What Teens Said about SYNC 2018 Titles

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 16, 2018


We heard from teen listeners, librarians, educators, and adults, too, with responses to our 2018 selections. You can read an overview of the end of season survey returns on the AudiobookSYNC web page, under the Toolkit tab (SYNC 2018 Results).

Beyond these numbers and general responses, however, we thought you might like to see—and maybe even recognize—just a few of the title-specific things we heard from teen listeners:

“I liked THE GREAT WAR because it talked about the artifacts passed down from generation to generation." 

“A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE was my first audiobook ever, and it was well narrated, fun, quick, a great story overall and I really enjoyed my time listening

 “I loved EXTRAORDINARY MEANS because of the illness element and being someone with chronic illness myself.” 

“Jazz Jennings’ book meant a lot to me because I’m trans.”

“BAKER’S MAGIC was really funny and entertaining." 

“I thoroughly enjoyed COME AUGUST, COME FREEDOM, especially the narrators and the way they brought the stories out.” 

 “It’s amazing how relevant JOHNNY GET YOUR GUN is today given that it was written many decades ago.” 

“SOLO was my favorite because it was a book I had already read and enjoyed a lot and this gave me an opportunity to enjoy it in a different way.” 

“MACBETH by William Shakespeare was my favorite, I've always loved the classics and it's always nice to find an audio version to listen to while I’m doing chores." 

“I loved ON TWO FEET AND WINGS because you can feel the emotions that the author wants to convey through the voice of the speaker." 

“The voice actors in WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI were amazing and made the story come to life." 

“OPENLY STRAIGHT was my favorite SYNC audiobook title because there aren’t many books about gay relationships and it was a good realistic outlook on a world not entirely accepted in my hometown.” 

“MONSTROUS BEAUTY was my favorite – I've always loved fantasy and mystery, so the combination was great." 

“I loved LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT because it was absolutely amazing!!" 

“My favorite was HOW TO HANG A WITCH because I had already read the book and loved it so it was neat to hear the actual author read it as well." 

“My favorite was THE SCARLET LETTER because normally I wouldn't read books from earlier times but listening to someone read it has made me want to read more." 

“This year my favorite has been THE LOST WORLD by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because it is adventuresome and very well written." 

“Out of all of the offered SYNC audiobooks, THE INVISIBLE GIRLS is my favorite. The author pays close attention to even the smallest details and tells truly important messages that everyone needs to hear." 

“I loved EVERLAND because a Peter Pan picture book was my favorite as a child." 

“MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY was really cool – a different perspective on slavery." 

Next week we’ll share comments we received about more of this year’s free audiobooks. Thanks for sharing!



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