

CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio) (Available to everyone)

THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio) (Available to everyone)

June 19 – June 25

I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio) (US and Canada only)

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press) (Available to everyone)

June 26 – July 2

FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio) (Available to everyone)

OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio) (Available to everyone)

July 3 – July 9

TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press) (Available to everyone)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio) (Available to all except UK and British Commonwealth)

July 10 – July 16

CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio) (Available to everyone)

WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio) (Available to everyone)

July 17 – July 23

THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books) (Available to everyone)

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks) (Available to everyone)

July 24 – July 30

HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works) (Available to everyone)

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio) (Available to everyone)

July 31 – August 6

DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio) (Available in the US, Canada, and the Philippines ONLY)

THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books) (Available to everyone)

August 7 – August 13

LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing) (Available to everyone)

THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio) (Available to everyone)

You can even preview samples of the titles with this handy Soundcloud playlist:


Which titles are you most excited for? Happy listening!


5 thoughts on “Free YA Audiobooks from SYNC – 2014 Summer listening schedule

  1. Rachel says:

    Looks good! I haven’t tried audio books before really, is this in the UK too?

    1. Lucy says:

      For the last couple years about a handful of the titles have had international restrictions. Once the Sync schedule is updated with access by country I’ll update this post.

      Hope you have a good first experience with audiobooks, Rachel!

  2. I love that they do this every year 🙂

  3. Candice says:

    So excited about these! I’ve already marked my calendar for a few!

  4. Tara says:

    Woo-hoo! I love Sync! I’ll be in Korea this summer, so I’ll miss many of the books, depending on if my US iPhone will let me download them over WiFi, but I do hope to read Murder at the Vicarage and All Our Yesterdays if I can!

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