SF/Fantasy and Horror on Audio

This content is taken from the October issue of Booklist Reader. You can find the full issue here.

Magic, mayhem, and menace are some of the building blocks of these enchanting sf, fantasy, and horror novels for adults. Masterful narrations, both from individual narrators and cohesive full casts, are another. Read more about each of these superb audiobooks below.

For more spooky reads, see our “Witch, Please!” and “Horror Stories” collections on OverDrive.

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre. By Max Brooks. Read by a full cast. 2020. 10hr. Books on Tape.
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A star-studded full cast narrates this exemplary production anchored by Judy Greer's impressive performance as a woman forced into a survivalist situation.
Exhalation. By Ted Chiang. Read by a full cast. 2019. 7hr. Books on Tape.
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Chiang's sf short story collection is voiced in turn, by three narrators, but most notable is Chiang himself, who appends each story with a revealing provenance.
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within. By Becky Chambers. Read by Rachel Dulude. 2021. 10hr. HarperAudio.
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This companion title to the Wayfarer series stands out and stands alone as Dulude's narration offers an uplifting sense of hope to the listener: a welcome experience.
Imaginary Friend. By Stephen Chbosky. Read by Christine Lakin. 2019. 24.5hr. Hachette.
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Lakin displays her particular skill at matching tone and intensity to each character's motive and intent, enhancing the story's suspense, thrills, and chills.
A Master of Djinn. By P. Djeli Clark. Ready by Suehyla El-Attar. 2021. 16hr. Macmillan Audio.
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The Cairo setting comes to life in El-Attar's vibrant narration that plays on Arabic accents and the enchanting plot's mystery and magic.
Mexican Gothic. By Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Read by Frankie Corzo. 2020. 11hr. Books on Tape.
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A gripping, atmospheric performance. Corzo fluidly intertwines a variety of Spanish accents, taking listeners to every dark and menacing corner of this twisting tale.
The Starless Sea. By Erin Morgenstern. Read by a full cast. 2019. 18.5hr. Books on Tape.
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2020's Voice of Choice narrator, Shayna Small, adroitly embodies Jimenez' diverse cast in this fresh sf debut in which the characters' ethnicities remain predominantly, refreshingly, unspecified.
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