Thursday, May 7, 2015

SYNC YA Literature: Free Audiobooks May 7 - August 13, 2015

Okay, if there is one thing that I love most about summertime, it is the free audiobooks that I get during AudioFile Magazine's SYNC promotion. Yes, you read that right - FREE. This will be my third year downloading audiobooks through the program, and my second year promoting it at my library. It's only fair that I share this stuff with you guys, too, right? So, starting today, there are two free audiobooks each week until August 14th. Here's some of the fancy talk from the SYNC website that will explain things better than me.

What is SYNC?
• SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience to your young adult audience.
• SYNC gives away FREE audiobook downloads. The program has been offered since Summer 2010 and will begin in 2015 with a pair of free downloads May 7th.
• SYNC audiobook titles are given away in pairs. A Young Adult title is paired with a related Classic, thematically paired Young Adult title or Required Summer Reading title.
• SYNC hooks readers by introducing a free download of a Young Adult “first in series” or prolific author.
• SYNC demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.
• Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console.

Get Alerts about Featured Titles
• Text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.
•Sign-up to “Join the SYNC Newsletter” at in the right column.

Download Details
• Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.
• Downloads will operate through OverDrive Media Console.
• Most listening devices are supported.
• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days, so be quick!

For issues or questions about the download process please contact the SYNC Help Desk at

2015 Title List

May 7 – May 13

Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Narrated by Kevin T. Collins with Eve Bianco
(Hachette Audio)

by Daphne du Maurier, Narrated by Anna Massey
(Hachette Audio)

May 14 – May 20

by by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Stephen Briggs
(Harper Audio)

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)

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

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

Buddha Boy
by Kathe Koja, Narrated by Spencer Murphy & The Full Cast Family
(Full Cast Audio)

July 9 – July 15

The Explorer's 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 and 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

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)

I encourage you to double-check anything that I have here on AudiobookSync.Com in case of any errors on my part.

To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I am posting this promotion of SYNC YA Literature on my own and received nothing from AudioFile Magazine, publisher, author, or any entity related to them. This post serves only to share a program that I use myself and have been sharing with my library patrons.


  1. Thanks for this post. I totally forgot about this and last year missed out on a book I really wanted. :)

    1. I've missed at least one every year! However, I was the most pleased with last year. I got Code Name Verity, and it was soooo good! I think that's how I got Cruel Beauty, too.

  2. Oo yey, I hadn't seen the list of books for this summer! I think I'll only end up snagging one, but still so fun to see this program every year :D


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