25 Best Fiction Podcasts
Discover the Best Fiction Podcasts in the World
Fiction is an excellent teacher. There’s nothing like losing yourself in a great story, only to come out with exciting new knowledge and a broader worldview. From sci-fi to thriller, these 25 shows are sure to keep you on your toes!
This is a different kind of podcast that falls into the category of “immersive fiction.” In The Walk, you are thrown into a thriller in which you are the hero. After an explosion destroys the train you were about to board, your life is turned upside down. Terrorists are after you, and the police don’t trust you. Now, you must band together with other escapees from the city… but are they who they say they are?
This is the fictional tale of one truck driver’s epic journey across America, in search of her long-lost wife. Along the way, she encounters not-quite-human serial murderers, towns lost in time, and a conspiracy that’s even bigger than she could’ve imagined.
All because Alice isn’t dead.
In The Mission’s historical fiction podcast, The Story, you’ll discover the unknown backstories of trailblazers who changed the world!
You’ll learn fascinating stories and actionable insights from the most courageous and successful people throughout history.
Steal the Stars is a noir science fiction thriller that will have you hooked from the first line. Explore an action-packed world of forbidden love, a crashed UFO, an alien body, and a heist unlike any you’ve heard about before… all in 14 shocking episodes.
Turn your lights out, tuck yourself in, and press play. Pretend you are citizen of the town of Night Vale and this is your local radio station…
Arnie Niekamp has fallen through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King. Where is he now, you ask? As it turns out, he’s in the land of Foon, where he’s regularly surrounded by wizards, monsters, and adventurers. How do we know that? Because he still has wifi, of course!
Tune in every week for an update on Arnie’s fantastical discoveries, uploaded from Foon’s magical tavern.
This audio drama follows the survivors of an alien invasion as they “decide what kind of life to lead surrounded by those who look like, and in some ways are, the people they used to know.” Science fiction and thriller meet real life in this unique podcast.
Lore is a podcast about the scary stories that fuel our everyday superstitions. If you like history and a little thrill, then we recommend giving this one a listen.
We’re Alive is a “‘Zombie’ Story of Survival” told as a classic style radio drama. With full sound design and an impressive cast of actors, this podcast zeroes in on a group of survivors as they navigate a world on the brink of collapse.
This “experimental fiction” podcast follows the life of a caseworker as she tends to a mysterious military veteran. Quickly, this story becomes a suspense-filled thriller that’s truly worth the listen.
This is a highly addictive podcast for horror fans everywhere. Host Alex Reagan leads you into a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s quest for truth, her subject’s peculiar past, and the ghosts that haunt them both.
Spoiler: Not every ghost is imaginary.
In one of our favorite examples of historical podcasts, Jason Weiser is your guide through the myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures around the world. You’re sure to recognize some of these, but you may be surprised by their origins. Get ready for a healthy dose of wizards, knights, vikings, and dragons.
Dr. Bright is a therapist for strange and unusual people. Each of their sessions are recorded — for research purposes, of course. Tune in for a peek into the world of empaths, time travelers, mind readers, and many others.
Originally published in 1859 by the one and only Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities is an epic tale of power, torture, and love. This audiobook is performed by Jane Aker. Each episode consists of one to four chapters and ranges from 30–40 minutes in length.
This fiction podcast is “just the simple audio diary of a girl in space.” No big deal. Listen in for updates on the mysterious light in the distance that seems to be coming closer, as well as “science, guns, trust, antimatter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses.” Space is where it’s at.
This audio podcast is a collection of ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends from the old American South. Told by the region’s best storytellers, these episodes are poignant and perfect for time spent around the campfire.
Wynabego Warrior is an old west tale for modern-day listeners. Packed with “peril and danger, redemption, and renewal,” this is the unforgettable story of a man “determined to find the old west that he remembers from the silver screen of his youth.”
The Truth isn’t just one of the best fiction podcasts out there. In fact, each episode is “a movie for your ears.” Produced by Radiotopia, which is also responsible for one of our favorite tech podcasts, 99% Invisible, this show brings you everything from dark tales to comedic short stories.
This podcast is a collection of classic short stories from writers such as Jack London, Guy de Maupassant and Hans Christian Andersen. They’re fast-paced and appropriate for all ages and tastes.
Just ten years ago, 300 people of all ages disappeared from a small town in Tennessee. No one ever heard from them again.
So… “what happened to the people of Limetown?”
Helen’s craziest dream is to be far, far away from her hometown. Instead, she’s hired by the company that makes Sandra, the world’s most beloved A.I. Helen figures that’s the next best thing. Unfortunately, life behind the curtain isn’t exactly how she imagined it.
The NSA has asked the Cypher Group to decode a verified alien message that has been alluding codebreakers for decades. It’s a prestigious opportunity… but are they up to the challenge?
From the iTunes description: “Life’s not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He’s stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station’s sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn’t have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people’s minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359.”
Magic, music, and mystery meet in this podcast about a lonely janitor who is captivated by the “larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower.” This show is a gift to fiction addicts everywhere.
This ten-episode thriller series follows Ross, one of the FBI’s low-level employees. He spends a lot of time in online chats with his wife, Charlie… even though she died eight months ago. But this “digital resurrection” is about to lead Ross on a journey that will not only threaten his job and his life… but the whole world, too.
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