Scribd is a great platform for audiobook lovers, with an extensive collection of titles that caters to all tastes and preferences. Its collection of fantasy audiobooks is particularly impressive, with many recent bestsellers and classics of the genre. In this post, I’ve curated seventeen of the best fantasy audiobooks on Scribd, with selections covering subgenres including urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and epic fantasy. Each of these picks is a great way to escape into a world of magic and adventure!
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- Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky Series) by Rebecca Roanhorse
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
- Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern Series) by Anne McCaffrey
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Babel by R. F. Kuang
- A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
- The Dark Tower by Stephen King
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
- Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville
- The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
- From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky Series) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Black Sun is an epic fantasy novel set in a world inspired by pre-Columbian Americas. It features rich world-building and complex, nuanced character-driven storytelling. The audiobook is narrated by four narrators – one for each of the main characters – and this brings the story to life in a way that will keep you engaged from beginning to end.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere is an urban fantasy novel that takes place in a hidden world beneath the streets of London. Author Neil Gaiman reads the book himself and it’s a treat to experience his vision for the story in his tone and inflections. This audiobook will draw you into a world of magic and mystery, and leave you wanting more.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a heartwarming and charming story about a social worker who is sent to investigate an orphanage for magical children. The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by Daniel Henning who brings every character to life with voices that are funny and endearing. This story is guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy!
Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern Series) by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight is the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series that has captured the imagination of readers for decades. The story follows the adventures of Lessa, a young woman who is chosen to be the rider of a dragon. McCaffrey’s world-building is rich and immersive, and the audiobook version narrated by AudioFile Golden Voice Dick Hill brings the story to life in an engaging and enjoyable way.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens is a hilarious and irreverent tale of angels, demons, and the end of the world from beloved authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. This audiobook version is a full-cast production with performances from notable actors including Rebecca Front, Michael Sheen, and David Tenant. Witty banter and standout performances make this audiobook incredibly engaging and entertaining.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy adventure that will take you on a journey through Middle-earth. This classic tale of good versus evil is an easy pick for one of the best fantasy audiobooks of all time. This version is performed by Andy Serkis, who voiced and acted as the CGI character of Gollum in the movies. Characters are given unique voices and feelings, and scenes are skillfully acted out. Even the singing parts are impressive, with songs sung in the voice of the character.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl’s Moving Castle is a charming and delightful story that will transport you to a magical world filled with wizards and witches. This unabridged audiobook version is beautifully performed by Kristin Atherton who brings so much life and personality to the characters. As a side note, the animated film of the same name is also wonderful – it is one of the most commercially successful Japanese films in history and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind is an epic fantasy novel that follows the story of Kvothe, a legendary magician and musician. The story is filled with all the best elements which make up a fantasy tale – magicians, thieves, dragons, mystery, prophecies, and danger. The audiobook is expertly narrated by Nick Podehl, and the story is told in a way that will make you feel as though you’re right there with Kvothe on his journey.
Babel by R. F. Kuang
Babel is a dark fantasy that explores the power of language and provides an alternative history of the British Empire. It is 1828, and the Royal Institute of Translation, also known as Babel, is the prestigious center for translation, magic, and manifestation, making the British Empire an unparalleled world superpower. The story is a gripping look at the act of revolution, and the audiobook’s beautiful narration will be sure to keep you hooked until the thrilling end.
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
A River Enchanted is a rich and compelling Celtic-inspired fantasy filled with whimsical magic, unforgettable characters, and heartfelt romance. Set on the magical isle of Cadence, the story will quickly draw you in with its mystery of young girls being kidnapped from their homes. The audiobook is narrated by Ruth Urquhart who does a stunning job of portraying each character’s unique voice and personality.
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
The Gunslinger is the first book in Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series. The story follows Roland Deschain, a gunslinger in a post-apocalyptic world, and is a compelling mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and Western. The audiobook series is expertly narrated by George Guidall who has been recognized as one of the best of all time with his inclusion in Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame and brings out the dreamy, otherworldly essence of the story.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter follows Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde, daughters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up with daughters and creations of other mad scientists (like Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Moreau) and, with the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, solve a series of Ripper-like murders. It’s an interesting concept, and the story is a lot of fun. The audiobook version was the winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Fantasy and narrator Kate Reading does a great job with all of the voices.
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
Nettle & Bone follows Princess Marra on a quest to save her sister from an abusive Prince. On her journey, Marra is joined by an unlikely crew – a disgraced ex-knight, a reluctant fairy godmother, an enigmatic gravewitch, and a chicken possessed by a demon. The audiobook version is a captivating and memorable listen, perfect for fans of dark fantasy and fairy tales.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the sexy, action-packed first book in a fantasy series of the same name. The story follows Feyre, a mortal girl who is forced to navigate the treacherous world of the faeries after she kills one of their kind in order to feed her starving family. This GraphicAudio version features full-cast, cinematic music, and sound effects – all elements that make an already beloved book even more lush and seductive! As a side note, if you enjoy this type of audiobook check out our guide 45 of the Best GraphicAudio Books for more suggestions (most of them are available on Scribd).
The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville
The Memory Collectors is about two women haunted by buried secrets but bound by a shared gift. Ev has the ability to feel the emotions people leave behind on objects. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Harriet hoards thousands of these treasures and is starting to make her neighbors sick. Wonderful characters, a touch of magical realism, and a bit of mystery make this audiobook a very enjoyable listen.
The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
The Crown Tower is the first book in the Riyria Chronicles series. The story follows the journey of an unlikely pair of heroes – an exiled warrior and a mischievous assassin – as they are tasked with stealing an impossible treasure. In the audiobook version, narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fantastic job of bringing the story and the characters to life, making it easy to become fully immersed in the world.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
From Blood and Ash is a fantasy romance that follows Poppy, a young woman who has been raised in seclusion and trained as the Maiden, a role that requires her to remain pure and serve the gods. However, Poppy is not content with her life and yearns for adventure and freedom. Author Jennifer Armentrout has crafted a captivating world full of gods and tragedy, and narrator Stina Nielsen does a phenomenal job of bringing this world to life with an emotional and engaging performance. If you like the idea of fantasy mixed with some steamy romance this is a must-listen!
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