top ten tuesday | books that would make amazing podcasts

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by That Artsy Reader Girl (originally The Broke and the Bookish). For information on how to participate and the topics of each week, click the link!

This weeks TTT prompt was ‘audio freebie’, so I decided to combine books and podcasts to pick Ten books I think would make amazing podcasts, and why!

I just want to emphasise: this is different to audiobooks. When I say a book would make a great podcast, I mean I could imagine just hearing the voices of characters, being-in-the-moment sort of thing, kind of like Wolf 359 or The Adventure Zone, or something along those lines! No descriptions, just dialogue and a whole cast interacting in the moment.

[There are slight spoilers for some of these, so please be warned and look at the titles of each book before reading my reasons!]


Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

There are so many individual moments in this book that would be great in a podcast. The use of sound- screaming in the old footage of the original ship and again on the new one, them recording discussions on their research, hearing everyone in the horror of the moment- would be incredible. That whole whole submersion scene where all you can hear is breathing and then the banging on the outside- SO GOOD.


The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant

Hearing zombie attacks in the moment they happen, and also George and Shaun interacting? The blog posts being translated into the podcast as decades worth of voice recordings people shared around during the apocalypse? It would be amazing! And you’d be able to hear all the political speeches as ‘bonus’ episodes!


In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

The quick nature of the dialogue in this book feels like watching a game of DnD so hearing a whole cast performing the dialogue would be amazing.


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This would be terrifying! I can just imagine Eleanor narrating the events of the day at the house through an old recorder, hearing her voice her insecurities out loud- good stuff.


Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Could you imagine all the crackly voiceovers by Bee, the interference that comes with being in the limbo world? Making it so the audio device is recovered in real life and this is all of the chronicling of the events, the arguments characters have, everything?


Vicious by Victoria Schwab

All I can think about is the recordings that could be put forward of them in the lab, experimenting, leading up to them obtaining their powers. The PANIC. It would be glorious.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Big cast! Space! Wholesome interactions and science content! Voice logs of events, a la Wolf 359!


Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Each ‘episode’ could alternate between the POVs of the characters in their lives. It would be dope.


All For the Game by Nora Sakavic

So imagine: it’s like the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, only it’s Neil talking into a recorder about his day and as the plot progresses throughout the series, we get all of these snippets from his life and past, little cameo voice appearances by other characters in the changing rooms or something, and the breaks between seasons correlate with Neil’s disappearances and reemerging. It’s only during That Bit halfway through book three we properly get Andrew’s voice, by himself, and it’s him talking about Neil being missing. Once he’s back,  Andrew is dragged into every recording, basically. It would be FAB.


The Crucible by Arthur Miller

I have a very specific podcast adaptation in mind for this one. It’s a modern re-imagining, where the podcast are people’s testimonies regarding the presence of ‘witchcraft’ and dangerous happenings around town. It would basically follow the descent of a small town in hysteria. I’m sure a few things could be changed concerning character motivations [I’d like to see Abigail as more than just spiteful, give her some drive outside of just Proctor] but overall it would be so good.


And those are mine! What books would you love to see laid out as podcasts, instead of audiobooks/their original format?

Thank you for reading!

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12 thoughts on “top ten tuesday | books that would make amazing podcasts

    1. I’m glad I thought of it! Ooo I highly recommend The Newsflesh Trilogy, it’s weird in quite a few places but it’s so worth the read especially if you enjoy zombies and dystopias! It’s mixed media too, so seeing that worked in would be awesome

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