As soon as the narrator’s voice sounds, the listener has already tuned out the surroundings. Whether on a loud train ride or during a relaxing bath, fans of audio content are always looking for new stories. Here you will find a colorful selection of popular radio plays of different genres.

There are plenty of radio plays to cheer and scare.

The climate crisis threatens humanity, and so in the thriller “The Ninth Arm of the Octopus” the superpowers China, Russia and the USA join forces to prevent the catastrophe. However, the measures taken by Allianz are having such a massive impact on people’s lives that there is increasing resistance.

Klara believes that she is being followed by a man who has attacked her and who is writing the date of her death on the wall in blood. Day breaks in less than two hours and so Klara confides in another woman. Sebastian Fitzek’s “Der Heimweg” is suitable for fans of spooky psychological thrillers.

It is even easier to escape from reality when radio plays take you into unknown worlds.

For more than 20 years, the story of the young sorcerer’s apprentice “Harry Potter” has thrilled generations. The great thing is that adults enjoy the adventures of Harry, Hermione and Ron just as much — either out of a sense of nostalgia or simply because the story of growing up, friendship and magic is timeless. The voice of the “Harry Potter” radio plays is also legendary: Rufus Beck.

Hardly any series fascinated and shocked fans worldwide as much as “Game of Thrones”. Author George R. R. Martin provided the novel for the successful series with “A Song of Ice and Fire”. While the series has already concluded, Martin continues to write. So far there are ten volumes of the epochal story, an eleventh book is to follow. However, anyone who is a fan of the series should know that the plot is not congruent with the events of the novels. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less exciting.

Listening to good humor relaxes you in everyday life and helps you to let go.

Author Marc-Uwe Kling lives with a communist kangaroo. The audio book “The Kangaroo Chronicles” is about their life together. The unusual roommates address important questions such as “Was the kangaroo really with the Vietcong?” or “Who is better: Bud Spencer or Terence Hill?”. In 2013, Marc-Uwe Kling received the German Audio Book Prize for the first part of the crazy kangaroo stories. Three books about the inquisitive kangaroo followed.

The audio book “Unfrozen” is intended to clarify no less than the question of happiness in life. In order to find an answer, the radio play takes the listener 10,000 years back to the Stone Age. Stone Age woman Urga was frozen in a block of ice together with a mammoth. Now they are thawed in the present – global warming makes it possible. On their journey through the modern world, they meet characters such as app developer Felix Sommer and Captain Lovskar.

The trials and tribulations of love have inspired many creative people.

Author Jane Austen describes the English petty nobility in the countryside like hardly any other writer. In one of her best-known works, “Pride and Prejudice,” she introduces the listener to Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, who live in a small estate with their five daughters. All the daughters are to be married off, with daughter Elizabeth in particular causing concern for the parents because she rejects the rich and aristocratic marriage candidate Mr Darcy. The historical romance novel describes incomparably beautifully why prejudices make it difficult for lovers and what pride can lead to.

In 1937, the Englishwoman Alice follows her fiancé to America. A small town in the mountains of Kentucky will become her new home. When Alice starts working in the mobile library with other women, she gains hope for a future in her new home. Every day she rides to remote mountain farms to bring books to the people. In “Like a glow in the deep night” by the successful author Jojo Moyes, Alice not only gets to know new people, but also herself.

Stories based on real events, such as you can tell (auto)biographies, are particularly touching because they tell about the experiences and feelings of real people.

Lale Sokolov was deported to Auschwitz in 1942. He had to tattoo prisoner numbers on the forearms of his fellow prisoners every day. This is how the radio play “The Tattoo Artist of Auschwitz” tells his story. Sokolov used his activity to fight against the inhumanity of the camp and to save his fellows. One day he also had to tattoo his future wife’s arm. This true story gets under your skin and sheds light on everyday life in the camp during this unimaginably inhuman time.

In his autobiography, Permanent Record, former CIA agent Edward Snowden recounts the events that made him famous. Snowden chose a difficult path in life when he made public the extent to which secret services monitor the population. He gives personal impressions of his former professional life, tells of key moments that changed him and explains why many questions about the surveillance of the population remain unanswered in the present.

Radio plays not only have to have entertainment value, because the listener learns something new in the form of guides.

If you want, you can find tips from science journalist and author Nicola Schmidt on the subject of parenting in “Der Elternkompass”. She pursues the question: “What is really good for my child?” and supports their advice with the results of scientific studies. The author is also inspired by other cultures. This is how you clear up myths and misconceptions about raising children.

In “Body Politics” author Melodie Michelberger questions the prevailing ideals of beauty and who benefits from it when women don’t feel pretty enough. She advocates a diverse image of beauty. The pressure on women is massive and, above all, characterized by a male view of women’s bodies. Thus, beauty is an attribute attributed from the outside that can be constricting. Michelberger motivates you to accept yourself and to think about what every body does exceptionally every day.

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