10 of the Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks to Capture a Disastrous Future

Post-apocalypse is one of the most popular genres out there for both books and movies alike. Audiobooks are a medium in which the horrors of the future can be visualised through voice and cadence. So, here are 10 of the best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks are there right now!

Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Narrated by Scott Brick

It is a gripping and expansive novel that spans multiple timelines and characters. The story begins with a government experiment gone wrong, resulting in a viral outbreak that transforms humans into vampiric creatures. As the survivors navigate a lonely world, the novel explores themes of survival, humanity, and the consequences of scientific experimentation.

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Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Narrated by Rupert Degas

Set in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse, survivors in Moscow have taken refuge in the city’s underground metro system. The audiobook, narrated by Rupert Degas, follows the journey of a young man named Artyom as he navigates the dangers of the metro, encountering mutated creatures and rival factions.

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Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks

Wool by Hugh Howey

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

In a future world where the Earth’s surface has become uninhabitable, the remnants of humanity live in a massive underground silo. The audiobook, narrated by Amanda Sayle, follows the discovery of the truth about the outside world and the challenges faced by those who seek to explore it. Themes of isolation, power, and the consequences of knowledge are central to the story.

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Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Narrated by Finty Williams

This audiobook tells the story of a young girl named Melanie who possesses unique abilities in a world ravaged by a fungal infection turning people into zombie-like creatures. The novel explores themes of identity, survival, and the moral complexities of the post-apocalyptic world.

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Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

Narrated by Joe Barrett

The story unfolds after an EMP attack cripples the United States, leading to the collapse of society. It follows the struggles of a small town as they face the challenges of a world without electricity, technology, and the comforts of modern life. The focus is on community survival and adaptation.

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Best Post-Apocalyptic Audiobooks

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon 

“Earth Abides” is a classic post-apocalyptic novel that follows the life of Isherwood Williams, one of the few survivors of a global pandemic. As he explores the remnants of civilization, the novel reflects on the cyclical nature of human civilization and the resilience of life.

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Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Narrated by Lynne Thigpen

Parable of the Sower is set in a future America facing environmental and social collapse. The protagonist, Lauren Olamina, develops a new belief system called Earthseed as a response to the chaos. The novel explores themes of religion, adaptation, and the search for meaning in a fractured world.

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Narrated by Almarie Guerra

This novel is set in a future American Southwest where water scarcity has led to intense conflicts. The audiobook follows the characters involved in the struggle for water rights and survival in a harsh, drought-ridden landscape.

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The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Narrated by James Fouhey and Emily Woo Zeller

This audiobook explores a world where people’s shadows begin to disappear, along with their memories. The novel follows the journey of a couple, Ory and Max, as they navigate the consequences of this mysterious epidemic, facing both physical and existential challenges.

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The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

Narrated by Peter Berkrot

This audiobook combines elements of mystery and post-apocalyptic fiction. The story follows Detective Hank Palace as he investigates a murder against the backdrop of an impending asteroid impact that is set to destroy Earth. The novel explores themes of justice, purpose, and the human condition in the face of impending doom.

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Have you listened to any of the books listed? What is your favourite Post-Apocalyptic audio book We’d love to hear from you.

Other things you might want to know:

What kind of audiobooks sell the most?

Podcasts and autobiographies seem to sell the most through audiobooks.

What kind of books are best for audiobook?

Books that may need the touch of emotion through voice to depict certain parts can be very useful for the user experience.

Do authors make more money from audiobooks?

The good thing about audiobooks in terms of the authors themselves it the profit gain compared to selling hard copies.

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