Listen Up Librarians: Over $600 Worth of Free Audiobooks!

AudiobookerStarting on May 7, audiobook program SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads every week through August 13—a current young adult title along with a thematically-paired classic. Your own library of more than $600 worth of audiobook titles, in MP3 format compatible with any digital player or computer, and the choices are top titles from the best audiobook producers—how much better could it get?!?

A terrific way to introduce new users
to your library’s digital resources.

There’s even a great toolkit of materials to promote the audiobook program that includes posters for your classroom; banners for your library website; sound clips to post or email to your library discussion groups and friends; bookmarks to include in displays; and listen-alike lists to entice new listeners to take advantage of your library’s audiobook collection. And, as the downloads are handled through OverDrive, it’s a terrific way to introduce new users to your library’s digital resources.

During the summer of 2014, SYNC gave away more than 139,000 downloads. The program is starting earlier this year to help teachers and school librarians get their students in the habit of taking advantage of SYNC before they head out for summer break, and to allow public librarians time to integrate SYNC into their Summer Reading Program.

SYNCHEAD-150x150What a great way to experience classics on your summer reading list, discover great YA literature, or download perfect family listening for a wide spectrum of ages—all while building a collection of audiobooks that are yours for FREE forever! Check out the entire list of SYNC’s 2015 titles below:

May 7 – May 13
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Narrated by Kevin T. Collins with Eve Bianco (Hachette Audio)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Narrated by Anna Massey (Hachette Audio)

May 14 – May 20
Dodger by Terry Pratchett Narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Narrated by Anton Lesser (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 21 – May 27
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon Narrated by Dion Graham with Ilyasah Shabazz (Brilliance Audio)
Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers Narrated by Muhammad Cunningham, Michael Early, Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Arthur French, Dion Graham, Nathan Hinton, Ezra Knight, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson, Monica Patton, Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)

May 28 – June 3
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda (Recorded Books, Inc.)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan Narrated by Eloise Oxer & Paul English (Bolinda Publishing)

June 4 – June 10
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Andrew Eiden, Kate Reinders & Peter McGowan (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Dracula by Bram Stoker Narrated by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

June 11 – June 17
The Living by Matt de la Pena Narrated by Henry Leyva (Brilliance Audio)
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger Narrated by Richard Davidson (Recorded Books, Inc.)

June 18 – June 24
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Narrated by Sasha Pick (Bolinda Publishing)
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

June 25 – July 1
Monster by Walter Dean Myers Narrated by a Full Cast; Afterword read by the author (Listening Library)
Lord of the Flies Written and Narrated by William Golding (Listening Library)

July 2 – July 8
Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon with Chris Macias Narrated by Robin Miles (christianaudio)
Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja Narrated by Spencer Murphy & The Full Cast Family (Full Cast Audio)

July 9 – July 15
The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin Performed by Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt & Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Audio)

July 16 – July 22
Crows & Cards by Joseph Helgerson Narrated by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Narrated by Robin Field (Mission Audio)

July 23 – July 29
March by Geraldine Brooks Narrated by Richard Easton (Penguin Audio)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Narrated by Kate Reading (Listening Library)

July 30 – August 5
Courage Has no Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles by Tanya Lee Stone
Narrated by J.D. Jackson (Brilliance Audio)
John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Performed by Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman, Travis Johns, James Morrison, Darren Richardson & Tom Virtue (L.A. Theatre Works)

August 6 – August 13
Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Audio)
The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz Narrated by Sofia Newman (Post Hypnotic Press)

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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