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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.

Dark and Revealing Fantasies

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This week, AudiobookSYNC offers a pair of dark fantasies in which young people are pitted against the odds of survival. The sceneries may be fantastic, and yet there are real-world matters at their cores.

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.

Discussing Identity: Audiobook Discussion Group Guide

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, June 17, 2016
James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel offers us an opportunity to talk about how identity, in contemporary America, continues to elicit an array of strong feelings, public messages that may conflict with private behaviors, and awareness of differences between the identities we apply to ourselves, and those applied to us by others. We hope that you consider hosting a discussion of this audiobook after you and the group you host have the opportunity to listen to it.

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.

The Boys Are All Right

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Adventurous, full of bravado, self-centered: is this really what teenaged boys are made of? In this week’s pair of free audiobooks, we meet a couple of teenaged boys who are also reflective, secretly sensitive, and clearly aware of the real shortcomings of the adults surrounding them.

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.

A classic announcement and notice a current contest!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Among the classics we are thrilled to offer through the 2016 SYNC program is a 100-year-old book likely to surprise many teens with its account of race and racism as experienced by a fictitious hero who lives first as a black American and then as a white man.

Week 14: Remembering where we've been

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

We end this fine SYNC summer with two World War II stories which demonstrate how important the roles of both author and narrator are to listening and and literary appreciation.

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!

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