FREE Audiobooks June 14-20: The Eleventh Plague & The Grapes of Wrath
SYNC Titles Summer 2012
The free audiobooks for the week of June 14 – June 20, 2012:
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are.
I am bummed because I was unable to find an audiobook clip on the publishers site. I was hoping to get a clip and embed it so that you could at least hear what the book sounded like. Since I can’t find one, I have linked to Audible, as they have a clip on their site. If you like the book DON’T get it them! Remember, it’s free at the Audiobook Sync site!! I am totally thankful that Scholastic is participating in the most awesome giveaway this side of 2012! I just wish audiobooks got more respect! (that’s a GENERAL comment, towards everyone – because I think audiobooks are amazing! I just might be addicted to them.)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan (YES! Michael Weston from Burn Notice! See him in that picture over there on the left?), and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies”, they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects].” The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the book’s sympathy to the workers’ movement and its accessible prose style.
I was able to find a pretty cool clip on Youtube for the audiobook for The Grapes of Wrath! Isn’t that neat? I wish more audiobooks made clips available. This is a good way to get summer reading done if it’s required for school. I really enjoy full cast audiobooks, even though I know there are some people that don’t. Let me know what you think of how L.A. Theatre Works does with The Grapes of Wrath. It was performed in front of a live audience (because dead ones would totally suck! Sorry, couldn’t resist a lame joke). I haven’t listened yet since I’m waiting for my new Sansa (mp3 player) since my old one met with a slow, horrible, and untimely death. It will be missed sorely. I have not yet decided what to do with the body. (If you’re curious, it went for a swim. It played for about 5 more minutes, went wonky, turned off and never came back on.)