Wise Beauty, Wiser Beast

The sixth week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 offers eAudiobooks for prom-goers, prom-avoiders, romantics, and cynics alike. Both take inspiration from the folktale of Beauty and the Beast.  Considering the new Disney live-action version is in theaters now, these eAudiobook titles offer a unique perspective on the classic story. Donna Jo Napoli’s Beast, set in Persia, is presented from …

When Others Define You

The pair of eAudiobooks offered by AudiobookSYNC Week 5 features young adult characters who have been required to conform to identities chosen for them. Many teens feel this put-upon sense that conflicts with self-identity, although usually they are caught in less extreme circumstances than the characters here. Listening to these books can awaken both empathy for others …

Looking Outward

It’s Week 4 of AudiobookSYNC’s free eAudiobook program! This week, the pair of audiobooks invites listeners to consider what might be happening around them. Stepping away from attending to our own self-interest to notice how others are affected by circumstances and events is a big step toward developing empathy. First, Dan Poblocki’s suspenseful The Gathering keeps listeners …

What’s the Human Future?

Week 2 of AudiobookSYNC 2017 features a pair of eAudiobooks that take us into possibilities for the future of humanity. Both have been popular in audio since they first became available, and every new listener can quickly understand why. Since its publication in both print and audio more than 15 years ago, the status of Feed by M.T. Anderson has …