For those of us looking to break out of theÂ everyday reading/listening funk, check out these awesome first-in-a-series sci-fi picks to getÂ you going. So, skip the Netflix and try out these binge-worthy sci-fi audios.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Book One in the Foundation Trilogy
This is the #1 New York Times bestselling novelâ€”unabridged for the first timeâ€”that reignited the Star Wars publishing phenomenon. The biggest event in the history of Star Wars books, Heir to the Empire follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia after they led the Rebel Alliance to victory in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Book One of the Thrawn Trilogy
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Â Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolvedâ€”its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. Â But some can never stop searching for answers.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Book One of the Themis Files
A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of OstenArd, for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvish-like Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die. Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting OstenArd. And to Simonâ€”a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this Leagueâ€”will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power…and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend-maker’s worst nightmares.
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Book One of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
Perfect for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games, this special movie tie-in edition of the New York Times bestseller The Maze Runner features an eight-page full-color insert with photos from the film. The first and second books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTVâ€™s Teen Wolf, Dylan Oâ€™Brien, as Thomas; Kaya Scodelario as Teresa; Aml Ameen as Alby; Will Poulter as Gally; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt. Also look for James Dashnerâ€™s newest novel, The Eye of Minds, Book One in the Mortality Doctrine series.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Book One of the Maze Runner Series
We are super-psyched that veteran Star Wars narrator Marc Thompson will be reading the audiobook version of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Most of us know him from The Office, some may even know him from his stint on Six Feet Under. Perhaps youâ€™ve read his New York Times bestselling SoulPancake or count yourself among his 4 million Twitter followers. Regardless of where you know him from, you know that Rainn Wilson is unique.
In Bassoon King,Â Rainn Wilson tells you just that. Â He also discusses his upbringing inÂ Washington and Illinois withÂ his free-thinking parents, his times as a young actor in New York, and his connection with the Baha’i faith in which he was raised in. Â All of this and more amounts to his uniquely awesome persona and comedic antics. Â Certainly something to check out.
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Want more Rainn Wilson? Â Check out his narration of Dr. Seuss’sÂ What Pet Should I Get? and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishÂ
Dark Disciple: Star Wars, the latest story never told in The Clone Wars television saga: A tale of trust, betrayal, love, and evil starring the hugely popular ex-Sith/never-Jedi female bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress! It is a tale written but never aired, now turned into a brand-new audiobook by Christie Golden and narrated by the amazingly talented Marc Thompson. READ MORE
Comic-Con is here! Also known as Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015, itâ€™s 4 days of a non-stop-pop-and-counter-culture-clash bonanza. Be a con-prepper by listening to some genre-friendly audiobooks. A great sci-fi audio can also pass the time on the trip to and fro. And console you if youâ€™re home wishing you were at the show.
This July when you are sitting on the beach, lounging poolside, or commuting to work dreaming about the beaches and pools, listen to an audiobook to pass the time. Â There is something for everyone andÂ for those attending San Diego Comic Con make sure to check outÂ Armada byÂ Ernie Cline and narrated by Wil Wheaton. READ MORE