Young and Powerful

Week 9 of AudiobookSYNC includes the audiobook debut of the earliest published stories from a teen who later became a prolific fantasy author, and a second that delves into the true history of the teens and women on whom Colonial America’s witch hysteria focused.

Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories is the fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett, featuring stories written when Terry was just 17 years old and working as a junior reporter. Listeners will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—as well as seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692 provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials. The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis, one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history.  Author Stacy Schiff aligns early American anxieties brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

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American roots, American branches

Continue celebrating Audiobook Month throughout June!

AudiobookSYNC’s Week 8 titles feature American cultural history told from insiders’ perspectives, honoring Juneteenth on June 19th.

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez is based on Operation Pedro Pan, an early 1960s project to send unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States in order to avoid what their families feared would become Fidel Castro’s denial of parental authority. 

It is paired with the classic by African American scholar W.E.B. Du BoisThe Souls of Black Folk contains many essays on race and equality. 

These titles celebrate the power of audiobooks to overcome cultural stereotypes and give listeners the opportunity to stretch beyond their own assumptions.

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Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/22/2017! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the eAudiobook is yours to keep.

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Adapted from American roots, American branches