‘The Office’ Characters As Audiobooks

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.



Michael Scott

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew Macmillan

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.”

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Jim Halpert

How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch, narrated by Peter Crouch

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.

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Pam Beesly

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane, narrated by Madeline Gould

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.

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Dwight Schrute

How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation by Bear Grylls, narrated by Ralph Lister

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 GryllsHow 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).

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Andy Bernard

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, narrated by Adina VersonJennifer LimSuehyla El-Attar

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.

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Phyllis Vance

How to Knit a Murder by Sally Goldenbaum, narrated by Julie McKay

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.

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Stanley Hudson

Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them by Adrienne Raphel, narrated by Adrienne Raphel

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).

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Angela Martin (a.k.a. Voodoo Mama Juju)

Hex Your Ex: And 100+ Other Spells to Right Wrongs and Banish Bad Luck for Good by Adams Media, narrated by Nancy Linari

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.

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Oscar “Actually” Martinez

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Anna Rosling RonnlundOla RoslingHans Rosling, narrated by Richard Harries

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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September’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s most popular fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.

Fiction:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Margaret Atwood, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, Mae Whitman, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard

Publisher Summary:

Margaret Atwoods dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

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The Institute by Stephen King, narrated by Santino Fontana

Publisher Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen Kings gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.

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The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott, narrated by Cynthia Farrell, Carlotta Brentan, Mozhan Marnò

Publisher Summary:

A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice—inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.

At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world—using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally’s tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.

The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story—the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago’s heroine, Lara–with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak’s country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature—told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.

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It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber

Publisher Summary:

Stephen Kings terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu

Publisher Summary:

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

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Non-Fiction:

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

Publisher Summary:

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go wrong.

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, narrated by Bryan Stevenson

Publisher Summary:

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

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Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis, Bing West, narrated by Danny Campbell

Publisher Summary:

A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis—the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time—and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.

Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

Mattis divides his book into three parts: Direct Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Strategic Leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war’s grim realities with political leaders’ human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.

Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.

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How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew Macmillian

Publisher Summary:

You can go after the job you want—and get it!
You can take the job you have—and improve it!
You can take any situation—and make it work for you!

Dale Carnegies rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you:

Six ways to make people like you
Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

And much more! Achieve your maximum potential—a must-read for the twenty-first century with more than 15 million copies sold!

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Best Self: Be You, Only Better by Mike Bayer, narrated by Phil Mcgraw, Mike Bayer

Publisher Summary:

Ask yourself…are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change, today? How would you answer those questions?

Think about your daily life. Are you thriving, or going through the motions? Are your days full of work, relationships and activities that are true to your authentic self, or do you feel trapped on a treadmill of responsibility? If you dream of a better life, now is the time to turn your dream into reality. And the tools you need are within your grasp, to design a life that is fulfilling on the deepest levels. Best Self will show you how.

Mike Bayer, known to the thousands of clients whose lives he has changed as Coach Mike, has helped everyone from pop stars to business executives to people just like you discover the freedom to be their best selves. By asking them and leading them to ask themselves a series of important but tough questions-such as “What are your core values?” “Do you go to bed each day more knowledgeable than when you woke up?” and “Am I neglecting some aspect of my physical health out of fear or denial?”-he helps them see what their Best Selves and Anti-Selves really look like. As a mental health specialist, a personal development coach, and an all-around change agent, Mike has seen the amazing ways in which lives can improve with honesty and clarity. He understands our struggles intimately, because he’s faced-and overcome-his own. And he knows that change is possible.

By working through each of the Seven SPHERES of life-Social, Personal, Health, Education, Relationships, Employment and Spiritual Development-Best Self is an accessible and interactive book that distills all of Coach Mike’s wisdom into a compact, focused guide that will ignite anyone’s desire for change. Chock full of revealing quizzes, and full of provocative questionnaires, Best Self will empower you to embrace your authenticity, acknowledge what is holding you back, and break through to live a passionate life to the fullest, forever.

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