Retellings of Classic Stories
Must-Listen: Retellings of Classic Stories

There are stories you hear, listen, or read that are classics. Whether you experience them in a classroom, from your parents, or find them on your own, these tales of adventure, romance, deception, and intrigue can stay with you forever. Naturally, it’s a whole lot of fun to see that story in a new light by diving into a retelling.

So, we’ve curated a list of retellings of classic stories you must add to your playlist!

Author: Mahesh Rao
Read By: Deepti Gupta

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma

Beautiful, clever, and more than a little bored, Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger. Having successfully found love for her spinster aunt, she sets her sights on Dimple: her newest, sweetest, and most helpless friend. Surrounded by old money and new; relentless currents of gossip; and an unforgettable cast of socialites, journalists, gurus, and heirs, Ania discovers that her good intentions are no match for the whims and intrigues of Delhi’s high society–or for her own complicated feelings toward her cherished childhood friend, Dev.

Inspired by the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who–or what–are they really dancing with?

Author: Patricia Park
Read By: Diana Bang

Inspired by Charlotte BrontĂ«’s Jane Eyre

For Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. As an affair with Mr. Mazer-Farley grows, Jane has to fly to Seoul for a relative’s funeral. She must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

Ayesha Shamsi’s dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle, and she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and her cousin, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

Author: Naomi Novik
Read By: Lisa Flanagan

Inspired by the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered.

Inspired by Homer’s Iliad

Given only a few words in Homer’s epic and largely erased by history, Briseis, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles, is nonetheless a pivotal figure in the Trojan War. Her story pulls back the veil on the thousands of women who lived behind the scenes of the Greek army camp—concubines, nurses, prostitutes, the women who lay out the dead—as gods and mortals spar, and as a legendary war hurtles toward its inevitable conclusion.

Inspired by Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac

Aphra Brown is bold and outgoing. Her best friend, Bethany, is achingly beautiful. Individually, they could both do a little better in the self-esteem department, but together? Together, they have what it takes to win over Greg D’Agostino, a proverbial “ten.” What begins as an honest mistake turns into an elaborate deception, wherein Bethany goes on dates with Greg while Aphra coaches her on what to say, and texts him in the guise of Bethany, trying and failing, all the while, to tamp down her own hopeless crush. It’s only a matter of time before things come crashing down.

Author: Lisa Gabriele
Read By: Emily Rankin

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. The house, though, is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too.

And, coming in December 2019:

Inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.


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