May 27, 2014
Dreading assigned summer reading? Have to spend hours in the car with your annoying younger siblings? Mowing thousands of lawns this summer? I may have a solution as close as your headphones and smartphone. As I was scrolling around the internet this week, I discovered that Sync, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine is giving away free young adult audio books paired with either a classic or required reading book. Sync is powered by Overdrive, so you will need to make sure that you have Overdrive downloaded to your computer, tablet or device. (Get Overdrive from your preferred app store or here.)
The files are in MP3 format and each pair is available for one week only, but the files are yours to keep. You can even sign up for email notifications or text alerts when new files become available. The list has a lot of great reading (listening?) opportunities. Some of the title pairings coming up include “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson with Agatha Christie’s “Murder at the Vicarage,” (May 29-June 4) “Code Name Verity,” a Printz honor book about a British spy shot down over occupied France paired with “The Hiding Place,” a novel about a Dutch family sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews (June 12-June 18), and “Forgive Me Leonard Peacock,” about a young man planning a school shooting with “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard”(June 26-July 2). Need to read “The Odyssey” this summer? Check out the audio book of “Torn from Troy,” (July 3-9) about Odysseus’s Trojan slave. Find yourself missing Anne and Prince Edward Island? “Anne of Green Gables” is available June 19-25. Both Sherlock Holmes and Dr Jekyll (or is that Mr. Hyde?) are available at the end of July. If you miss one, you can still listen to it via Soundcloud, but you won’t be able to download it, and, sadly, you can’t get files from previous summers. Check it out the schedule and good luck with your assigned summer reading!
For more information about the Sync YA audiobook program, visit their website.