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7 Best Sci-Fi Audiobooks for Fans of Science Fiction

Best Sci-Fi Audiobooks
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Audiobooks are more popular than they’ve ever been, and many book enthusiasts have made the switch from reading to listening.

While you may not be able to abandon the printed page forever, audiobooks are definitely worth a try. The sci-fi genre is no exception since most popular novels are now available in both audiobook and print formats.

Listening to these top-picked science fiction stories instead of reading them might also offer fresh layers to the plot. Characters come alive in a manner that they can’t on the page when they’re skillfully narrated.

We’ve taken into account the quality of both the novel and the narration so that you can get the most out of these exciting titles.

Best Sci-Fi Audiobooks to Listen

1. Ready Player One

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About the Book

“Ready Player One” written by Ernest Cline and narrated by Wil Wheaton is a genre-busting, ambitious, and great debut where spell-singing mages battle giant Japanese robots, whole planets are inspired by Blade Runner.

Wade Watts, like most of humanity, spends his waking hours plugged into the OASIS, a gigantic virtual utopia that allows you to be anybody you want, a place where you can live, play, and fall in love on any of 10,000 planets.

Wade, like the rest of humanity, fantasizes about finding the ultimate lottery ticket hidden somewhere in this virtual universe.

OASIS designer James Halliday has placed a series of hard puzzles somewhere inside this huge networked playground, and whoever can solve them will be rewarded with massive money – and incredible power.

Thousands of competitors join the quest, including some powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this reward.

Wade’s only chance of surviving and preserving everything he knows now is to win. But, to do so, he may have to leave his oh-so-perfect virtual lifestyle behind and face reality – and love – in the actual world he’s always wished to escape.

The fate of the world is at stake.
A journey in search of the ultimate prize.
Are you all set?

Book Review

It’s definitely worth a read, with great characters, very nasty antagonists, plenty of 80s references, and the possibility of something actually happening.

The book fills in a lot of details, and you don’t mind that the tale varies so much since you know the book came first, and the film certainly had a lot of limits that the book didn’t.

The book is well-written, entertaining, and moves at a breakneck speed. This is probably not the book for you if you’re seeking a deeper meaning or insight into nerd culture.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book shows the 80’s pop culture references in a beautiful way.

You will see the dystopian future in 2044 – running out of oil, the wreck climate, and the most escape reality by spending their lives inside an immerse virtual reality video game called OASIS.

Book Details

You can also purchase this book in Paperback, Kindle, and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Ernest Cline
  • Duration: 15 Hours and 40 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Hard Science Fiction, Dystopian Science Fiction Books.

2. Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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About the Book

“Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition” contributed by Orson Scott Card and narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir is a contemporary classic that delivers more than anything else within science fiction.

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, won the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The Human Race Facing Annihilation:

On the horizon, an alien threat is poised to strike. And, to save mankind, the government must appoint the greatest military leader in history.

Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young man, is their final hope. But first, he must through the rigors of a rigorous military training regimen to demonstrate that he is capable of leading all leaders.

Through any means possible, a savior for humanity must be created. Is it, though, a hero or a monster they’re creating?

Book Review

Ender’s Game is a fun book to read in several aspects. The writing is technically sound: objects, events, people, and their interactions are all vividly depicted. The plot moves along rather well, with distinct and well-managed shifts of perspective.

As Ender strives to fit into the new world, he is subjected to a great deal of deception, abuse, and isolation.

Though the film was a good reflection of the book event, many parts were lacking in the film, this book had so much more to it than the film. So, even if you’ve watched the movie, you should read this book.

The book is one of those sci-fi masterpieces that everyone should read since it is actually genre-defining in some manner.

Key Takeaways from the Book

You can discover the best-selling, multi-award-winning classic about combat, strategy, and survival.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the global bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender’s Shadow, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker and the revered science-fiction classic Ender’s Game.

Book Details

This book is also available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, versions.

  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • Duration: 11 Hours and 57 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Military Science Fiction, Space Opera Science Fiction Books.

3. Dark Matter: A Novel

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About the Book

“Dark Matter: A Novel” written by Blake Crouch, narrated by Jon Lindstrom is a brilliantly plotted story that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bending strange and beyond human.

Jason’s life isn’t the same in this new world he’s discovered. His wife isn’t the same as his wife. His son never came into being. And Jason isn’t just any college physics professor; he’s a well-known genius who has accomplished something extraordinary.

Is the dream in this world or another? And even if the house he remembers is true, how will Jason ever get back to his family?

The answers lie in a voyage more amazing and dangerous than anything he could have imagined, one that would push him to confront his worst self while fighting a terrifying, apparently unbeatable foe.

Book Review

It’s well-crafted. It tells the entire story. It comprises hard science fiction that is presented logically. The author is certainly a talented and accomplished writer.

Crouch’s superb manipulation of science is where this book truly shines. We follow Jason Dessen’s difficult adventure through worlds and self-discovery as he is forced into a reality, unlike anything he has ever known.

It has a lot of twists and turns, but it never becomes ridiculous. A fantastic, thought-provoking read that will rekindle your interest in thrillers.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book strikes the perfect balance between two extremes: it may be read as science fiction or as realistic fiction, but it’s only through the perfect blend Crouch has devised between the two that we get such a well-rendered dissection of the human psyche.

About the Author

Blake Crouch is best known for the Wayward Pines trilogy, which has sold over a million books worldwide and was made into a FOX prime-time event series. He currently resides in Colorado.

Book Details

You can also buy this book in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle versions.

  • Author: Blake Crouch
  • Duration: 10 Hours and 8 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Technothrillers, Adventure Science Fiction Books.

4. Red Rising 

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About the Book

“Red Rising” contributed by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds has been named one of the New York Times bestselling books of the year by Entertainment Weekly.

Darrow is a Red, a member of the future’s color-coded society’s lowest caste. He works all day, like his fellow Reds, believing that he and his people are making Mars livable for future generations.

Nevertheless, he willingly invests his life, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his offspring. Darrow and his type, on the other hand, have been betrayed. He soon discovers that humanity has been on the surface for eons.

He will be forced to compete for his survival and the future of civilization against Society’s ruling class’s best and most cruel members. There, he’ll go to any length to bring down his foes…even if it means becoming one of them himself.

Book Review

Although it takes around two-thirds of the book to establish the backstory, the book is fast-paced and entertaining.

This book is definitely suggested to anyone looking for a fast-paced, well-written read that will have them hooked to the page for hours.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The Red Rising Trilogy begins with Red Rising, the first novel in the series. It’s a science fiction story set on terraformed Mars about a dystopian civilization.

About the Author

The Red Rising Saga is written by Pierce Brown, who is the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist. He spent his boyhood in the woods of six states and the deserts of two, building forts and setting traps for his cousins.

Book Details

You can also get this book in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover formats.

  • Author: Pierce Brown
  • Duration: 16 Hours and 12 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction, Adventure Science Fiction Books.

5. All Systems Red 

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About the Book

“All Systems Red” contributed by Martha Wells, narrated by Kevin R. Free is the tense first science fiction adventure book in the author’s series.

All Systems Red looks into the ethical implications of sentient robotics. The protagonist is a dangerous security droid that has defied his training and is torn between thoughtful self-discovery and an idle impulse to kill all humans.

Planetary expeditions must be approved and supplied by the Company in a corporate-dominated spacefaring future. For their own safety, exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids.

The only wish is to be left alone long enough to discover out who it is, despite its contempt for mankind. However, when a nearby mission goes black, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to figure out what’s going on.

Book Review

In only 160 pages, this is an excellent story with a depth of characterization that is difficult to achieve. Murderbot was a well-developed character with characteristics that will attract your curiosity in seeing how it would deal with the circumstance it found itself in.

This is a one-of-a-kind novel with a compelling – and unusual – a lead character that you couldn’t help but adore. A fantastic blend of science fiction and humor.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The series revolves around a security robot who refers to itself as Murderbot in the privacy of its own mind because it once killed a large number of people owing to poor programming.

The plot is mainly just a Christmas tree to hang Murderbot’s personality on, but it involves Murderbot rescuing a Survey team from a grave predicament caused by skulduggery.

About the Author

Martha Wells is the author of several fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Wizard Hunters, and The Death of the Necromancer, which was nominated for a Nebula Award.

Her short stories have appeared in magazines such as Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, and Stargate, as well as anthologies.

Book Details

You can also obtain this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audio CD, Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Martha Wells
  • Duration: 3 Hours and 17 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Hard Science Fiction, Adventure Science Fiction Books.

6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 

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About the Book

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” written by Douglas Adams, narrated by Stephen Fry is the gorgeous 42nd-anniversary gift edition of the author’s pop-culture classic.

Until his house is demolished, Arthur Dent’s Thursday lunchtime is routine. Shortly after, the Earth arrives to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best buddy has recently revealed that he is an extraterrestrial.

They’re flying into space right now, armed only with their towels and a book bearing the words DON’T PANIC in bold, friendly letters.

What happened to these pens? What is the purpose of our birth? Why do we have to die? Why do we take such a long time between wearing our digital watches? Stick your thumb to the stars for all of the answers. Also, remember to bring a towel!

Book Review

This is an exciting work of science fiction that is also a lot of fun to read. It’s a well-written book absolutely packed with thought-provoking concepts.

A delightfully crazy and entertaining book, and a good novelization of the radio series.

The writing hides glimmers of brilliance while unearthing grains of insight. With their sharp senses, smart appraisals of the situation, fast reflexes, and outright truthfulness, the characters themselves are fascinating.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Douglas Adams’ mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, messes with physics, and bends time, but above all, it’s hilarious.

About the Author

Douglas Adams‘ mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, messes with physics, and bends time, but above all, it’s hilarious.

Book Details

This book can also be obtained in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Douglas Adams
  • Duration: 5 Hours and 51 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Humorous Science Fiction Books.

7. Artemis

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About the Book

“Artemis” contributed by Andy Weir, narrated by Rosario Dawson, an irresistible new near-future thriller, is a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara had no intention of becoming a hero. She merely desired to amass wealth. Not like many of the guests to Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony, who are weird, eccentric, and fabulously rich.

She’s just wealthy enough to leave her coffin-sized abode and eat something more delectable than flavored algae. She’s wealthy enough to pay off a long-term debt.

Even Jazz has to acknowledge she’s in way over her head, caught between opposing factions and being chased by both a killer and the law. To have a hope of surviving and preserving her city, she’ll have to concoct a genuinely fantastic plan.

Book Review

The tale is what important here, and it does not disappoint. It reads at a breakneck rate from beginning to end, and the reader will receive their science fix much like in The Martian because everything is so realistic.

The thought of what life would be like in the first moon city is intriguing, and that’s where the excellent ideas begin.

Key Takeaways from the Book

Artemis is another compelling concoction of science, suspense, and humor Andy Weir, propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s both gorgeously imagined and intimately known, and overflowing with ingenious problem-solving and heist-y fun.

About the Author

Andy Weir worked as a software engineer until the success of The Martian, his first published novel, allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time writer.

Book Details

This book can also be bought in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover forms.

  • Author: Andy Weir
  • Duration: 8 Hours 57 Minutes
  • Category/Genre: Humorous Science Fiction, Lawyers & Criminals Humor.

Final Verdict

The exciting sci-fi tales may now be enjoyed in more places than ever before thanks to these publications. They’re ideal for long car rides, your daily commute, or simply enjoying a little “me time” through headphones. Happy Listening!

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