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Beyond School Stories

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 30, 2020
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.

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.

Fantasy Rooted in Folklore

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 9, 2019
Mythology, fantasy, and #OwnVoices authors and casting—it’s a richly rewarding week on SYNC! Thanks to Recorded Books and HarperAudio for sharing titles that make such a dynamic pair.

Imaginative Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 21, 2019
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.

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.

Wise Beauty, Wiser Beast

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In recognition of high school’s traditional evening of high fashion and romance, the sixth week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 offers a pair of free audiobooks that will satisfy prom-goers, prom-avoiders, romantics, and cynics alike. Both take inspiration from the folktale of Beauty and the Beast; however, each is unique and more nuanced than any Disney version.

Teen Voice Power

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 11, 2017
We come to our third week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 with two audiobooks celebrating teens who speak from the heart. Poetry and diaries both cut to the essence of what we need to say, and the voices teens can hear this week may inspire the articulation of their own feelings, thoughts, and concerns. Both of these audiobooks are short, offering good listening introductions for those new to the audio format.

Memorable characters

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 16, 2017
The AudiobookSYNC 2017 season includes a host of engaging--and some terrifying--characters. Teens likely have met some of these in popular culture versions and may be surprised to find their stories as conceived in original and alternative accounts.

Superstar authors

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Our AudiobookSYNC roster, as we try to make it every year, mixes brand new writers and ones either you or the teens in your life will instantly recognize.

Getting Beyond Colonial Occupation

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
During Week 12, we meet a pair of 20th century African headliners who changed the world forever. Both became world renowned while still active in transforming how we understand the world and the legacies of both continue to inform the possibilities that emerge on every continent.

History in the Making

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This week’s pair of audiobooks explores America's racial awareness across more than a century, giving us pause to consider what we mean when we think about our own identities against the background of what others say we must be.

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.

Week 6: Mother Nature

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This week Mother Nature and the audiobook narrators Henry Leyva and Richard Davidson take us into dangers at sea and have us right where they want us--wrapped right up in the challenges faced by these books' protagonists.

Week 4 Enchantment and Empathic Emotion

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AudioFile editors get to listen to new audiobooks all year long, and as we listen, we often note special recordings that would make excellent additions to SYNC. We also review the many reading lists, published by schools and public libraries, with their suggestions of titles teens would enjoy. By noticing shared themes between these two sources we discovered this week's likely pair.


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