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Best Sci Fi Audiobooks

A round-up of the best audiobooks in the science fiction genre

Escape into the best sci fi audiobooks. Explore the universe, travel to the future, be the hero, survive the apocalypse. The sky is nowhere near the limit in the science fiction sphere. 

Whether it is a dystopian future, a reimagined past or a complete departure from known reality, science fiction encompasses not just technological advances, but major upheavals in society and the environment. It can blend with fantasy and dystopia, humour and horror. And adding to the draw of science fiction audiobooks is the fact that they attract some of the very best narrators and performers.

So let’s not be constrained by petty concepts like time or space. The multiverse is our oyster. It's easy to lose yourself in the best science fiction audiobooks. All you have to do is plug in and listen. And the good news? This list is the merest tip of the asteroid in terms of the fantastic audiobooks in this genre. 

Quaid, start the reactor.

Top Sci-Fi Audiobooks

1

By

Christina Sweeney-Baird

Read By

Cathleen McCarron, Aysha Kala, Denica Fairman, Penelope Rawlins, Debra Michaels, Julia Locascio, Sasha Alexis, Robert Bradley, Sara Lynam, Rebecca Perfect, William Hope

Competition was fierce for best sci-fi audiobook in 2021. Excellent works such as The World Gives Way and The Extinction Trials were just two vying for the title. But this… The End of Men is a masterful and incredibly thoughtful portrayal of a world where men are all but wiped out by a pandemic. Told through multiple first-person accounts, the audiobook leans into the format with no fewer than eleven narrators.

2

By

Andy Weir

Read By

Wil Wheaton

The Martian puts the science smack bang in the centre of the fiction. Wil Wheaton delivers a 5 star performance as Mark Watney, an astronaut left stranded on Mars. Meanwhile author Andy Weir not only provides incredible detail of the mechanics of it all, but manages to make it riveting. Because every detail is vital in the attempts to Bring. Him. Home.

3

By

Suzanne Collins

Read By

Carolyn McCormick

Feel all the feelings in this epic dystopian sci-fi audiobook where children are forced to fight to the death. Can Katniss Everdene survive the Hunger Games? And can she bring down the brutal dictatorship that imposes them on the people of Panem? Brimming with vivid, vibrant imagery, this audiobook feels more like a movie in your mind.

4

By

Kazuo Ishiguro

Read By

Kerry Fox

Enter the hallowed halls of Hailsham. At a glance, this bucolic English school seems an idyllic place to learn. But note the small differences. Don’t overlook that nagging feeling that something is amiss. Tissues at the ready. This gets emotional.

5

By

Margaret Atwood

Read By

Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd

Obviously, there are a multitude of bests one could attribute to Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a misogynist dystopia. Best cautionary tale for one. So why best casting? Because the audiobook is read by none other than the TV version of Offred herself, Elisabeth Moss and boasts further star power in the form of Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker. I can’t help but feel that the ability to draw these big names is emblematic of the ever-growing status of audiobooks. As an aside, it’s worth noting that Atwood herself wouldn’t approve of this being on the list at all as she maintains it’s not futuristic in any way. I’d disagree.

5

By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Read By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Sci-fi plays well with other genres, not least of which is comedy. In this Yhatzee Crowshaw absurdist delight, the Ministry of Occultism - yes that’s a thing in this universe - finds itself in several gelatinous spots of bother including visitors from other worlds, a magical murderer and a public relations nightmare.

6

By

George Orwell

Read By

Andrew Wincott

In 1984, Orwell achieved a Shakespearian infiltration of the English language. Terms like “Thought Police” and “Big Brother” have become ubiquitously synonymous with authoritarian leadership, even by those unfamiliar with this powerful portrayal of hell on Earth. The thing is, most people who have read the book did so at school. I highly recommend listening to one of the many audiobook versions. May I suggest the version by Stephen Fry.

8

By

Ernest Cline

Read By

Wil Wheaton

Oh, Ready Player One, you unashamed celebration of geekdom. I see you. Teeming with 80s pop culture references and set in a fantastical gaming world, the audiobook takes things to the next level by having it read by sci-fi royalty, Wil Wheaton.

9

By

John Wyndham

Read By

Daniel Weyman

At under five hours long, this is a nibble of an audiobook, but it more than earns its place on this list. Narrator Daniel Weyman delivers a gloriously understated, very British performance bursting with irony.

10

By

Philip K. Dick

Read By

Luke Daniels

From the man behind Blade Runner, The Man in the High Castle and many more science fiction gems comes Ubik. This frenetic time travelling tale is chock full of quirky characters, extravagantly performed by Luke Daniels.

11

By

John Birmingham

Read By

Rupert Degas

Ever read an apocalyptic tale only to think, that would never happen? Well, John Birmingham is determined to show exactly - exactly - how it can happen in Zero Day Code. And it is scarily convincing.

12

By

Peter Clines

Read By

Ray Porter

From Eureka to Stargate, Dr Who to Star Trek, sci-fi has brought us some of the best teams and friendships. Enter Peter Cline’s 14, where a group of tenants slowly come together to fight the forces that blight their very strange building.

Best of the Rest: Sci-Fi Audiobooks

11.22.63
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Stephen King

Read By

Craig Wasson

If Stephen King Wrote Back To The Future... Oh, Wait.

14
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Peter Clines

Read By

Ray Porter

Gripping Sci-Fi with a Great Squad.

1984
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

George Orwell

Read By

Andrew Wincott

Timeless. A Masterpiece.

48 Hours
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

William R. Forstchen

Read By

Bronson Pinchot

A Good Continuation

After the Silence
average rating is 3 out of 5

By

Devon C. Ford

Read By

Kevin Kemp

Great Narration, Interesting Journey

All the Stars in the Sky
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Read By

Julia Whelan

A perfect end to the perfect zombie series.

And After
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Read By

Julia Whelan

Awesome Sequel. Does not disappoint.

Armada
average rating is 3 out of 5

By

Ernest Cline

Read By

Wil Wheaton

Not Quite RP1, But Still Great

As Our World Ends
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Jack Hunt

Read By

Kevin Pierce

Enjoyable

As Our World Falls
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Jack Hunt

Read By

Kevin Pierce

Bird Box
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Josh Malerman

Read By

Katharine Mangold

Chilling, Captivating, Unforgettable. Perfect for fans of The Road.

Brave New World
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Aldous Huxley

Read By

Michael York

A timeless piece about human nature versus nurture.

Cage of Souls
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read By

David Thorpe

Imagine Mark and Jez of Peep Show living their best/worst lives in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic hellscape with monsters and mutants. That just about covers it...

Catching Fire
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Suzanne Collins

Read By

Carolyn McCormick

Chocky
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

John Wyndham

Read By

Daniel Weyman

An Understated Gem With A Dr Who Vibe

Christian Nation
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Frederic C. Rich

Read By

Oliver Wyman

Chillingly Real. Detailed Beyond Belief.

Contagious
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Scott Sigler

Read By

Scott Sigler

Good continuation of the series.

Dead Moon
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Peter Clines

Read By

Ray Porter

Treat This as a Stand Alone Story

Departure
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

A.G. Riddle

Read By

Scott Aiello, Nicola Barber

Differently Morphous
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Read By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Joyous, Funny, Smart. A Douglas Adams vibe.

Edge of Collapse
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Kyla Stone

Read By

Stacey Glemboski

William R. Forstchen Meets K.L Slater

End of Story
average rating is 3 out of 5

By

Louise Swanson

Read By

Sophie Bentinck

Atmospheric, moreish and unique

Existentially Challenged
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Read By

Yahtzee Croshaw

A Religious Experience

Fahrenheit 451
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Ray Bradbury

Read By

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins does justice to this dystopian classic.

Fail State
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

John Birmingham

Read By

Rupert Degas

Same Great Characters, A Clever Continuation

Fatherland
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Robert Harris

Read By

Michael Jayston

Fast paced action thriller set in a terrifying world.

Femlandia
average rating is 3 out of 5

By

Christina Dalcher

Read By

Brittany Pressley, Cassandra Morris

Very Close To Living Up To Expectations

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

David Wong

Read By

Christy Romano

Grisly violence, sarcasm and maniacal supervillains have never been so hilariously lovable.

Gather the Daughters
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Jennie Melamed

Read By

Laurence Bouvard

Genome
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

A.G. Riddle

Read By

Edoardo Ballerini

Gray: Part I
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Lou Cadle

Read By

Lauren Fortgang

Dark, gloomy but compelling. A little bit The Road, a little bit Wool.

Gray: Part II
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Lou Cadle

Read By

Lauren Fortgang

Bleak, dark, improbably addictive.

Gray: Part III
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Lou Cadle

Read By

Lauren Fortgang

The perfect ending to this gripping trilogy

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Juno Dawson

Read By

Nicola Coughlan

Officially Under HMRC’s Spell - Bring On Book 2!

How High We Go in the Dark
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Sequoia Nagamatsu

Read By

Jason Culp, Stephanie Komure, Micky Shiloah, Joe Knezevich, Brianna Ishibashi, Kotaro Watanabe, Matthew Bridges, Kurt Kanazawa, Greg Watanabe, Jeanne Sakata, MacLeod Andrews, Keisuke Hoashi, Brian Nishii, Julia Whelan

High Praise for this Darkest of Tales

Instauration
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Read By

Luke Daniels, Thérèse Plummer

Bittersweet - why did this brilliant series have to end?

Jam
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Read By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Genius Absurdist Hilarity

Kings of a Dead World
average rating is 3 out of 5

By

Jamie Mollart

Read By

Mike Rogers

Half Stargate Universe with its bleak futility and half Man in the High Castle with its rumbling underbelly.

Life After Life
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Kate Atkinson

Read By

Fenella Woolgar

Simply stunning.

Life As We Knew It
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Susan Beth Pfeffer

Read By

Emily Bauer

Sweet Coming of Age Apocalypse

Lock In
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

John Scalzi

Read By

Amber Benson, Wil Wheaton

A Fascinating Futuristic Reality Sets This Apart. Reminds me of iRobot.

London
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Frank Tayell

Read By

Tim Bruce

Apocalypse and Crumpets

Lord of the Flies
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

William Golding

Read By

Martin Jarvis

Malorie
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Josh Malerman

Read By

Katherine Mangold

Just as good as the first.

Mindwalker
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Kate Dylan

Read By

Stephanie Cannon

Mind-Blowingly Good

Mockingjay
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Suzanne Collins

Read By

Carolyn McCormick

The darkest of the trilogy

Mordacious
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Read By

Luke Daniels, Thérèse Plummer

Post apocalyptic perfection: The Walking Dead, as reimagined by Shonda Rhimes.

My Best Friend's Exorcism
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Grady Hendrix

Read By

Emily Woo Zeller

Mean Girls x The Exorcist

My Dead World
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Jacqueline Druga

Read By

Vanessa Johansson

A Fantastic Find For A Zombista

Never Let Me Go
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

Kazuo Ishiguro

Read By

Kerry Fox

Similar in feel to Atonement and the works of Kate Atkinson. Emilia Fox elevates this powerful book to perfection.

New Teeth
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Simon Rich

Read By

Fred Berman

Braces yourself for a wild ride