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!

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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.


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

Summer listening is just getting started. Happy listening!

Free Summer Listening with SYNC!


SYNC is a free summer eAudiobook program for teens 13+. (Adults, you can listen too.  We won’t tell the teens!) SYNC began in summer 2010 and has been growing ever since. In 2014, 26 titles were given away ovsynchead-150x150er 13 weeks. In 2015, 28 titles were given away over 14 weeks. SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles over 15 weeks!

Starting May 5th 2016 and ending August 17th, SYNC will give away two eAudiobook downloads a week – titles paired together based on weekly themes.

The 2016 line-up includes award-winning authors such as Chinua Achebe, M.T. Anderson, Laura Ruby, Andrew Smith, David Levithan, and Tamara Ireland Stone. Check out the exciting pairs!


SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.

Listening allows busy teens to enjoy a good book while they’re multi-tasking: mowing the lawn, practicing sports, cleaning their rooms, relaxing on the beach—even playing
video games with the game sound muted. SYNC hooks teens by introducing a wide variety of titles.  Preview the titles with clips on SoundCloud.

Parents, audio listening promotes literacy by increasing reading accuracy by 52% and reading comprehension by 76%. Learn more here.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, powered by OverDrive, and supported by East Central Regional Library. Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. If you are not yet an OverDrive user, download the app to your device today and be ready to go!


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  • Most listening devices are supported.
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