Isn’t It Romantic?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 18, 2020
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.

Broken Dreams

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 21, 2020
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.


Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 25, 2019
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.

The 20th Century's Most Famous Wall

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 23, 2019
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.

Welcome Back, Scholastic and HarperAudio!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 14, 2019
Two audiobook publishers who are longtime SYNC supporters have been generous again this year, providing four highly reviewed young adult novels between them. Thank you Scholastic Audiobooks and HarperAudio! It’s always a delight sharing your audiobooks with teen listeners.

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.

Juneteenth Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Juneteenth holiday is just the right time for the pair of audiobooks we offer this week. The last day to download the pair is Juneteenth itself, so you have seven days to be sure you have them, and even have time to get some listening done to give the date more meaning in your own life. The occasion of Juneteenth, dating from 1865, is a good time to celebrate both freedom and equal rights.

Dangerous Judgments

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 7, 2018
Most people would prefer to explain themselves than to have judgment fall on them based on other people’s views. How often do we pause in our lives, however, to consider whether our own judgments of others might be unfair?

Extending a Classic

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thanks to Scholastic Audiobooks, our new season program includes a classic adventure every teen knows recast with steampunk sensibilities that both those new to the genre and those familiar with it from manga will find engagingly refreshing.

History in Story

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 7, 2017
We're so pleased to have both Scholastic Audio and narrator Dion Graham returning this coming summer. Thank you for continuing to support SYNC!


Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Our final week of the AudiobookSYNC 2017 season features a pair of powerful novels about do-over lives, performed in artful celebrations of the audiobook medium. We hope you find them an excellent last call for SYNC 2017 and that you want to come back to them again as well as to SYNC in 2018.

Looking Outward

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
It’s Week 4 of AudiobookSYNC’s free audiobook program! This week, the pair of audiobooks you can download for free and to keep invites listeners to consider what might be happening around them. Stepping away from attending to our own self-interest to notice how others are affected by circumstances and events is a big step toward developing empathy.

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.

A New Lease on Life

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
This week’s pair of AudiobookSYNC titles provides stories of lives challenged by serious disabilities and the people who get beyond enormous odds to attain vitality.

Prisoners in Fantasy and Fact

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This week’s featured audiobook opens a new and already popular fantasy series. Paired with it is a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man a world away from the author’s home.

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.


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