Watched all of the films in the Star Wars canon? Binged The Great British Bake-Off and almost burned your kitchen down trying to make the perfect biscuit? Streamed Hamilton once, twice… five times? Boy, do we have the audiobooks list for you.
Start your binge with these audio originals: productions sans physical book counterparts, made especially for your ears.
For the Star Wars Fanatics
Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again. A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isnâ€™t found in a museum, but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her roguish ways are on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited, andâ€¦saves her life?
“The voice cast, led by Emily Woo Zellerâ€™s excellent performance as Aphra, brings this story to life in a way that makes Aphra, who narrates her story, feel like a real person with complex emotions and motivations.â€ť â€“ Medium, â€śThe Force Analysisâ€ť
Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the lightâ€”even as the darkness begins to fall. Read by an incredible full cast you donâ€™t want to miss.
â€śEvery scene is enhanced by subtle scoring and sound effects, giving the experience a movie-like quality.â€ť–AudioFile
For the Home Chefs
If youâ€™ve always been intrigued by the idea of baking beautiful loaves of bread from your own sourdough starter but have found the process confusing or intimidating, this is your easy entry. Chad Robertson and Jennifer Latham have simplified their baking lessons to talk you through their process. In just a few hours of listening, youâ€™ll learn everything you need to know about establishing and tending your starter, and how to use it to make the bread of your dreams.
For Theatre Lovers Everywhere
Presenting an original audiobook performance of the stage production starring actor-writer-monologist, David Dean Bottrell. In this newly revised version of the show, Bottrell revisits how love and sex (or the lack thereof) have affected the course of his life from age five to the present. This audiobook features both live and in-studio recordings of the monologues from David Dean Bottrell Makes Love.
Adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National Theatre revival of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. With narration by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco, and a musical score by Adrian Sutton, this audiobook is a compelling and immersive theatrical listening experience.
â€ś…Penguin Random House Audio has transformed this splendid stage production into an experience thatâ€™s dramatic and also, in the audiobookâ€™s theater of human voices, novelistic in its intimacy. Listening to it has been for me a rediscovery of the plays.â€ť-Tony Kushner to Variety
Presenting an original audiobook performance of the stage production of My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Academy Award and Tony nominee Laura Linney. Praised as â€śdeeply affectingâ€ť and â€śheartbreakingâ€ť by The Guardian (UK), this is a faithful adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Stroutâ€™s bestselling novel of the same name.
â€śThis extraordinary production of Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s novel will remain with listeners long after the final words fade.â€ť–AudioFile
Looking for more summer audiobook recommendations to match your favorite genres and activities? Check out our complete Ways to Listen Series.