Summer 2019 movie and tv adaptations
Books on Screen: Summer 2019

There’s a certain excitement that occurs when you can watch a TV show or film that’s based on—or related to—(audio)books. It’s thrilling to see beloved fictional characters come to life by actors, or see actual historical footage that can enhance a nonfiction story.

Let’s see what’s in store for us this summer season!



The HBO adaptation is in season 2, but if you haven’t listened to this popular audiobook yet, do yourself a favor and download it now. It’s the best type of summer listen: fast-paced and full of juicy drama.

Watch the trailer for Big Little Lies season 2:

Author: Sean Wilentz
Read By: Sean Wilentz

Catch a new Bob Dylan documentary on Netflix now!

Before or after watching the documentary, you’ll want more Bob Dylan content. In this audiobook, one of America’s finest historians shows us how Bob Dylan still surprises and moves us after all these years.

Share your love of Bob Dylan with the little listeners in your life with this kid-friendly biography.

Watch the trailer for Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese:

Watch season 4 on OWN now!

Have you fallen in love with this story thanks to this fantastic TV show? Go back to the beginning and fall into the audiobook that started it all. This is a mother-daughter story about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

Watch the trailer for Queen Sugar, season 4:


A Toni Morrison documentary will be in select theaters on June 21 (and coming to HBO this fall)!

Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison is one of the finest writers in America so make sure you listen to her first novel, The Bluest Eye, that was published in 1970. It will make your viewing experience of the documentary more rich and full.

Watch the trailer for Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am:

The TV limited series adaptation premieres Showtime on June 30!

A revelatory journey inside the world of Fox News and Roger Ailes—the brash, sometimes combative network head who helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump.

Watch the trailer for The Loudest Voice in the Room:

Season 3 of Netflix’s fan-favortie series returns on July 4!

Get ready for the new season by diving into the world of Stranger Things with this new audiobook. Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show.

Adults can’t have all the fun! For younger Stranger Things fans, there’s a new gripping, emotional prequel to the series. It’s the never-before-told backstory of the beloved Dig Dug maven, Max Mayfield.

Watch the trailer for Stranger Things, season 3:

An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE® Film on PBS® airing July 8!

“Chasing the Moon tells the story I’ve lived for most of my life. From my testing of the lunar module on Apollo 9 to my hopes for the future as we celebrate Apollo’s fiftieth anniversary, it’s all there, and told through the personal experiences of the people who lived it. Some of it familiar, some never told before, this is a very human account of a truly historic moment as humankind emerges into the larger cosmos.”—Russell “Rusty” Schweickart, astronaut, Apollo 9

Watch the trailer for Chasing the Moon:

Season 2 Coming July 14!

Continue Tess’s journey into the restaurant world—full of delectable food and wine, complex relationships, and little sleep—with season 2 of the TV series. Make sure to enjoy it with a glass of wine!

Season 4 premieres on Hulu on July 26!

Fans have been waiting a long time for the return of spunky detective Veronica Mars. While you wait for the new season, plug into this audiobook. From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.

And, once you finish the first audiobook you’ll have this one waiting for you!

Watch the trailer for Veronica Mars:


Discover Brené Brown on Netflix!

Perhaps you’ve watched BrenĂ© Brown: The Call to Courage already, or perhaps it’s in your queue. Either way, you can hear more from her with any of her audiobooks, but we recommend starting with this one. It’s a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

Watch the trailer for Brené Brown: The Call to Courage:


Looking for more? Browse our TV and Film adaptations collection or take a look at what came out this past spring and winter!