12 Most Anticipated Book to Screen Adaptations in 2019

Listeners and bibliophiles all around, rejoice! 2019 is going to be one for the books! From long-awaited adaptations to reboots of classics, avid bookworms will see a host of fantastic books hitting both the big and small screens. Whether you like tearjerkers or award-winners, small screen production or big screen spectacles, there will be something to dive into for everyone. So, brush up on your listening, because this year is sure to be a treat for the eyes and the ears.

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron, narrated by Ann Marie Lee
Expected release date: January 11

90 minutes of watching an adorable dog do adorable things? Sign me up! A Dog’s Way Home, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron who also wrote A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Ashley Judd and tells the story of one resilient dog who travels more than 400 miles to make its way back to its owner. Are you feeling the puppy love yet?

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The Passage by Justin Cronin, narrated by Scott Brick
Expected release date: January 14

The Passage, the first in Justin Cronin’s epic three-part series, is finally coming to the small screen after initially being optioned for a big screen production. A gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage tells the story of orphan Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) who is pursued by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. When Special Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is sent to track her down, he becomes disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Film Adaptation: Chaos Walking) by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl
Expected release date: March 1

Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, and Nick Jonas are joining forces to bring to life Patrick Ness’s bestselling Young Adult series. Based on the first novel in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the story is set in a dystopian town called Prentisstown where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. When the only boy in town, Todd (Holland), discovers an awful secret, he’s forced to run for his life.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
Expected release date: March 22

Maria Semple’s bestselling dramedy begins when notorious and opinionated Bernadette Fox, played by Cate Blanchett, disappears out of the blue. In an effort to track down her mother, Bernadette’s 15-year-old daughter, Bee, combs through email messages, official documents, and secret correspondences to piece together the story of her mother’s troubled past.

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King, narrated by Michael C. Hall
Expected release date: April 5

After the massive success of It, horror fans will be eager for another flick adapted from Stephen King’s vast body of work. Pet Sematary, first adapted in 1989, returns to the big screen starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. The story centers on a doctor who, after learning about a mysterious pet cemetery that sits on an ancient burial ground, makes the doomed decision to bury his deceased son there in hopes of resurrecting him.

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The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright
Expected release date: April 5

Based on a true story, the movie, starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, will be adapted from Osha Gray Davidson’s book of the same name that tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken Civil Rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a Ku Klux Klan leader.

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, narrated by Dominic HoffmanBahni TurpinRaymond Lee
Expected release date: May 17

Nicole Yoon fans rejoice! The second novel by the bestselling author of Everything, Everything is being adapted for the big screen and is set to be released on May 19. The story begins with Natasha, a pragmatic teenage girl who meets and falls in love with a boy named Daniel hours before her family is going to be deported back to Jamaica.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu
Expected release date: October 11

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this adaptation starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, and Jeffrey Wright tells the story of a teenage boy named Theo Decker (Elgort) whose life is changed after surviving a bombing that killed his mother at a museum. Following the shock of the attack, Theo makes a split-second decision to steal a painting which then leads his life down wild and unexpected paths.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, narrated by Barbara Caruso
Expected release date: December 25

Christmas just got a whole lot better with the upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about four sisters growing up in New England during the Civil War. Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of 2017’s acclaimed coming-of-age movie Lady Bird, is taking on the latest adaptation of the classic novel with a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Laura Dern. (Is it Christmas yet?!)

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, narrated by Martin Jarvis
Expected release date: first half of 2019

It’s an apocalyptic year for the small screen. Scheduled for release sometime in 2019, Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s collaborative novel, Good Omens, has an all-star cast featuring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, John Hamm, and Nick Offerman just to name a few. The six-part miniseries begins with a prophesied doomsday, which then sees an angel named Aziraphale (Sheen) and a demon named Crowley (Tennant) teaming up to prevent the coming apocalypse.

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The Golden Compass (Film Adaptation: His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman, narrated by Philip Pullman
Expected release date: 2019

Although there’s no release date set for BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, production has wrapped for the eight-part series, and fans will soon see the first book in the trilogy, The Golden Compass, come to life on the small screen. Dafne Keen, best known for her role as Wolverine’s daughter in the movie Logan will play the hero, Lyra Belacqua. The series also stars James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ruth Wilson and will follow Lyra through parallel universes as she meets a host of fantastical creatures.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, narrated by Ariadne MeyersJennifer Niven, and Kirby Heyborne
Expected release date: 2019

Netflix is adapting Jennifer Niven’s heart-wrenching YA bestseller about two teenagers, Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who find each other at difficult points in their lives. Together, they set out to discover the wonders of the world around them. Grab your tissues, this is going to be a tearjerker!

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Page to Screen: Stephen King’s Castle Rock

Brush up on some of Stephen King’s most iconic stories set in the town of Castle Rock before binge watching Hulu’s brand new series Castle Rock.

 

1. Bag of Bones by Stephen King, narrated by Stephen King

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

2. Cujo by Stephen King, narrated by Lorna Raver

Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. One day, Cujo, a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written. Read more and sample the audio.

 

3. Dead Zone by Stephen King, narrated by James Franco

When Johnny Smith awakens from a coma and discovers he can see people’s futures by touching them, he must learn to live with this curse that many other people consider a gift. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

4. Needful Things by Stephen King, narrated by Stephen King

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Read more and sample the audio.

 

5. Dark Half by Stephen King, narrated by Grover Gardner

Thad Beaumont is a writer, and for a dozen years he has secretly published violent bestsellers under the name of George Stark. But, when Thad—a much happier and healthier man now—tries to retire the pseudonym, he finds George Stark won’t go willingly. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, narrated by Mare Winningham

Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo’ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him. Now, it’s Lisey’s turn to face her husband’s demons. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

7. Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, narrated by Maggie Siff

Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson takes the stairs up to Castle View. Then one day, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat… Read more and sample the audio.

 

8. Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King, narrated by Various Readers

Featuring twenty short horror stories, a television script, an essay, and a poem, Nightmares and Dreamscapes contains unique and chilling plots including everything from dead rock star zombies to evil toys seeking murderous revenge. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King, narrated by Various Readers

Enter a nightmarish mindscape of unrelenting horror and shocking revelations that could only come from the imagination of the greatest storyteller of our time. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, narrated by Dylan Baker, Stephen KingWill PattonMichael C. HallDana IveyLois SmithDavid MorseMatthew BroderickPaul GiamattiFrances SternhagenRobert PetkoffNorbert Leo ButzKyle Beltran

In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine. A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction. A trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell. A woman driver finds a scary shortcut to paradise. An idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil. And a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged. Read more and sample the audio.

 

11. Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King, narrated by Dylan Baker, Stephen KingPeter Friedman

A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

12. Different Seasons by Stephen King, narrated by Frank Muller

A “hypnotic” (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

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Page to Screen in August 2018

Going to the movies this August? Get the best experience by listening to the books they were based on before seeing the film adaptations.

 

1. The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr, narrated by Christa Lewis
Expected release date: August 31

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? Even though Cora confessed, Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past. Read more and sample the audio.

 

2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, narrated by Amy McFadden
Expected release date: August 3

Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. On the run and desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River, Ruby and her friends discover nothing is as it seems when they finally arrive at the one place they thought they would be safe. Read more and sample the audio.

 

3. Christopher Robin: The Novelization by Elizabeth RudnickDisney Press, narrated by Steven Crossley
Expected release date: August 3

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Christopher Robin, who had many friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood. As time passed, the boy grew up, and he lost track of his friends. Then one day, a silly old bear with a love for honey decided to leave the wood and go looking for his friend Christopher Robin. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

4. Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, narrated by Ron Stallworth
Expected release date: August 10

It’s 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, joins the cause undercover, he launches one of the most audacious and incredible investigations in history. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

5. Meg by Steve Alten, narrated by Sean Runnette
Expected release date: August 10

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists—Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

6. The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life by Nick Redfern, narrated by Shaun Grindell
Expected release date: August 10

It’s the dead of night; you are fast asleep. Suddenly, you are wide awake but unable to move. Hunched over you in the shadows is an eight- or nine-foot-tall gaunt entity with spider-thin limbs, dressed in an old-style black suit, its pale face missing eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. You finally manage to cry out. The monstrous thing disappears as suddenly as it appeared. Read more and sample the audio.

 

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, narrated by Lynn Chen
Expected release date: August 15

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is she will soon be initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, narrated by Laura Knight Keating
Expected release date: August 17

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Read more and sample the audio.

 

9. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, narrated by Dawn Harvey
Expected release date: August 17

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan’s husband Joseph is one of America’s preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. Read more and sample the audio.

 

10. Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley by Sybil Rosen, narrated by Pam Ward
Expected release date: August 17

Living in the Woods in a Tree is an intimate glimpse into the turbulent life of Texas music legend Blaze Foley (1949-1989), seen through the eyes of Sybil Rosen, the woman for whom he wrote his most widely known song, “If I Could Only Fly.” Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

11. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, narrated by Pearl Hewitt
Expected release date: August 24

Set in Hardborough, a small East Anglian coastal town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground, as small towns so easily do. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Read more and sample the audio.

 

12. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, narrated by Simon Vance
Expected release date: August 31

One postwar summer, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners, mother, son, and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Read more and sample the audio.

 

13. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy, narrated by Scott Brick
Expected release date: August 31

Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on-and there’s only one man who can find her… Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

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