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Politically charged choices – history to read with your ears! (audiobooks)

Thursday means it’s time for a new pair of free audiobooks from Audiofile SYNC. Use the simple registration steps here, then download two audiobooks into your Sora shelf free every week (Thursday-Wednesday) through the summer.

Once you download either or both of these history-related audiobooks to your Sora shelf online, you have 99 years to listen to them.

If you miss these or any other AudioSYNC featured titles, check your local public library or independent bookstore.

Making choices means living with the consequences, especially when it’s political! This week, two shorter audiobooks with big impact:

CD cover of A Brief History of Fascist Lies, by Federico Finchelstein | Read by Edoardo Ballerini. Published by Post Hypnotic Press | recommended on BooksYALove.com

A Brief History of Fascist Lies (free Sora download 19-25 May 2022)
by Federico Finchelstein | Read by Edoardo Ballerini
Published by Post Hypnotic Press

From Hitler and Mussolini to Peron and Trump, lies have been the weapon of choice for fascist and populist political leaders during the past century.

This short audiobook by a noted Argentinian historian examines the connections between fascism and lying – can the former succeed without the latter?


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CD cover of No-No Boy, by Ken Narasaki | Read by Kurt Kanazawa, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Ken Narasaki, Sharon Omi, Joy Osmanski, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe, Paul Yen. Published by L.A. Theatre Works | recommended on BooksYALove.com

No-No Boy (free Sora download 19-25 May 2022)
by Ken Narasaki | Read by Kurt Kanazawa, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Ken Narasaki, Sharon Omi, Joy Osmanski, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe, Paul Yen
Published by L.A. Theatre Works

During World War II, a Japanese-American man refuses to make a loyalty oath to the US or to serve in its armed forces, instead staying in internment camps and prison for years.

When he finally returns to Seattle, he is shunned by the Japanese-American community, the girl he loves has married someone else, and his mother believes that Japan has won the war.

This full-cast performance shows a full range of emotions as the man wonders about finding hope while living with the choices he has made.


What other historical events would you like to read with your ears as AudioSYNC summer audiobooks?

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S is for SALTY, BITTER, SWEET flavors and emotions, by Mayra Cuevas (book review)

book cover of Salty, Bitter, Sweet, by Mayra Cuevas. Published by Blink YA Books | recommended on BooksYALove.com

Food is Isa’s love language – this debut #ownvoices novel could fit anywhere in the April A to Z blog challenge calendar!

Like D, E, F for divorce, that took Papi from the 17 year old and her mom in Chicago to a new, now-expectant wife in southern France.

G for chef Grattard’s cooking school nearby, Isa’s chance to win a place working at his world-famous restaurant.

S for her stepmom’s college-age Spanish stepson who flirts with Isa’s classmates and is staying the summer too.

Or P for peeling potatoes, perfection, problems at the school – 13 teens from around the world competing for a single apprenticeship.

T is taste, trial and error, tradition, and Chef Troissant demanding total concentration from her students.

A,B,C for her late Abuela, beloved Cuban grandmother whose magical touch in the kitchen spread love through a small Kansas town, whose handwritten cookbook Isa still can’t open.

L is the charming city of Lyon and learning and legacies and… love?

How do you psyche yourself up for big opportunities?

Book info: Salty, Bitter, Sweet / Mayra Cuevas. Blink YA Books, 2020. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

Mysteries to read with your ears!

Ooh, this week’s free audiobooks from SYNC aren’t your everyday tales of mystery!

Remember that although these complete audiobooks are only available from Thursday through Wednesday (7-13 June 2018), you can read them whenever you wish, as long as you keep them on your device.

CD cover of Everland, by Wendy Spinale | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West Published by Scholastic Audio | recommended on BooksYALove.comEverland (download here free from 7-13 June 2018)
by Wendy Spinale
Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
Published by Scholastic Audio

Peter Pan retold through steampunk goggles in an alternate history where only children survived a plague after the London Blitz where a ruthless German commandant hunts them as possible source for a cure.


The Just Men of Cordova (Four Just Men, book 3) (download here free from 7-13 June 2018)CD cover of Just Men of Cordova, by Edgar Wallace | Read by Bill Homewood Published by Naxos AudioBooks | recommended on BooksYALove.com
by Edgar Wallace
Read by Bill Homewood
Published by Naxos AudioBooks

Entering the shady world of horse racing and gambling, The Four Just Men continue their campaign to rid the world of evil-doers, without help from law enforcement or judges.

Taking the law into your own hands – when is it okay?

A for Along the Way, by Jacqueline Kolosov (book review) – 3 friends on a pilgrimage

book cover of Along the Way by Jacqueline Kolosov published by Luminis | BooksYALove.comShould have broken in those boots before walking 500 miles
Should have trusted her instincts about that young man…
Should have been ready for miracles on the pilgrimage…

Three far-flung friends walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish coast, each for her own reasons, encountering heartache, love, physical woes, and personal victories in their month together during the summer after graduation.

Ask for this travelogue in three voices at your local library or independent bookstore – they may have to invoke interlibrary loan or special order, but it’s worth the wait!

Can you ever be fully prepared for a journey that’s guaranteed to change your life?

p.s. Happy first day of the Blogging from AtoZ Challenge! I’ll recommend 26 books in 26 days of April, A to Z.

Book info: Along the Way: Three Friends, 33 Days, and One Unforgettable Journey on the Camino de Santiago / Jacqueline Kolosov. Luminis Books, 2015.  [author blog]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Walking the Camino de Santiago brings three young women closer together as the childhood friends meet other pilgrims from around the world, push their own physical and emotional limits, and find what they didn’t even know they were seeking.

Dani, Piper, and Tessa met as kids in Chicago, but live far apart now, so this 500 mile pilgrimage from France through Spain is their chance to reconnect before college and journey beyond their own comfort zones.

How can they balance family expectations with their own dreams?
Are the girls walking away from problems or toward understanding?
Cute guys in France and Spain – distractions or companions?

Three voices, three hearts, one long path taken step by step. (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com)

Hammer of Witches, by Shana Mlawski (book review) – sorcery aboard Columbus’ ships!

book cover of Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski published by Tu Books “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”
with sorcerers and an Inquisition agent aboard?

Why not? The Inquisition sought out magicians and Marranos, Protestants and Moors, anyone who might challenge the rule of the monarchy and Catholic Church in Spain during the 1400s.

Perhaps Baltasar inherited his ability to sense sorcery and call up magical creatures from his late parents. Perhaps close proximity to all those mystical books recopied and bound by his uncle did it.  Good thing he has such magical skill… unless it gets him killed by superstitious sailors before he can save them from supernatural adversaries!

Read the first two chapters of Hammer of Witches  here, then head for your local library or independent bookstore to get the rest of Baltasar’s story.

Could you sacrifice so much to rescue those who despise you?

Book info: Hammer of Witches / Shana Mlawski. Tu Books, 2013.  [author site]  [publisher site]

My book talk: Uncle always said there was magic in a story, and Baltasar thought his stories were the most magical thing in their sleepy Spanish town. When true magic erupts from their stories and the Inquisition attacks their home, the young man escapes by sea, taking his worries and magic aboard the ships of Christopher Columbus.

Perhaps it began with Uncle’s bedtime stories about the hero al-Katib fighting against his own Moorish people to save Spain for Christianity, or maybe when he told a darker tale about men who killed their brother who avenged himself from the grave, or perhaps it was the story never fully told about how Bali’s mother and father died, leaving him as a child with his aunt and uncle – for there truly is magic in Uncle’s stories.

In these days of 1492, the Inquisition is intent on ridding Spain of magicians, heretics, Jews, and the last of the Moors who had held their land for so many years. Why should they attack Uncle’s humble bookmaking workshop? Were those dark eyes staring through Bali’s window last night something of the Devil? How did Baltasar summon the golem that liberated him from the Inquisition dungeon?

Desperate to elude torture and death, he makes his way to the docks where 3 ships await the next tide and talks his way onto the Dirty Mary as a translator, thanks to his years spent with books and some inner talents unknown even to himself. Off to the Indies as a cabin boy! Perhaps Bali is leaving his troubles behind…

But the magic is aboard ship, too, as is an agent of the Inquisition! The expedition commander is a religious man, bound for glory and gold and spreading the Church. What will Columbus do when he discovers that Baltasar must be a sorcerer? As a supernatural sea monster tries to stop the voyage, Bali’s skills come into play, but even larger dangers loom ahead on the land just sighted.

What will happen when New World and Old World supernatural forces collide?
Is the other magic he can sense aboard ship for good or for evil?
When will the Inquistion agent become the dreaded “hammer of witches” against Bali?

The familiar story of Columbus’ first voyage takes a novel turn as the magic and sorcery long hunted by the Inquisition but never found in our world becomes a vital factor in the survival of the crew, the native peoples, and Baltasar himself as he seeks his hero al-Katib to vanquish evil.  (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.