Books on Screen: Fall 2019

Get the popcorn and sugary goods ready, because some of your favorite titles are making their way to screens big and small this Autumn. Don’t miss these sure-to-be blockbusters and their audiobook counterparts, whether you’re a movie theater regular or a couch dweller.

Film Adaptations

Author: Susanna Jones
Read By: Kirsty Rider

The grisly headline leaves nothing to the imagination: “Woman’s torso recovered from Tokyo Bay. Believed to be missing British bartender Lily Bridges.” The only suspect is Lucy Fly. Her friend is dead, her lover has disappeared, and as far as anyone is concerned, she’s as good as guilty. Trapped in the interrogation room, Lucy begins to unravel two stories. Lucy relates an unsettling life that spans bustling Tokyo, the British countryside, and remote Japanese islands, each step taking us closer to the chilling truth about Lily’s death.

Watch the trailer for The Earthquake Bird:

Tom Junod’s Esquire profile of Fred Rogers, “Can You Say… Hero?,” has been hailed as a classic of magazine writing. Here, Junod’s unforgettable piece appears for the first time on audio, read by the author with soundbites from the beloved Mister Rogers himself. Covering topics like relationships, childhood, communication, parenthood, and more, Rogers’s signature sayings and wise thoughts are a treasure.

Watch the trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:

The Irishman (Movie Tie-In)
Author: Charles Brandt
Read By: Scott Brick

The Irishman is an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Read by fan-favorite narrator Scott Brick, Sheeran’s story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

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It is no surprise that Little Women, the adored classic of four devoted sisters, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life. In fact, Alcott drew from her own personality to create a heroine unlike any seen before: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of the March family. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between, and fall in love with them and this endearing story, narrated by Christina Ricci.

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In this pivotal prequel to the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the heroes of the Resistance must fight back from the edge of oblivion. In the wake of their escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, helped a rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.

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TV Adaptations

From the author of The Romanovs comes a vivid account of history’s most successful political partnership (as sensual and fiery as it was creative and visionary): Catherine the Great and Prince Potemkin. Drawing on the pair’s intimate letters and on vast research, Simon Sebag Montefiore’s widely acclaimed biography restores these imperial partners to their rightful place as titans of their age.

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Author: John Green
Read By: Wil Wheaton

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

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A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven. Well, kinda. After all, a hike from a stranded train, a trip to a Waffle House, and a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks are not typical romantic situations. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

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Modern Love, Revised and Updated, features dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times “Modern Love” column since its debut in 2004. Some of the stories are unconventional, while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest.

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When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle Lord Asriel is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder—and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra’s unfettered imagination has conjured up. The Golden Compass comes to life in this award-winning recording, narrated by Philip Pullman himself, with the support of some of the finest actors of the London stage.

Watch the trailer for His Dark Materials:

In the Woods

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. Twenty years later, the only boy found that night, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

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Author: Robert Lacey
Read By: Alex Jennings

In this eye-opening companion to seasons 2 and 3 of Netflix’s acclaimed series The Crown, renowned biographer—and the show’s historical consultant—Robert Lacey takes us through the real history that inspired the drama. Covering two tumultuous decades in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Lacey looks at the key social, political, and personal moments and their effects—not only on the royal family but also on the world around them.

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Author: Brad Meltzer
Read By: Various

This friendly, fun biography series that inspired the PBS Kids series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each audiobook tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction listeners and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences.

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Green Eggs and Ham
Author: Dr. Seuss
Read By: Jason Alexander

Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham in this fun and silly classic read by Jason Alexander.

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