Books That Were Made Into Movies

What do blockbuster films like Divergent, The Hunt for Red October, and The Godfather have in common? Before they were hit movies they were all bestselling novels. Popular works of fiction have long been one of Hollywood's go-to sources for new movie ideas. Additionally many critically acclaimed motion pictures were originally inspired by short stories and novellas. Great examples include The Shawshank Redemption (a wonderful adaptation of Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), A Christmas Story (adapted from Jean Shepherd's short story "Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid"), and Brokeback Mountain (from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx). And while many books do indeed translate well to the big screen, most readers readily recognize that the books often allow for a greater level of detail and more nuanced storytelling than movies and television shows can convey. And audiobooks make experiencing these great titles exceedingly easy and convenient - especially for those who are constantly on the go or for those readers who struggle with learning disabilities. An additional strength offered by audiobooks is that a skilled narrator can truly bring a great story to life.

Our immense audiobook collection contains a wide variety of titles across all categories and genres that went on to become popular films and TV movies. Browse the selection on this page to see some great examples and find the perfect audio book to add to your library.

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Audiobook, by Nathaniel Philbrick 4.00010519154281 out of 54.00010519154281 out of 54.00010519154281 out of 54.00010519154281 out of 54.00010519154281 out of 5 In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick January 2001
To Kill a Mockingbird Audiobook, by Harper Lee 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee July 2014
The Kite Runner Audiobook, by Khaled Hosseini 4.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 54.00000114927866 out of 5 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini June 2003
The Return of the King Audiobook, by J. R. R. Tolkien 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien October 2012
11/22/63: A Novel Audiobook, by Stephen King 4.00007340610345 out of 54.00007340610345 out of 54.00007340610345 out of 54.00007340610345 out of 54.00007340610345 out of 5 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King November 2011
A Dogs Purpose: A Novel for Humans Audiobook, by W. Bruce Cameron 4.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 5 A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron January 2017
One for the Money Audiobook, by Janet Evanovich 4.00001057121564 out of 54.00001057121564 out of 54.00001057121564 out of 54.00001057121564 out of 54.00001057121564 out of 5 One for the Money by Janet Evanovich August 1994
Ordinary People Audiobook, by Judith Guest 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ordinary People by Judith Guest July 1976
Legend Audiobook, by Marie Lu 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Legend by Marie Lu November 2011
Still Alice: A Novel Audiobook, by Lisa Genova 4.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 54.00001346783208 out of 5 Still Alice: A Novel by Lisa Genova January 2009
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story Audiobook, by Diane Ackerman 2.99983529153399 out of 52.99983529153399 out of 52.99983529153399 out of 52.99983529153399 out of 52.99983529153399 out of 5 The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman January 2007
The Goldfinch: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Audiobook, by Donna Tartt 3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 The Goldfinch: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction by Donna Tartt October 2013
The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again Audiobook, by J. R. R. Tolkien 3.99999838572675 out of 53.99999838572675 out of 53.99999838572675 out of 53.99999838572675 out of 53.99999838572675 out of 5 The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien October 2012
Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition Audiobook, by Orson Scott Card 4.00000501703283 out of 54.00000501703283 out of 54.00000501703283 out of 54.00000501703283 out of 54.00000501703283 out of 5 Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition by Orson Scott Card April 2004
Addicted: A Novel Audiobook, by Zane 4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 Addicted: A Novel by Zane August 2011
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine Audiobook, by Michael Lewis 4.00003437725601 out of 54.00003437725601 out of 54.00003437725601 out of 54.00003437725601 out of 54.00003437725601 out of 5 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis March 2010
The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition Audiobook, by Lois Lowry 4.00000189732079 out of 54.00000189732079 out of 54.00000189732079 out of 54.00000189732079 out of 54.00000189732079 out of 5 The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition by Lois Lowry July 2000
The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 2 Audiobook, by Rick Riordan 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 2 by Rick Riordan June 2006
The Road Audiobook, by Cormac McCarthy 3.00000733170081 out of 53.00000733170081 out of 53.00000733170081 out of 53.00000733170081 out of 53.00000733170081 out of 5 The Road by Cormac McCarthy September 2006
The Lost Wife Audiobook, by Alyson Richman 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman September 2011
The Shining Audiobook, by Stephen King 3.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 5 The Shining by Stephen King August 2012
Lord of the Flies Audiobook, by William Golding 3.0000062819628 out of 53.0000062819628 out of 53.0000062819628 out of 53.0000062819628 out of 53.0000062819628 out of 5 Lord of the Flies by William Golding November 2002
Ringworld Audiobook, by Larry Niven 3.00025886616619 out of 53.00025886616619 out of 53.00025886616619 out of 53.00025886616619 out of 53.00025886616619 out of 5 Ringworld by Larry Niven June 2005
Limitless: A Novel Audiobook, by Alan Glynn 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Limitless: A Novel by Alan Glynn March 2011
Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel Audiobook, by Lee Child 3.99990698044204 out of 53.99990698044204 out of 53.99990698044204 out of 53.99990698044204 out of 53.99990698044204 out of 5 Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel by Lee Child August 2014
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Audiobook, by Neil Postman 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman May 2017
The Neverending Story Audiobook, by Michael Ende 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Neverending Story by Michael Ende March 2012
The Death Cure Audiobook, by James Dashner 3.0000088590604 out of 53.0000088590604 out of 53.0000088590604 out of 53.0000088590604 out of 53.0000088590604 out of 5 The Death Cure by James Dashner October 2011
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