8 Audiobooks To Listen To Based On Your Favourite Festive Film
December 18, 2023
8 Audiobooks to Listen to Based on Your Favourite Festive Film
Do you spend all year impatiently waiting for the 1st December to arrive, so you can start watching those classic festive films again?
Christmas movies make the season, but if you want a break from the screen, or just fancy something different, why not give an audiobook a go instead? To help you out, we've picked some books from the Listening Books catalogue to listen to based on your favourite Christmas movies:
There may be a baby born in a barn, but A Children's Bible is not actually a Christmas book. Instead, it could be considered a Home Alone for the climate crisis! Millet follows a group of children left to their own devices as their parents fail to respond to a climate-charged hurricane. This fantastic novel may not get you into the festive spirit, but it will definitely move you.
2. The Holiday - Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Let It Snow may now be a film in its own right, but don't forget it's also a brilliant festive novel from a trio of today's top authors. Each writer tells a charming tale of holiday romance, brought together as serendipitously as the interconnected love stories we see in The Holiday. Plus, there's a micro-pig - who doesn't love micro-pigs?
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue tells the tale of a woman who makes a pact with the devil to live forever, but at a cost: no one will ever remember her. Join Addie as she learns how to impact the lives of those around her and leave her trace in the world, much like It's a Wonderful Life's exploration of how you never know whose lives you touch.
You might have expected Charles Dickens' Christmas classic for this one, but we've got something different for you...what if Dickens also solved crimes? Heather Redmond reimagines the poignant story of A Christmas Carol into a thrilling murder mystery set in 1830s London. Imagine Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle had a literary baby!
This might be another unexpected one. While The Goldfinch isn't festive or for children, it is similarly a coming-of-age story that has been called a children's book for adults. We don't think this is a bad thing! The Goldfinch paints a stunning picture of its characters and the art world they inhabit, following a young Theo as he journeys through adulthood and his place in modern-day America. Give this a listen for a journey equally enthralling as a ride on The Polar Express.
Laurie thinks 'love at first sight' is something that only exists in the movies. That is, until she sees Jack, who just so happens to become her best friend's boyfriend a year later. Josie Silver takes us on a moving ten-year journey of love, friendship and heartbreak - all themes for which we know and adore Love Actually. One Day in December will have you snort-laughing and ugly-crying, just like any good Richard Curtis movie.
Explosive, suspenseful and action-packed - these 3 adjectives can be used to describe both Die Hard and Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. These gripping thrillers are full of scandal and government secrets and border on over-the-top in the very best way. You won't want either to end!
P.S. You can argue amongst yourselves whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Ice Station is the opposite of festive, but there is snow!
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas - Hogfather by Terry Prachett
Both have skeletons which replace Santa Claus. The end.
Not really, but Hogfather and The Nightmare Before Christmas are both fantastical reimaginations of Christmas without Santa - if you love one, you'll almost certainly love the other.
With some laugh-out-loud comedies and non-festive novels thrown in amongst the heartfelt holiday romances, we hope there is something for everyone to enjoy at this time of year. Stream or download all 8 audiobooks today on the Libby app or on our website by clicking on their titles.
Please let us know in the comments if you have any other suggestions!
We hope everyone has a peaceful festive season and wish everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Listening Books.
Author: Annabel Morgan