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Audible's Best Original Dramas, Ranked

Updated June 25, 2019 114 votes 51 voters 8.4k views20 items

List RulesLike 'radio plays' of yesteryear, these original dramas are full stories made to be heard, available only on Audible. Vote up the best must-listen performances.

According to Audible, an Audible Original Drama is "TV for your ears." Written by the best working storytellers from a wide array of mediums, the best Audible Originals are highly produced podcasts that take audio-based stories to new heights. Whether you want informative and educational or salacious, hilarious, and addictive, the amount of great Audible Originals out there is staggering, so you're sure to find something you like. There are full cast performances of comedies such as Kate McKinnon's Heads Will Roll and even Audible Escapes like The Bridge Kingdom, which offers a softer romantic tale. There are even Audible Original Dramas for kids and the whole family, such as the musical I'm From The Sun and the sci-fi story Zero G. You can even listen to beautifully produced continuations of your favorite franchises like The X-Files or Alien.

With recognizable voices from your favorite celebrities at the helm and some of the greatest writers in entertainment - both current and classics - behind the scenes, the best Audible original dramas play with your senses despite only needing an ear or two to be heard. If you try Audible you get two free audiobooks - which means you can dive right into enjoying these Audible Originals. So why not pop in your earbuds, close your eyes, and vote up the best original dramas from Audible?

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  • Alien: River of Pain
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    Cast: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, Alexander Siddig, Marc Warren, Michelle Ryan, William Hope.

    Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 - where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs - has been renamed Acheron.

    Length: 4 hours and 52 minutes.

    • Author: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
    • First Published: 2017
    • Genres (Book): Sci-Fi
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  • Cast: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne, Tim Gunn, Meryl Streep, Peter Dinklage, with a full cast.

    Friends Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm and her ditsy raven minion JoJo must journey to find the "Shard of Acquiescence", which will put down the rebellion and save the throne from a peasant uprising. Their journey tests their friendship as they encounter everything from sensitive generals and whiny behemoths to princes with bird fetishes - and even the notion of democracy.

    Length: 4 hours and 6 minutes.

    • Author: Kate McKinnon
    • First Published: 2019
    • Genres (Book): Humorous Fiction
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  • Evil Has a Name
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    Cast: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente.

    The monster who preyed on Californians from 1976 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

    Length: 6 hours and 13 minutes.

    • Author: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
    • First Published: 2018
    • Genres (Book): True Crime
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  • Northanger Abbey
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    Cast: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ella Purnell, Jeremy Irvine, Lily Cole.

    A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love, and literature. Reveling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs. Tilney, which threatens to jeopardize her newly forged friendships.

    Length: 6 hours and 6 minutes.

    • Author: Jane Austen
    • First Published: 1817-12
    • Genres (Book): Romance novel, Satire, Fiction, Reference, Gothic fiction
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