June is the month the Audio Publishers Association has set aside to celebrate the format and encourage new listeners to try an audiobook. We celebrated last year on The Hub with this post, linking some great articles about the joys of listening to books.
YALSA celebrates audiobooks every year with the Odyssey Award and the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. The Odyssey Award is a joint award with ALSC given to the best audiobook produced for children or young adults. This year’s winner was The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, read by Kate Rudd, and produced by Brilliance Audio. The Amazing Audiobooks list is one of YALSA’s annual selection lists and includes both fiction and nonfiction with a selected top ten. The variety included here ensures that anyone in search of a book to listen to will surely find one that they will enjoy.
Another great way to celebrate the audiobook with a variety of titles is with Sync: YA literature into your earphones, a summer initiative that kicked off at the end of May. For twelve weeks in the summer, Sync releases two free audiobooks per week — one contemporary YA title and one classic title — for download through OverDrive. They are particularly proud to be offering some of the books on the Teens’ Top Ten list this year
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
- Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Visit the Sync website to see the full list of their offerings, to listen to previews, and to take advantage of their incredibly easy notification options. You can get updates from Sync each week by visiting their blog, signing up for email, or, quickest of all, by text message. If you have a smart phone, the entire process from notification of available download to listening to your new audiobook can take just a couple of clicks. This week’s offerings are Of Poseidon by Anna Banks and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a full cast recording from BBC AudioGo.
So try an audiobook. They’re great for increasing your reading time while doing other things like summer car trips, taking a walk, doing the dishes, or exercising. Now is the perfect time to listen.
— Erin Daly, who just finished listening to The Human Division by John Scalzi