SYNC 2017 — Young Adult Audiobook Recommendations
The Sun Is Also a Star
Red Winter
Kids of Appetite
This Is Where It Ends
Trouble Makes a Comeback
Young Adult Listening Worth Your Time
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VOICES: MAKING THE MAGIC
NARRATOR EMILY WOO ZELLER
Emily Woo Zeller
"RED WINTER was one of those books that transported me to its vivid world immediately. I enjoy all of the characters/creatures of this book's universe so much; it's such a pleasure to embody them. It's a beautiful, exciting adventure, and I can hardly wait for the rest of the trilogy!"
—Emily Woo Zeller

Emily also narrated the sequel to RED WINTER, DARK TEMPEST — look for it to release in February!

» Find more audiobooks by Emily Woo Zeller.
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SYNC 2017 PREVIEW
PLUS ONE
Plus One
Julia Whelan's impassioned narration enhances the author's story of an alternate reality. Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a "smudge" — someone relegated by law to live under the veil of night. Unknowingly, Sol sets in motion a series of events that lead to political unrest and unlikely love. Sol's desperation and intense love come through powerfully in Whelan's delivery as the members of an intriguing subculture come to life.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
SUGAR
Sugar
Narrator Tara Sands deftly presents the sad and challenging life of 17-year-old Mercy Legowski–Gracia, who is Puerto Rican and Polish. Nicknamed Sugar because of her size and love of sweets, she lives in New Hampshire in a rundown house with her mother, who's so obese she can't leave her bed, and her abusive brother, Skunk. Skillfully displaying a wide emotional range, Sands portrays many personality types and delivers diverse accents.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
BOY
Boy
This full-cast production creates a compelling audio experience exploring gender identity and sexuality. When an accident mutilates one of a pair of twin baby boys, his parents consult a doctor who convinces them to raise their son as a daughter. Bobby Steggert gives the standout performance in the role of the titular boy both as a child trying to understand life and an adult trying to make a life. Listening to this production, based on a real-life event, will take listeners on an unforgettable emotional journey with this family and their boy.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK
The Souls of Black Folks
Listeners will quickly realize that Du Bois's classic treatise on life in a post-slavery U.S. society still has resonance today. Du Bois examines how black progress was systematically obstructed for two generations after the abolition of slavery. He also discusses the unique and creative ways in which African–Americans must negotiate a system that regularly dehumanizes them and takes their lives. With a light crackle in his voice, narrator Rodney Gardiner captures listeners' attention, making this a powerful experience.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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MONSTERS & MAGIC
A TASTE FOR MONSTERS
A Taste for Monsters
This historical fantasy, set in 1888 London, will surely engage listeners. Narrator Anna Mountford beautifully captures the voice of Evelyn, a young woman with a facial disfigurement. She serves as a hospital maid for Joseph Merrick. Known to the public as the Elephant Man from his past tours in a traveling show that made a spectacle of his deformities, he now resides at the hospital. Both Evelyn and Mr. Merrick struggle to see the good in the world as they deal with a lack of understanding from others, the horrifying murders by Jack the Ripper, and the supernatural presence of ghosts.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS
When the Moon Was Ours
Raviv Ullman and Bailey Carr infuse their narrations with wonder and awe befitting a tale full of strange and beautiful things. Steeped in magical realism, it's the story of a girl who grows roses from her wrists and turns pumpkins to glass and a boy who paints moons and keeps secrets. A blossoming romance ensues. Ullman's tone is one of reverence, as if he's delivering a ballad oft recounted, while Carr's is one of desperate yearning. This mix of quiet and passion serves the story, which is fast paced but also possesses a poetic quality. A rich, layered performance.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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