SYNC Week 6

Continue celebrating Audiobook Month with 2 new SYNC titles!

This week, our pair of teen audiobooks asks that we consider how our understanding of a story from the narrator’s point of view must expand when the story comes from two different narrators with two different viewpoints of their shared world.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Printz Medal wiI'll give you the sunnner and Stonewall Honor by Jandy Nelson examines the love and heartbreak that only twins can share.

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them.

But three years later, at sixteen, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life.

The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to each other, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in sciezac and miance, statistics, and antibiotics.

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door.

Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives.

Light and dark, cheerful and angry, this week’s free audiobooks take us along on character journeys in which each story has two sides.

Download the free pair from SYNC »here.

Thank you to Brilliance Audio and Dreamscape Media for providing the SYNC week 6 eAudiobooks!

Available for a Limited Time

Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/16/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the eAudiobook is yours to keep.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!

(Adapted from Stories in Two Voices by Francesca Goldsmith and audiobooksync.com)

SYNC Audiobooks 2016 Week 4

Finding your own voice may require moving beyond believing what you thought you knew of yourself in this weeks’ AudiobookSYNC pair of free titles. In Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last Word and Gregory Maguire’s Egg & Spoon we find stories about girls who seem to be nearly overcome by their situations, only to discover the power of their own voices.

Download This Week’s Audiobooks

Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone
Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

More Listening Fun

Curious about how an author and narrator can work together as a team to bring a story to life in our ears? Tamara Ireland Stone and Amy Rubinate talk together about how to “Be Brave with Your Words” in this interview.

Available for a Limited Time

Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/2/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the eAudiobook is yours to keep.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!


Adapted from Finding Her Own Voice by Francisca Goldsmith.

Thank you to Ideal Audiobooks and Brilliance Audio for providing this week’s titles.

Prisoners in Fantasy and Fact

SYNC 2016 Week 2’s featured eAudiobook opens a new and popular fantasy series. Paired with it is a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man in a faraway land. Together, this week’s eAudiobook pair illustrates hope in the face of some of the most extreme forms of hopelessness, showing how an individual’s sacrifice can make a monumental impact.

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By Melinda Salisbury. Read by Amy Shiels. 

A dark YA fantasy that balances political intrigue, an evil queen, and a love triangle. Twylla, the 17-year-old heroine, lives in a castle and has the power to kill by simply touching the victim. However, her power is one she’s inherited and her role as executioner of prisoners isn’t the life she chose, nor that she wants.

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By Jim Gash. Read by Brandon Batchelar.

Los Angeles lawyer and law professor, Jim Gash, tells the true story of how he found himself in the heart of Africa, performing legal rescue work on behalf of imprisoned children in Uganda, particularly of defending Henry, a courageous Ugandan boy languishing in prison and wrongfully accused of two separate murders. You can find out more about Gash’s work and Henry’s imprisonment by watching BBC Outlook: Teen Wrongly Accused of Two Murders

Available for a Limited Time

Remember: download these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/19/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the eAudiobooks are yours to keep!

Thanks to Scholastic Audio and Oasis Audio for providing the downloads this week.  Happy listening!


Just getting started? You can learn all about the AudiobookSYNC program and how to get started listening here.

Challenging Beliefs

Are you as excited about SYNC 2016 as we are? Week 1 of SYNC 2016 is here!  Welcome to a summer of listening and free audiobook downloads that are yours to keep for year-round listening.

Read a summary of this week’s audiobook titles, learn why the SYNC program selected them, and how they are connected:

We’re opening our 15-week-long season with a pair of titles in which belief and challenges to belief move from the personal to the public. These are audiobooks about intellectual freedom, not just as an idea, but as the catalyst for action.

VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD came to readers’ attention shortly after its publication in 2015, due Vivian Apple At the End of the Worldto praise from Rolling Stone as one of the best 40 young adult novels of all time. Vivian changes her life from a girl who goes along to get along, even though she doesn’t accept the beliefs of those around her, to a 17-year-old who must find out more about where belief ended and the future began. Julia Whelan performs Katie Coyle’s story in this Dreamscape Media production in tones that bring Vivian herself realistically to life for the listener and immediately encourages us to become engaged in this girl’s story.

THE GREAT TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL, with which this week’s teen novel is paired, is ripped straight from history, giving us a theatrical performance of the legal proceedings, in all their drama, that resulted when religious belief clashed with a school teacher discussing scientific evidence. Many teens are familiar with the story of Great Tennessee Monkey TrialClarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan arguing about whether a 24-year-old substitute teacher had the legal right to teach evolution in a high school classroom. Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s 1955 play, Inherit the Wind, often appears on school reading lists. For SYNC, however, we have Peter Goodchild’s docudrama from L.A. Theatre Works that uses the court transcripts themselves as the script for this ensemble performance. Regional accents and the passionate voices of ideological conflict pull us right into the time, place, and confrontation.

(REPOSTED FROM: CHALLENGING BELIEFS WRITTEN BY FRANCISCA GOLDSMITH)

Learn more about the AudiobookSYNC program and how to get started listening here.

Summer listening is just getting started. Happy listening!