Top 5 Best Sci Fi Audio Books You Must Listen In 2020 | Themidnightgarden

Read this short article to learn more about the best sci fi audio books in the year of 2020 that you’ll add to your reading routine.

While everyone is spending their time at home dabbling in every hobbyimaginable, we figured now would be a pretty good time to recommend some books you can listen to (or download on your Kindle, if that’s more your speed). Here, we’ve rounded up the best science-fiction audiobooks, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. You can buy the audiobook for the prices we’ve listed below, or you can subscribe to Audiblefor $15 a month and download it for free, which, in our opinion, is a better deal, especially if you listen to audiobooks often.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, narrated by Robin Niles 

Nigerian writer Nnedi Okorafor is best known for weaving spellbinding tales of magic, illuminated by her knowledge of Igbo folklore and African history. In this Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella, she applies her gifts to science fiction. Binti stars the eponymous teenage math whiz, a Himba girl who runs away from home and hitches a ride on a spaceship bound for a distant planet. 

The Himba, Binti’s narration claims, are meant to “stay put,” caring eternal for their ancestral land. But her destination is Oomza Uni, the galaxy’s most prestigious institution of higher learning, so she gets on that ship anyway — as the only Himba ever to be accepted to the university. But Binti soon has more to worry about than furthering her education: the spaceship that’s meant to take her to her new school is hijacked by the alien Meduse, putting her within their tentacled grasp. Robin Miles’ complex, layered performance — honed by her years on- and off-Broadway — turns this beautiful Afrofuturist fable into an emotional tour de force. 

RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW BY BECKY CHAMBERS, NARRATED BY RACHEL DULUDE

Technically part of a series, but this book is pretty stand alone in my opinion. Becky Chambers brought us “cozy science fiction,” where it’s more about the characters and their interactions and the questions they’re trying to answer than anything else, and this is a good book to just curl up with and listen to while you have some hot chocolate. You can trust me because it is the best sci fi audio books according to many reviews. 

MARTIAN CHRONICLES – RAY BRADBURY

Bradbury’s Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor – of crystal pillars and fossil seas. Settlers carry with them their most intimate desires and the dream of reproducing on the Red Planet.

About the Audiobook:

A classic of the twentieth century: the work that consolidated Bradbury as one of the best writers of the American narrative.

This collection of stories includes the chronicle of the colonization of Mars by humanity fleeing from a world on the verge of destruction. The settlers carry with them their most intimate desires and the dream of reproducing on the Red Planet a civilization of hot dogs, comfortable sofas, and lemonade on the porch at sunset. But his luggage also includes ancestral fears, which translate into hatred of the different, and diseases that will decimate Martians.

According to his conception of what science fiction should be, Bradbury moves into the future to illuminate the present and explore human nature. Written in the forties, these dazzling and intense stories constitute a song against racism, war, and censorship, distilling nostalgia and idealism.

BALL LIGHTNING BY CIXIN LIU, TRANSLATED BY JOEL MARTINSEN, NARRATED BY FEODOR CHIN

After witnessing the phenomenon known as ball lightning turn his parents into a smoking pile of ash, Chen grows up to become an atmospheric scientist still obsessed with trying to find an explanation. He’s not the only one interested in the subject; there are those who want to weaponize it.

THE FLOWERS OF VASHNOI BY LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD, NARRATED BY GROVER GARDNER

Ekaterin works with scientist Enrique Borgos to try to recover the radioactive lands that are the legacy of the Cetagandan invasion. The latest of the Vorkosigan series, which is probably my favorite audiobook series of all times thanks to Grover Gardner bringing these books to life. The series has many entry points, but if you want a more chronologically sound entry point, consider The Warrior’s Apprentice.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, narrated by John Banks. The best sci fi audio books ever in my point of view. 

This steampunk classic makes for delightful listening — especially through audiobook superstar John Banks’ narration, which renders its decorous prose in the posh tones of a BBC announcer. In The Time Machine, a Victorian scientist travels to the year 802,701 AD, where he’s thrilled to find humankind finally at peace. But he’s no longer among humanity as we know it: instead, the Time Traveller finds them replaced by the elfin Eloi on the one hand, and the brutish Morlocks on the other. 

The enchantingly beautiful Eloi dwell in a sunilt paradise. But they live in fear of the hulking Morlocks, who seem all too ready to invade from their own squalid, underground abode. The tensions between these two “human” races hide sinister secrets — and uncovering them will make the Time Traveller question everything he knows.

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