6 Popular Websites To Get Free Sci-Fi Audiobooks
Audible.com is Amazon-owned audiobook service that has the top choice of audiobooks in the universe: clasics, fiction, kid books, poetry, etc. All the audiobooks are of high quality and available for all mobile devices – iPhone/iPod, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone. The service offers 30-day free trial and $14.95 subscription for one book per month thereafter.
Library: over 180,000 audiobooks
Price: free 30 day trial, then $14.95/monthly or from $20 per item.
You might be surprised to see YouTube on the list of audiobook download sites, still it’s a nice option to save money on monthly subscriptions. All you need is to find the book you need, for example use the query [your book title] + audiobook. Then copy the link of the page with the audiobook, insert it into Freemake YouTube to MP3 Boom and click “Download”.
Some books are split into chapters and united into one playlist. Other audiobooks have a duration up to 20 hours, so it’s up to you to choose which listening way you’re more comfortable with.
Library: over 500,000 audiobooks
AudiobooksNow.com is a new rental service for downloading and streaming audiobooks developed by BookLender.com. Here you can stream or download audiobooks from a website, Android, Nook or Apple iOS apps. The site offers a large selection of bestselling and classic titles. The prices are low, there is always a section of free books.
If you like hunting for deals, AudiobooksNow.com offers up some great bargains. For example, get 50% Off your first digital audiobook.
Library: over 100,000 audiobooks
Price: free 30-day trial, then $34.98/monthly.
4. LEARN OUT LOUD
Learn Out Loud offers a selection of over 10,000 free educational audiobooks. No account or subscription needed, you find an audiobook you want and download it. The books are mostly about politics, religion, philosophy, science. The site also has a great collection of lectures, sermons and interviews to download.
Library: 10,000+ audiobooks
Scribd audiobooks section appeared not long ago but already made some passionate Audible users cancel their subscriptions. There are two type of book titles on Scribd: books which require credits to be added to the library (they are marked with “!” sign on the cover) and those which don’t. As a premium Scribd member, you’ll automatically receive 1 credit per month which you can use to access any title in Scribd’s audiobook catalog. Additional credits may also be purchased at any time for $8.99 each.
Library: 100,000+ audiobooks
Price: 14 day trial, than $7.25 or $8.99/month
Librivox is a public domain of free audiobooks made by volunteers. There is a good choice of book titles of various genres. You can download a whole audiobook as a ZIP file, torrent or subscribe via RSS or iTunes. The website provides a lot of information about the audiobook: dubbing cast, duration, archive file size, as well as related links to the author’s biography, online text and other audiobook download options (e.g., in M4B format).
Library: 9,000+ audiobooks
11 Good Sci-Fi Audiobooks
When you’ve got a good audiobook piped into your earbuds, time takes on a different texture — sometimes it zips along, impelled by laughter, or slows to an ooze thanks to suspense. Either way, audiobooks keep your brain engaged with a good story even if your hands aren’t free to flip a page.
Maybe you like the sound of a listening experience that will crack open the mundane shell of your day-to-day and launch you up among the stars. If that sounds like a good time, look no further than science fiction — wildly inventive stories that will have your heart racing with their sharp plotting and your mind racing from their even sharper ideas.
Load up your phone with these 30 best sci-fi audiobooks and they’ll make you feel like every road-trip is a space odyssey — and like you’re terraforming Mars every time you do your chores. We’ve even organized them by length, shortest to longest, so you can find the perfect futuristic adventure to fill up your time.
1. 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.
Time duration: 2 hours and 30 min.
2. All Systems Red by Martha Wells, narrated by Kevin R. Free
If you like the sound of a sensitive, contemplative main character who nevertheless calls itself a “Murderbot,” All Systems Red is the sci-fi novella for you. Of course, Martha Wells’ (anti-)hero wasn’t given such a provocative name when it was built. Originally christened a “security unit,” or SecUnit, this deadly droid was created to protect a planetary survey team controlled — like everything else in this corporate dystopia — by the sinister Company.
But the SecUnit bucks its programming, gains self-awareness, and acquires what looks like a case of droid depression. It starts calling itself Murderbot, but the newly sentient robot is less interested in killing sprees than in video binges. Kevin R. Free’s performance as Murderbot netted him an Earphones Award. His subtly Eeyore-ish narration brings the droid to life in a touching and relatable fashion: as a thinking being at odds with itself, plagued by all-too-human doubts.
Time duration: 3 hours and 17 min.
3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, narrated by John Banks
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.
Time duration: 3 hours and 22 min.
4. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, narrated by Cynthia Farrell and Emily Woo Zeller
This is a love story. It’s also a gripping epistolary novella — and a thrilling tale of espionage surrounding, well, a time war. Co-written by two sci-fi veterans and jointly narrated by musician-actors Cynthia Farrell and Emily Woo Zeller, This Is How You Lose the Time War makes us fall in love with two enemy agents named Red and Blue, living weapons in a cosmic, chronologically jumbled war between the Agency and the Garden.
As they move through time thwarting one another’s plans, the two women exchange letters rich in spycraft — and, eventually, passion. This premise might sound comical, but El-Mohtar and Gladstone play it gorgeously straight, laying out Red and Blue’s impossible love in lyrical prose that enchants. Thanks to Farrell and Zeller’s heartfelt narration, This Is How You Lose the Time War is as moving as it is marvelous.
Time duration: 4 hours and 16 min.
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, narrated by Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry and Douglas Adams: you’ve never heard of a more perfect match. The English comedian’s interpretation — leavened by just the right touch of irony — brings this satirical romp through the galaxy to new, downright interstellar, heights. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy starts on what is, for downtrodden everyman Arthur Dent, an objectively shocking day: first, his home planet is destroyed, and second, he finds out that his buddy Ford Prefect has been an alien all along.
But all’s not lost: thanks to Ford’s… foreign connections, Arthur manages to get off Earth just before its demolition — albeit, inconveniently, in his dressing gown. As the two make their way out of the solar system, they encounter what might be the zaniest supporting cast in all of science fiction, from a depressed robot to a former grad student haunted by a lifetime’s worth of misplaced pens.
Time duration: 5 hours and 51 min.
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, narrated by Dick Hill
The elder statesman of British sci-fi, Sir Arthur C. Clarke published his spacefaring classic more than half a century ago. Since then, the year 2001 has come and gone, and we’re no closer to sending manned missions to Saturn or to colonizing the moon. Still, maybe it’s for the best — the titular space odyssey in this story is more harrowing than it is triumphant.
In Clarke’s far-out imagining of the early 21st century, researchers working on the moon’s Clavius Base discover a mysterious black slab. It looks like the work of intelligent life and emits a keening radio frequency pointed at one of Saturn’s moons. Unfortunately for the scientists sent to investigate, things soon go sideways — not least because the ship’s computer, Hal, develops an unforeseen nasty streak. Dick Hill’s narration, capable of a stupendous, spine-chilling horror, keeps you in suspense.
Time duration: 6 hours and 42 min.
7. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry, narrated by January LaVoy
This post-apocalyptic take on “Little Red Riding Hood” showcases soap opera veteran January LaVoy as Red: an intelligent, tough-minded survivor who can’t be blamed for being a little emotionally fragile since she’s lived through a devastating plague. The Crisis wiped out most of humankind, killing off its victims quickly — and leaving the rest to die off slowly in filthy quarantine camps.
But not Red. Armed with survival skills gleaned from the movies she devoured in the pre-Crisis days, she’s determined to go it alone, seeking shelter beyond miles of forest, in her grandmother’s house. The woods might be full of beasts — and men — but Red is no one’s prey. LaVoy brings The Girl in Red to life with remarkable warmth and subtlety, giving Christina Henry’s masterfully drawn protagonist exactly the right balance between fragility and grit.
Time duration: 8 hours and 21 min.
8. Planetside by Michael Mammay, narrated by R.C. Bray
This spellbinding, spacefaring adventure isn’t the kind of audiobook you put on in the background with the intention of doing something else: R.C. Bray’s electric delivery grabs your full attention, whether you want to give it or not. No wonder he won an Earphones Award for his pitch-perfect turn as Carl Butler, the no-nonsense war vet at the center of Planetside.
When a VIP’s son goes missing from a space station orbiting a war-torn planet, circumstances seem suspicious, to say the least. It’s bad enough for Colonel Butler to be pulled out of his half-retirement and dispatched to check things out. Strangely enough, the staff at Cappa Base seem ill-disposed to accommodate a war hero carrying out a serious investigation. Butler is stonewalled and sabotaged at every turn, and it soon becomes clear that the mystery of the young man’s disappearance is a cover for something even more sinister.
Time duration: 8 hours and 38 min.
9. Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton, narrated by Thérèse Plummer
Thérèse Plummer brings heartbreaking clarity to her performance as Emily: just 5 years old and already doomed to die. But this isn’t a work of sick lit, in the vein of The Fault in Our Stars. It’s a more universal malady: the sun is dying, some 5 billion years ahead of schedule, and the earth will soon be unable to sustain life.
Unlike the planet’s other doomed children, Emily isn’t made of flesh and blood; she’s an AI, built as a sort of therapist to help human users process trauma. Maybe that explains her unusual empathy, which Plummer portrays with remarkable poignancy. Grieving for the species that created her, Emily scours her own servers and databases for something — anything — that can save them all. But the dying sun isn’t the only danger she faces: she also encounters brutal human enemies who only want to save themselves. With its suspenseful plot and lovable lead, Emily Eternal is a beautiful meditation on humanity in the age of tech.
Time duration: 8 hours and 56 min.
10. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, narrated by Jeff Woodman
Flowers for Algernon is an unlikely audiobook hit. So much of the original, Nebula Award-winning novel, a fictive diary, relies on Daniel Keyes’ eye dialect, as his protagonist, the intellectually disabled cleaner Charlie Gordon, spells out his sentences the way they sound. Following in the footsteps of a lab mouse — the titular Algernon — Charlie undergoes an experimental surgery to enhance his intelligence. When the anesthesia clears, he awakens as a genius — and the style of his journal entries changes to match.
It’s a lot to throw at a lone narrator, from the shifting registers of Charlie’s writing to the powerful emotions behind every sentence. But Jeff Woodman rises to the occasion, with a performance that will break your heart.
Time duration: 8 hours and 48 min.
11. Artemis by Andy Weir, narrated by Rosario Dawson
Programmer-turned-novelist Andy Weir is best known for helping Matt Damon lose an Oscar with The Martian, the hard sci-fi saga that went from self-published hit to New York Times bestseller to Academy-endorsed flick. But when it comes his audiobooks, consider starting with Artemis: Goodreads collectively voted it the best sci-fi novel of 2017, and celebrity narrator Rosario Dawson elevates it to something truly special in an Earphones-winning performance.
Dawson delights with a self-assured, swaggering take on Jasmine Bashara, a part-time smuggler and full-time anti-hero based in the lunar city of Artemis. Warm-hearted as she is, Jazz has bills to pay — life on the moon isn’t cheap, and it’d be a shame to let her tremendous talent for moving contraband go to waste…
Time duration: 8 hours and 57 min.Need Unlimited Access To Movies, TV Series, Music and eBooks? Click Here To Get Help