SYNC’s 14th season wrapped up with our traditional survey to learn what worked best for teens among the free audiobooks they received during the summer. This year, 28 titles were available, and 71,000 listeners registered to receive the weekly pairs. Content ranged from genre fiction to biography, classics, history, and drama, while performance styles included full casts, paired narrators, and individual voice actors employing a variety of delivery techniques. A big thank you to the many publishers who helped to make this program available and to the participants who took the time to share their opinions at the end of the season.
For the final week of the 2023 SYNC season, Recorded Books and Tantor Media have provided truly essential listening experiences. Each of us lives in not just a single community, but within several communities. And our own histories and actions within each community sustain it and can enrich everyone else within it. This pair of free audiobooks for teens presents models of community power building toward a better future.