Reading is one of the simple pleasures of life. There are few things better than getting immersed in a story, living through the eyes of its characters, and sharing in their joys and pains. For fantasy lovers, this is doubly true, as books in this genre are able to transport us to new, unexplored worlds and make our imaginations fly.
However, due to the fast-paced rhythm of life, it can be very difficult to find the time to get lost in a book. Luckily for us, in the last few years there has been a huge rise in the quantity and quality of fantasy audiobooks produced.
Today, it is possible to enjoy your favorite sagas while you are driving, at the gym, cooking or walking on the street. Now, every moment is the perfect time to get lost in a good book.
In this article, you will find a list of the best fantasy audiobooks available. Some of them are timeless classics, while others are still relatively unknown. However, all of them have the potential to become your new favorite fantasy stories and transport you to wonderful, far-off places.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you have probably heard of Patrick Rothfuss’ saga, Kingkiller Chronicle. This series is composed of only two books so far (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear), but in spite of being relatively modern and not being finished yet, it’s become an instant classic and has been able to gather millions of followers all over the world.
The Kingkiller Chronicle tells us the story of Kvothe, a former adventurer who, for unknown reasons, has decided to abandon the road and open his own inn. He is now trying to live a normal life, far away from magic, music and problems. At the same time, he is bored out of his mind and longs for the old days.
When a man who calls himself Chronicler shows up in the inn, and offers to write aboute Kvothe’s life story, the main character decides to devote three days to tell it completely. Each volume of the trilogy comprises one of the three days.
The Name of the Wind and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, are two of the best fantasy audiobooks available today. If you are already familiar with Kvothe’s story, being able to listen to it anywhere will no doubt be a huge plus. Also, if you have never heard about the Chandrian, the University, or the adventures that the adventurer slash musician slash magician lives through, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
The Kingkiller Chronicle has already captured the hearts and minds of millions of people. Now it is your turn.
If there’s ever been a fantasy series that’s been able to captivate the general public, it is Game of Thrones. A Song of Ice and Fire is the first book in the epic series. Contrary to what people might think, the actual title of the book series is A Game of Thrones, crafted by the ingenious George R. R. Martin.
With a hugely popular TV series, five books already published and two more coming (hopefully) soon, the world of Westeros has the potential to trap you for a very long time. And with many people upset about the ending of the Game of Thrones TV series, listening to the book is a great way for people to calm their emotions.
Although the majority of people know A Game of Thrones thanks to the TV show of the same name, the truth is that the first novel was published more than 20 years ago. Since then, the story has continued growing, although Martin is really taking his time finishing the new books.
For the wondering about the release of A Game of Thrones‘ the sixth title, Winds of Winter, it will probably be published at some point in 2019. However, it has been eight years since book five was released and even the most hardcore fans of the saga will need to refresh their knowledge of the story.
Getting the audio version of A Song of Ice and Fire is the best option for those who want to relive the story of the Stark, Targaryen, Lannister and Baratheon families without having to read over 5000 pages to do so. Thanks to its captivating plot, the ever-present secrets in Westeros and the unexpected twists and turns of events, the five volumes of this saga prove to be solid candidates for the best fantasy audiobooks.
If there’s something that makes Brandon Sanderson different from most other fantasy writers, it is the speed with which he publishes new novels. All of his books are extremely well-crafted, and have the potential to keep you glued to your earphones for days. The Mistborn Saga fits this description to a tee.
However, for someone who has never set foot into the Cosmere (the imaginary universe where all of Sanderson’s stories take place), the number of novels can be a bit intimidating.
For that reason, if you want to start reading some of this america author’s works, or if you simply love good fantasy audiobooks, the Mistborn Saga is a perfect choice. Shorter and easier to read than some of the most recent novels by Sanderson, the trilogy is still a perfect mix of charismatic characters, an innovative magic system, world – threatening enemies and huge surprises along the way.
In a world dominated by the immortal Lord Ruler, a dictator who opresses the humble skaa while favouring the privileged nobility, a group of rebels will try to end the 1000 year-long regime. Lead by Kelsier, one of the legendary Mistborns, and his apprentice Vin, they will tackle this apparently impossible task, no matter their small odds of succeeding.
The Mistborn Saga is no doubt one of the best fantasy audiobooks out there. Don’t wait any longer: let yourself get immersed in a fascinating world of magic, secrets, gods and adventure.
Over 20 years have passed since the first time we heard the story of the boy who lived. J. K. Rowling was able to capture the imagination of millions of teenagers and young adults all over the world, creating one of the most succesful sagas of all times, Harry Potter. With eight books published, ten movies (and one still on the making) and probably the most dedicated fan base of all the fantasy world, there are not many people left who don’t know who Harry Potter is.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the publishing of the first book, Rowling wanted to do something special. Apart from creating a new, revised edition of the novels, she also decided it was time that fans of the novels could enjoy them in audio format. Now, you can listen to the tales of Harry, Ron and Hermione while you are commuting to work or doing your laundry, in a new and improved edition narrated by Jim Dale.
And, if you have never heard about Hogwarts or have no idea of “He who cannot be named,” the time has come. From The Sorcerer’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter novels remain some of the best choices for the perfect fantasy audiobook.
Reading Robert Jordan’s masterpiece, The Wheel of Time, can be a daunting undertaking. With more than four million words in the written version, and 460 hours of recordings in the audiobook one, prepare for an epic adventure.
During this time you will learn all about the story of the Dragon Reborn and his mission to defeat the forces of evil. As the second best-selling fantasy saga in all how fantasy book history, you will not be disappointed. In fact, this book has only been beaten in sales by The Lord of the Rings.
So what is the secret of Jordan’s massive fantasy saga? Apart from his extremely detailed descriptions of the environment, which are able to immerse you completely in the story, there is simply so much to the novels. Relatable characters, with very human emotions and struggles, go hand-in-hand with world changing events, an incredible magic system, and a complex and ever-evolving plot that will keep you hooked for months.
If you want to be able to enjoy one of the most praised fantasy sagas of all times without having to carry around tons of books, the audiobook version is exactly what you need. With this collection, you will have your fantasy needs covered for a very, very long time.
The Future of Fantasy
Luckily for us geeks, fantasy novels are not going anywhere any time soon. Every day more and more fantasy books are also being turned into audiobooks. With more titles to choose from, and different types of stories that cater to everyone’s taste, the fantasy genre is sure to become one of the most popular.
In this article we have introduced you to some of the best fantasy audiobooks available now, but there are simply so many of them. It would be impossible to make a list of all the worthwhile fantasy sagas, so you do have some exploring to do. Start your journey into the world of fantasy with audiobooks in this article, and you will surely find the entrance to a fantastical new world.
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