15 years ago, the now-beloved employees of Dunder Mifflin were introduced to the world. In celebration of the show’s anniversary and in true Audiobooks.com fashion, we’ve imagined what each character’s audiobook counterpart would be.
Here are 9 fantastic audiobooks to dive into to channel your favorite character from The Office.
It’s no secret that Michael Scott wants to be loved more than anything else, but he’s not really sure how to go about it. How to Win Friends and Influence People is not the audiobook that Michael is, but the audiobook Michael Scott should strive to be. Dale Carnegie’s classic principles are all about how to create meaningful relationships, which is something Michael certainly yearns for but doesn’t yet know how to achieve. Hopefully, with a little help from Dale Carnegie, Michael will finally achieve his age-old adage of “I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”
Besides both being freakishly tall, Jim Halpert and Peter Crouch know how to make work fun. Just like Jim, Crouch finds much joy in the humorous aspects of his job, and his autobiography How to Be a Footballer divulges funny anecdotes from his 20+ year career. Both Jim and Crouch don’t take themselves too seriously but are very adept at what they do, with Jim being promoted to co-manager and eventually starting his own business and Peter enjoying stints with Liverpool and the Spurs. No matter if your work life is wrapped up in the craziness of your boorish boss or the wacky extravagance of your teammates, both men have figured out that having a healthy sense of humor is imperative to making their jobs that much more enjoyable.
Three things I feel when I think of Pam Beesly: affection, pride, and a little frustration. Incidentally, these are the same feelings I felt with Mhairi McFarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me, which gets into all sorts of hilarity and heartache when spunky Georgina Horspool ends up working for her high school flame, Lucas McCarthy. The two then proceed to dance around their feelings for each other for 10 hours and 18 minutes. Sound familiar? Aside from eliciting lots of weepy emotions from me, I saw a lot of Pam in Georgina. Much like the artistically-inclined Pam, Georgina harbors a love for writing, and it’s through her craft that she asserts herself and learns to love her faults. So, for anyone daring to brave the emotional rollercoaster that is Don’t You Forget About Me, beware: there’s a couple you can’t help but fall for and, most importantly, a charming young woman you’ll never stop rooting for.
It’s clear that aside from fantasy worlds, Dwight’s other all-consuming passion is survival. He’s talked at length about his superior immune system, tactics for self-preservation, and he himself is a compendium of military strategy, weapons expertise, martial arts, and espionage. So, of course, he would find his audiobook counterpart in Bear Grylls’ How to Stay Alive, which is hailed as the ultimate outdoor survival tome. Although whether or not Dwight actually needs tips from Bear remains to be seen, seeing as he was more than capable of taking care of himself during Michael’s Survivor Man stunt (unfortunately the same can’t be said for Michael).
If anyone was ever wildly thrown off by how their life turned out, it’s probably Andy Bernard. The whiplash Andy felt about his whole life is exactly what you’ll be feeling while listening to Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. Don’t assume anything, don’t try to predict anything. It will inevitably turn out much more shocking and complex than you expect it to. The best we can hope for is that through all the turmoil, we will—much like Andy—be able to cobble together some semblance of understanding by the end.
Knitting, mystery, and past secrets—can Sally Goldenbaum’s How to Knit a Murder be more Phyllis Vance? Aside from the shared connection to knitting, Phyllis and How to Knit a Murder’s newcomer, Rose Malone, are both somewhat of an enigma. Although on the surface Phyllis seems wholesome and quiet, she’s been known to show her vindictive side, and her meek demeanor masks a sensual woman who is very much in touch with her sexuality. That, coupled with a mysterious secret that she’s harbored since high school, makes Phyllis—much like How to Knit a Murder—a wholesome mystery with a bit of a bite.
No stuttering here! Thinking Inside the Box and Stanley Hudson are simply a match made in heaven (if heaven was made of tropical beach shirts and bright red convertibles).
Angela Martin (a.k.a. Voodoo Mama Juju)
I know what you’re thinking—Angela Martin wouldn’t be caught dead with any associations with witchcraft. BUT, if there’s one thing Angela is, she is cunning. Hex Your Ex is the dark version of Angela we all want to see but are too scared to imagine. With her obvious attraction to power and inclination to manipulate people for her own gains, it’s clear Angela doesn’t even need witchcraft to get what she wants. For those who don’t have Angela’s stern influence, however, we’ll have to rely on the edgy spells and rituals in Hex Your Ex to get everything our heart desires.
Oscar “Actually” Martinez
As a proud member of the Coalition for Reason, it’s only fitting that Oscar Martinez’s audiobook counterpart is Factfulness, an audiobook that is all about teaching listeners how to see the world as it truly is. Much like how Oscar inserts himself into random conversations to add facts or correct grammar, Factfulness inserts itself into our unconscious biases and upends how we think of the world. Think of it like having a tiny Oscar living in your phone or tablet, telling you how to see logic and reason amidst the chaos.
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