Audio Books Science Fiction
One thing to keep in mind when picking an audio version is the production quality – e.g. I have encountered a few versions of Dune books I simply could not finish due to a monotonous or uninformed narrator.
Here is my top 10 list of books that do have great audio versions (some even with multiple narrators and music), along with corresponding links on Audible.
1. Frank Herbert: Dune Classic Series (6 books)
This original series containing Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune is perhaps one of the most profound and well written works of science fiction I have ever encountered.
Strong elements of philosophy and religion – combined with great writing. Where other writers tell the story, Frank Herbert shows it.
2. Dan Simmons: Hyperion Cantos (4 books)
Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, The Rise of Endymion. As profound and memorable as Dune, the writing again near to perfect. Where Dune uses Near-Eastern inspired philosophy as a building block, Simmons pulls the reader/listener into a masterful transformation of the romanticist John Keats’ poetic legacy.
Very relevant references for present-day questions regarding the transformation and consumption of media as well as the interdependence of man and machine.
3. Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game (4 books)
Ender’s Game, Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, Ender’s Shadow
Very popular, contemporary, again emotionally very engaging and well written. For me, especially books 2 and 3 were very powerful.
4. Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon
View Cryptonomicon on Audible
Not really science fiction, but a must-listen for computer scientists. A great novel interweaving stories in WW2 and the present day, with emphasis on cryptology and wide-spread hacker appeal.
5. Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash
View Snow Crash on Audible
A great cyberpunk novel introducing the metaverse (inspired Second Life). Often surprising and funny, but also profound.
6. Arthur C. Clarke: Childhood’s End
View Childhood’s End on Audible
An early Clarke novel, perhaps foolishly aspiring in trying to introduce one too many paradigm shifts in a few hours, but nonetheless thought provoking and a must-listen.
7. Neal Stephenson: Diamond Age
View Diamond Age on Audible
A novel about a young lady’s illustrated primer – contains a lot of visionary technological ideas and loads of good Stephenson writing.
8. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: The Mote in God’s Eye
View the Mote on Audible
Where Niven is good at dangling the carrot, Pournelle adds some excellent plotting in this very classical sci-fi novel. Hard sci-fi.
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I'm not really hip with what's on audio.2011-03-25 14:50:37 by -
Nor do I know what kind of books you tend to go for. I would end up getting something that was slightly on the science end.
Either science fiction for entertainment or the science of the body in some sort of way. That would be really thought-provoking to have during a long drive... learning how the mind works or the peculiarities of nutritional needs.
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