Fresh Out of Hawkins – Listens For Fans of Stranger Things

Not to be dramatic, but it’s LITERALLY impossible not to binge-watch the entire season of Stranger Things the moment it comes out. Season three was no exception! We get to revisit our favorite characters (lookin’ at you, Steve!) and also meet some new faces this time around.

If you’re like me (and pretty much everyone else with a Netflix subscription) and have shamelessly binge-watched all of season three already and are in need of something to fill the Eggo-less void, then these listens are for you! Click here to see our full ‘For Fans of Stranger Things‘ book list. *Stranger Things intro music plays somewhere in the background.*

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, narrated by Kyla Garcia

Meddling Kids starts out with a group of kids who call themselves the Blyton Summer Detective Club. After they solve their final case, grow up, and grow apart they are brought back together by the lingering mystery that surrounds that very same case. Reminiscent of Stranger Things, Meddling Kids features countless pop culture nods and a Lovecraftian, tentacled, inter-dimensional being.

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, narrated by Lauren Ezzo

In Sawkill Girls, three teenage girls go up against an insidious monster that preys upon young women. Sounds like another group of badass women we’ve all come to know and love – Eleven, Max, Nancy, and Joyce. And let’s not forget the new additions to the gang, Robin and Erica.

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Demon King by Erik Henry Vick, narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

What is it about a group of children facing off with a Big Bad that hooks you in so easily? Demon King is right along those lines as it follows a few children – the only ones to have come face to face with the ancient evils that plague their town and lived to tell the tale. When these evils resurface for the second time they have to work to destroy them before they are destroyed themselves.

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It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber

It is one of Stephen King’s many classics and The Duffer Brothers, creators of Stranger Things, have acknowledged that they drew some inspiration from King’s novel. The similarities between the two monsters are the most obvious as they are both creatures from a different dimension who have set their sights on a group of children. Ironically, Finn Wolfhard who plays Mike in Stranger Things was later cast as Richie in the 2017 remake of It.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

The Duffer Brothers have often said that the music in Stranger Things is its own character and in a recent interview, Dacre Montgomery (Billy) called the music the heartbeat of the show. My Best Friend’s Exorcism plays into this as well with tons of 80s pop music references thrown amid the drama of two high-school best friends battling off the devil.

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Page to Screen in September 2017

The month of September will see a couple of shows and movies adapted from popular books. Check out what’s upcoming and take a listen before they hit the screen!

, by Stephen King
Expected Release: September 8th

Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller 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.… Read more and listen to a sample

Fallen, by Lauren Kate
Expected Release: September 8th

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her. Read more and listen to a sample

American Assassin, by Vince Flynn
Expected Release: September 15th

New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with his most exhilarating political thriller to date, a pulse-pounding tale of espionage that introduces fans to the young Mitch Rapp as he takes on his first, explosive assignment. Read more and listen to a sample

Victoria & Abdul ( Movie Tie-in): The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant

Expected Release: September 22nd

Tall and handsome Abdul was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Within a year, Abdul had grown to become a powerful figure at court, the Queen’s teacher, or Munshi, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to the Queen’s heart. “I am so very fond of him.,” Queen Victoria would write in 1888, “He is so good and gentle and understanding….a real comfort to me.” This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria’s long reign. Devastated first by the death of Prince Albert in 1861 and then her personal servant John Brown in 1883, Queen Victoria quickly found joy in an intense and controversial relationship with her Munshi, who traveled everywhere with her, cooked her curries and cultivated her understanding of the Indian sub-continent-a region, as Empress of India, she was long intrigued by but could never visit. The royal household roiled with resentment, but their devotion grew in defiance of all expectation and the societal pressures of their time and class and lasted until the Queen’s death on January 22, 1901… Read more and listen to a sample

Stronger: Fighting Back After the Boston Marathon

Expected Release: September 22nd

Up until the marathon, Jeff had been a normal 27-year-old guy, looking forward to moving in with Erin and starting the next phase of their lives together. But when his life was turned upside down in ways he could never have fathomed, Jeff did not give up. Instead he faced his new circumstances with grace, humor, and a sense of purpose: he was determined, no matter what, to walk again. Read more and listen to a sample

Which of September’s renditions are you most excited for? Let me know!