Free audiobooks for teens all summer in the Sora app!

Using the Sora app, teens can participate in SYNC, a summer reading program for teens 13+ who can listen to 2 audiobooks each week for free.

Audiobook lovers! SYNC, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, opens a new window and powered by OverDrive’s Sora student reading app, opens a new window, is here for you all summer!

What is SYNC?

Now in its 12th year, SYNC is a summer reading program targeted at teens aged 13 and older.

Teens can listen to two thematically paired audiobooks each week, for free, for 14 weeks. That equals out to 28 free books over the summer through August 4 — a great way to keep  reading and learning, even if when you're not in class.

What are the books?

See this list in AudioFile Magazine to see all the titles. The first week's titles are:


This compelling audio collection of 15 #ownvoices short stories explores the realities of immigration and its abundant facets. The works are written by YA authors who are immigrants or the children of immigrants. Listeners will meet characters experiencing supposedly random police stops, making space for family displaced from a tumultuous home country, and continually being asked where they're from--when the answer might very well be the country they're already in.  

ILLEGAL: DISAPPEARED #2 by Francisco X. Stork

Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas return to narrate the conclusion to Stork's previous book, DISAPPEARED. Having escaped the cartel in Mexico and illegally entered the United States, Sara, voiced by Ortega, has applied for asylum and awaits in a detention facility for a decision on her status. Ortega conveys Sara's frustration as her faith in the U.S. justice system wanes with each passing day. Her brother, Emiliano, voiced by Barillas, manages to evade U.S. authorities but is being pursued by the cartel because he has evidence that proves their trafficking activities. Brutal worlds are revealed as the siblings risk everything to secure better lives. An intense, action-packed listen. 

Using Sora to access SYNC

This summer program isn't available in OverDrive's Libby app. You have to use Sora. Here are a few tips for using Sora to access SYNC, whether you’re new to the app or an expert user.

How do I set up Sora? (For new users)

  1. Download Sora from the Apple App Store, opens a new window or Google Play Store, opens a new window, or go to in your browser.
  2. In Sora, tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
  3. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync
  4. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
  5. Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles.

I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?

If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:

  1. In Sora, open the menu (in the top-right corner).
  2. Select Add a library.
  3. Search for audiobooksync and select the library from the results.
  4. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.

Once the titles have been added to your shelf in Sora, you can listen to them again and again, for as long as you want – just make sure you don’t return them!

For answers to more common questions about SYNC, check out the FAQS, opens a new window.