25 Spellbinding Audiobooks About Witches

The weather is cooler and the days are shorter, so it’s the perfect time for an audiobook with a witchy vibe. Remember that the women who were considered witches were often the ones who challenged social norms and found power in their femaleness. They are fascinating and inspiring, and many of their stories are tragic. Fortunately, this list also includes stories of women who didn’t burn due to intolerance and prejudice.

There are plenty of fiction accounts on this list, but there are also audiobooks about the history of the witch trials. You can also find books on actual witchcraft and how to use it to bring you closer to nature. Grab a blanket and some candles because it’s time for some witchy vibes.

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

All the men are killed in an instant off the coast of Norway in 1617, so the women in the town must figure out how to survive. They do well on their own for three years until Absalom Cornet arrives with his wife and his history of witch trials in Scotland.

Maren is young but ready to protect the safe place she and the other women in her small town have created from the men who only see evil when they see independent women. Her feelings for Absalom’s wife make her fight against him even more complicated. This story is full of passion, history, and women who resist the idea that surviving on their own is evil.

Length: 11 hours and 6 minutes

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A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Fear of witches is what drives many stories, but that’s a very narrow view of their abilities. Grand-Mere Ursula dies saving her family, and the magic that ran through her seems to disappear when her life ends. However, a child from her line discovers she has magic when she comes of age, and she has an opportunity to use it to help steer the course of the world as World War II approaches.

Inspiring and epic, this is a great listen for any audience.

Length: 17 hours and 33 minutes

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Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

You’re not required to be a fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to enjoy Albanese’s tale of witches and the promises of freedom that America never fully offered. Abandoned by her husband when they arrive in the New World from Scotland, Isobel Gamble looks for a way to survive in Salem. She meets Nathaniel Hawthorne, and they have a connection that draws them into a relationship that is complicated and potentially dangerous for Isobel.

Albanese reimagines the woman who could have inspired Hawthorne’s most famous protagonist, as well as exploring the witch trials, slavery, and the other evils that haunted the early days of America. Smart, addictive, and thought-provoking, this is a satisfying listen that holds you captive until the end.

Length: 9 hours and 52 minutes

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Initiated: Memoir of a Witch by Amanda Yates Garcia

Many people who fear witchcraft fear female empowerment, and Yates Garcia’s memoir paints an accurate picture of how that looks. Trying to find her way back after years of a hard life, Yates Garcia turns to the witchcraft of her childhood. Her mother was a practicing witch and she was already initiated as a teen. However, it took her finding her own way back to the earth-centered practices to truly connect to them.

It’s hard to change a world so full of darkness, but Yates Garcia shows how women in the past and the present use their connections to the Earth to try to build a brighter future. Honest and timely, this is a memoir for anyone who wants to step into their own power.

Length: 12 hours and 38 minutes

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

This is the audiobook to grab if you want witch and cozy vibes combined. Mika Moon is one of the few witches left in Britain, so she lives alone and hides her magic. To satisfy her desire to be known at least a bit, she has an online account where she pretends to perform magic, but someone sees it and takes her seriously.

Mika is invited to Nowhere House to guide three young witches so they can learn to harness and use their powers. Against protocol and despite the risk, Mika goes and finds herself drawn into a family that she has never had before. But risks still lurk, and Mika will have to decide if she is going to put herself on the line to protect this newfound community.

Cozy, magical, and hard to put down, Mandanna creates a lovely fall listen.

Length: 9 hours and 59 minutes  

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Book of Night by Holly Black 

Fans of world-building and shadowy figures will dive right into Black’s first adult novel and never want to leave. Black has created a world where memories and feelings can be altered, though the person who chooses to do this to another does have to pay a price for manipulating shadows. 

In this world, Charlie is just trying to survive as a bartender and con artist, but her past has other plans. Charlie will learn about sinister murders, thieves, and family quarrels that make this listen edgy and haunting.

Length: 12 hours and 33 minutes

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Flo and Clara’s bodies are found at Brookhants School for Girls, both having been killed by a swarm of yellow jackets. Three more die in the next few years, and the school is finally shuttered for good in the earliest years of the 1900s.

When a book published a century later celebrates the school for its ahead-of-the-times queer feminism, Hollywood comes calling. As the school opens up to film a horror movie set on the property, the past and present commingle, and it becomes obvious that this school has more to offer than anyone expected.

For listeners who like a story tucked into another story, this is a great listen. It’s intricate and dark while still managing to elicit laughs from its audience.

Length: 19 hours and 27 minutes

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The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

The first book in Watson’s series introduces us to Wren Silke. Every year, she’s chased by judges, a group of boys with special powers, on St. Stephen’s Day. These boys don’t know that Wren is an auger, their enemy, or that she has powers of her own.

Wren is tasked with becoming a spy among the judges so she can steal what she needs to restore her family’s power. Unfortunately, using her powers takes her further away from reality, and she’s left questioning everything she knows.

This listen will leave you wanting more, and that’s okay because the second installment of this series is already available. 

Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes

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Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy

Girl One is a book about females who overturn male power, as well as the price they pay for it. In a world where women with power are considered witches, this book definitely fits.

Josephine Morrow was the first baby conceived with no male DNA. When the commune she is raised in burns, the women living there flee, and Josephine ends up with her mother and distanced from the other people she knew.

However, her mother is missing now. Josie needs the other miracle babies to help her figure out where she is. These “sisters” learn more about their pasts and the people who don’t want them to exist. I listened to this one while holding my breath half the time, and I hope Flannery Murphy has more in store for us about these powerful women.

Length: 15 hours and 55 minutes 

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Witch of Wild Things by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Get romance, magic, and family strife all in one listen to Witch of Wild Things. Sage Flores doesn’t like the gifts she was cursed with, and she’s been trying to get away from them since her sister’s death. When she ends up back in her hometown, she runs into the boy who broke her heart, Tennessee Reyes.

Sage just wants to use her powers to study plants in the area, but her dead sister won’t leave her alone, and neither will the one who is still alive. Then there is Tennessee, a person Sage is drawn to despite being hurt before.

This is a cozy read for a rainy day, full of magic and love. 

Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes

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The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

What would happen if you could curse the ex who hurt you, just a little? Vivienne Jones thinks a tiny curse to make her ex suffer won’t do much harm, but things go off course and Vivi is left trying to fix them.

This is a cute romance with a magical twist and chemistry that will jump through your headphones.

Length: 7 hours and 23 minutes

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The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher

Persephone is an orphan who made her way through foster care to find that anyone close to her eventually leaves. The fact that strange things happen when she’s around makes it hard for Persephone to know how to find a place she can stay, so she grows up living a transient life where she gets close to no one. 

However, she does have one friend she’s managed to keep through the years, and when a display of her power is more public than usual, that friend asks her to come to Wile Island. What she finds there is both what she wanted and everything she was hoping to avoid.

Length: 11 hours and 20 minutes

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Witches and feminism collide in this story that takes place in the late 1800s. Women are fighting for the right to vote, and the three Eastwood sisters join the movement to help women get a chance at the ballot box. When they bring magic into a place where witches are not welcome and have suffered for their powers in the past, they must fight with all they have to survive.

Showing the importance of women working together, this is a book of resistance, hope, and female power.

16 hours and 3 minutes

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The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

After her mother is killed for being a witch, Beth Hawksmith knows she has to find a way to stay safe when all those around her want to murder witches. A powerful warlock uses his Book of Shadows to save her and grant her immortality, but he never lets her forget the favor he has done.

In the present day, Beth decides to mentor a girl who shows up in her life. As she shares the skill of magic, she must contend with her past, her present, and the reality of living for centuries.

Length: 13 hours and 22 minutes

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The House Witch by Delemach

Whether or not you consider yourself a lover of the romance genre, The House Witch is a perfect listen. Finlay comes to work for the King and Queen and is content with his status as an unknown element who minds his own business. He doesn’t need people to know he has powers.

However, he can’t keep things a secret for long, and he’s pulled into adventures in no time. As he fights to protect those around him, make enchanting dinners, and sort out his romantic life, listeners will get to know Finlay and become entranced by his powers.

This is the first in a series, so if you love it, your next audiobook already awaits! 

Length: 17 hours and 4 minutes 

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The Raven Spell by Luanne G. Smith

Want something a little darker to listen to during the spooky season? Smith delivers with this tale of a detective and a witch who need to hunt down a serial killer before they become the next victims. 

After taking a blow to the head, Detective Ian Cameron has no memory of what happened to him. He enlists a witch to help him find out who harmed him, but they uncover much more than they expected. They seek to put together the clues in time to save those around them and themselves in this hypnotic thriller set in Victorian London.

Length: 8 hours and 54 minutes

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Is love a magical power? Vanderah makes a pretty strong case for this in her award-winning story about a little girl who brings two adults out of their loneliness in this beautiful novel.

Joanna Teale has survived cancer and the death of her mother, and she just wants to get back to her research work to escape. When a bruised and dirty young girl named Ursa shows up at her doorstep, her solitary existence is interrupted.

Jo asks her neighbor, Gabriel, to help her look after Ursa and try to figure out what is going on with the enigmatic child. Ursa says she’s here to witness five miracles and that she was sent from the stars, but who is this child and where did she really come from?

As these three draw closer to each other, choices have to be made and secrets must come to the surface. Can their bond save them?

Length: 9 hours and 57 minutes

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop is a scholar who happens to be descended from witches. When discovering an enchanted manuscript releases an underworld, she has to face it. She has Matthew Clairmont with her as they navigate the intricate worlds Harkness created in the first book of this series.

A treat for adults who want a taste of magic, Harkness’ book has now been made into a streaming television show. Grab the book and listen before you watch.

Length: 23 hours and 59 minutes

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The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory does historical fiction skillfully, and the first book of The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels further proves that. She dives into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, during the War of the Roses.

Gregory weaves together history with accusations of witchcraft, romance, and betrayal that will leave you holding your breath. You don’t have to be a history lover to enjoy this one, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.

Length: 19 hours and 7 minutes

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

This classic Shakespeare play opens with three witches and has been considered one of the Bard’s darkest tragedies. Macbeth has to decide whether fate is set on making him King or if he is going down a road of his own choosing, full of blood and death, to get what he wants. 

Seeing Macbeth on stage is the ultimate experience, but hearing this play on audiobook is a close second. Read by a talented cast, the story comes to life.

Length: 2 hours and 12 minutes 

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The Witch’s Path: Advancing Your Craft at Every Level by Thorn Mooney

Whether you are new to witchcraft or simply want to find ways to elevate your spiritual practice, Mooney has recommendations that will guide you through spellwork, creating community, and more. This is a listen that you will come back to throughout the years because your craft will change, grow, and possibly stagnate at times. Mooney is there as a guide so you can connect to the world around you in a sacred way.

Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes

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Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Roach

Most of us got a broad overview of the Salem Witch Trials in school. It wasn’t often that we were offered an actual look at an accused’s life in detail, reminding us that these were women tried, tortured, and murdered at the hands of hysterical crowds.

Roach seeks to use personal information from six women to study the effects of the trials and the aftermath. This creates a more intimate view of history that allows listeners to engage with the victims in ways they likely have not before.

A necessary historical document, this is a hard listen that is worth every word.

Length: 17 hours and 8 minutes

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Take Back the Magic: Conversations with the Unseen World by Perdita Finn

Death is not the end, according to Perdita Finn, and she wants to help listeners find ways to communicate with those who have passed from this world. Finn tells readers how she was able to heal the relationship she had with her father after his death, and how this is a process that anyone can embark on, possibly finding peace in the process.

Whether you want to seek wisdom from those who have gone before or connect to someone who died and left things unresolved, Finn will guide you through her practice and help you see that even after a person dies, we are still surrounded by them.

Length: 8 hours and 27 minutes

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Heal the Witch Wound: Reclaim Your Magic and Step Into Your Power by Celeste Larsen

For anyone who wants to understand the witch wound and how women carry it even today, grab Larsen’s well-organized study of witchcraft through the ages. She takes readers to the past to uncover the power structures that allowed witch burnings, and she shows that many of them are still in place. 

Larsen tells listeners what a witch wound may look like in the present, and I don’t know any female who won’t be able to relate as she lists ways we make ourselves small to stay safe. Finally, Larsen envisions a future where we can get in touch with our spiritual roots, practice the crafts we choose, and live without fear of retaliation.

You don’t have to be interested in practicing witchcraft to relate strongly to this listen. 

Length: 6 hours and 47 minutes

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The Unmarked Witch by Miranda Lyn

Raven is a witch, but you can’t tell by her unmarked skin. Other witches wear marks that make their powers known. Raven watched her grandmother die at the hands of witch hunters, and now all she wants is peace and to be left alone.

However, the witch hunters aren’t finished yet, and a sworn enemy suddenly becomes a love interest just as Raven needs to keep her wits and fight for her life. How do you know who to trust when your heart pulls you in one direction and your mind in another?

This is the first book in a romance duology.

Length: 14 hours and 38 minutes

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