Saturday, July 7, 2012

Audiobooks - Free, Fun and for the Teen in all of us.

Inspired library staff would like you to know about a summer audiobook program for young adult (an older!) listeners that has been organized by the audiobook industry, and the company Overdrive - MyMediaMall. It's called Sync. It's easy to use and has the feeling of community built in -- like a Summer Reading Club. Two specially selected MP3 audiobook titles a week can be downloaded and enjoyed throughout the summer. Listen after the day is done. Listen around the kitchen table as a family. Take a walk with a great storyteller narrating through your earbuds.

The books each week include a popular contemporary title and a related classic title. Since these have been chosen by the audiobook publishers to promote their industry, they are the best of the lot with talented actors as readers. The idea of pairing contemporary and classic titles invites discussion.

It's easy to get started, especially if you have already used Overdrive MyMediaMall audiobooks from the library. All the how-to's are on the Sync website, but basically you download the Overdrive Media Console to your computer or use the APP for your mobile device. From then on just download the audiobook offerings from audiobooksync.com. Once downloaded you can listen to the titles all summer.

I'm impressed with this private/public program. Let us know if you are too. Write us at readersservicesdesk@dppl.org

Current and Upcoming Titles

July 5 – July 11, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm

July 12 – July 18, 2012
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz

July 19 – July 25, 2012
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast

July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

August 2 – August 8, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble

August 9 – August 15, 2012
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast

August 16 – August 22, 2012
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

There's only one more day left to download Anna Dressed in Blood! If you enjoy spooky stories, I highly recommend you check that one out. I read it earlier this year and the moment I was finished I couldn't wait to read the sequel.

My other favorites on this list are Locomotion and Skulduggery Pleasant (one of my top 10 all time faves). This is such a great service-make sure you download these books!

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