Embark on an Epic Adventure Across the Universe with Our Sci-Fi Audiobook Collection!

Dive into a world of limitless possibilities with our collection of science fiction audiobooks. Explore the furthest reaches of the universe, confront dystopian futures, and encounter alien species. Immerse yourself in thought-provoking tales that explore the consequences of scientific advancements and their impact on humanity. Discover alternate realities and parallel universes, where the laws of physics and reality are vastly different. From mind-bending time travel stories to philosophical explorations of artificial intelligence, our sci-fi collection will transport you to new worlds and challenge your perceptions of the future. Choose from our essential reads and top-rated audiobooks, and join us on a journey through the infinite possibilities of science fiction.

Science Fiction Audiobooks Statistics

Total Audiobooks in this Category:

15,723 audiobooks

Total Authors in this Category:

18,065 authors

Average Audiobook Length:

9.69 hours

Average Audiobook Rating:

3.57/5

Dune: Book One in the Dune Chronicles Audiobook, by Frank Herbert

Author: Frank Herbert

Narrator: Byron Jennings, Jason Culp, Kent Broadhurst, Oliver Wyman, Scott Sowers, Patricia Kilgarriff, David R. Gordon, Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance, Ilyana Kadushin

Audio Length: @1x speed 21.00 hours
@1.5x speed 14.00 hours
@2x speed 10.50 hours

Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.777777 out of 54.777777 out of 54.777777 out of 54.777777 out of 54.777777 out of 5

Dune: Book One in the Dune Chronicles Audiobook

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

“I read this book 30 years ago and forgot how influential it was on me. A lot of my core principles come from this story. so glad to re discover it. narration was fantastic big production. the themes it this book are mind expanding. every person should read Dune at least once.”

— scott
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook, by Douglas Adams

Author: Douglas Adams

Narrator: Stephen Fry

Audio Length: @1x speed 5.75 hours
@1.5x speed 3.83 hours
@2x speed 2.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4.352941 out of 54.352941 out of 54.352941 out of 54.352941 out of 54.352941 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 5

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .

“This is on of my favorite books ever! douglas adams does a good shop in crafting a funny and interesting. The story is about earth being destroyed and the only person who survived was a everyday english man who happen to be friends with a humanoid alien. As the main character named arthur goes and a anverture meeting many people on the way to find the meaning of life.”

— Sasha
The Stand: Complete and Uncut Audiobook, by Stephen King

Author: Stephen King

Narrator: Grover Gardner

Audio Length: @1x speed 47.75 hours
@1.5x speed 31.83 hours
@2x speed 23.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4.608695 out of 54.608695 out of 54.608695 out of 54.608695 out of 54.608695 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.722222 out of 54.722222 out of 54.722222 out of 54.722222 out of 54.722222 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 5

The Stand: Complete and Uncut Audiobook

This is how the world ends: with computer error in a Defense Department lab, and a million casual connections that make up the links in a deadly chain letter.

Here is the desolate landscape the next day: a new world with all its institutions destroyed, and 99 percent of the population dead. A world where a few terrified survivors take sides—or are taken. A world in which hope survives on the fragile shoulders of 108 year old Mother Abigail—and the greatest evil of the darkest nightmares is manifested in Randall Flagg, the dark man with inconceivable power and a deadly smile.

Originally published in 1978, The Stand is widely considered among Stephen King's greatest novels. However, it was incomplete—more than 150,000 words had been edited out of the original epic manuscript.

Now King's post apocalyptic tale of a land ravaged by disease and caught in a fundamental battle between good and evil is available in its entirety for the first time. The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition features more than 500 pages of previously deleted material, plus new material added by King as he reinvented his epic story for a new generation. New characters are introduced, and familiar characters are brought even more vividly to life. The beginning and ending are both new.

This new edition is King's gift to the countless fans who read or listened to the original version and wanted more. Those who are listening to The Stand for the first time will find an imaginative and haunting apocalyptic epic that tackles the issues that will determine the survival of mankind.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty worldwide bestsellers. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.

“THRILLING! This was not only my first audiobook on this site but my first Stephen King book. I was hooked immediately and have purchased several others just from the description. None of them have disappointed. With a 40 minute one way commute to work, the time flies by and I find myself sitting in the parking lot just to listen to one more track. I am HOOKED!”

— Vickie Watts
1984 Audiobook, by George Orwell

Author: George Orwell

Narrator: Simon Prebble

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.50 hours
@1.5x speed 7.67 hours
@2x speed 5.75 hours

Overall Rating: 4.45238 out of 54.45238 out of 54.45238 out of 54.45238 out of 54.45238 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.388888 out of 54.388888 out of 54.388888 out of 54.388888 out of 54.388888 out of 5

1984 Audiobook

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

These are the watchwords for The Party, which governs Oceania with absolute authority. In Airstrip One (formerly known as England), the omnipresent viewscreens, which the people watch and by which in turn are watched, remind everyone that "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU."

Winston Smith, member of the Outer Party and diligent worker in the Ministry of Truth, where he rewrites history, is dead. He already knows it, for he has committed thoughtcrime. "Thoughtcrime doesn't entail death," he notes in his forbidden journal, "thoughtcrime IS death." As he starts his journey as a thought criminal seeking actual truth, he encounters Julia, beautiful and tempting; O'Brien, member of the Inner Party and potential ally against tyranny; and the truth about a party seeking power for power's sake. And this truth, it will not set him free.

1984: New Classic Edition, written in 1948, is a cautionary tale. Orwell saw, in the burgeoning Cold War, a terrible future, and detailed it in this lasting novel which has been translated into 65 different languages; the dystopic future of 1984 remains as poignant and timely in any year and in any era.

George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, an English novelist who used his works to comment on the perils of social injustice and totalitarianism. A journalist by trade, he was best known during his life for his essays and columns in newspapers and magazines, famously describing the effects of poverty in Paris and northern England as well as covering the Spanish Civil War. He wrote most of 1984 while ill, being diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1947. Still, he persisted, writing one of the most important works in the English language, responsible for such neologisms as "doublethink," "Big Brother" and "memory hole" and immortalized in the term "Orwellian." He died at the age of 46 on January 21, 1950.

“To this day I have no idea how one mind could create a work of this magnitude. By all means read this novel, but know that when you do it will change the way you view yourself and the world around you forever.”

— Luke
One Second After Audiobook, by William R. Forstchen

Author: William R. Forstchen

Narrator: Joe Barrett

Audio Length: @1x speed 13.25 hours
@1.5x speed 8.83 hours
@2x speed 6.63 hours

Overall Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.555555 out of 54.555555 out of 54.555555 out of 54.555555 out of 54.555555 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 54.222222 out of 5

One Second After Audiobook

In a world bound to modern chains we call technology; the audiobook One Second After is a reminder that if we are not careful, history is destined to repeat itself. When a country ignores the threats aimed at its heart, the wrong people with the right weapon are a swift and brutal reminder of our vulnerability as a nation.

Retired Army Colonel John Matherson returned to his rural North Carolina hometown when his wife was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Now a respected college professor, he is the father of two children. Narrated through his eyes the story takes us through what happens if the worst case scenario becomes reality. When the telephone communication system fails, and all electrically powered items suddenly stop working; it is quickly apparent that the townspeople are not prepared for life as it was in centuries past.

The former colonel suspects the weapon used was an electromagnetic pulse or EMP and his thoughts go quickly to his insulin-dependent daughter. Food supplies dwindle quickly with no refrigeration, those interred in nursing homes and needing refrigerated medicines and medical equipment such as John's father are suffering; and no one is answering who or how this happened.

Through the use of older technology that is not affected by the black-out the citizens slowly begin to discover how to survive in this new world. However, tragedy strikes often and without remorse. Skills that were once part of our heritage are missing such as the growing of crops. If the people cannot feed themselves they will starve or turn to cannibalism. John Matherson finds himself more involved with the other citizens to find ways to survive and go on in this new era.

While a work of fiction, the book has been used as an example of what our future could become if we are not careful. Author William R. Forstchen wrote his first novel in 1983, and has now penned over 40 books. A graduate of Purdue University, he is a Professor of History with specialties in technology and military history. One Second After spent several weeks on the New York Times best seller list and is quite a popular audiobook here at Audio Book Store.

“I don't think I have ever read a book that scared me so much. I do not like 'horror' in my reading. I read to escape the horrors of the world.A friend recommended this book and I am glad that I read it. Yes the subject matter is scary but it makes you think, and lets face it it could happen.”

— Jo
Perelandra Audiobook, by C. S. Lewis

Author: C. S. Lewis

Narrator: Geoffrey Howard

Audio Length: @1x speed 7.75 hours
@1.5x speed 5.17 hours
@2x speed 3.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4.171428 out of 54.171428 out of 54.171428 out of 54.171428 out of 54.171428 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5

Perelandra Audiobook

C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, of which Perelandra is the second volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus’s The Plague and George Orwell’s 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of the moral concerns.

Readers who fall in love with Lewis’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Namia as children unfailingly cherish his Space Trilogy as adults; it, too, brings to life strange and magical realms in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. But in the many layers of its allegory, and the sophistication and piercing brilliance of its insights into the human condition, it occupies a place among the English language’s most extraordinary works for any age, and for all time.

Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way. Here, in the second part of C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Ransom Trilogy, Dr. Ransom’s adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiacal kingdom. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order, or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man?

“May actually be the best book I have ever read. This is the second book in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, and is beautiful both in story and in symbolism. Elwin Ransom (based on Lewis's good friend J.R.R. Tolkien) is sent on a mission by his friend (the) Oyarsa of Malacandra (Mars) to Perelandra (Venus)to protect a new Adam and Eve in a new garden of Eden from the corrupting forces brought to Perelandra by Professor Weston (one of the villains from the first book, Out of the Silent Planet). The beauty of this new world, or Earth as it should have been and was before the Fall is strikingly beautiful. It is a book in which fallen man protects purity and innocence from fallen man, a book of redemption, and a book that reminds us that there is hope for us imperfect human beings.”

— Aaron
Left Behind: A Novel of the Earths Last Days Audiobook, by Tim LaHaye

Author: Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye

Narrator: Richard Ferrone

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.75 hours
@1.5x speed 7.83 hours
@2x speed 5.88 hours

Overall Rating: 3.807017 out of 53.807017 out of 53.807017 out of 53.807017 out of 53.807017 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Audiobook

What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare. Pilot Rayford Steele is contemplating adultery with a young flight attendant when over 100 of his passengers simply vanish, leaving vacated clothes and bewildered companions. Rayford and the others left behind must deal with mass chaos on top of personal loss. Among the passengers still left is star reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams, who just got the assignment of a lifetime: find out what happened and why. Theories abound, from Christian Rapture to alien abduction. Buck suspects secret meetings between international power brokers are somehow connected. And rising political icon Nicolae Carpathia seems to be at the center of it all.

“The best so far, couldn't put it down. Frightening, frustrating, will leave you feeling grief stricken for those lost, sickened for the obscenity along the Via Delorosa and into the Holy of Holies, and at the same time full of hope knowing despite the carnage it will end triumphantly for those that gain faith.”

— Crystal
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Audiobook, by George R. R. Martin

Author: George R. R. Martin

Narrator: Roy Dotrice

Audio Length: @1x speed 33.75 hours
@1.5x speed 22.50 hours
@2x speed 16.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.055555 out of 54.055555 out of 54.055555 out of 54.055555 out of 54.055555 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 54.611111 out of 5

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Audiobook

Winter is coming...

Sinister forces are descending upon the Seven Kingdoms, a mysterious land where warm summers can stretch over decades and treacherously brutal winters can last a lifetime. And at the center of this epic adventure is Winterfell, the great kingdom of the north led by the noble Stark family. As winter approaches, Ned Stark, the strong-willed but fair-minded Lord of Winterfell, is offered the prestigious post of "Hand of the King" (the king's most trusted and highly ranked adviser). This sets the stage for an epic tale that finds the Stark family thrust into an awe-inspiring world of political intrigue, sorcery, and a brutal war between the kingdoms. Deftly weaving a multiple storylines, each immensely fascinating in its own right, into a cohesive and immensely compelling story, A Game of Thrones is arguably one of the finest epic fantasy novels to be published in recent years.

Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, A Game of Thrones serves as an excellent beginning to the epic series "A Song of Ice and Fire", a fantastic world of intrigue and mystery that could only have sprung from the brilliant mind of acclaimed author George R. R. Martin. And there's no better way to be introduced to the world of the Seven Kingdoms than through this brilliantly narrated unabridged audiobook adaptation!

“The first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, this book launched the monster that is Game of Thrones. Martin is a masterful storyteller, and this novel brilliantly sets the stage for all that is to come. I admit to watching the show first, but the books far exceed the show as they normally do. Narration is very good and makes listening that much better.”

— JMP
Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook, by C. S. Lewis

Author: C. S. Lewis

Narrator: Geoffrey Howard

Audio Length: @1x speed 5.50 hours
@1.5x speed 3.67 hours
@2x speed 2.75 hours

Overall Rating: 4.083333 out of 54.083333 out of 54.083333 out of 54.083333 out of 54.083333 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.857142 out of 54.857142 out of 54.857142 out of 54.857142 out of 54.857142 out of 5

Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel in Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy (also known as the Cosmic or Space Trilogy), which is considered his chief contribution to science fiction. A planetary romance with elements of medieval mythology, the trilogy concerns Dr. Elwin Ransom, a professor of philology who, like Christ, is offered as a ransom for mankind. On a walking tour of the English countryside, Ransom falls in with some slightly shady characters from his old university and wakes up to find himself naked in a metal ball in the middle of the light-filled heavens. He learns that he is on his way to a world called Malacandra by its natives, who call our world Thulcandra, the silent planet. The Malacandrans see planets as having tutelary spirits; those of the other planets are good and accessible, but Earth’s is fallen and twisted. 

“Out of the Silent Planet begins what is often referred to as C.S. Lewis's "Space Trilogy" or "Ransom Trilogy" - his "scientific romance" novels about a philologist who is kidnapped by evil scientists and ends up on another planet. Listeners should keep in mind that this book was written in the 1930s, so don't expect a hard scientific look at spaceflight, atmospheric conditions in space or on planets, or other modern conventions of sci-fi. As might be expected by a work from C.S. Lewis, the work is a type of morality tale on what makes us human (or, in the parlance of Malacandra "hnau"). A great start to the series, this is Lewis's best fiction - more nuanced than Narnia and targeted to an adult audience. Ralph Cosham's narration is wonderful, as is typical for all of his CSL readings.”

— jrb
The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set, Books 1–3: Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age Audiobook, by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Author: Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Narrator: Bronson Pinchot

Audio Length: @1x speed 25.50 hours
@1.5x speed 17.00 hours
@2x speed 12.75 hours

Overall Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set, Books 1–3: Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age Audiobook

Here are the first three books of the bestselling, award-winning, and top-rated Extinction Cycle series.

Extinction Horizon

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction.

Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet—a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. The virus is already spreading. As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr. Kate Lovato alive long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything.

Total extinction is just on the horizon, but will the cure be worse than the virus?

Extinction Edge

A new threat that will bring humanity to the edge of extinction.

The dust from Dr. Kate Lovato’s bioweapon has settled. Projections put death counts in the billions. Her weapon was supposed to be the endgame, but it turned a small percentage of those infected with the hemorrhage virus into something even worse.

Survivors call them Variants. Irreversible epigenetic changes have transformed them into predators unlike any the human race has ever seen. And they are evolving.

With the doomsday clock ticking, the fractured military plans Operation Liberty—a desperate mission designed to take back the cities and destroy the Variant threat. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham agrees to lead a strike team into New York City, but first he must return to Fort Bragg to search for the only family he has left.

At Plum Island, Kate discovers Central Command may have considerably underestimated the Variant population in New York. As Operation Liberty draws closer, Kate warns Beckham that Team Ghost won’t just face their deadliest adversary yet, they may be heading into a trap.

Extinction Age

On the eve of extinction, all seems to be lost, but there is still one final hope.

Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance.

Trapped in the extensive sewer system beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of 1st Platoon must battle through the tunnels—where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape.

At Plum Island, Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended.

As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will science prevail—or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?

“This 3 book series kept my attention and wanting more! I was looking for a book similar to the Going Home series and other "apocalyptic" type books. This was on the money and worth the money too! I'm on the second set of this series and just don't want it to end!!!”

— Vickie Watts
Jurassic Park: A Novel Audiobook, by Michael Crichton

Author: Michael Crichton

Narrator: Scott Brick

Audio Length: @1x speed 15.00 hours
@1.5x speed 10.00 hours
@2x speed 7.50 hours

Overall Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5

Jurassic Park: A Novel Audiobook

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong.…

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.

“Listening to Scott Brick’s cool and unnerving narration of this sci-fi classic started to get into my head and even percolate into my dreams…Despite this (or perhaps because of this) it’s still one I recommend for any road trip. It’s a stunner, in the best was possible.”

— Audible.com (audio review)
Station Eleven (Television Tie-in): A novel Audiobook, by Emily St. John Mandel

Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Narrator: Kirsten Potter

Audio Length: @1x speed 10.75 hours
@1.5x speed 7.17 hours
@2x speed 5.38 hours

Station Eleven (Television Tie-in): A novel Audiobook

2014 National Book Award Finalist



A New York Times Bestseller


An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

 

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

 

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

 

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

“Never has a book convinced me more of society’s looming demise than Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, an apocalyptic novel about a world just like our own that, much as our own might, dissolves after a new strain of influenza eradicates 99 percent of the human population. A soul-quaking premise, and a story that, I must warn, should not be read in a grubby airport surrounded by potential carriers of … whatever disease, take your pick . . . Mandel displays the impressive skill of evoking both terror and empathy . . . She has exuded talent for years . . . There is such glory in humanity, in what we, through every plague and every age, continue to create — like this book — and in what we are capable of sustaining.”

— Tiffany Gibert, LA Review of Books

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