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The best Sci-Fi audiobooks in 2018
These science fiction (Sci-Fi) audiobooks will keep you entertained for hours on end. Some of these bestselling books have been made into films that you’ll recognise, like ‘The Martian’ and ‘Ready Player One’. Better yet, the audiobook versions will leave you emotionally attached to the stories and characters that are portrayed.
It seems as though Audible have realised that the sci-fi genre is producing some of the most popular audiobooks. We say this as their own production studio is churning out more and more science fiction audiobooks. Carry on reading to see our list of the best sci-fi audiobooks on the market right now.
1. The Martian by Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s famous book, The Martian is now available in audiobook format exclusively with Audible. Mark Watney is an astronaut who finds himself abandoned on Mars after his crew expects him to be dead. Mark is determined to stay alive even when problems start mounting upon him. This audiobook version also features Weir’s reimagined ending.
Narrator – R.C. Bray
Length – 10 hours & 53 minutes
2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Set in the future, the planet has been destroyed by previous generations, and now humans spend their lives in a virtual reality to escape the past. Wade Watts is the main protagonist in this virtual existence where he spends all of his time on a treasure hunt for the infinite riches. His competition is fierce and dangerous though.
Narrator – Wil Wheaton
Length – 15 hours & 40 minutes
3. World War Z by Max Brooks
The rise of the zombie war nearly wiped out the human race. Max Brooks is the narrator and an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission who travels around America and the world after the zombie war. He documents civilians stories about the war and living together with the undead. A truly gripping audiobook.
Narrator – Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims, Robert Slade
Length – 13 hours & 56 minutes
4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Loved by many and probably more now that Stephen Fry plays narrator for the audiobook version. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy features a British man named Arthur Dent. Earth is to be destroyed so that a galaxy highway can be built, luckily he has an alien friend to help him. A brilliantly written story will make you laugh and emotional, a true classic.
Narrator – Stephen Fry
Length – 5 hours & 51 minutes
5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A classic Sci-Fi book now in audiobook format, narrated by Michael York. Originally published in 1932, but still so relevant in 2018, Huxley writes about social control via politics, media, and programming, as well as feel-good drugs, cloning and more. Set in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity) Lenina and Bernard are set to discover how a Utopian reservation could destroy the human race.
Narrator – Michael York
Length – 7 hours & 58 minutes
6. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Robots act as helpers for humans, and they must live by the Three Laws of Robotics. Do not harm humans, obey their orders and protect their existence. Everything is ok until the robots realise their intelligence and power. But now humans and robots can’t live together in peace.
Narrator – Scott Brick
Length – 8 hours & 25 minutes
7. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
The classic novel where apes are the rulers of an earth-like planet called Soror has been exclusively released by Audible read by Greg Wise. Ulysse is a journalist who finds a planet in the nearest solar system from Earth, where humans behave like animals and are hunted by apes.
Narrator – Greg Wise
Length – 5 hours & 55 minutes
8. Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is set on the desert planet called Arrakis, a boy called Paul Atreides is set to become the man referred to as Maud’dib. It’s up to him to avenge the plot against his noble family. A truly great science fiction book from Herbert, now narrated by some brilliant readers including Scott Brick, Simon Vance, and Ilyana Kadushin.
Narrator – Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance, Ilyana Kadushin
Length – 21 hours & 8 minutes
9. The Girl With all the Gifts by M. R. Carey
This thrilling Sci-Fi audiobook focuses around a highly intelligent special young girl named Melanie. She is under constant high security, locked in a cell and strapped to a wheelchair, but she doesn’t know why. Melanie explains all of her passions for the future to her favourite teacher Miss Justineau, who doesn’t seem hopeful.
Narrator – Finty Williams
Length – 13 hours & 3 minutes
10. We are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
The first novel from Dennis E. Taylor is a funny, addictive science fiction book that is exclusive to Audible. Bob Johansson is the main protagonist who dies in an unfortunate way, to then find himself awake a century later now uploaded into computer hardware that is property of the state. Bob’s mission (if he accepts) is to find new habitable planets in space.
Narrator – Ray Porter
Length – 9 hours & 30 minutes
11. Galaxy’s Edge by Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
The Legionnaires are an elite special fighting force that is on a diplomatic mission in the galaxy before they come under siege. Ackabar is the starport full of crime and deceit, where a young girl is looking to avenge her father’s death. The story also includes a galaxy bounty hunter and an ex-legionnaire who is now a smuggler. A truly great Sci-Fi audiobook.
Narrator – R.C. Bray
Length – 17 hours & 21 minutes
12. Not Alone by Craig. A. Falconer
Book 1 of the Not Alone series is exclusive to Audible. The government knows that aliens exist and this secret is revealed when Dan McCarthy finds the evidence. His immediate reaction is to leak this information for the whole public to know, but was that the right decision?
Narrator – James Patrick Cronin
Length – 22 hours & 59 minutes
13. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Another narration from Scott Brick, this time in the Jurassic Park audiobook. Humans have cloned dinosaurs using their DNA and now placed them back on Earth in a zoo, which probably wasn’t the smartest decision…
Narrator – Scott Brick
Length – 15 hours & 9 minutes
14. Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
This audiobook is from the classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep from Philip K. Dick. It’s 2021 and the World War has put all living creatures on Earth into a near extinct state. Companies start to create realistic copies of animals and even humans. Soon these androids are banned from Earth, therefore being forced to live among humans illegally. It is Rick Deckard’s job to find androids and ‘retire’ them. Which is easier said than done…
Narrator – Scott Brick
Length – 9 hours & 12 minutes
15. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games series was hugely popular, and the audiobook versions are an additional extra from the books. North America is now in ruins and the new nation of Panem is a wealthy Capitol, that has 12 districts bordering it. The Capitol forces the districts to send one boy and girl aged between 12 and 18 to participate in a free for all fight to the death, which is broadcasted live on TV. Katniss Everdeen steps up to replace her sister from their district in the brutal fight.
Narrator – Carolyn McCormick
Length – 11 hours & 14 minutes