Careful what you wish for

2 Jul

Djin, djinn, djinni, djinny, jin, jinn, jinni, jinnee, and (if you insist) genie – forget about magic wishes, these are some solid Scrabble words! You’re welcome. Djinnis and the perils of wish-making is the theme with the current contemporary+classic pair of free summer downloads from SYNC. Between now and July 4, the following two titles are available for download (while the window of opportunity for downloading is finite, once downloaded you can listen at your leisure):

The Amulet of Samarkand
By Jonathan Stroud
Read by Simon Jones
Published by Listening Library

A humiliated magician’s apprentice decides to speed up his education and summons Bartimaeus, a 5,000-year-old djinni. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely.

“Simon Jones excels at projecting the personality characteristics of someone who has seen and done it all: sarcasm, facetiousness, and dry wit.” – AudioFile Magazine

    Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

My friend Quinn reviewed this book on our radio show recently and she let us in on the fact that the magician apprentice’s humiliation comes in the form of a “magical spanking”, which we all thought was a funny idea.

Tales from the Arabian Nights
By Andrew Lang
Read by Toby Stephens
Published by Naxos AudioBooks

To save herself from certain death, the beautiful Scheherazade must beguile a Persian sultan with her enchanting stories.  In two of her most well-known tales, Aladdin and Ali Baba’s cleverness and quick-thinking save the day—and a great treasure.

“This is an absolutely gorgeous introduction for young listeners to fine literature, a vastly different time and culture and enchanting music.” – AudioFile Magazine

To see the full schedule of downloadable titles, visit or text syncya to 25827 (texting will sign you up for alerts when new audio downloads become available).

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