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Rumor and Reality

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 6, 2019
What we assume about others can miss the truth about their situations by so much that we can become blinded to their reality. The pair of audiobooks available for you to download and keep for free this week, one an #OwnVoices title and performance and the other adapted from a Western classic, may put a check on our being too quick to assume we know how to value the intentions of others.

Voices of Betrayal

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 2, 2019
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.

Let's Discuss

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 4, 2019
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.

Three Months to Go!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 24, 2019
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.

A First Peek at SYNC 2019

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 10, 2019
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.

Ambition’s Curse

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 28, 2018
This week we’ve paired a classic most high school students will encounter before graduation with a contemporary gothic novel that offers a good introduction to the genre.

Take Pride

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 21, 2018
We’re celebrating Pride Week this year with a teen novel and a stage play. Be sure to catch both of them!

When Love Surprises

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Here we are at Week 5 of SYNC’s ninth season! How’s all the listening going where you are? We’d love to see you share your responses and pictures, too, on any of the social channels we follow (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, too).

Sweetly Nourishing

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 11, 2018
We are happy to welcome Live Oak Media back to the 2018 SYNC season and grateful to them for providing an audiobook with magic, bakery goods, and an abundance of charm.

On the Move

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
AudiobookSYNC participants with a yen for fantasy with historical twists are in for a treat with this week’s free audiobook downloads. This pair offers some steampunk, some alternative history, and a pair of protagonists who are clever and brave.

When Others Define You

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 25, 2017
The pair of audiobooks offered by AudiobookSYNC this fifth week features characters who have been required to conform to identities chosen for them. Many teens have felt this put-upon sense that conflicts with self-identity, although usually they are caught in less extreme circumstances than the young adults we meet here. Listening to these audios, then, can awaken both empathy for others and insight about.the difference between relying on social pressures to conform and recognizing one's own identity as essentially one's own responsibility.

Young teens, middle teens, older teens--all listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 16, 2017
AudiobookSYNC is committed to offering teens all along the age spectrum some great summer listening. Since potential SYNC participants range from the early teens of middle school through graduating high school students, we work to include audiobooks that include some that speak to all, some skewing to the higher end of the teen range, and some to the lower.

Old friends, new friends greet 2017 list at ALA

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 26, 2017
A long weekend of award presentations and powerfully stated author addresses made for an exciting American Library Association Midwinter meeting. Adding to the buzz was the announcement of the AudiobookSYNC 2017 list in the Exhibits Hall.

American Revelations

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
While it’s comforting to believe we know what is happening around us, there are times when we really aren’t aware of how others are managing what we know about our shared America. In our penultimate week, we’re happy to be able to share two award-winning titles that give listeners opportunities to discover American life and lives in new ways.

Perception or Reality?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
This week’s pair of free audiobooks from SYNC includes a highly popular novel from acclaimed young adult author David Levithan, and an audio drama from Scottish playwright Rona Munro that will likely be new to all listeners here.

Challenging Beliefs

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 5, 2016
AudiobookSYNC 2016 has now launched! Welcome to a summer of listening and free audiobook downloads that are yours to keep for year-round listening.

Upcoming titles and a new tool!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
With the relaunch of our website providing the toolkit with information on pairings and dates, you already know we have two more titles to announce here. And we have more information to tell you about in this post as well!

SYNC at the Theater

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
This summer, AudiobookSYNC participants will have access to two theater pieces. One is fiction while the other acquires its script straight from the record of a court case that altered public education almost a century ago.

Week 13: The heat of American history

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

You'll hear powerful characters in the intense titles that are paired this week--as well as slices of the American experience that continue to resonate today.

Week 10: Let's Go Traveling!

Written by Michele Cobb on Monday, July 6, 2015

We are off on adventures this week with SYNC, so take your free downloaded audiobooks on the road for great listening this week!

Week 9: Matters of Faith

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This week on SYNC, we have a pair of audiobooks featuring characters who are exploring the role of faith in their lives.

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