What To Listen To While ‘Serial’ Is On Hiatus

The next episode of widely popular investigative podcast Serial (which, it was just announced, is getting a second season) won’t be released until December 4th. If you’re one of the people who’ve been obsessively following along as podcast host Sarah Koenig unravels the case of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, you might be wondering what to do with yourself until then.

Thankfully there’s been an increasing amount of original audio programs of various different genres, lengths, and styles that you can (also) get yourself addicted to – and a chunk of them are coming from Audible Studios. Here are a few great podcasts, audiobooks, and interview series you can listen to while you countdown ’til Serial Episode 10:

The Starling Project

A thriller written by bestselling crime/mystery author Jeffery Deaver, The Starling Project is a four hour drama narrated by Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci CodeThe Normal Heart) and consisting of a full cast. 

“An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?”

Six Degrees of Assassination

Here’s another big thriller for you: Six Degrees of Assassination is a crime drama written by MJ Alridge and featuring a cast of Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Clive Mantle (Robin of Sherwood), Clare Grogan (Red Dwarf), and Geraldine Somerville (Grace of Monaco, Harry Potter).

“On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell’s government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.
Step forward Alex Cartwright (Andrew Scott), MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer who must find out the truth. But it’s easier said than done, as he discovers that whoever ordered the assassination has covered their tracks very well indeed. Along with Ellen Townsend, his trusted second-in-command, Cartwright finds himself embroiled in a race against time which leads him into the murky heart of Westminster… and beyond.”

The Child

A whopping seven hour drama written by Sebastian Fitzek, The Child boasts a cast of over 20 actors, including Robert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis.

“‘My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer.‘ Robert Stern, a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina presents him a ten year old boy as his new client: Simon, a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

Robert’s surprise turns into horror when he and Carina find human remains in a cellar the boy has led them to. The remains of a man whose head has been split with an axe 15 years ago – just like Simon claimed he had. Things go from bad to worse within hours when Stern discovers more dead bodies, the investigating police officer Engler starts to chase him as a suspect in the murder cases, and his own past comes to haunt him. Stern’s friend and former criminal Andi Borchert is the only one to believe Stern and Carina. Hunted by the police, and led by Simon’s memories, they start to investigate shady sub cultures of Berlin, and soon discover things that are more gruesome than anything they could have imagined.”

Til Morning’s Light: The Private Blog of Erica Page

Released on October 14, this prequel audiobook consists of secret blog posts from Erica Page, the protagonist of Amazon Game Studio’s upcoming action adventure video game Til Morning’s Light, as she investigates supernatural happenings around her small town. Her research will lead her to a cursed mansion, and bring us to the events at the beginning of the game. Til Morning’s Light will be exclusively for the Fire Phone.

“Erica Page, the protagonist of Amazon and WayForward’s upcoming game Til Morning’s Light, is already sick of the boring New England town that her family now calls home. There’s nothing to do in beige Leisterville except browse the Internet, update her blog, and investigate “supernatural phenomena” with her weird new friend Angie. However, when their research yields more-than-convincing results and tragedy strikes, it’s up to Erica to enter the mysterious mansion on Hamilton Road and discover the truth about her new hometown.”

Transparent: Behind the Scenes


For fans of the series Transparent, there’s a series of behind-the-scenes interviews on Audible featuring the show’s cast and crew, including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman. You can catch up on the season with Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Transparent: Behind the Scenes delivers the inside scoop on the Amazon Original Series Transparent. It’s the darkly comedic story of an LA family with serious boundary issues, whose past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. Note: Spoilers Ahead – Transparent: Behind the Scenes interviews reveal every twist and turn of Season 1.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel


This reinvention of a Shakespeare classic was written by acclaimed novelists A. J. Hartley and David Hewson and performed by The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage. This is the second original-to-audio novelization collaboration between Hartley and Hewson, whose Macbeth: A Novel was a best-seller and Audie Award nominee for Audible Studios.

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge – of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet – son of the old king, nephew of the new – becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception – and murder.

Struggling to find his place in this strange new order Hamlet tries to rekindle his relationship with Ophelia – the daughter of Elsinore’s cunning spy master, a man with plots of his own. Hamlet turns for advice and support to the one person he can trust — Young Yorick, the slippery, unruly jester, whose father helped Hamlet through a difficult childhood. And all the while the armed forces of Fortinbras, prince of Norway, start to assemble, threatening to bring down Elsinore forever.

Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

Ender’s Game Alive


An original audioplay written by Orson Scott Card and based on his bestselling book, Ender’s Game Alive is a full cast drama that reimagines the classic with a new original score. It was a finalist for the 2014 Audie for Distinguished Achievement in Production.

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

Ender’s Game Alive puts you into Battle School with young Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, as he trains to become the general who will lead Earth against the Formics, the alien “buggers”. Removed from his family at the age of six, Ender must prove his strength and his leadership, even as he fights his own doubts. The stakes are nothing less than the fate of humankind.

Report from Nuremberg: The International War Crimes Trial


Here’s an audiobook that, like Serial, focuses on a real life case. Report from Nuremberg is an original recording based on never-before published transcripts of the Nuremberg trials.

Audible brings to life through dramatic performance the 1945-1946 radio broadcast reports covering the greatest courtroom drama of the 20th century – the Nuremberg trials. The original broadcasts have been lost forever, but the verbatim text – written by Harold Burson, founding chairman of one of the world’s leading public relations firms, Burson Marsteller, who at the time was a reporter for the Armed Forces Network – has been newly interpreted by an ensemble of some of our fine actors.
This original production, published here for the first time and only in audio, blends journalism, history, re-enactment and performance, and reimagines what it was like to experience first-hand this groundbreaking trial and to witness close-up some of the most infamous figures in recent world history: members of the Nazi ruling class. The production is being released on the anniversary of the opening of the first and most famous trial, November 19, 1945.

Homeland: Phantom Pain


Narrated by Homeland‘s Damian Lewis himself, Phantom Pain is an original audio story that expands on his character’s background.

Emmy Award-winner Damian Lewis, who stars as Former Congressman and U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the hit series Homeland, narrates this original Homeland story of Brody’s journey into exile. Picking up at the end of Season 2 after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world’s most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows… both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.