The next episode of widely popular investigative podcast Serial (which, it was just announced, is getting a second season) won’t be released until December 4th. If you’re one of the people who’ve been obsessively following along as podcast host Sarah Koenig unravels the case of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, you might be wondering what to do with yourself until then.
Thankfully there’s been an increasing amount of original audio programs of various different genres, lengths, and styles that you can (also) get yourself addicted to – and a chunk of them are coming from Audible Studios. Here are a few great podcasts, audiobooks, and interview series you can listen to while you countdown ’til Serial Episode 10:
A thriller written by bestselling crime/mystery author Jeffery Deaver, The Starling Project is a four hour drama narrated by Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, The Normal Heart) and consisting of a full cast.
Here’s another big thriller for you: Six Degrees of Assassination is a crime drama written by MJ Alridge and featuring a cast of Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Clive Mantle (Robin of Sherwood), Clare Grogan (Red Dwarf), and Geraldine Somerville (Grace of Monaco, Harry Potter).
Step forward Alex Cartwright (Andrew Scott), MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer who must find out the truth. But it’s easier said than done, as he discovers that whoever ordered the assassination has covered their tracks very well indeed. Along with Ellen Townsend, his trusted second-in-command, Cartwright finds himself embroiled in a race against time which leads him into the murky heart of Westminster… and beyond.”
A whopping seven hour drama written by Sebastian Fitzek, The Child boasts a cast of over 20 actors, including Robert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis.
“‘My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer.‘ Robert Stern, a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina presents him a ten year old boy as his new client: Simon, a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.
Robert’s surprise turns into horror when he and Carina find human remains in a cellar the boy has led them to. The remains of a man whose head has been split with an axe 15 years ago – just like Simon claimed he had. Things go from bad to worse within hours when Stern discovers more dead bodies, the investigating police officer Engler starts to chase him as a suspect in the murder cases, and his own past comes to haunt him. Stern’s friend and former criminal Andi Borchert is the only one to believe Stern and Carina. Hunted by the police, and led by Simon’s memories, they start to investigate shady sub cultures of Berlin, and soon discover things that are more gruesome than anything they could have imagined.”
Released on October 14, this prequel audiobook consists of secret blog posts from Erica Page, the protagonist of Amazon Game Studio’s upcoming action adventure video game Til Morning’s Light, as she investigates supernatural happenings around her small town. Her research will lead her to a cursed mansion, and bring us to the events at the beginning of the game. Til Morning’s Light will be exclusively for the Fire Phone.
For fans of the series Transparent, there’s a series of behind-the-scenes interviews on Audible featuring the show’s cast and crew, including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman. You can catch up on the season with Amazon Prime Instant Video.
This reinvention of a Shakespeare classic was written by acclaimed novelists A. J. Hartley and David Hewson and performed by The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage. This is the second original-to-audio novelization collaboration between Hartley and Hewson, whose Macbeth: A Novel was a best-seller and Audie Award nominee for Audible Studios.
It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge – of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet – son of the old king, nephew of the new – becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception – and murder.
Struggling to find his place in this strange new order Hamlet tries to rekindle his relationship with Ophelia – the daughter of Elsinore’s cunning spy master, a man with plots of his own. Hamlet turns for advice and support to the one person he can trust — Young Yorick, the slippery, unruly jester, whose father helped Hamlet through a difficult childhood. And all the while the armed forces of Fortinbras, prince of Norway, start to assemble, threatening to bring down Elsinore forever.
Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.
An original audioplay written by Orson Scott Card and based on his bestselling book, Ender’s Game Alive is a full cast drama that reimagines the classic with a new original score. It was a finalist for the 2014 Audie for Distinguished Achievement in Production.
Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.
Ender’s Game Alive puts you into Battle School with young Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, as he trains to become the general who will lead Earth against the Formics, the alien “buggers”. Removed from his family at the age of six, Ender must prove his strength and his leadership, even as he fights his own doubts. The stakes are nothing less than the fate of humankind.
Here’s an audiobook that, like Serial, focuses on a real life case. Report from Nuremberg is an original recording based on never-before published transcripts of the Nuremberg trials.
Narrated by Homeland‘s Damian Lewis himself, Phantom Pain is an original audio story that expands on his character’s background.