Top 20 Best Sci Fi Audiobooks Of All Time

Below are the 20 best sci fi audiobooks for all time, mandatory reading for any science fiction fanatic. These are the books (and audiobooks) that people have been talking about for years. They have stood the test of time and remain remarkable today.

Audiobooks are a great alternative to standard books. You can listen to the best sci fi audiobooks whilst driving in your car, whilst going for a run or even while you are at the gym.

It is a much quicker way to get through a novel and you can probably get through this entire list in audiobook format in the time it would take you to read one standard book.

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The 20 Best Sci Fi Audiobook Of All Time

It was hard for me to create such a list, with some great titles not making the cut. Each title is chosen for a different reason.

The majority of these books are extremely famous in the sci fi community and have stood above all other sci fi audiobooks for the originality and quality. Books like “War of the Worlds” ushered in a new era of science fiction and many of these books have been converted into major motion pictures (or soon will be).

This list cannot be perfect, because everyone’s taste is different. But each and every one of these sci fi audiobooks is special and worth being on this list. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you make the decision the read or listen to as many of these titles as possible.

1. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game Sci Fi Audiobook

Claiming the #1 spot of all the best sci fi audiobooks out there Ender’s game is a military sci fi novel that has almost everything you could want in a sci fi adventure.

Set in the future (as almost all sci fi novels are) Earth is stuck in a 100 year battle with the “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for the next invasion Earth begins raising child geniuses and training them to be future fleet commanders.

‘Ender’ Wiggin is one of these children. Despite much teasing and hardship he proves himself to have great tactical skill. Will he become the perfect general that the earth is looking for? Can he lead Earth to victory?

Length: 11 hours 57 minutes

First Published: 1985

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2. Dune – Frank Herbert

Dune Sci Fi Audiobook ThumbnailSetting is the future where houses of nobility control different planets. The hero is Paul Artredis whose family are destined to control the desert planet Arraxis.

Complex novel in which the human forces of love, hate, envy , greed are layered against a backdrop of politics, religion and technology.

The battle is on to control the all important spice (Melange) trade. Engaging story with many different plot lines.

Length: 21 hours 8 minutes

First Published: 1965

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3. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land Audiobook ThumbnailValentine Micheal Smith arrives on Earth after being born and nurtured on Mars, he wants to ‘grok’; understand his environment and the people he interacts with.

This great satirical novel follows his journey through Earth’s culture, his grokking it and his changes of perception which lead to transformations in the planet’s culture.

A very compelling story.

Length: 16 hours 21 minutes

First Published: 1961

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4. 1984 – George Orwell

1984 George Orwell Sci Fi Audiobook ThumbnailDystopian vision of western culture published in 1949 in an environment of oppressive public surveillance by the government headed by Big Brother who sees all and persecutes those guilty of thought crimes.

Even historical records are doctored to keep everyone in line.

Winston Smith is the main character who tries to find love and individuality in this world of perpetual war.

Length: 11 hours 26 minutes

First Published: 1949

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5. Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Audiobook ThumbnailA funny sci-fi series in which the hitch-hiker travelling the universe is provided with the electronic travel guide.

Poor Arthur Dent gets hopelessly muddled in his attempts to find his way across the universe aided by Marvin the paranoid android and meeting some very interesting characters like a man with two heads and a pig that wants to be eaten.

Length: 5 hours 51 minutes

First Published: 1979

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6. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook ThumbnailSet in America in the future where all books are illegal, specialist firemen burn them and any house that stores them.

The title of the book refers to the ignition temperature of paper.

Book burning becomes a spectacle and a form of public entertainment.

The novel is presented through the protagonist fireman Guy Montag who is in conflict about what he does.

Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

First Published: 1953

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7. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Classic Sci Fi AudiobookGlobal peace reigns and apparently everyone is happy. Set in London AD 2540.

Five castes are in place, the highest being Alpha. Chemical interference produces the lowest castes.

All children are controlled through education and a substance known as soma. Bernard Mars feels he is a misfit who dislikes the society and the controlling soma substance.

Length: 8 hours 5 minutes

First Published: 1931

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8. The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov

The Foundation Trilogy Audiobook ThumbnailSeven volumes in this series where mathematician Hari Seldon develops maths that predict the future using psycho history in which he foresees the Galactic Empire will cease to exist and will be followed by a dark age therefore Seldon creates two havens or Foundations at opposite ends of the Galaxy.

Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

First Published: 1951-1953

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9. Starship Troopers – Robert A Heinlein

Starship Troopers Audiobook ThumbnailNarrated by Juan Rico who is part of the mobile infantry in the futuristic military service branch. The novel explores his rise from recruit to officer. It’s themes are the moral and philosophical aspects of life as well as a war between an arachnoid species and humankind.

Length: 10 hours 4 minutes

First Published: 1959

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10. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C Clarke

2001 A Space Odyssey Audiobook ThumbnailMonolith of large crystalline investigates Galatical worlds, the novel shows one appearing in Africa where it encourages intelligent life amongst the homoids, it then leaps forward to the travels of Doctor Heywood Floyd.

Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

First Published: 1968

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11. The Time Machine – H G Wells

The Time Machine Audiobook ThumbnailA novella in which the time traveller delivers lectures on time being a fourth dimension. He divulges he has made a time machine which he tests and finds himself in the land of The Eloi.

This is a great and classic story that has since been converted into more than one film.

Length: 4 hours 10 minutes

First Published: 1895

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12. The War Of The Worlds – H C Wells

The War Of The Worlds Sci Fi Audiobook Thumbnail

This novel follows the adventures of an unnamed character and his brother as earth is invaded by martians.

What makes this novel special and one of the best sci fi audiobooks of all time is that it was one of the very first stories about war and conflict between humans and an alien race.

A concept that is now played out in thousands upon thousands of stories.

Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

First Published: 1898

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13. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

A ClockWork Orange Audiobook ThumbnailIt has a teenage anti-hero Alex who indulges in extreme, ultra acts of violence and terror eventually he and his gang are reformed by state intervention and conditioning.

This novel provides a satirical look at youth culture and society.

Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

First Published: 1962

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14. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Frankenstein Classic AudiobookThe scientist Frankenstein makes a monster made from dead people and makes it live through his experiments.

The novel is narrated by Victor Frankenstein who abandons the monster fearing murder only to be found and pleaded with later by the monster for the right to life and a mate.

A Gothic classic.

Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

First Published: 1823

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15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep AudiobookIn a dystopian future Deckard retires rogue replicants but manages to fall in love with Racheal a replicant who does not know she is one.

Replicants are man created.

Roy Batty leads the rebellion to find more life resulting in violence and the struggle between life and death.

Length: Unknown

First Published: 1968

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16. i Robot – Asaac Asimov

i Robot Audiobook ThumbnailA story that reflects a world of robot interactions with humans.

The narrative of a psychologist Susan brings in morality and ethics and the robots quest for recognition in society as more than just a worker but someone with equal rights and autonomy.

Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

First Published: 1950

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17. Ringworld – Larry Niven

Ringworld Audiobook

It is the year 2850 A.D. Age is extended in humans.

Louis Wu although in prime health at 200is bored and decides to go on a space exploration voyage with others to investigate a ringworld which encircles a star.

However after a disaster sinister human breeding experiments are revealed to be happening.

Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

First Published: 1970

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18. I Am Legend – Richard Matherson

I Am Legend Audiobook Thumbnail

Vampires scavenge and hunt in Neville’s world in Los Angeles, he spends his time trying to cure the ‘disease’ which killed his wife and daughter.

Some of the story is told in flashbacks, the vampires are intent on creating a new society but will Neville join them?

Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

First Published: 1954

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19. Battlefield Earth – L Ron Hubbard

Battlefield Earth AudiobookBattlefield Earth Audiobook

Set in the Rocky mountains, tribal society on Earth is ruled by the Alien race The Psychlos.

Jonnie Goodboy Tyler wants rationality and is enraged by the disease and ravages of their life decides to leave the village and find some solutions, he is captured but strikes a deal to overthrow the Psychlos.

Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

First Published: 1982

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20. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park AudiobookBizarre attacks by animals start taking place and the animals found are strange.

Ellie and Alan are taken by a billionaire to examine the coastal island he has created where biological experiments are taking place.

The amusement park of the title is there, it collapses and all hell breaks loose.

Length: 15 hours 19 minutes

First Published: 1990

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So there you have my list of the 20 best sci fi audiobooks of all time. I hope it has proved helpful to you and I hope you take the time to head over to audible and start listening.

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