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SYNC 2022 Season is Open

2022 Week 1, April 28 - May 4, 2022: Pulse Pounders

BLACK PANTHER Tales of Wakanda

Earphones Award Winner

by Jesse J. Holland [Ed.] | Read by JD Jackson, Joy Sunday

Dreamscape
Science Fiction

JD Jackson and Joy Sunday take turns narrating 18 short stories from the world of Wakanda, written by authors of the African diaspora. The stories cover a variety of characters... Read More

FOUR SHORT STORIES

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Read by Carl Rigg

Naxos AudioBooks
Classics

Narrator Carl Rigg uses his extraordinary vocal talent to infuse this collection of Conan Doyle's most suspenseful stories with a sense of danger and horror. There is exactitude to... Read More

2022 Week 2, May 5 - 11, 2022: African Stories, African Voices

THE PERFECT NINE The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o | Read by Benjamin A. Onyango

Brilliance Audio
Fiction

Benjamin A. Onyango narrates this poetic origin story of the Gikuyu people of Kenya in a knowing tone that resonates. This mythical tale, rendered in musical verse, defies genre.... Read More

THIS BOOK BETRAYS MY BROTHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Kagiso Lesego Molope | Read by Jacqui Du Toit

ECW Press
Young Adult

Narrator Jacqui Du Toit’s tone changes from bright and naïve to stunned and pained as 13-year-old Naledi witnesses her brother’s crime. That event makes it clear why she feels the... Read More

2022 Week 3, May 12 - 18, 2022: Classic Roots

NEVER LOOK BACK

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Almarie Guerra, Samuel Maria Gomez

Recorded Books
Young Adult

Narrators Almarie Guerra and Samuel Maria Gomez deliver candid and sobering performances in this contemporary retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice story with Afro-Latinx... Read More

WHEN MORNING COMES

by Arushi Raina | Read by Jamie Bloch, John Fleming, Patience Mpumiwana, Tony Ofori

ECW Press
Young Adult

A privileged Johannesburg student falls head over heels for a girl from the other side of town. The only problem is that she is Black and he is white and they live in... Read More

2022 Week 4, May 19 - 25, 2022: Political Reckoning

A BRIEF HISTORY OF FASCIST LIES

by Federico Finchelstein | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Post Hypnotic Press
History

The lucid and accessible discussion of the connection between fascism and lying made by Argentine historian Federico Finchelstein comes to listeners through the equally clear and... Read More

NO-NO BOY

Earphones Award Winner

by Ken Narasaki | Read by Kurt Kanazawa, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Ken Narasaki, Sharon Omi, Joy Osmanski, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe, Paul Yen

L.A. Theatre Works
Poetry & Drama

Greg Watanabe, Kurt Kanazawa, and Joy Osmanski give riveting, emotional performances in this L.A. Theatre Works adaptation of the 1957 novel by Japanese-American author John Okada.... Read More

2022 Week 5, May 26 - June 1, 2022: Life Stories

THE REAL HERGE The Inspiration Behind Tintin

by Sian Lye | Read by Simon Vance

Oasis Audio
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the classic graphic novel series Tintin will enjoy this biographical audiobook about its creator, Herge. Listeners will learn about his lower-middle-class childhood in... Read More

SOMEONE LIKE ME How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream

by Julissa Arce | Read by Julissa Arce

Hachette Audio
Children

In this YA memoir, Julissa Arce tells the story of her childhood in Mexico and her teen years as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. Her heartfelt delivery makes the audiobook... Read More

2022 Week 6, June 2 - 8, 2022: American Experiences

SINGLED OUT The True Story of Glenn Burke

by Andrew Maraniss | Read by Kevin R. Free

Listening Library
Young Adult

Andrew Maraniss's latest sports-focused biography centers on baseball player Glenn Burke. Having played in the 1970s, Burke is remembered for two things: He was gay at a time when... Read More

A TIME OF FEAR America in the Era of Red Scares and Cold War

by Albert Marrin | Read by Jason Culp

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Jason Culp relies on careful modulation to convey this nuanced, comprehensive examination of a dangerous time in twentieth-century history—the period of the Cold War... Read More

2022 Week 7, June 9 - 15, 2022: Theater Tickets

PARADISE

Earphones Award Winner

by Laura Maria Censabella | Read by Medalion Rahimi, Jeff Marlow

L.A. Theatre Works
Poetry & Drama

Narrators Medalion Rahimi and Jeff Marlow capture the complex relationship between a shy, intense, and extremely intelligent 17-year-old Muslim student and her high school science... Read More

TANGENT KNIGHTS 1: CAPRICE OF FATE

Earphones Award Winner

by Christopher L. Bennett | Read by Richard Rohan, Elaine Yuko Qualter, Bianca Bryan, and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Science Fiction

Rich-toned voice actor Richard Rohan narrates this action-adventure set in 2046 New Avalon, Earth. Elaine Yuko Qualter, who portrays Cory Kagami, also known as Caprice, puts forth... Read More

2022 Week 8, June 16 - 22, 2022: Southern Suspense

BACCHANAL

Earphones Award Winner

by Veronica G. Henry | Read by Robin Miles

Brilliance Audio
Fantasy

Robin Miles narrates the eerie journey of a traveling carnival in the Depression-era South. Eliza has the ability to communicate with animals. When an alligator wrestling match... Read More

CEMETERY GIRL: BOOK ONE: THE PRETENDERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden | Read by a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Young Adult

Left for dead, with only snatches of memory, Calexa moves into a suburban cemetery crypt--the only place she feels safe while unraveling the mystery of her attempted murder. From... Read More

2022 Week 9, June 23 - 29, 2022: Take Pride

FENCE: STRIKING DISTANCE

by Sarah Rees Brennan, Johanna the Mad, C. S. Pacat | Read by Will Collyer

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Will Collyer delivers an animated performance of this audiobook inspired by C.S. Pacat’s graphic novels. Nicholas, the illegitimate son of an Olympic fencer, barely claims... Read More

HONESTLY BEN Openly Straight, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Dan Bittner

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Dan Bittner’s narration develops the unique personality of 17-year-old Ben, a secondary character in Konigsberg’s earlier book OPENLY STRAIGHT. At the end of that story, Ben has... Read More

2022 Week 10, June 30 - July 6, 2022: Justice For All

MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955

by Chris Crowe | Read by Victor Bevine

Listening Library
Young Adult

Victor Bevine's steady narration brings an air of gravitas to this compelling story, which focuses on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. While visiting his grandfather in Mississippi,... Read More

THIS IS MY AMERICA

Earphones Award Winner

by Kim Johnson | Read by Bahni Turpin

Listening Library
Young Adult

Bahni Turpin’s heartfelt narration highlights the determination of a family as they encounter the painful realities of the criminal justice system. Seventeen-year-old Tracy... Read More

2022 Week 11, July 7 - 13, 2022: Crime and Crime Again

TRULY DEVIOUS

by Maureen Johnson | Read by Kate Rudd

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Be prepared to be lured into an audio mystery that kicks off a trilogy. Narrator Kate Rudd breathes life into protagonist Stevie Bell, a quirky student at elite Ellington Academy.... Read More

WE WERE KINGS

by Court Stevens | Read by McKenzie Fetters

Thomas Nelson
Young Adult

McKenzie Fetters's nearly breathless narration is a perfect match for this fast-moving can't-put-it-down YA mystery. Fetters's quick-paced performance intensifies the nonstop... Read More

2022 Week 12, July 14 - 20, 2022: Epic Stories

PARADISE LOST

Earphones Award Winner

by John Milton | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media
Classics

If you’re in the mood for a heart-pounding morality tale, this is the book for you. This seventeenth-century classic has survived all these years for many reasons, not least of... Read More

THE SNOW FELL THREE GRAVES DEEP Voices from the Donner Party

by Allan Wolf | Read by Bahni Turpin, Whitney Dykhouse, Teri Schnaubelt, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Lauren Ezzo, Eric G. Dove, Ramón de Ocampo, Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult

A tale of colonialism, murder, and cannibalism might seem sensationalized, but this audiobook-in-verse about the ill-fated 1846 journey of Donner party is grounded by multiple... Read More

2022 Week 13, July 21 - 27, 2022: Outsiders

SISTERS OF THE SNAKE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sasha Nanua, Sarena Nanua | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Displaying an impressive array of vocal ability, Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani does double duty breathing life into the characters Rani and Ria. They are a princess and an... Read More

YESTERDAY IS HISTORY

by Kosoko Jackson | Read by Ron Butler

Dreamscape
Young Adult

Ron Butler narrates this YA tale of time travel and romance. Because of the time jumps, Butler has to make the characters sound specific to a time and place. Listeners will have no... Read More

2022 Week 14, July 28 - August 3, 2022: Resistance

28 DAYS A Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto

by David Safier, Helen MacCormac [Trans.] | Read by Amanda Dolan

Recorded Books
Young Adult

Narrator Amanda Dolan plunges listeners into the disturbing first-person narrative of 17-year-old Mira, who is attempting to survive in the Warsaw Ghetto and keep her mother and... Read More

THE WHITE ROSE Munich, 1942-1943

by Inge Scholl, Arthur R. Schultz [Trans.] | Read by Elizabeth Wiley, Heather Henderson, Edoardo Ballerini, Kaylee Harwood, David Skulski, Dion Graham, Josh Bloomberg, Paul Strikwerda

Post Hypnotic Press
History

Two accomplished narrators, Elizabeth Wiley and Heather Henderson, recount the chronicle of the White Rose, a cluster of German students who opposed Hitler in 1942 and 1943. The... Read More

2022 Week 15, August 4 - 10, 2022: Believe, Become

AS FAST AS HER Dream Big, Break Barriers, Achieve Success

by Kendall Coyne, Estelle Laure | Read by Kendall Coyne

Zonderkidz
Young Adult

Author/narrator Kendall Coyne shares her story of determination and perseverance as she pursued her passion for hockey in spite of the hardships in her life. At a young age, Coyne... Read More

CITY BOY The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder

by Herman Wouk | Read by Peter Berkrot

Tantor Media
Fiction

Peter Berkrot narrates this delightful timeless tale. Herbie Bookbinder is an overweight, clever, and eternally optimistic denizen of the Bronx in 1928. All he wants from life is... Read More

2022 Week 16, August 11 - 17, 2022: People We Meet on the Way

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT

by Francisco X. Stork | Read by Frankie Corzo

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Frankie Corzo's delivery is beautifully suited to Stork's spirited narrator and strong characters in this story of loss, hope, and fighting for yourself in trying times. After... Read More

TEVYE THE MILKMAN

by Sholem Aleichem | Read by Neville Jason

Naxos AudioBooks
Classics

Neville Jason’s performance makes Tevye’s Yiddish wit, wisdom, and melancholy utterly believable. Tevye, whom listeners will know from the popular musical Fiddler on the Roof,... Read More

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People We Meet on the Way Through Our Days

We’ve come a long way—this week making it 16 weeks and 32 free audiobooks—since April. Thanks to Scholastic and to Naxos AudioBooks, this 16th week brings characters, authors, and narrators you’ll want to keep in your listening life.

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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 between the author-narrated memoir published just this year and the nearly 75-year-old classic novel newly narrated last year. In both listening experiences, however, you’ll get to know young people who consciously put themselves onto distinct paths forward in their lives.

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