AudiobookSYNC 2015 survey results: Beyond the numbers

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's not too late to add your own comments to the many that we have gathered on the post-season survey. Please just add in the comments below! Thanks!

The 2015 AudiobookSYNC season was a smashing success from so many angles we can scarcely name them all!  Thank you for contributing, listening, and participating in the survey to tell us what you thought of the whole experience.  To see what the all over general numbers look like on the survey (you know, that quantitative data), you can see this overview.

Just as important is the qualitative information you generously shared through comments on the suvey. Among the many comments each and every title received from Youth, Educators, Librarians, Avid Listeners, and Occasional and New Listeners who tapped into the program across its 14 week run, were the following:

“I LOVED Rose Under Fire [Bolinda]- I think I did suggest it last time after Code Name Verity…” – Youth Listener

“I became interested in reading Sea Hearts [Bolinda] after listening to the audio book. Similarly, I have the intention to re-read some of the classics.” – Occasional Listener

“I was very impressed by the access to new and/or extremely popular titles such as Beautiful Creatures [Hachette Audio] The Ring and The Crown [Recorded Books], X [Brilliance], The Living [Brilliance], Rose Under Fire [Bolinda], etc. and think it's a major draw of the program. “ – Occasional Listener

“I loved listening to Matt de la Pena's The Living [Brilliance] and have been able to sell it to students based on my listening. When I tweeted Matt about how great the book was, he tweeted right back - awesome!” – Librarian

“The book, X, [Brilliance] led me to read more non-fiction about Malcolm X. I also watched videos of Ben Underwood [Echoes of an Angel, Christian Audio] throughout reading Mrs. Underwood's book.” – Youth Listener

“My family really enjoyed Dodger [Harper] as well as Crows and Cards [Brilliance] which led us to look for other books by those authors…” – Avid Listener

“I see a role for SYNC audiobooks in the Common Core Curriculum, especially if there is great nonfiction, like Courage Has No Color [Brilliance], and historical fiction.” - Librarian

“I reread Tom Sawyer this year so I could listen to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Christian Audio].” – Youth Listener

Buddha Boy [Full Cast Audio]...made me look for more books by this author. And I got the book for my son to read.” – Avid Listener

Rebecca [Hachette Audio] got me out of a reading slump. I had a hard time concentrating on a book, but Rebecca got me interested in reading again.” – Occasional Listener

“This summer I did a lot of driving, so I really enjoyed listening to the free audiobooks that were offered weekly.  I found that I more preferred the classic books as opposed to the modern ones…There were exceptions, though.  Dodger [Harper Audio] by Terry Pratchett was probably my favorite book that was offered this summer and it was the modern book.” – Youth Listener

“Enjoyed the LA Theatre Works' In the Heat of the Night.  After listening to the discussion of the passing of civil rights legislation after the reading, I did more reading on that topic.” – Avid Listener

“After listening to the one about The Explorer's Club [LA Theatre Works], I looked for others like it.” – Avid Listener

“I loved your version of Around the World in 80 Days [Tantor Media], and Here in Harlem [Live Oak Media] was a big surprise for me. I don't usually like the short story, or small little pieces of stories such as that was, but I enjoyed it a lot and loved the narrators.” – Avid Listener

“I've also been reading a lot about race relations in the US and enjoyed Monster [Listening Library].” – Avid Listener

“I listen for pure enjoyment, passing along my favorites to my niece.... I also enjoy the author commentaries, like on The Lord of the Flies [Listening Library]. – Avid Listener

“I especially appreciated the Little Women/March [Listening Library/Penguin] pairing and your inclusion of diverse titles by Walter Dean Myers and Kekla Magoon.” – Educator

“This is a great way to study a book that was assigned for summer reading like Dracula [Naxos] that was on this year’s list! I heard about your website through my English teacher. English is not my favorite subject, but my teacher was great!  So I listened to her recommendation about your site. I think more teachers should get the word out about your site.” – Youth/New Listener

“I love the opportunity to listen to high-quality performances of classics like Great Expectations [Naxos Audio]” – Librarian 

“The book Anne Frank Remembered [Oasis Audio] has me wanting to look at other books about the time like her father, Otto Frank's, book about his life.” – Youth/New Listener

“I've been avoiding titles with storylines steeped in war themes. The Old Brown Suitcase [Post Hypnotic Press] is making me re-consider it.” – Avid Listener

“I used it as a way to listen to some classics or books I had not read, like The Perfect Storm. [Recorded Books]."– Avid Listener

“Far and away the best audiobook from your list was A Corner of White [Scholastic Audio]. I liked it enough to go and purchase the second book in the trilogy. Since then, I have listened to A Corner of White at least half a dozen times. THANK YOU for bringing that into my life.” – Avid Listener

“I loved your version of Around the World in 80 Days [Tantor Media]."– Youth Listener

Under a War-Torn Sky [Tantor Media] makes me want to listen to the next book in the series.” – Avid Listener

“Am still working through my downloads but Nemetz, Elliot, and Golding have been terrific. Mind and boundary expanding, relevant to current events, I am amazed. “ - New Listener

“I use the SYNC program for my own enjoyment and give my husband (who is a high school English teacher) recommendations for what he could teach for the next year and how he can use certain audiobooks in the classroom. For his part, he recommends students to try out the SYNC audiobooks offered to try to get them to read more.” – Adult Listener

“When students hear about the free SYNC summer program, they're astounded. They're used to a world where such things cost, but it speaks volumes that they can access these materials (legally) for free. Furthermore, the pairing of classics with high interest YA novels establishes a crucial and relevant link of the importance and relatability of seemingly irrelevant canon texts.” -  Educator

“Some of the classics were really good choices along with the newer titles.  I think it is a great way to find new authors you may like…” – Youth Listener

“Tthe pairing of classics with high interest YA novels establishes a crucial and relevant link of the importance and relatability of seemingly irrelevant canon texts.” -  Educator

“Audiobooks are no longer just for struggling readers. They can bring a whole different element to telling, learning, or understanding a story. They are for car rides, family time, multitaskers, and so much more. They bring non-fiction to life, which is a very important role for common core.” – Librarian

“I use the SYNC program for my own enjoyment and give my husband (who is a high school English teacher) recommendations for what he could teach for the next year and how he can use certain audiobooks in the classroom. For his part, he recommends students to try out the SYNC audiobooks offered to try to get them to read more.” – Adult Listener

“…I have dyslexia and audiobooks are how I listen to great books :)  My mom gets the downloads from SYNC to give us something to listen to during our car rides.” – Youth Listener

“The interest in SYNC grows every year.  I think you do a fine job of providing us with what we need to promote your program.  The variety opens us to different types of books, too, that we may not otherwise try reading.” – High School Librarian

“I download for myself and my granddaughter to listen then we discuss - your pairings are always spot on - your classic titles are a great way for youthful readers to explore what they consider to be "boring/required" at face value yet, when done well, the audio brings the words to life and inspires one to read more of them - the modern titles keep them hungry and coming back for more. My granddaughter cannot wait until next year!” – Adult Listener

“Exposure to literature (particularly with a combination of classic and contemporary lit) can be the foundation for further exploration of issues, historical information, and other elements of the human experience in non-fiction. In addition, reading and analyzing literature is served with the vocal inflections of the audiobooks.” – Educator

“The titles featured in SYNC (contemporary and classic) are titles that teens are reading or are required reading. Pairing the books around similar themes shows how classic and contemporary authors are concerned with similar questions. Common Core Curriculum requires some of the same reading materials. Some teens may be more likely to listen to an audio version of the book rather than pick up a print copy. SYNC allows them to do this. Since the book remains until it is deleted a student can keep the audio and use it when the book is taught in class.” – Librarian

 



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