1. We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
Author: Dennis E. Taylor
Duration: 10 hours
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is the first book in the popular Sci-Fi series called Bobiverse by Dennis E. Taylor. The story follows a wealthy businessman, Robert Johansson, who had his head cryogenically frozen after death. When he wakes up more than 100 years later, the world is an entirely different place. At that point, the government is able to “revive” the frozen heads, but they are declared to be properties of the state that don’t have rights. Robb is uploaded into computer hardware and has to honor the commitments given to him by the government.
As one of the best science fiction audiobooks of all time, the Bobiverse series takes readers to intergalactic adventures and struggles. The first installment is narrated by Ray Porter, a popular audiobook storyteller of our time.
2. Area X
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Duration: 26 hours and 14 minutes
Area X is a combination of the three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy, one of the most popular Sci-Fi series of all time. Jeff VanderMeer wrote three volumes: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance.
The trilogy follows the story of a group of people set to explore a mysterious area called Area X. The first volume presents the twelfth expedition attempting to explore this area. All of their predecessors died of various contaminators that the area is filled with.
This trilogy is among the highest-rated audiobooks as it tells a relatable story about people and their inner struggles. Each of the books in the trilogy covers similar themes and uncovers the secret behind Area X piece by piece. Since every part of the series is amazing, we suggest that you purchase all three of them. The narrators of the volumes are Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, and Xe Sands.
3. Project Hail Mary
Author: Andy Weir
Duration: 16 hours and 10 minutes
Project Hail Mary follows Ryland Grace, the sole survivor of a space mission and the only person who can save the planet. With his memory loss and complete confusion over what happened to him, his mission is nearly impossible. The book is among the best books on Audible and a New York Times audio fiction best-seller.
This title has everything a space-loving Sci-Fi reader needs — an interstellar scenery, a touch of mystery, and an inspiring journey of self-discovery. The author, Andy Weir, became famous after writing The Martian. So, you can almost be sure of his ability to use words to transport you into a new dimension. The book’s narrator is the fantastic Ray Porter.
Author: Frank Herbert
Duration: 21 hours
Originally, Dune was a two-part story written by Frank Herbert and published in Analog magazine in the sixties. Its popularity led to it being published as an actual book, and it’s now among the best-selling audiobooks of all time. In 2021, the book became a motion picture featuring famous Hollywood actors, and this brought the book closer to younger generations.
Dune is a story about a world in the distant future, but the system ruling it resembles the old feudal system with noble houses controlling every aspect of people’s lives. Young Paul Atreides lies at the heart of the story. His noble upbringing and devastating past contribute to the exciting plot. Paul is set on a critical mission, and the future of humankind depends on its success. Still, there is so much to the story as it touches on various vital aspects of today’s life, such as religion, technology, politics, and ecology. It’s one of the greatest audiobooks of all time and a must-read even for those who aren’t fans of science fiction novels.
Its narration is brought to the next level as more than 10 narrators participate in the storytelling: Scott Brick, Euan Morton, Orlagh Cassidy, Ilyana Kadushin, Simon Vance, David R. Gordon, and Byron Jennings. The remaining narrators include Jason Culp, Oliver Wyman, Kent Broadhurst, Scott Sowers, and Patricia Kilgarriff.
5. Earthseed: Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Duration: 12 hours
The Parable of the Sower is the first novel of Octavia E. Butler’s two-book series, Earthseed. The story of this must-listen audiobook follows a religious group in an apocalyptic world that turns to religion for comfort. The group’s leader is the young Lauren Oya Olamina, who came up with the idea that humanity should shape God in times of need.
In her diary entries, which is the only form the book was written in, we get to follow her troubling past and present difficulties. Lynne Thigpen did an amazing job reading those entries, and the book itself tells a unique and compelling story about social inequality and climate change.
6. Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Duration: 8 hours
Brave New World is among the most popular Sci-Fi books of all time. The writer of one of the best fiction audiobooks, Aldous Huxley, managed to create a futuristic story about a genetically engineered humankind and added an actual human element to it. The plot is about a world where every person is born out of an artificial womb and is free of age, pain, and disease.
The main character, Bernard Marx, accidentally finds a group of naturally born people. He then starts questioning every inch of his being and the way the world works. The plot covers all of the elements of a dystopian society with an intelligence-based social hierarchy and psychological manipulation coupled up with extraordinary scientific achievements. Michael York narrates the audio version.