Audiobook Recommendations Based on Your Favourite Netflix Original
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Doesn’t everyone love binge-watching a show or three on Netflix? There’s something addictive about watching all the episodes of a show at once. Thankfully, GQ have called audiobooks the new Netflix! They celebrate original storytelling in the same way Netflix does. Plus, you can stream them online and access them on-the-go. So, whatever your favourite show on the streaming platform is, try these audiobook recommendations to help you relive it!
Stranger Things: Good Omens
Whether you love Stranger Things for the groups friendship, for the scary monsters, or for the pop culture references, Good Omens has all that and more.
The Apocalypse has arrived. The Antichrist has been born. However, instead of being raised by an American diplomat, he is accidentally raised as a normal boy by normal parents in a small town in Oxfordshire. As the four horsemen assemble on their motorbikes and head towards him, the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley also set out to try and stop the Apocalypse from happening. Good Omens was written by both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and it’s an ideal listen for fans of Stranger Things!
Listening Books members can borrow Good Omens on MP3 CD number 00097.
The Crown: Elizabeth the Queen
If you’ve become absolutely obsessed with Queen Elizabeth II and her life since watching The Crown, this book by Sally Bedell Smith has all the information you could possibly want. It has all the historical gossip on the Queen’s life. Plus, find out things the show didn’t feature, like how teenage Lilibet repaired army trucks during the Second World War and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day.
Listening Books members can download or stream Elizabeth the Queen from our library.
Bojack Horseman is the slightly surreal animation that viciously satirises modern culture and packs an emotional punch. If it’s your favourite Netflix show, then try listening to Number 11. The book features a reality television show that uses creative editing, a detective trying to find the killer of two comedians, and a Romanian migrant who turns into a giant, man-eating spider. Plus, the audiobook is read by British comedy legends Rory Kinner and Jessica Hynes!
Listening Books members can download or stream Number 11 from our library.
Black Mirror: A Clockwork Orange
Each of Black Mirror‘s standalone science-fiction episodes has it’s own terrifying premise about the unintended consequences of technology. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess has all the same hallmarks. It is set in a near-future dystopia and follows Alex, a teenager who lives in an extremely violent society. State authorities are intent on solving the problem with violence in their society, and subject him to an experimental technique to try and make him sickened by violence. Unfortunately, it has a horrifying result…
Listening Books members can download or stream A Clockwork Orange or borrow it from our library on MP3 CD number 10967.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
If you like the satirical narrator in A Series of Unfortunate Events then you’ll love Douglas Adams’ famous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series. Arthur Dent discovers his house is about to be demolished to make way for a new road. While protesting this, Arthur’s friend, Ford Prefect, tells him the Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace road. Luckily, Ford Prefect is secretly an alien writing an entry for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He helps Arthur hitch a ride and escape. And that’s just in the first episode. The absurd humour in this radio series is the perfect match for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Listening Books members can download or stream Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or borrow it on MP3 CD number 11254 from our library.
Making a Murderer: In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood became one of the first ever blockbuster true crime stories. It was first published in 1966, and describes the murders of the Clutter family in Kansas seven years before. After he heard about the murders, Capote travelled to Kansas with his friend, the author Harper Lee. He ultimately spent six years writing the book, going back to the investigation and following it through the trial. Despite writing about a case in the 1960s, In Cold Blood has many insights into the nature of American violence and justice. If you liked Making a Murderer, go back to where true crime stories started out.
Listening Books members can download or stream In Cold Blood or borrow it on MP3 CD number 00871 from our library.
House of Cards: Game of Thrones
Like House of Cards, A Game of Thrones is famously stuffed full of the conniving, revenge, and backstabbing involved in politics. Except A Game of Thrones also has dragons and zombies. The fantasy series is based on the historical Wars of the Roses and features some of the nastiest double-crossing in fiction. Who will you root for? There are over 201 hours of listening to work out.
Listening Books members can download or stream Game of Thrones from our library.
Have you got any audiobook recommendations based on Netflix shows? Let us know in the comments!
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This post was written by Abigail Jaggers.