Best Fantasy Audiobooks
16 of the best fantasy audiobooks in 2018
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
To start off our list of the best fantasy audiobooks, we wanted to include one of our favourite Neil Gaiman titles. American Gods have now been made into a TV series on Amazon Prime, but the audiobook version is equally as good. Shadow Moon is the main protagonist and his life is shaken after his wife is killed just before he is about to be released from prison. A battle for America has started and Shadow Moon is right in the middle of it.
Narrator – Erik Synnestvedt
Length – Neil Gaiman, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Dennis Boutskiaris, Sarah Jones
2. The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
A classic next from J.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, made famous recently by the films starring Martin Freeman, the book and audiobook are still our favourite mediums to enjoy this story. Bilbo Baggins enjoys his quiet life and is at first unwillingly to be taken on a journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain with Gandalf the wizard and 13 other dwarves. Will this Baggins and the group be able to survive goblins, wargs, giant spiders and the dragon Smaug.
Narrator – Rob Inglis
Length – 11 hours & 2 minutes
3. Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
This is the first book in Terry Brooks Sword of Shannara trilogy, making it the best place to start. Shea Ohmsford is half-human and half-elfin, he meets the druid Allanon after the world of the Four Lands was torn apart during the ancient evil wars. Allanon informs Shea that the Warlock Lord is alive again. It is now Shea’s quest to control the creatures of darkness, using the fabled Sword of Shannara. His first task is to locate the powerful weapon.
Narrator – Scott Brick
Length – 26 hours & 21 minutes
4. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Another Terry with a great fantasy audiobook, this time Terry Goodkind of Wizard’s First Rule. Richard Cypher’s father has been murdered and now a mysterious woman enters his forest sanctuary. Is it help that she requires or something else? This is the first audiobook in The Sword of Truth series. You’ll be hooked on Goodkind’s writing after this explosive opener.
Narrator – Sam Tsoutsouvas
Length – 34 hours & 10 minutes
5. Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is somewhat of a phenomenon, this is the 8th audiobook in the series. It is also the first time that we meet the Discworld character Captain Sam Vimes. A dragon is summoned using a stolen magic book, the aim is to scare the people of Ankh-Morpork. The Night watch which includes Vimes has the task to stop the dragon summoning brotherhood before the city becomes a tyrannical state.
Narrator – Nigel Planer
Length – 10 hours & 10 minutes
6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Everyone grew up with C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so why not now experience the amazing books in audiobook format. It can be enjoyed by the whole family, so what are you waiting for, enter the magical wardrobe.
Narrator – Michael York
Length – 4 hours & 22 minutes
7. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Time to include one of the most talked about book series of recent times, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. We didn’t want to pick them all so we’ve gone with the first in the series, A Game of Thrones. The opening audiobook introduces you to the alluring characters, whilst setting the scene of love, power, family politics, revenge and a lot more. The late great Roy Dotrice completes the audiobook with his wonderful narration.
Narrator – Roy Dotrice
Length – 48 hours & 40 minutes
8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Another audiobook from Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book is a frightening adventure story that contains violence and some dark comedy. The story of a baby who escapes death when his family is murdered. Raised by ghouls and ghosts, Bod (the child), doesn’t have a normal upbringing, and his family’s killer is still out there…
Narrator – Neil Gaiman
Length – 7 hours & 48 minutes
9. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Abercrombie’s The First Law series starts with The Blade Itself. The lives of the three main protagonists (Logen Ninefingers, Nobleman Captain Jazal dan Luthar, and Inquisitor Glokta) are changed when a temperamental wizard named Bayaz enters with his pitiful assistant. A story of old battles, murder conspiracies and a thin line that separates villains and heroes.
Narrator – Steven Pacey
Length – 22 hours & 15 minutes
10. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
The second audiobook in the Broken Earth trilogy, Essun has now found a place to recoup, but she is still searching for her missing daughter. Alabaster Tenring needs the help of Essun and as the destroyer of the world, it’s going to be hard for her to refuse.
Narrator – Robin Miles
Length – 13 hours & 19 minutes
11. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Locke Lamora (Thorn of Camorr) is somewhat of a myth to many people. It is said that he can beat anyone in a fight, but is this just hearsay? Stealing from the rich and rewarding his gang of thieves and conmen called the Gentleman Bastards. They live in the city of Camorr that is run by the criminal mastermind Capa Barsavi.
Narrator – Michael Page
Length – 22 hours & 3 minutes
12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling introduced many more readers and listeners into the fantasy genre with her groundbreaking Harry Potter series. All of the audiobooks in the series have been narrated by Stephen Fry, we are going to stick to one audiobook on our fantasy audiobooks list, even though it’s hard. We’ve gone with the grand finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
Narrator – Stephen Fry
Length – 23 hours & 58 minutes
13. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind definitely deserves its place among the best fantasy audiobooks. The story of Kvothe or Kote as he is also known. He was a feral orphan in a city filled with crime before learning at a dangerous school of magic. Kote is somewhat of a chameleon, a thief, magician, musician, assassin, dragon-slayer and much more. A fantastic audiobook that will keep you mesmerised.
Narrator – Ruper Degas
Length – 28 hours & 3 minutes
14. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
An epic fantasy audiobook from Brandon Sanderson, it is the first title in The Stormlight Archive series. The story passes from multiple characters points of view which all seem to unconnected at first. The whole world is still at war after centuries, due to the Radiants turning against mankind. The Shardblades were given to men by the Almighty and now the Kings want more to defend themselves and their people.
Narrator – Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length – 45 hours & 29 minutes
15. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Peter Grant is a normal constable in the Met Police force who finds himself learning the ropes from the infamous Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. He becomes a detective and trainee wizard. Then finding himself involved in a murderous London where mortals mix with gods and goddesses.
Narrator – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length – 9 hours & 53 minutes
16. Twilight: Book 1 by Stephenie Meyer
A romantic fantasy audiobook now, book 1 in the Twilight series that has been narrated by Ilyana Kadushin. You probably already know the story already but this format of the book brings to life Bella’s character and arguably the most famous vampire book series. Narrator – Ilyana Kadushin
Length – 12 hours & 53 minutes
A romantic fantasy audiobook now, book 1 in the Twilight series that has been narrated by Ilyana Kadushin. You probably already know the story already but this format of the book brings to life Bella’s character and arguably the most famous vampire book series.
Narrator – Ilyana Kadushin