audiobook SYNC titles

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Living History

Read More This week’s #OwnVoices audiobooks include a contemporary classic and a novel whose author continues to write award-winners. Thank you to Recorded Books and Candlewick on Brilliance for this tremendous pair!
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Read More Here’s another pair of free audiobooks we planned before we knew that 2020 was going to need extra celebrations. Thanks to Naxos AudioBooks and Alison Larkin Presents, we are delighted to share two funny and thought-provoking listens.
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Writer to Reader

Read More This week we feature a pair of titles published and made available to SYNC participants in conjunction with the We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB) campaign by authors and others in publishing. Thank you, Listening Library, for lending your support to including these in SYNC this season.
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Culture Gaps

Read More Week 9’s pair of teen novels provides listeners with different explorations of the power #OwnVoices books hold for everyone. Thanks to Blink and to Brilliance for this week’s free audiobooks.
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Isn’t It Romantic?

Read More Week 8’s theme this SYNC season is one of romance. However, our two audiobook selections are very different in their interpretation of that broad category of story type, and the performance choices are also unlike each other. Here’s another opportunity to explore how a theme can produce two very different listening experiences.
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Confrontations

Read More Our Week 6 pair of free audiobooks comes from the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House Audiobooks. In a necessary aside here, the week's titles and theme were selected months before current events in the U.S. However, the timing of the content's arrival seems prescient.
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Broken Dreams

Read More Week 4’s free audiobooks bring listeners an #OwnVoices pair that include a stage play and a novel, each based on real events. Thank you L. A. Theatre Works and Scholastic Audio for these outstanding and free audiobooks.
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Dubious Partnerships

Read More This week’s pair of free audiobooks include a classic and a title that puts a real historical character into a work of fiction. In both cases, listening readers are plunged into the worlds of some nefarious characters.
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Living in the Shadows

Read More Week 2 of this year’s SYNC program provides participants with one #OwnVoices work of realistic fiction and another providing a journalistic account of factual events that are as compelling as anything a novelist might create.
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Beyond School Stories

Read More Our premier week of the 2020 SYNC season brings participants a pair of award winning audiobooks that have proven teen appeal. Thanks to Recorded Books and HarperAudio for getting us off to such a strong start.
Share Listening, Not IRL Social Space

Share Listening, Not IRL Social Space

Read More We are just over a month from the launch of our 11th season. For those new to SYNC, there are a few details that can being you up to speed quickly: SYNC Audiobooks for Teens provides free to keep downloads of excellent audiobooks. Only individuals, not libraries or other institutional collections, can access and keep these files. And when we say keep, we mean keep. Each title is available for one week only so even if you don’t plan to listen to that title during its week, make sure you grab it because when the week is gone it is, too.
Our 2020 Toolkit Has Landed!

Our 2020 Toolkit Has Landed!

Read More In this time of literal informational and emotional chaos, we are, like you, working under different conditions than we lived just weeks ago. We are hoping you will be as relieved as we are that some programs are developing right on schedule, including the rollout of SYNC Audiobooks for Teens in its 11th season.
We Need Your Input!

We Need Your Input!

Read More As you might imagine, preparing for next SYNC season of free audiobooks starts even as the current season winds down. As we begin our outreach to publishers to start collecting titles for you to download next year, we need your evaluation of this year's program.
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Magic?

Read More Our final week of SYNC’s tenth season comes with a pair of audiobooks that are kissed by the possibility of magic. We hope this finale brings you both immediate delight and the invitation to keep exploring both your own world and those created and presented through the many audiobooks available all year at your library.
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Who's Choosing Your Role?

Read More We make assumptions about other people in our lives all the time—and yet, we also know that assumptions others make about us can be way off base. This week’s pair of audiobooks explore just such situations and let listeners consider both sides of the assumption trap.
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Private Lives of Famous People

Read More Even when we know a lot about the achievements of a famous person, learning more about them during the parts of their lives before they became well known can both surprise and inspire us. This week’s pair of free audiobooks introduce us to the lives and times of two well-known men and provide listeners with insights beyond the spotlight of their fame.
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Haunted

Read More This week’s two free audiobooks share some paranormal—and humorous—highlights. Just right for late night listening, they provide enough suspense to keep listeners in thrall and enough romance to satisfy anyone who would rather spend time with human affairs than apparitions.
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