Thursday, July 14, 2011

Free Audio Books for the Summer

Posted by Simcha 7:05 PM, under | 4 comments

Each week throughout the summer Sync is offering two free audio books, which can be downloaded through their site. This week's titles are:


Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice)
by Joseph Delaney

Capturing witches
Binding boggarts
Driving away ghosts

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried–some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice.

Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county ... ?




Beowulf - translated by Francis B. Gummere


" Tis better to die than to live in shame." The oldest existing story written in Old English, "Beowulf" is the classic tale of courage and honor. In the Great Hall of Hrothgar, King of the Danes, the warrior Beowulf, son of a Swedish King, wages battle with the monster Grendel.

Beowulf is an Old English heroic elegy, of anonymous authorship, assigned to the period 700-750, or to the time of composition of the only manuscript, circa 1010. At 3,183 lines, the poem is notable for its length. The poem is untitled in the manuscript, but has been known as Beowulf since the early 19th century. As the single major surviving work of Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry, the work — in spite of dealing primarily with Scandinavian matters — has risen to such prominence that it has become "England's national epos."

In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, battles three antagonists: Grendel, who is destroying Heorot and its inhabitants in Denmark, Grendel's mother, and later in life (after he is King) a dragon.

Both books can be downloaded here

 And these are the titles that will be offered in the upcoming weeks:

Available July 21 - July 27

Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy


Available July 28 - August 3

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Rescue: Stories of Survival From Land and Sea by Dorcas S. Miller [Ed.]


Available August 4 - August 10

Immortal by Gillian Shields
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


Available August 11 - August 17

Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Cay by Theodore Taylor


For those of you who have never tried out an audio book before, this is a great opportunity to do so.

4 comments:

Oooh, another translation of Beowulf. I haven't read it since Seamus Heaney's translation.

I have to have a look :)

Stephanie, you never fail to impress me. I'd never read Beowulf and hadn't even considered listening to the audio book until you mentioned it. But now I feel like I should :)

Blodeuedd: Yeah, I remember you mentioning that you don't listen to audio books. You should definitely take this chance to try one out.

Hm... I wonder how the audio of the classics would sounds. Oh, I'm curious!

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