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The 20th Century's Most Famous Wall

Read More From 1961 to 1989, a barbed wire-topped concrete wall divided Berlin, Germany, preventing free movement of family members, friends, and anyone engaged in daily business from crossing the more than 800-year-old city. Our audiobook pair this week bookends the night that wall was built with the call for its destruction in a speech by a U.S. President. With the topic of border wall building frequently in today’s news, we think this visit to the recent past is in order.
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Disaster Strikes!

Read More Listening readers of all ages know that our natural environment faces perilous changes. Sometimes disaster strikes outright, in the form of an industrial failure or an extreme weather event. This week’s free audiobooks carry us into the hearts of two such disasters.
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Voices of Betrayal

Read More The act of betrayal is a weapon in itself, regardless of whether the traitor brings physical harm or “only” the psychological pain of breaking trust. Buckle up for a pair of such experiences this week with a play from William Shakespeare and a novel written in the second person. Both pull listeners right into the encounter with a traitor.
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And We’re Live in 2019!

Read More Welcome to SYNC’s 10th season of free audiobooks for teen listeners! We’re kicking off the collection with two titles about edgy friendships, both by well known authors whose characters will remind you of people you know—maybe even yourself.
Support Beyond Free Audiobooks

Support Beyond Free Audiobooks

Read More With less than a week to go before SYNC 2019's opening day on April 25, we have some bells and whistles to share. First of all, if you have any questions about the OverDrive interface needed to access the 28 free audiobooks throughout the summer, be sure to register for next week's free webinar. If you're in a position to help others with access issues, the webinar will also be helpful as we'll explain some of the "why's" you might be asked.
Promoting SYNC Locally?  Be Authoritative!

Promoting SYNC Locally? Be Authoritative!

Read More We love seeing the publicity pieces many of you are compiling and promoting locally to draw attention to SYNC! Thank you! To make sure we all have our facts straight, let’s review some of our own publicity so that yours can be accurate.
Let's Discuss

Let's Discuss

Read More Our weekly audiobook pairs typically share themes while contrasting in treatments by the authors of those themes and providing different narration styles. That makes each pair a good choice for discussion groups! If you plan to include programming or class time to such discussions, we have some tips to help you get listeners engaged in taking that next step from personal experience of an audiobook into talking about listening’s effects.
Clean Up Your Virtual Bookshelf for New Arrivals

Clean Up Your Virtual Bookshelf for New Arrivals

Read More While it’s true that we can never have too many things on hand to read, whether with our eyes or our ears, virtual space does get filled just as physical bookshelves can become crowded. With less than a month to go before SYNC 2019 kicks off, now is a good time to do some spring cleaning to make sure you have space on your phone, in the media space on your computer, or wherever else you stash audiobook downloads.
The Power of Pairing

The Power of Pairing

Read More During each week of the SYNC season, we place two thematically related audiobooks on offer and for keeps. Why a pair? We have lots of reasons and are sure you’ve discovered a few more, if you are a SYNC veteran.
A Decade of SYNC

A Decade of SYNC

Read More We’re celebrating our tenth year this SYNC season! How are you planning to help spread the word about this proven program that supports teens’ access to great books and new listening?
Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Read More We’re welcoming Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library’s return this summer and their generous provision of four titles for teen ear-reading. Each of them serves a portion of contemporary teen life in America, in realistic stories and authentic voices.
Imaginative Listening

Imaginative Listening

Read More We’re delighted to welcome Recorded Books and Tantor Media back to SYNC for the 2019 season! They are providing listeners with a total of four audiobooks that include three #OwnVoices titles, each tinged with traces of fantastic elements, and some nonfiction from a popular science author who tells fact as though it were hilarious science fiction.
New SYNC Season Coming: Variety in Tale and Telling

New SYNC Season Coming: Variety in Tale and Telling

Read More As we plan each new SYNC season, we work to include a variety of performance techniques as well as subject matter. As much as possible, we search out brand new and older titles both, because we want to give teen listeners opportunities to experience audiobooks conveying as wide a range of possibilities as are available. To meet all that criteria, both Dreamscape and Hachette annually step up to give access to audiobooks that offer many experiential paths listeners can take.
That’s Brilliance!

That’s Brilliance!

Read More One of our contributing publishers who annually steps up to provide a whole handful of free audiobooks for teen listeners is Brilliance Publishing. This year, they’re doing it again and oh my, the audiobooks coming your way from them!
Three Months to Go!

Three Months to Go!

Read More Now that SYNC is entering its tenth year, we can look back and notice how some audiobook publishers have returned year after year and provided teen listeners with listening experiences they might still keep to hear again and again across the decade.
An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

Read More With our 28 titles selected for the 2019 SYNC season, we’re ready to start introducing you to some of the listens you can anticipate. This week we’re sharing what’s on its way from the first two publishers to respond to our annual invitation for audiobooks to share with teens and to help teens build their very own audiobookshelf.
A First Peek at SYNC 2019

A First Peek at SYNC 2019

Read More This year marks the 10th anniversary of AudiobookSYNC and our publishers are celebrating by offering a wide range of free audiobooks to build your personal listening shelf. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce the titles publisher by publisher (as soon as all the contracts are completed!). Today, however, we can give you a lot of details to feed your own and your teen listeners' anticipation.
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