Did you try last summer’s free YA downloads of great pairs of teen audiobooks from Sync? Well, you won’t want to miss this year’s great list of titles. Starting today you can download the 2011 Georgia Peach Book Award winner, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo & Juliet. In case you’re not familiar with Shiver, here’s a review of the audiobook from AudioFile:
As if high school weren’t already hard enough without adding werewolves to the mix! This earnest teen romance is presented alternately from Grace’s point of view and from Sam’s, so Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux trade off narrating duties. It’s an effective technique for the audio format. At one point in the story, Grace describes Sam and “the soft, sad shape of his lips, looking just like his voice sounded,” which is also a pretty good description for how Ledoux sounds. His funny, appealing, sometimes-wobbly voice is especially appropriate for a conflicted teenaged guy who also happens to be a werewolf. Occasionally overwrought or treacly, SHIVER is sure to appeal to fans of TWILIGHT and other paranormal teen fare. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]
Shiver and Romeo & Juliet are available for download June 23-June 29. Then June 30-July 6 you can download Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, a past Peach Award nominee, and The Trial by Franz Kafka, a related title. Here’s the AudioFile review of Little Brother:
In Cory Doctorow’s latest YA thriller, Marcus, a 17-year-old hacker, finds himself imprisoned by the Department of Homeland Security after a massive terrorist attack in San Francisco. In a sign of the times, the U.S. is becoming an Orwellian police state, and Marcus is the only one who can set things right. Kirby Heyborne is the perfect choice to narrate. His youthful voice offers a sly intelligence beyond its years while still managing to sound innocent enough to garner plenty of sympathy. Heyborne becomes Marcus in every possible respect, never reading, but simply living the role. Listeners will find themselves immersed in a genuine portrayal that is as seamless and well realized as the story itself. L.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2008]
Just go to the Sync site to see all the other titles available this summer, including DRMS favorite Revenge of the Witch (book one of the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, and Immortal by Gillian Shields. And those high-minded ones of you can get your classic fix with Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Remember: you only have one week to download each pair of titles, but then you have them forever! What a deal!