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Articles by Francisca Goldsmith

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Celebrate Your Right to Listen During Banned Books Week

For 39 years, publishers, authors, booksellers, readers, libraries, and all those involved in creating, disseminating, and experiencing recorded words—books, magazines,...

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What You Said About What You Heard

Twenty-eight free audiobooks later, we asked you to tell us how the annual SYNC program went for you during 2021. Before launching into a report on our final report, we want to...

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Secrets . . .

While we certainly hope you haven’t kept SYNC a secret from friends, colleagues, students, and family, that is exactly the theme of our final week of this season’s...

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Fun Twists on the Familiar and Fantastic

We come to that part of the summer when listeners (and everyone else) want to lighten up, kick off shoes, and just relax. We’re happy to be able to accommodate that...

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Those Who Warm Our Hearts, Those Who Freeze Our Blood

As we emerge from more than a year of interacting less with others and renew our awareness of how important different kinds of relationships are in each of our lives, Weeks 11...

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Lives Recast

Across the ninth and tenth weeks of the 2021 SYNC program of free audiobooks for teens, you’ll have opportunities to meet people remaking their own lives to better fit...

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Leading for Change

Making changes in your own life can be exciting, unnerving, and surprising in how those changes can affect others. Making any change first requires us to make a decision, and...

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Beginning Again

Our next four free audiobooks, arriving in sets of two across two weeks, explore different forms of leaving home, making new homes, and creating identity within new cultures....

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Chinese Folklore and Existential Questions

May brings definite signs of seasonal changes: In the Northern hemisphere, spring bursts and in the Southern, autumn is in the air. In many places, school years are winding...

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SYNC 2021 Launches!

Our twelfth season of free audiobooks for teens officially arrives, so dial up your Sora app and download (“borrow,” in the app’s parlance) your first pair of...

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Noncompetitive Listening

Are you a fan—and a promoter—of reading challenges, time record-keeping around personal media consumption (books, audiobooks, movies), and other such gamified...

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On Your Mark! SYNC Returns in April!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens returns for a 12th season of free audiobook downloads to keep for individuals ages 13 and up! AudioFile Magazine has hosted this program all these...

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Last Sentence of 2020!

We continue the tradition of inviting audiobook narrators to share the last sentence they record during the outgoing year, and then we weave them into an original tale that may...

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What SYNC Participants Said about the 2020 Program

At the close of each SYNC season, we ask participants to complete an evaluation of their listening experiences during the previous weeks. We collect thousands of comments, as...

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Last Sentence of 2019!
Audiobook narrators ring out the old year by sharing on Twitter the last sentence each one records before the calendar moves us along. In what is becoming a tradition, AudioFile...
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4 Audiobooks to Get Healthy
February rings in the Lunar New Year and is also American Heart Health Month—just two of the seasonal reminders that getting healthy can mean better enjoying the year to come....
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Negotiating
We all negotiate in many different ways to achieve what we need and want—whether that's negotiating with other people or with actual physical barriers. When it comes to negotiating...
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Last Sentences of 2018 Point to a Great Year of Audiobooks to Come
As the year winds to a close, audiobook narrators have been sharing on social media their #LastSentenceOf2018 — the last sentence of the last audiobook they recorded in 2018. We’ve...
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Staying Healthy in Our Time
Did you know that the flu pandemic of a century ago killed more worldwide than World War I did? At a time when Americans are being urged to get annual flu shots and are making...
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A Time for Self-Care
The stars of October this year have aligned to indicate a crying need for some self-care among many listening readers. We’ve heard enough about beer to cancel most interest in...
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Banned Books Week: Our Right to Hear From Drag Queens
The final week of September brings an annual call from a coalition of intellectual freedom advocates, including the American Library Association and the American Society of...
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Whither the Weather, We're Listening
Multiple March snowstorms on the East Coast, a winter drought in the Midwest, and an early, eerily rampant fire season in the West were all prelude to the seemingly endless heat...
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Words and Sensibility
Regardless of individual political allegiance, Americans—and many in Europe, Asia, and Africa, too—are gaining new and more popular awareness of how words can be used to both...
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Honoring Pride's Continuing Relevance
The history of Pride marches and events stretches back now nearly half a century. Books and audiobooks for young listeners continue to grow in both number and depth of treatment,...
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Under Questioning: Listening to Formal Hearings
Congressional hearings are a process of information gathering—both orally and aurally. Hearings might be called for  democracy-threatening political disagreements, huge calamities...
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Opening Doors Beyond the Binary
In my work with library staff working to improve their reference interviewing skills, I regularly need to provide coaching to those who persistently (and inadvertently) shut down...
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In Our Time: Kids Who Lead
As we watch and listen to the young leaders from Parkland, Florida, Americans are divided by whether both life and liberty can be attained jointly. Values, many adults seem hasty...
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Audiobooks and Literacy: Invitations to Connect through Storytelling
Storytelling is an ancient art practiced many times a day in homes and workplaces. For example, teachers guide students into lessons in lab sciences, mathematics, social studies...
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In Our Time: An Inebriate New Year
A century ago, the United States experimented with a federal mandate prohibiting the manufacture and sale of liquor. Enforcement turned out to be a Sisyphean task, and repeal of...
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Audiobooks and Literacy: Explore Behind the Microphone for Lifetime Possibilities
Over the past two decades, American education has reduced teens’ exposure to careers they might find engaging and worthy of pursuit without a post-high school degree. As a result,...
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In Our Time: Immigration and the American Imagination of Itself
From time to time, we’ll be publishing blog posts about listening that can advance our understanding of current events. In this initial post in that vein, we’re talking about how...
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Audiobooks and Literacy: Purposeful Performances
Every day we read, listen to, or watch a variety of media with specific purposes in mind: to gather information, find entertainment, explore a new culture, or participate in our...
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Audiobooks and Literacy: When Reader Fatigue Strikes
Stress plays havoc with our emotions and our capacity to think clearly—even the good stress (I got married! I have a new puppy! I earned a raise!) and certainly the bad (I’ve been...
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Audiobooks and Literacy: Literacy Fitness Program
If you are an educated adult who likes to read, this post may surprise you. Our literacy skills, as research has shown repeatedly and in international as well as American studies,...
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Audiobooks and Literacy: Own Voices
The lack of diversity in children’s books has been noted by many parents, teachers, librarians, and children who seek more new books that reflect experiences that are more...
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Our Website Leads the Way to Great Listening
Since 1992, AudioFile Magazine audiobook reviewers have applied critical listening skills to evaluate so many hours of audiobooks that it would take 65 years of endless audiobook...
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Poets Aloud
April is National Poetry Month, and poetry is a form of language and literature that begs to be heard. In short, it's a great time to call attention to poetry and poets we can...
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Drop Everything And Listen
April 12 marks iconic American children's author Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday. It's been nearly 70 years since her writing career began, and her books, made instantly popular...
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Outspoken Girl to Outspoken Woman
Janis Ian came to public attention using both her voice and her lyricism while she was still a teenager. Today, she continues to work both with her voice and her poetry, and we're...
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