Molly’s Game + Murder On The Orient Express + The Godfather + The Fellowship Of The Ring: Great Audiobooks Of Film Adaptations
Many popular films start life in taking their inspiration from written works of fiction, some enduring classics in their own right, others forgotten treasures. With the recent growth in popularity of audiobooks thanks to platforms like Audible, discovering these original stories has never been easier or more entertaining. Many feature not simply a single narrator but multiple voice actors, making for a unique and fresh way to experience stories you may already know and love. Whether you’re just looking for some light entertainment or an epic tale, check out these top picks for audiobooks of famous film adaptations and we’re sure you’ll find something to grab your interest.
Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
This book is best known for being adapted into the hit Hollywood film of the same name, directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. If you’ve seen the film though there’s still great reasons to check out the original tale, which goes into much more detail about how Molly Bloom built up one of the world’s largest high-stakes underground poker games that played host to billionaires, mobsters and A-list movie stars. Riveting from start to finish, whether you’ve seen the film or not.
The Revenant by Michael Punke, Narrated by Jeff Harding
The book that inspired the 2015 movie of the same name directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy. The film won numerous awards including winning Golden Globes and BAFTAS for best film, actor and director. This stunning rendering of Michael Punke’s novel is narrated by Jeff Harding and follows the remarkable events of a rocky mountain fur trapper’s tale of betrayal, revenge and human perseverance against all odds.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Audible Original Drama
Published in 1934, this novel is among the best known and most well regarded of crime writer Agatha’s Christie’s detective novels featuring Belgian investigator Hercule Poirot. A murder mystery set on a train en-route to London from Istanbul that is waylaid by heavy snowfall. The story is so riveting and entertaining that the tale has been adapted for film and television numerous times, including most recently in 2017’s version which was directed by, and stars, Kenneth Branagh. The Audible Original audiobook adaptation from 2018 features a Hollywood cast with Tom Conti voicing Poirot, and Sophie Okonedo and Eddie Marsan in supporting roles.
The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Narrated by Joe Mantegna
1972’s The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is considered by many to be among the greatest films ever. It charts the highs and lows of an Italian-American mafia family as they navigate crisis and uncertainty when their family head, Don Vito Corleone, sets about handing over power to his son. What many don’t realize is the film is based on a novel of the same name, written by Mario Puzo and published in 1969. If you’re fond of the movie, or have an insatiable appetite for crime and gangster fiction, this one should be at the top of your list.
The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien, Narrated by Rob Inglis
It’s difficult to say which is now the more popular version of Tolkien’s epic fantasy story. Peter Jackson’s trilogy of Lord of the Rings films have grossed nearly 3 billion dollars worldwide since The Fellowship of the Ring first hit our screens back in 2001. But if you’re a fan of the films but have never taken the opportunity to read the original novels you’re missing out. The length of the books can make it difficult to access for all but the most ardent bookworms, however, you can enjoy the tale in all its splendor in Audiobook form. The Rob Inglis narration is a tour-de-force that features actor Inglis voicing every single part, singing all the songs and reciting all the poetry. For a story inspired by the great Anglo-Saxon bardic tales like Beowulf, this may just be the best possible way to enjoy the mammoth tale of hope and ruin.