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SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens

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Confident Characters

Our penultimate week of this SYNC season brings a pair of very different kids with character, thanks to free audiobooks from Zonderkidz and Tantor. There are plenty of contrasts...

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The Power of Defiance: Youth Resist

In week 14, SYNC listeners can download to keep a historical novel with authentic roots and a nonfiction account from a witness to international history. Thank you to Recorded...

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Outsiders Front and Center

The name of the game in SYNC’s 13th week is giving outsider characters new powers through subtle twists of fantasy. Thanks to HarperAudio and Dreamscape, your free...

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Epic Stories from Uncommon Viewpoints

The epic is a particular kind of narrative, often presented in verse, featuring the adventures of and challenges faced by historical figures in legend or cultural history. Week...

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Crime and Crime Again

Whether you are a big fan of reading mysteries in print or have yet to discover the attraction of this genre, get wrapped up in listening to a pair of free audiobook detection...

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Justice for All

Week 10 of this year’s SYNC season comes to participants courtesy of Listening Library. MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955 and THIS IS MY AMERICA both offer realistic fiction...

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Pride Week for SYNC

Thanks to Hachette Audio and Scholastic Audiobooks, Week 9 of this SYNC season features a pair of novels with LGBTQI+ characters written and performed with...

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Deep South, Deep Chill

In the Northern Hemisphere, summer is heating up, especially in the American South. In response to that, SYNC brings listeners a pair of chilling tales this week. Thank you,...

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Theater Tickets

In Week 7, SYNC participants are off to two stage performances, so grab your snacks for intermission and find a comfy seat. Thank you, L.A. Theatre Works and GraphicAudio, for...

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America Backstage

Thanks to Penguin Random House Audiobooks, the sixth week of this year’s SYNC collection of free audiobooks takes us backstage at two dramatic turning points in the...

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Getting to Know You: Life Stories

During Week 5 of SYNC’s 13th season of free audiobooks, participants have the opportunity to meet a pair of real people. Thank you, Oasis Audio and Hachette Audio, for...

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Political History Matters

In Week 4 of this SYNC season, listeners can take a pair of excursions into history that give context to political realities. Thank you, Post Hypnotic Press and L.A. Theatre...

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Classic Roots

Week 3’s free audiobooks offer several kinds of literary and performance experiences. SYNC participants can select one or two teen novels this week, both of which are...

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African Stories, African Voices

During Week 2 of SYNC, thanks to Brilliance Publishing and ECW Press, audiobook listeners from around the world can experience both mythology and realism from two different...

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Welcome to SYNC 2022!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens opens our 13th season with a pair of free audiobooks featuring exciting short stories. During Week 1 of this year’s program, use your Sora app,...

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Become an Active Audiobook Listener with SYNC

Whether you find audiobook listening a great way to consume books while you do chores, exercise, commute, or craft, make this the year SYNC helps you to become an active...

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Promotional Tools for SYNC Supporters

While we regularly note that the SYNC program’s opportunities for teens to access summertime listening—and personal collection building—involves AudioFile...

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Grow Your Empathy: Listen to Fiction with SYNC

Among the 32 free audiobooks you can collect during this year’s SYNC season, make time to listen to the five novels that offer well written, expertly performed stories...

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Fantasies and Mysteries Coming to SYNC

Two favorite fiction genres are coming to SYNC in a whole shelf of free audiobooks for 2022. Lovers of mystery, thriller, and suspense and those who revel in fantasy, time...

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Make Plans to Use SYNC Classics

With just over two months before the opening of the 13th SYNC season, consider this year’s collection for its multiple possibilities for discussion groups or...

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How to Get in Sync with SYNC

Now entering its 13th season (starting April 28), SYNC attracts new participants annually. Anyone new to SYNC understandably might have some practical questions. What is this...

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SYNC Returns in 2022 Bigger and Better than Ever

Mystery, history, humor, sports, romance! Full-cast performances of graphic novels! Nonfiction and fictionalized explorations of current events! Stage dramas, works in...

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What You Said About What You Heard

Twenty-eight free audiobooks later, we asked you to tell us how the annual SYNC program went for you during 2021. Before launching into a report on our final report, we want to...

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Secrets . . .

While we certainly hope you haven’t kept SYNC a secret from friends, colleagues, students, and family, that is exactly the theme of our final week of this season’s...

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Fun Twists on the Familiar and Fantastic

We come to that part of the summer when listeners (and everyone else) want to lighten up, kick off shoes, and just relax. We’re happy to be able to accommodate that...

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Those Who Warm Our Hearts, Those Who Freeze Our Blood

As we emerge from more than a year of interacting less with others and renew our awareness of how important different kinds of relationships are in each of our lives, Weeks 11...

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Lives Recast

Across the ninth and tenth weeks of the 2021 SYNC program of free audiobooks for teens, you’ll have opportunities to meet people remaking their own lives to better fit...

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Leading for Change

Making changes in your own life can be exciting, unnerving, and surprising in how those changes can affect others. Making any change first requires us to make a decision, and...

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Beginning Again

Our next four free audiobooks, arriving in sets of two across two weeks, explore different forms of leaving home, making new homes, and creating identity within new cultures....

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Chinese Folklore and Existential Questions

May brings definite signs of seasonal changes: In the Northern hemisphere, spring bursts and in the Southern, autumn is in the air. In many places, school years are winding...

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SYNC 2021 Launches!

Our twelfth season of free audiobooks for teens officially arrives, so dial up your Sora app and download (“borrow,” in the app’s parlance) your first pair of...

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Noncompetitive Listening

Are you a fan—and a promoter—of reading challenges, time record-keeping around personal media consumption (books, audiobooks, movies), and other such gamified...

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On Your Mark! SYNC Returns in April!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens returns for a 12th season of free audiobook downloads to keep for individuals ages 13 and up! AudioFile Magazine has hosted this program all these...

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What SYNC Participants Said about the 2020 Program

At the close of each SYNC season, we ask participants to complete an evaluation of their listening experiences during the previous weeks. We collect thousands of comments, as...

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