Best fantasy audiobooks 2017

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Few audiobooks provide as much of an escape as those in the fantasy genre. Each of the best introduces us to an entirely new world (or a new version of this one), a diverse cast of complexly constructed characters, and a story so mesmerizing we’re reluctant to return to real life. But because the genre is so full of talent, it can be difficult to know what to listen to next. Look no further than this list of the best fantasy audiobooks to get you started.

Children of Blood and Bone

The Way of Kings

The Hobbit

Red Rising

The Blade Itself

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

The Fifth Season

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

The Name of the Wind

A Game of Thrones


Battle Mage

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Axe and the Throne

The Eye of the World

The Rage of Dragons


A Discovery of Witches

Trail of Lightning

Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

Best Audiobooks of 2017

December 18, 2017

How do you choose which audiobook to buy this season? Whether it is a gift for someone, or you received a gift card and want to buy something for yourself, you’ll find a good recommendation on these Best Of lists.

There are many categories in their Best of 2017 list, and we were lucky enough to nab six top spots. For the full list of finalists and winners, click here.
Lincoln in the Bardo, Best Fiction
American Wolf, Best Nonfiction
You Are a Badass at Making Money, Best Business
The Bear and the Nightingale, Best Fantasy
American Kingpin, Best True Crime
Wishtree, Best Kids

There are 125 spots on this expansive list, which means you’re bound to find the perfect title for you!

On their list for best adult audiobooks, we had four titles make the list.
Anything is Possible
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Lincoln in the Bardo
Prussian Blue

On their list for best youth audiobooks, we had five titles make it.
The Inquisitor’s Tale
The Book of Dust
See You in the Cosmos
Turtles All the Way Down
The War I Finally Won

Chicago Tribune
Three of our audiobooks made their list this year.
Lincoln in the Bardo
The Idiot
Word by Word

New York Times Book Review
Three of the ten best fiction and nonfiction titles selected are our audiobooks that you can listen to.
Exit West
The Evolution of Beauty

School Library Journal 
We have four titles on their annual Top 10 list of young adult and children’s titles:
Jane, Unlimited
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
The Sun Is Also a Star
You Bring the Distant Near

Of their best eight audiobooks of the year, we have three wonderful listens:
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
Five-Carat Soul
An Odyssey

Wall Street Journal 
You’ll find a good mix of fiction and nonfiction on their best of list this year.
Ill Will
Stay With Me
The Evolution of Beauty
Friends Divided
Killers of the Flower Moon

Washington Post
They picked five best audiobooks for the year, and we have two picks:
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


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Top 25 Best Fantasy Audiobooks

The Best Fantasy Audiobooks (Updated 2016)

Listening to an Audiobook is a popular way to 'read' a book these days -- especially for those who are always on the move and don't have time to site down and 'read.'

For many (such as myself), Audiobooks are the primary and preferred method of 'reading' a book. 

So for the uninformed, what is an audiobook? Pretty simple: an audiobook is a book that's read aloud by a narrator -- usually a professional voice actor who embellishes the text with additional inflection and tone as he or she reads, extracting a whole new level of nuance from the characters and story, depending on how good the narrator is.  

Because this 'new' book format is rapidly growing in popularity, we want to bring you a dedicated list of our picks for the Top 25 Best Fantasy Audiobooks. Note that we've had an  'Top 10 Fantasy Audiobooks' post kicking around on our blog since 2012, but it's old, not recently updated, and much smaller in scope than this new list.

So if you are looking for fantasy audiobook recommendations, this current list is for YOU. 

Note: An audiobook is read by a talented human narrator and is NOT the same as using software to 'read' the book for you. There is a world of difference between the two. A machine-read book completely lacks the rich layer of life a good narrator adds to a book through his interpretation and voice acting of the text and characters. While  there are benefits to using say your Kindle to 'read aloud' your book, this has nothing on a real audiobook that's read by a professional narrator.

Why Listen to Audiobooks?

Because Audiobooks, with the right narrator reading the book, can add a whole new dimension to the story and really bring the story and the characters to life. 

Indeed, book characters are, in the hands of a talented narrator, given their own unique voice and mannerism which helps bring them more fully to life in your mind.

Hands down, I prefer the audiobook version to the printed version. The reading experience is much richer when listening to a narrated book vs reading the book yourself. 

Listening to an audiobook also frees you up to do other tasks while you listen -- chores, driving, walking around, etc.

If you have never listened to an audiobook before, I highly, highly recommend you try this format out and see what you think. There's a very, very good chance you may never go back to 'reading' a book again!

Almost all new books (and many, many older books) are now immediately released in audiobook form (usually through Amazon's the same time the book is released in kindle ebook and print.

Because of how popular audiobooks are in 2016, a lot of people what to know what are the best fantasy audiobooks.

Audiobooks vs Books

It's more difficult to recommend a good audiobook than a book because you have to keep in mind the quality of narrator as well as the quality of the book. Both the narrator and the book are equally important. 

A bad narrator can easy ruin a fantastic book while a good narrator can breathe new life into a mediocre book. So the audiobook narrator is crucial.

However, the best fantasy audiobooks happen when you have that magical combination of a fantastic fantasy tale merged with the perfect narrator. I'm a huge audiobook fan -- in fact, it's the main way I consume almost all the books I read. As such, I've put together the most detailed list on the web for the Top 25 Best Fantasy Audiobooks list. Top 25 Best Fantasy Audiobooks (as of 2016)

You can go to our list below to see my top 25 picks if you want an overview of some of the best. Keep in mind that there is a lot of personal preference to what you may consider a good audio book. I give a few criteria below for what qualities we use to judge an audiobook and some tips on how to get (legal) audiobooks for free at the bottom.

What Makes a Good Audiobook?

Here are a few qualities that define an audiobook and may contribute to how good it is: 1) the narrator's actual voice (i.e. how good the narrator's voice sounds)

2) the type of accent (British or American)

3) the voice acting skill (the unique voices/inflections/mannerisms used for each character by the narrator)

4) the use of a male and female narrator for the gender of each character

5) sound effects added to the narration to increase realism (music, background effects, etc)

A good audiobook narrators must have a very pleasant sounding voice to start with. However, what makes a good narrator great is their skill at using voice acting to bring the individual characters to life through the inflections, voices, and character mannerisms. Great narrators BECOME the characters they read and are utterly convincing.

Not all narrators have this skill.

The type of accent makes a difference (most people prefer the British accent). But there are other qualities as well such as how deep or baritone the narrator sounds. Some audiobooks add additional immersive qualities by having both a male and female narrator narrate the gender specific roles (so the female narrator narrates the female characters while the male narrator does the male voices).

There is also a trend to make audiobooks more like a 'movie in your mind' by adding special background noise effects in key points of the novel. This really adds another dimension. These are often called 'graphic audiobooks' and are a special kind of audiobook.

Best Way to Get FREE Audiobooks

You may be wondering how to get your hands on audiobooks. Specifically, how to get AFFORDABLE audiobooks (the issue with audiobooks is they can be expensive). 

Do NOT Pay full price for audiobooks on a website as you'll pay something like 20 to 40 USD for a single audiobook.

1) The 2 Audiobook FREE Trail Offer

The best way to get FREE audiobook right away is to sign up for two free audiobook deal here. 

How This Works: You basically sign up via this link and get any 2 free audiobooks you wish from Audible once you confirm your membership (it takes a credit card, though they do NOT charge it). You are given 2 free audiobooks credits you can use to download any two audiobooks you wish. You have 1 month the cancel your trial, and if you cancel, you keep your 2 audiobooks you downloaded and you are not charged for the membership. 

If you like the experience, you can keep the membership and get TWO audiobooks each month for 22 bucks each month. If you can swing it, keep the membership -- it's always nice to have a few credits to buy an audiobook you are waiting for whenever you want. You also get 20 percent off buying audiobooks at the the regular price as well if you need more than 2 books.

If you want to know how to get steep discounts, free audiobooks with audible, then check out article: The Ultimate Guide to Audible Savings: 26 Ways to Save Money on Audible Audiobooks.

2) Overdrive (via Local Library Card)

Short of the free audiobook trial with audible, you may be able to check out FREE audiobooks via Overdrive if you have a local library membership. Overdrove is a app / website that lets you checkout new and old audiobooks from the overdrive website via your library card. It's a great way to get new or old audiobook titles for FREE. However, the only issue is that you may have to wait your turn to check out the book if it's available or your library / region may not have a specific audiobook in stock. It's worth checking out though!

3) Membership Discounts

This is not a free method, but if you sign up for audible, you pay each month and you get credits (either one credit per month for 14 USD or 2 credits for 22 USD). Those credits can be traded for audiobooks or stored and cashed in for books later. However, Audible also offers 'deals' on audiobooks where you can buy audiobooks outright for only $7 dollars.


53 Best Fantasy Audiobooks of All Time

This French classic that was key to the evolution of French literature is a beautiful historical fantasy, that is still very much relevant even almost 200 years later its first publication. Let this beautiful novel take you to medieval Paris through a tale filled with emotions, struggles, and friendship.

The Hunchback, Quasimodo, bell keeper of Notre-Dame, and his guardian, Archdeacon Claude Frollo live in the magnificent cathedral.

Esmeralda, the gypsy girl, whose beauty no man can resist, is the desire of Frollo, however, as rules dictate, he is not allowed to touch her. He then orders Quasimodo to kidnap her.

In the attempt, he gets caught and sentenced to be flogged and left out in the pillory for most of the day.

He cries out for water but everyone ignores him except Esmeralda, who gives him water.

Later the girl is accused of attempted murder and sentenced to death by hanging. Our hero saves by swinging down the bell ropes and pulling her back in the cathedral.

The law of sanctuary protects Esmeralda for a while, but soon this protection is lifted by the court of parliament.

Complications don’t end here; when the gypsies unite to help Esmeralda, Quasimodo thinks he has to protect her from them and when the royal guards come to convict her, The Hunchback thinks they are on her side.

Do not expect a happy ending; this is one of the saddest, yet best historical fantasy audiobooks of all time.


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