10 Best Fantasy Audiobooks [2023]

­­If you’re looking for fantasy audiobooks that don’t disappoint, you’ve come to the right place. Fantasy audiobook, one of the fastest-growing and most profitable genres, is becoming a hit with kids and adults alike. According to the Audio Publishers Association, science fiction/fantasy and mystery/thriller are among the most popular genre that has a consistent huge following since 2007.

However, not all fantasy audiobooks published can give you a great reading experience. This is why getting started with a good fantasy audiobook is important. In choosing the best fantasy audiobooks, there are also things to consider like the quality of the narration, the story (are you more into high-fantasy or dark-fantasy?), and the type (if you want a graphic or non-graphic).

Considerations When Choosing Fantasy Audio Books

  • Quality of the Narrator’s Voice. When choosing the best fantasy audiobook, one doesn’t simply choose based solely on the author of the story. One of the most important things to consider is the quality of the narrator’s voice.

With the right narrator, a great fantasy tale can be brought to life. When choosing an audiobook, remember to hear a sample of the narration before proceeding with your purchase.

  • High or Dark Fantasy. You may be interested in fantasy tales that are set in an alternative, the fictional world – if so, you’re looking to try on the high fantasy genre. On the other hand, dark fantasy is every little bit of fantasy; however, it incorporates darker and frightening themes.
  • Graphic or Non- Graphic. Graphic Audio Books are types of audiobooks that have additional features to improve your reading experience. Unlike the usual audiobook in which you have only one narrator – graphic audiobooks turn your experience to the next level by adding different voices and sound effects.

Top 10 Fantasy Audiobooks Table

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1. Crown of Midnight 1. Crown of Midnight
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2. The Return of the King 2. The Return of the King
  • 4.7/5
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3. The Way of Kings 3. The Way of Kings
  • 4.7/5
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4. Dawn of Wonder 4. Dawn of Wonder
  • 4.7/5
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5. The Name of the Wind 5. The Name of the Wind
  • 4.6/5
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6. A Game of Thrones 6. A Game of Thrones
  • 4.5/5
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7. The Cycle of Arawn 7. The Cycle of Arawn
  • 4.5/5
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8. The Eye of the World 8. The Eye of the World
  • 4.5/5
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9. The Blade Itself 9. The Blade Itself
  • 4.5/5
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10. Wizard’s First Rule 10. Wizard’s First Rule
  • 4.5/5
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Top 10 Best Fantasy Audiobooks Reviews

1. Crown of Midnight

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Taking the fantasy fiction world by storm, Sarah J Mass’ new addition to the series Throne of Glass continues with the adventures of Celaena after she survived the trials in the last series. Taking her new role as the King’s Assassin, Celaena uncovers the King’s dark secret, only to find fragments of her past and identity which she has been running away from since the beginning.

Fans who were first disappointed in Throne of Glass were glad to see more character development and maturity in this sequel. The plot, which was fast-paced and completely immersing, makes all plot twists interesting, getting the readers hooked upon the first 100 pages of reading.

Paired with Elizabeth Evan’s outstanding narration, the book is a pleasure to listen to as we go about various points in the story. Evan’s voicing of the main character Celaena fits her role and attitude perfectly as she poses a deadly charade and secretly hides her own agenda with the King.  Sarah J Mass’s superb storytelling with Elizabeth Evan’s voice talent makes this sequel and audiobook one of the best.

2. The Return of the King

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The Lord of The Rings series is about a group of hobbits that set out on a journey to the heart of the land of the shadow to find and destroy the one ring. They are faced with many challenges during their journey, but they do not give up until they have finally beaten Sauron.

The final part of Tolkien’s world-acclaimed masterpiece series Lord of The Rings, Return of the King follows with the adventures of the fellowship down to their last battle with Sauron and the Return of Aragorn as the ri­­­ghtful king of Gondor.

This rich fantasy tale comes with the perfect narrator Rob Inglis, who has a traditional English voice, which fans always compare to Tolkien himself. Rob Inglis is applauded for his performance in this audiobook because of his brilliant depiction of accents and ability to handle many voices. Inglish’s soft English tones perfectly suit the fantastical and historical aspects of Tolkien’s world.

This audiobook is a great experience, best enjoyed after or before watching the movie Trilogy. People who might find the book tiring to read will appreciate once more the story with the help of this audiobook and Inglis as the perfect narrator.

3. The Way of Kings

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Michael Kramer and Sarah reading’s outstanding performance of Sanderson’s Way of Kings gives a whole new reading experience for the readers. Unlike other audiobooks, the female lead gets a woman’s voice which creates a more genuine and authentic characterization in this audiobook.  The best part of this audiobook is the narrators skill of squeezing every ounce of emotion from the colorful characters.

While most fantasy audiobooks can be easily understood by reading the first series, readers who haven’t read any works of Brandon Sanderson might find it hard to follow due to the overload of information given in the first few pages.

Set in the world of Roshar, Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings is the first volume in a projected ten-book series. While the book may start slow from the first hundred pages, readers should be prepared for the awesome roller coaster approach by the near end of the story. A novel about the characters’ journey to discovery, Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings is an excellent audiobook and very hard to put down.

4. Dawn of Wonder

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At the beginning of the story, Aedan is a scruffy boy who lives in Mistyvales. He has found himself entangled with the high-ranking officer that has brought him on a journey to find answers to what’s going on.

On his journey, he goes through many things and eventually gets to the Royal Academy. When he enters, it turns out that there’s more than regular schooling goes on here. He learns about other races, such as the orcs and elves and many other creatures.

When he leaves the Academy, he finds himself in an awkward position because of what happened at the Academy. He starts to think that it is all for nothing because of how dangerous the world is. Then, one day he becomes a hero; instead of giving up like before, he decides that the problems should be solved- no matter how hard it may be.

The story takes off with a lot of action and keeps it going through to the end. There is never any time for boredom or stopping in this book. This makes sure that you never want to put down this book until you finish it.

5. The Name of the Wind

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The book is about a man’s life journey. He starts in poverty, and his family dies as he travels to the university searching for knowledge. His life there was hard because he was young and had to compete with older students for resources. After being expelled from the University, Kvothe goes on a journey to find a way to revenge himself on the Chandrian who killed his parents. This story is about how he survives many obstacles and becomes a legend in his own right.

“The Name of the Wind”, a story was written by Patrick Rothfuss, is an intriguing tale from beginning to end. Kvothe’s life is challenging, and he has been through many trials in his young years.

The fact that this story takes place over a period of time makes readers understand who Kvothe was then and how he became what he is now. Perhaps one part that most people would enjoy would be the magical learning moments for Kvothe.

The way Rothfuss describes Kvothe’s life with his parents is a sad story in itself. Beginning with the Chandrian attack, he takes readers on an unforgettable journey of survival, love, and adventure.

It is truly unbelievable how much this young boy does to protect himself from harm’s way at such a young age. The fact that he has been through so much at such an early age makes him mature beyond his years and seems like someone who has lived many lives already.

6. A Game of Thrones

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The book is a novel written by George R.R. Martin about the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and the wars used to decide who should rule them. The main story arcs in the books involve conflicts between various families, kingdoms, and factions.

The “Song of Ice and Fire” series is a political fantasy; the role of magic in the story is not prominent, though certain characters use magic to further their own ends. Magic’s broad influence in the world is not fundamentally changed due to plot events; however, specific events have had an impact.

All in all, it is an excellent book if you like Fantasy stories with lots of action and dramatic plot twists.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes high fantasy novels.  

7. The Cycle of Arawn

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The book is about two boys that grow up to become the best warriors in the land. Then, they go to fight in a war. The end of the book was unfortunate for one of the boys. I think that this is a good book because it has adventure, action, and some romance.

This book reminded me of Harry Potter because both books have magic in them, and some of the names stayed the same. This book had a lot more adventure, though. In Harry Potter, there were wizards, but they used wands, while in The Cycle of Arawn, there are warriors who learn magic to fight wars with bows and other weapons like swords and whips.

Also, it seems like both Harry Potter and The Cycle of Arawn had betrayal during the stories, which made me really sense empathetic towards their characters when it happened.

I think that both series are good, and I would use Harry Potter if I were to compare them. Overall, this story is about friendship, war, magic, betrayal, loyalty, and love, making it very interesting!

8. The Eye of the World

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The book is about five villagers fleeing the Two Rivers, which Trollocs attacked their way to find help. They end up in a world with new dangers that they have never seen before.

The Eye of the World is a fantasy novel written by Robert Jordan. It was published in January 1990, and it is the first book in The Wheel of Time series.

I like adventure stories with magic powers, mayhem, battles, etc. This book was excellent because it has all these things plus more. I also liked it because it tied together enough loose ends to keep me guessing what will happen next while not leaving too many questions unanswered.

9. The Blade Itself

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The book is about Logen Ninefingers, Captain Jezal dan Luthar, Glokta the Inquisitor, and Bayaz. They all have their own reasons for procrastinating, which I think are caused by irrational beliefs.

The Blade Itself was written by Joe Abercrombie , is an exciting fantasy epic set in an original world rich with detail and memorable characters. As Logen Ninefingers – notorious barbarian – returns to his home village to deliver justice, Captain Jezal dan Luthar finds himself drawn ever further into conspiracies surrounding the Union army and its ruthless Commander.

Captain Jezal starts as the typical nobleman, concerned with glory and money. However, as the book progresses, he learns that there are more important things in life (such as love). His main flaw is his selfishness, which affects his decisions throughout the novel.

In my opinion, this truly negative trait turned into a positive characteristic by the end of the story when he realized that it was actually better to do something wrong for someone else instead of being noble and doing what is right for himself.

10. Wizard’s First Rule

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Wizard’s First Rule is about a boy named Richard, whose father is murdered by an unknown assailant. In his grief, Richard encounters a mysterious woman named Kahlan Amnell.

Kahlan seeks help to find a wizard to save them from an evil group of people.

In the beginning, Richard is an innocent boy who is slowly becoming more aware of his father’s death and the importance of Kahlan and her mission in his life.

He goes from being a boy with no knowledge of the world to his role as Seeker and protector of the innocent.

Richard is thrust into a new world that he had never imagined, full of magic, danger, and, more importantly, responsibility.

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