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The best podcasts for fantasy audiobook listeners

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Who am I?

Karyne Norton hasn’t found the key to time travel, immortality, or infinite lives, so she’s taking a break from nursing and photography to focus on raising four human beings while writing epic fantasy. Her debut novel, Blood of the Stars, launched on Kickstarter in September 2023 and comes to retailers March 2024. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, which is why she’s also the host of the Finding Fantasy Reads podcast, where she and her brother read a new short story every week from a variety of fantasy authors. Check it out to find your next favorite author! As both a fantasy author and reader, I'm always on the lookout for fantastic fantasy worlds, stories, and authors.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

Finding Fantasy Reads is for ravenous readers who are eager to find their next favorite character, series, or world by sampling clean fantasy short stories from a variety of authors. Each week I pick a new fantasy short story to share so you can test out a new author and their world. My goal is to connect readers to authors and vice versa. Fantasy readers can use this podcast as a tool to find new fantastic fantasy authors to try out.

What is my podcast playlist about?

These podcasts all center around sharing stories. I tried to find podcasts that narrate stories instead of interviewing authors, because as readers I think we care more about how the stories resonate with us than we do about whether an author drinks coffee or tea.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Fictional Bookshop

Why this podcast?

This is a fantastic way to try out stories! Each week Liz reads the opening chapter of a book so you can see if it's one you'd want to continue reading. She creates a fully immersed experience of stopping at a bookshop and grabbing a book off the shelf.

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Step inside the Fictional Bookshop, an immersive storytelling experience for book lovers. Explore the first chapter of your new favorite book: from epic adventures to fantastic worlds to cozy characters. Join Liz Delton as she takes you on a journey to a fictional bookshop, where you'll take a book off the shelf and enjoy the first chapter of a book. Maybe you're walking down a rainy city street, and notice a bookshop you've never seen before. Or maybe on your trip down a sunny country road, you spy a quaint little bookstore, where you find treasures on its shelves. More at LizDelton.com

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2. Havok Story Podcast

Why this podcast?

This podcast shares flash fiction, so if you don't have time for a long listen, each of these episodes are less than ten minutes, giving you a taste of a new world or character. Not all the stories are fantasy stories, but plenty of them are!

Havok Story Podcast

Havok Story Podcast

Havok Publishing

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A semi-monthly audio narration of selected Flash Fiction stories from Havok Publishing. We cover genres from science fiction to fantasy, mystery to drama, humor to thriller! Hosted by Magnus Carlssen and written by authors from around the globe, there's a little something for every fiction lover in this podcast! Also available on Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and RadioLine.

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3. PodCastle

Why this podcast?

This podcast features a variety of fantasy short stories fully narrated. They provide content/trigger warnings for each episode so you can make sure it's something you'll want to hear.

PodCastle

PodCastle

Escape Artists, Inc

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The Fantasy Fiction Podcast

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4. Spirit Blade, The Novel

Why this podcast?

This is a fantastic futuristic adventure and you can listen to the entire thing for free! It includes audio drama sound effects too!

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In a future where the government mandates the spiritual beliefs of its citizens, only a few rebellious "Seekers of Truth" remain to free the world from deception. On his quest for meaning, Merikk follows a path that leads him across our world, and into another. Against his will he is thrown into action alongside members of the Underground Liberation, standing face to face against forces human, alien and demonic. Science fiction and the supernatural collide in a genre-bending adventure! Open your mind and then brace for impact as you discover the power of the Spirit Blade! The Spirit Blade Audio Book is a novel that serves as the source material for the scripts of the Spirit Blade Audio Drama Trilogy. This archived draft has been converted into an enhanced audio book format read by Paeter Frandsen and featuring sound effects and musical score from the “Spirit Blade” and “Spirit Blade: Dark Ritual” audio dramas!

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5. Alice in Wonderland – Nother Audio

Why this podcast?

Listen to the entire classic whimsical fantasy adventure for free! If you're new to audiobooks, Alice in Wonderland is the perfect way to get into listening to fantasy on audio.

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Explore the whimsy realm of Wonderland through the eyes of the curious Alice. April Sadowski reads the story, which will be presented one chapter at a time. Sound and background effects add to the story’s depth. You can download a companion PDF book to read-along at https://nother.us/audio-books/alice-in-wonderland/

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