If You Like These TV Shows, Try These Audiobooks

This month’s Emmy Awards celebrated some of the greatest storytelling that television has to offer. If you’re all caught up on your viewing, you may be wondering where to turn next.

Below, find audiobook pairings for acclaimed Emmy winners, beloved nominees, and today’s buzziest new series. 

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black-ish | Hacks | Pose | Ted Lasso | This Is Us | I May Destroy You | Bridgerton | Lovecraft Country | Mare of Easttown | The Underground Railroad | The Crown | The Handmaid’s Tale | Reservation Dogs | LuLaRich | Only Murders in the Building | White Lotus


black-ish

This perennial favorite and these book pairings are perfect for anyone looking for warm-hearted but provocative stories that explore race, friendship, and family.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

By Emmanuel Acho • Narrated by the author

You Should See Me in a Crown

By Leah Johnson • Narrated by Alaska Jackson


Hacks

Empowered women, humor, cringe-inducing situations, a little bit of career advice: these memoirs have it all.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

By Mindy Kaling • Narrated by the author, B. J. Novak, Michael Schur & Brenda Withers

Diary of a Mad Diva

By Joan Rivers • Narrated by the author


Pose

These audiobooks are the perfect companion for anyone who loves the found family and the drama of Pose.

Surpassing Certainty

By Janet Mock • Narrated by the author

No One Can Pronounce My Name

By Rakesh Satyal • Narrated by Amol Shah


Ted Lasso

Who isn’t looking for feel-good stories with characters who are genuinely trying their best? These books will make you grin.

The Bromance Book Club

By Lyssa Kay Adams • Narrated by Andrew Eiden & Maxwell Caulfield

Very Sincerely Yours

By Kerry Winfrey • Narrated by Patti Murin

This Is Us

Family dramas will never go out of style. These stories are dishy and messy, but still manage to depict the intense love between family members.

Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng • Narrated by Jennifer Lim

This Must Be the Place

By Maggie O’Farrell • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld & Graham Rowat


I May Destroy You

If you were moved by this show’s deeply felt examination of rape culture and evocative coming-of-age story, give these audiobooks a try.

Luster

By Raven Leilani • Narrated by Ariel Blake

Know My Name

By Chanel Miller • Narrated by the author


Bridgerton

Whether you want to learn more about the enthralling origins of debutante culture or escape into a historical romance, these audiobooks will give you all the Bridgerton vibes. You also also listen to the audiobooks that the show is based on, too!

The Season

By Kristen Richardson • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics

By Olivia Waite • Narrated by Morag Sims


Lovecraft Country

While tackling social issues through horror isn’t new, it’s definitely having a moment. These audiobooks offer twists and thrills alongside astute cultural commentary.

When No One is Watching

By Alyssa Cole • Narrated by Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng

The Other Black Girl

By Zakiya Dalila Harris • Narrated by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms & Bahni Turpin


Mare of Easttown

This small-town mystery took television by storm. Luckily for those of us who loved it, there are plenty of gritty, twisty novels to capture our attention in the same way.

Long Bright River

By Liz Moore • Narrated by Allyson Ryan

When the Stars Go Dark

By Paula McClain • Narrated by Marin Ireland


The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Underground Railroad, was adapted beautifully for the screen this year. For more stories of enslaved peoples’ resistance and resilience, try one of these audiobooks.

The Good Lord Bird

By James McBride • Narrated by Michael Boatman

Never Caught

By Erica Armstrong Dunbar • Narrated by Robin Miles


The Crown

The latest season of The Crown offered a mix of royal glamour and raw political realities of the 1980s. Whichever strikes your interest, these audiobooks are a great extension of the series.

Shuggie Bain

By Douglas Stuart • Narrated by Angus King

The Royal We

By Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan • Narrated by Christine Lakin


The Handmaid’s Tale

There’s no shortage of feminist dystopias on today’s bookshelves. These two are gripping one their own or as companions to the award-winning show.

Future Home of the Living God

By Louise Erdrich • Narrated by the author

Red Clocks

By Leni Zumas • Narrated by Karissa Vacker


Reservation Dogs

Delve into more Indigenous story-telling through one of these gripping and emotional mysteries.

Winter Counts

By David Heska Wanbli Weiden • Narrated by Darrell Dennis

Firekeeper’s Daughter

By Angeline Boulley • Narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc


LuLaRich

Whether on the screen or on the page, there’s nothing as compulsively bingeable as a scandal.

Cultish

By Amanda Montell

Bad Blood

By John Carreyrou


Only Murders in the Building

Our cultural fascination with true crime has gone meta with behind the scenes revelations of popular true crime podcasts and stories about crime fanatics taking matters into their own hands. 

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered

By Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark • Narrated by the authors & Paul Giamatti

The Thursday Murder Club

By Richard Osman • Narrated by Lesley Manville


White Lotus

Whether you’re looking for a vacation-gone-wrong plot or satirical commentary on class systems and work culture, these books are for you.

Nine Perfect Strangers

By Liane Moriarty

Black Buck

By Mateo Askaripour • Narrated by Zeno Robinson

Any other perfect pairings?

Let us know in the comments below!

Sara Hildreth is a reader, writer, and educator who has taught kindergarten, high school English, and nearly everything in between. After studying the social, emotional, and intellectual benefits of reading fiction in graduate school, Sara began the project FictionMatters, an Instagram account and weekly newsletter where she shares what she's learning about the world through books. Sara is also the co-host of Novel Pairings, a bookish podcast dedicated to diversifying the canon and putting contemporary literature into conversation with the classics.

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