A couple years a go a close friend and author introduced me to the SYNC audiobook program. Let me tell you I was skeptical. I had tried listening to audiobooks in the past, but had always fallen asleep or gotten distracted and lost track of the plot. “SYNC is free,” she said. “Two books free every week for the entire summer.” Always a sucker for a deal when I trying something I gave audiobooks another shot. After listening to a couple of amazing books, I was sold on audiobooks and now I’m always on the hunt for more.
Why I love audiobooks
Podcasts lead me to audiobooks.
Back in the day I was a HUGE fan of Lost. I was sucked into the story, the mystery and the underlying message that every fan was trying to suss out. I started listening to a couple of podcasts on my way to work. I believe my favorite was called Lost Casts. I was totally absorbed in the show and the podcasts. And then Lost ended and I was left blowing in the breeze…
Put some purpose in your commute.
After whatever number of years listening to Lost podcasts on my way to work going back to the radio was jarring. I didn’t know the music and my 20 minutes drive was filled with screaming car commercials. It was like I travelled through time and didn’t recognize what was coming out of that box in my dash. Audiobooks fill that box in my dash with purpose. It gives me something else to look forward to beside the end of the work day and that makes me happy.
Multi-tasking with books.
I drive to work and haven’t figured out how to hold a physical book or my iPad and watch the road at the same time. So having an audiobook queued up on my iPhone or old iPhone Touch (because my phone can’t hold all my audiobooks) has been wonderful. And in my new car, it automatically starts the book once car starts. INSTANT BOOK AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON. IT’S MAGIC, PEOPLE, MAGIC!
It’s a great way to re-read a book.
Do you have a book you absolutely love, but hate being torn between all the new shiny books and your trusty well-loved ones? Try it on audiobook. I’ve discovered new things about an old favorite upon listening to it. Check out my re-read of Outlander from last year.
Tackle a tough book by having someone else read it to you.
I would never have made it as far in the Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin if not for two things…the TV show (George kind of sucks at people descriptions. How do you tell everyone a part in the books?!) and the audiobooks. By not having to worry about how to pronounce Daenerys Targaryen and giving that task to a professional narrator, as a reader, I can let go and focus on the plot and get totally sucked in.
Make Your Super Power Reading More than One Book at a time.
As a bookworm…I mean book dragon…I try to consume…I mean read as many pages as I can in a single year. So for me listening to audiobooks means that I can read more than one book at a time. And that my friends, is the best thing about audiobooks. They will help me accomplish the one goal that all book dragons have…READ ALL THE BOOKS.
And that leads me to a great source for FREE audiobooks…
SYNC IS BACK!
SYNC is back this summer and there are some wonderful books on tap.
There is usually one newer YA book paired with a classic. THAT’S 30 BOOKS FREE! The books are only available for download for one week and week one is coming to a close soon. And over the last couple of years, I’ve been able to listen to some of the hottest YA titles.
You can visit the SYNC Audibook web site to learn more about this year’s selections, listen to samples and download each week’s books. Have fun and happy reading!
Do you listen to audibooks? What book is a must listen in your opinion? Have you participated in the SYNC Audiobook program before? Do you think you’ll participate this year?
Still Not Sure about Audiobooks?
Check out these reviews of past SYNC selections that I’ve reviewed.
- Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams
- Donny's Brain by Rona Munro
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury
- I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Dodger (Dodger #1) by Terry Pratchett
- Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
- Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2) by Elizabeth Wein
- The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Mysteries #5) by Nancy Springer
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by
- Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein
- Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1) by Rosamund Hodge
- The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer