Listen Up!

A summer of free audiobooks starts Thursday.

Here's the scoop:

The Sync program offers two free YA (Young Adult) audiobooks each week all summer long. I've done it the past few summers and it is great. The weekly titles are paired thematically, with one classic and one more recently published book.

This is a great way to try out audiobooks if you've never had a chance. It uses Overdrive, which you might be familiar with if you download books from MCPL. Apps are available for desktop computers and a variety of mobile devices.

Visit the Sync website for

  • a list of titles and audio previews
  • instructions on how to download your free books.

Text syncya to 25827 for weekly reminders.

Sync 2013 Titles

May 30 – June 5, 2013

  • Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO)
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

June 6 – June 12, 2013

June 13 – June 19, 2013

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

June 20 – June 26, 2013

June 27 – July 3, 2013

  • Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

July 4 – July 10, 2013

July 11 – July 17, 2013

  • The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

July 18 – July 24, 2013

  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 25 – July 31, 2013

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013

Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013

  • Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
  • Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

Enjoy your summer reading and let me know if you read any great books. If you need any help with the downloads or want to Overdrive in action, let me know. I have some of last year's titles on my iPad.