The best sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks

Sci-fi and fantasy allows us to escape into weird and wonderful worlds completely unlike our own. Here is our pick of the best sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks to immerse yourself in.


From space exploration in the near future to alternative histories full of magic and dragons, science fiction and fantasy stories open up a whole range of new worlds to explore. Hearing a book read aloud can bring the story to life in a whole new way, so immerse yourself in a new universe with our selection of the best sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks.

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Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton, read by John Lee

Salvation Lost is the second book in Peter F. Hamilton’s bestselling science fiction series, The Salvation Sequence. The comparatively utopian world of 23rd century Earth is about to change forever, as the alien race the Olyix, previously thought to be benign, plan to harvest humanity as an offering to their god at the end of the universe. With almost no time to fight back, some want to flee, but others refuse to back down. John Lee’s reading vividly brings the Salvation Sequence universe to life.

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The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood, read by Avita Jay

The first book in the The Serpent Gates series, The Unspoken Name is an epic coming-of-age tale that follows Csorwe, who, on her fourteenth birthday will be sacrificed by the death cult who raised her. Offered a chance to escape her fate by a sorcerer who wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin, Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge until she is forced to confront her past . . . Let narrator Avita Jay transport you to a world of magic and danger. 

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons, read by Feodor Chin, Soneela Nankani and Vikas Adam

Kihrin, a bard’s apprentice, has grown up with epic tales of legendary deeds. He is desperate to buy his way out of the slum where he lives, by stealing if necessary, but when a raid goes wrong he is marked by a demon and his life changes forever. He catches the attention of royalty, who claim him as the lost son of the immoral prince. Escaping from his new family and their ruthless ambitions, things get worse for Kihrin when he discovers he’s at the centre of an ancient prophecy and is destined to destroy the earth. Every side, from gods to dragons, want him as their pawn in this epic of imperial politics and magic. The audiobook of this hugely anticipated debut novel is read by Feodor Chin, Soneela Nankani and Vikas Adam, with each narrating a different timeline within the novel.

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Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, read by Mel Hudson

Set in the same universe as the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Children of Time, Children of Ruin sees humanity return to the abandoned world called Nod, colonised by terraformers aeons ago. But the ancient terraformers awoke something that was better left undisturbed, and it’s been waiting for humans to return . . . Immerse yourself in the atmospheric audiobook read by Mel Hudson.

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, read by Kate Sobey

Influenced by classic folktales, Spinning Silver is a rich story inspired by the tale of Rumplestiltskin. Miryem comes from a long line of moneylenders, but her father is too kindhearted to collect the debts owed to him. Determined to keep her family out of poverty, Miryem takes over his work, and her success in the job starts a rumour that she can turn silver into gold. Hearing this, the fairy king of winter sets her an impossible challenge – to fail means certain death, but to succeed may mean an even worse fate. Read by Kate Sobey, the audiobook brilliantly brings to life this magical world.

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The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, read by Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been a radio show, TV show, stage play, comic book and film, and is and a work of utter comic genius from Douglas Adams. One Thursday lunchtime the Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. It's the final straw for Arthur Dent, who has already had his house bulldozed that morning. But for Arthur, that is only the beginning . . .
In the seconds before global obliteration, Arthur is plucked from the planet by his friend Ford Prefect – and together the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time. The Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is available in a CD pack including all five books in Douglas Adams’s ‘trilogy’, read by Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman, both of whom appeared in the film version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The series is also available as individual audiobooks.

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Gilded Cage by Vic James, read by Avita Jay 

A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart, Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy.
Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything.
Then while the elite vie for power, a young aristocrat plots to remake the world with his dark gifts. As Britain moves from anger to defiance, all three must take sides. And the consequences of their choices will change everything, forever.

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The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville, read by Ralph Lister 


A thriller of a war that never was - of survival in an impossible city - of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.
1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever.
1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts - and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.
But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties - to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

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