This summer, SYNC will be providing two free teen audiobooks each week from May 5th to August 11th. Each week will focus on a specific theme, pairing a classic YA title with a more modern YA title. This week starts Thursday, June 23rd with Donny’s Brain by by Rona Munro and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. These two titles will be available to download for free this week only (from 6/23 to 6/30) at the SYNC website. The theme for this week is “Do you know whom you love?”
A man is involved in a devastating automobile accident. Memory loss and surgery are involved. He’s making progress, but he can’t remember anything more recent than three years ago. He’s stuck in time. British acting standouts Jared Harris (“Fringe”) and Sophie Winkleman (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA), along with Irish newcomer Siobhán Hewlett, are off to the races with Scottish playwright Rona Munro’s play. Her crackling, insightful dialogue illuminates Donny’s former wife (whom he can remember) and current girlfriend (whom he also can’t remember)–both of whom can’t help but feel that Donny has become an entirely new person. DONNY’S BRAIN is a special production of the LA Theatre Works Relativity Series, which encourages science-themed plays, but it’s the human voices inside and outside Donny’s head that make this story special.
David Levithan sets his love story in a contemporary world in which all forms of sexual orientation are accepted. Paul falls head over heels for Noah, a new student at his school, but, as in every romance, complications abound in their attempt to come together. Full Cast Audio pulls out all stops in this production, with perfectly chosen voices for all the characters, including a transsexual football captain who mimics Scarlet O’Hara. Jazzy musical segues and even a well-placed song round out this performance, reminding the listener that not all audiobooks are the same. Sincere in its approach and heartfelt in its intense emotion, this audiobook stands tall with its appeal to idealism, authenticity, and outstanding quality of production. The library owns this in book and eAudiobook formats.
Check out the rest of the June SYNC schedule here… you can even get text alerts about upcoming titles!