April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SYNC Offers Free Audiobooks All Summer Long

SYNClogoJune’s “Audiobook Month” is just ending, and what better way to extend it than to participate in SYNC’s free audiobook program for teens? Now in its fourth year, this program offers young adults the opportunity to download two free audiobook every week from May 15 to August 13.

For a period of seven days, SYNC thematically pairs a contemporary young adult audiobook with a classic audiobook title. SYNC is an initiative begun by audiobook publishers and AudioFile Magazine to introduce the audiobook listening experience to teens during the summer months.

MP3 titles can be downloaded for free (through the OverDrive Media Console, compatible for Mac and Windows), for a period of seven days, although once downloaded, titles can be listened to at any time. Libraries, schools, and bloggers can access a full promo tool kit.

Participants can sign up for email or text alerts that invite them to download the new titles as they become available. This week’s theme focuses on “human suffering, response to tragedy, and the monsters inside all of us” with free downloads of Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Hachette Audio, 2013) and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman (Brilliance Audio, 2012).

Check out the schedule for the remaining weeks of the program.

July 3 – July 9
Torn From Troy by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
Headstrong by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
Living a Life That Matters by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)