Blogs by : francisca goldsmith

Too Good Not to Share

Too Good Not to Share

Read More We have been wowed by the creativity many of you showed in sharing news about each SYNC week offerings this season. With schools and libraries and other agencies shutting down around the world before the season opened in late April, we were more than ever reliant on teachers and librarians to help us reach teen listeners. And you came through generously and with imaginative messaging! Thank you!
SYNC 2020 After Party

SYNC 2020 After Party

Read More From the chatter we’ve been hearing through your Tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts, and assorted blogs, newsletters, and other news we’ve found online, it sounds like this year’s AudiobookSYNC program found some happy listeners! And we want to hear more from you.
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Living History

Read More This week’s #OwnVoices audiobooks include a contemporary classic and a novel whose author continues to write award-winners. Thank you to Recorded Books and Candlewick on Brilliance for this tremendous pair!
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Read More Here’s another pair of free audiobooks we planned before we knew that 2020 was going to need extra celebrations. Thanks to Naxos AudioBooks and Alison Larkin Presents, we are delighted to share two funny and thought-provoking listens.
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Writer to Reader

Read More 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.
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Culture Gaps

Read More Week 9’s pair of teen novels provides listeners with different explorations of the power #OwnVoices books hold for everyone. Thanks to Blink and to Brilliance for this week’s free audiobooks.
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Isn’t It Romantic?

Read More 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.
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Read More 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.
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Broken Dreams

Read More 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.
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Dubious Partnerships

Read More This week’s pair of free audiobooks include a classic and a title that puts a real historical character into a work of fiction. In both cases, listening readers are plunged into the worlds of some nefarious characters.
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Living in the Shadows

Read More Week 2 of this year’s SYNC program provides participants with one #OwnVoices work of realistic fiction and another providing a journalistic account of factual events that are as compelling as anything a novelist might create.
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Beyond School Stories

Read More 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.
Countdown and Time Check!

Countdown and Time Check!

Read More With just one week to go before SYNC 2020 opening day, it’s time to make a few last minute announcements to make sure listeners in your locale can access their free audiobooks.
The Key Word Is: Register

The Key Word Is: Register

Read More SYNC’s eleventh season opens with a pair of free downloads in just two weeks! To make sure you and everyone you know who wants to collect personal copies of any or all of the 26 audiobooks we’re featuring this year, it’s now time to register.
Answers to Access Questions for SYNC 2020

Answers to Access Questions for SYNC 2020

Read More Can you believe the annual SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program returns in just four weeks? Whether you are new to SYNC or have been with us across our past decade, you may have questions about how you and your teens will be accessing this year’s free audiobooks. We have answers!
Share Listening, Not IRL Social Space

Share Listening, Not IRL Social Space

Read More We are just over a month from the launch of our 11th season. For those new to SYNC, there are a few details that can being you up to speed quickly: SYNC Audiobooks for Teens provides free to keep downloads of excellent audiobooks. Only individuals, not libraries or other institutional collections, can access and keep these files. And when we say keep, we mean keep. Each title is available for one week only so even if you don’t plan to listen to that title during its week, make sure you grab it because when the week is gone it is, too.
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