Writer to Reader

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 2, 2020
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.


Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 4, 2020
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.

Listen to Other Listeners

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 7, 2019
Back in January, we shared AudioFile Magazine's 2019 slate of audiobook listening challenges. Now the calendar year is winding on and the school year has got its motor running, we want to recall your attention to a way to engage super readers with the joys of written language--yes, through audiobooks.

Listening Is Reading: The New Research

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 29, 2019
As the new school year swings into opening days, and you find yourself with a nicely filled shelf of new audiobook listens, we thought we'd call your attention to recent research about the benefits of listening. These benefits include ones of mental and physical health, academic engagement, and pure relaxation and wonder-feeding.

Who's Choosing Your Role?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 18, 2019
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.


Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 30, 2019
Friends and family are important people in all our lives. Sometimes, however, instead of looking to others for support and rescue we need to get through hard times on our own. This week’s pair of audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library shows how some fictional teens face such events.

Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 28, 2019
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.

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.

Challenge Your Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 3, 2019
Our host AudioFile Magazine has created a new year's celebration challenge for audiobook listeners. This challenge allows anyone who wants to give themselves a bit of a push the opportunity to decide how much of a listening push works for them.

5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 20, 2018
By the time we're in our teens, we're expected to be able to read not only books but also complex directions, ingredient labels, news accounts, and more both fluently and with a good grasp of the content as well as how that content might be meaningful. Reading is a part of every high school course, including mathematics, art, and vocational track programs. Teens who read with facility, however, may have fallen into the habit of speed reading or skimming, neglecting nuances that are, in fact, important to comprehension of the text in full. Listening to audiobooks--at the speed each was intended to be played--can help good readers become better critical thinkers, empathizers, and engaged citizens. Here's why and how:

An audiobook listener's menu

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 6, 2018
How do you find audiobooks that make you want to to listen all the way through--and then feel a little sad when they've run their course? How do you talk about audiobooks with teens and others whom you are trying to help find good audiobooks options?

Roots in Colonial New England

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 12, 2018
Our 12th week of AudiobookSYNC 2018 brings us a pair of novels with distinctly Puritan Colonial roots. Thanks to Listening Library for providing them.

Making Space for Yourself in the World

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 17, 2018
In Week 4, both titles in our audiobook pair are brought to us courtesy of Listening Library. Both feature strong girls who meet challenges to their self assurance with a balance of standing up for themselves and accepting the support of those who wish them well.

Where in the World Can You SYNC?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 12, 2018
Did you know you can download many of 2018's free SYNC audiobooks anywhere in the world? AudioFile Magazine works with both large and small audiobook publishers each SYNC season to acquire a summer's worth of audiobooks for teens and international rights vary from title to title. This year, however, comes with a listening bounty for international listeners.

Teen Voices

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Listening Library has donated several titles to our free audiobook program this year. Thank you!

On the Eastern Front

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
AudiobookSYNC’s penultimate week of the 2017 season takes a journey back to World War II’s Eastern Front. A well-researched teen novel and a memoir reveal lesser known stories of young women involved in the war.

What's the Human Future?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 4, 2017
Week 2 of AudiobookSYNC 2017 features a pair of audiobooks that take us into possibilities for the future of humanity. Both have been popular in audio since they first became available, and every new listener can quickly understand why.

Audiobooks and SYNC are for avid readers too

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 6, 2017
If you aren't an avid audiobook listener yourself and you're new to SYNC, you might wonder if the teens in your own life "need" audiobooks. Others experiences and considerable research show that the answer is "yes."

Nonfiction for summer listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 9, 2017
Genre fiction makes good summer listening. So does nonfiction, and we have a number of award-winning titles coming this summer that give teens engaging opportunities to explore science, culture, and history.

Groundhog's Day on SYNC 2017

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 2, 2017
On February 2, our eyes turn to the local groundhog as a prognosticator of Spring's arrival. In keeping with the day's theme of shadows, we're announcing some 2017 AudiobookSYNC titles in which shades and shadows occur.

Recordings that intensify great books

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Thanks to both publisher generosity and an ever developing use of the audio medium to extend great books' potential, we have some classic gems turning up on our AudiobookSYNC 2017 roster.

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.

Holiday Picnic Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
We all know that nature is essential to the support of human life and—that we as humans demonstrate a continuing capacity to manipulate nature. This week’s pair of SYNC audiobooks offers us alternative ways to plumb the meaning of this dichotomy.

Thank you, AudiobookSYNC sponsors

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 24, 2016
As we prepare to open our seventh AudiobookSYNC season, we know you are preparing programs and displays to help get out the word about a summer full of free audiobooks for teens.

So many award-winners coming in 2016!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
With the most recent Youth Media Awards celebration at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting, we now have lots and lots of award-winning titles for AudiobookSYNC 2016!

Week 12: The March Family

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Civil War experiences of a New England family make for another easily matched pair from SYNC this week.


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