Several members of the Fantasy Inn team love audiobooks. They’re convenient to listen to on the go, and the right narrator can elevate a good book to new heights. The only downside for those of us who enjoy listening to our books is that the audio format tends to be expensive.
Fortunately, there’s audio drama! These fictional podcasts are all free to listen to, with the option to support your favorite shows through sites like Patreon.
For a similar flowchart focusing on books, check out our Intro to Female-Authored Speculative Fiction.
- This flowchart is by no means comprehensive, nor do we claim that these are “objectively” the best that audio drama has to offer.
- The audio dramas listed are limited to speculative fiction, with a few exceptions.
- We tried to provide enough variety that seasoned and novice audio drama fans alike can discover new stories to love.
- When possible, we tried to highlight indie audio dramas.
The final flowchart has 109 entries, and we could’ve included many more if we had room. Feel strongly about an audio drama we left out? Let us know in a comment!
Here’s the chart:
If any of these audio dramas strike your fancy, here they are in list form with links to the show websites. Enjoy!
- A Canticle for Leibowitz | Website
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Website
- The War of the Worlds | Website
- Star Wars | Website
- Relic Radio: Classic Radio Drama | Website
- Join the Party | Website
- Crit Faced | Website
- 20 Sided Stories | Website
- The Adventure Zone: Amnesty | Website
- Here Be Dragons | Website
Famous Characters Reimagined
- Flyest Fables | Website
Left of Reality
- Greater Boston | Website
- Tumanbay | Website
- Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magickal Services | Website
- The Magical History of Knox County | Website
- Violet Beach | Website
Science Fiction / Fantasy
- Mythos | Website
- Sayer | Website
- Steal the Stars | Website
- Joseph | Website
- Girl in Space | Website
- The Strange Case of the Starship Iris | Website
- We Fix Space Junk | Website
- Wolf 359 | Website
- Sage and Savant | Website
- Lesser Gods | Website
- Congeria | Website
- Kane and Feels: Paranormal Investigators | Website
- The Penumbra Podcast | Website
- What’s the Frequency? | Website
Slow Build Creepy
- EOS10 | Website
- MarsCorp | Website
- Mission to Zyxx | Website
- Solutions to Problems | Website
- StarTripper! | Website
- Fall of the House of Sunshine | Website
- Death by Dying | Website
- The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) | Website
- Within the Wires | Website
Weird and Folksy
- The Cryptonaturalist | Website
- Cocotazo Audio Theatre | Website
- The Big Loop | Website
- The Theatre of Tomorrow | Website
- The Thrilling Adventure Hour | Website
- The Truth | Website
- Darkest Night | Website
- Knifepoint Horror | Website
- Liberty: Tales from the Tower | Website
- The No Sleep Podcast | Website