I’m not a lover of hard-core science fiction, but somehow I’ve come across some simply awesome audiobooks that would be perfect for “newbies” – whether you’re new to listening to audiobooks, or not a science fiction lovers.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), Marissa Meyer (Author), Rebecca Soler (Narrator)
… and really, the entire series is excellent – all the books are narrated by Rebecca Soler. Despite it being a “Cinderella” retelling, there are so many new elements to this book, that if you are turned off by that fact – it really won’t be an issue – I promise. Yes, Cinderella is a cyborg mechanic with a mean step-mother and there is a prince – but the story, the plot & the pacing were all engaging. The characters are brilliantly written that I wanted to reach into the book and strangle the step-mother when she was acting like an ass. And I loved Cinder of course. I have to admit – I freaking miss these characters now that the series is finished.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl, Cinder, a gifted mechanic, who is also a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness.
Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor (Author), Adjoa Andoh and Ben Onwukwe (Narrators)
The author deftly weaves the culture of Lagos, Nigeria into the story about an alien invasion. It’s a weird read for sure, and the author unapologeticaly uses the regional dialect in the story without explanation. Everything I’ve read by Okorafor has been memorable – even if I didn’t always fall in love. But you will with this book, and the audiobook is an excellent way to hear the regional accents, dialect and proper pronunciation of places.
When a massive object crashes into the ocean off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous and legendary city, three people wandering along Bar Beach (Adaora, the marine biologist- Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa- Agu, the troubled soldier) find themselves running a race against time to save the country they love and the world itself… from itself.
The Dead Lands, Benjamin Percy (Author), Holter Graham (Narrator)
This story is lush and vivid. The characters are intense, the World building superb and well thought out – and so is the plot. The audiobook narration brought it to life, and I really felt the depression of the times because the author was so descriptive (maybe a bit too much sometimes), which made for a depressing book. But I’m recommending it because, that’s what made it so good.
A super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary. Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world and against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
Do you have any science fiction audiobook recommendations?
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Rebecca Soler is awesome as the narrator of Lunar Chronicles. I listened to most of the series that way, and I’m not sure I would have made it through otherwise.