The Best Paranormal Book Series in Audio

From paranormal romance to supernatural thrillers, these are the best series to add to your queue. Browse our list to find your next favorite listen.

For as long as humans have told stories, we have had a fascination with paranormal and supernatural forces. The folklore of just about every human culture is rife with stories that feature talking animals, shape-shifters, demons, witches, spirits, and more. This influence can be seen in modern fiction too.

There is an abundance of paranormal audiobook series and supernatural romance listens out there, with enough variety between titles to fascinate listeners of all interests. Whether you're looking for a paranormal fantasy that will grip you with its action or romance with an otherworldly twist, these are some of our favorite paranormal audiobook series that you're sure to love.

Twilight

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Perhaps one of the most widely beloved paranormal romance series of all time, Twilight is an international phenomenon that still holds as much power today as it did when it was first published. It tells the story of Bella, an unassuming teenage girl who has just moved to a sleepy town in Washington and is beginning to feel isolated until she meets a captivating boy named Edward. When Bella discovers that Edward and his family are actually vampires, what unfolds is the saga of a love that seeks to transcend time itself. With the recent release of Midnight Sun—which retells part of the original four books through Edward's perspective—there's never been a better time for both new and returning listeners to dive into the world of The Twilight Saga.

Wicked Fox

Gumiho by Kat Cho

Gu Miyoung seems like an ordinary young woman at first glance, but she is hiding a secret: she is a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who subsists off the spiritual energy of men. In Wicked Fox, the first of two stories Kat Cho has set in this universe, Miyoung meets Jihoon, a human boy, whom she saves from an attacker. Despite a longstanding gumiho code to avoid interactions with humans, it is not long before something begins to spark between the pair. Narrated with grace by Emily Woo Zeller, this pair of novels is a must-listen for fans of original supernatural romances.

Primal Law

Alpha Pack by J.D. Tyler

In this ongoing series, a group of soldiers in Afghanistan are attacked by werewolves, transforming them into an elite team of shifters known as the Alpha Pack. Throughout the series, the ex-Navy SEALS use their supernatural abilities to combat the human and paranormal forces that threaten the world, as well as in their myriad romantic entanglements. Kirsten Potter and Marguerite Gavin lend their narrative talents to this series, bringing to life the intensity of J.D. Tyler's action and romance with soulful readings.

Prelude for Lost Souls

Prelude for Lost Souls by Helene Dunbar

A brand new paranormal book series from the author of We Are Lost and Found, Prelude for Lost Souls introduces listeners to an unsual little town. In St. Hilaire, it is commonplace for people to talk with the dead—in fact, there's a bustling tourism industry of people traveling from afar to commune with spirits. But when one boy grows dissatisfied with life in St. Hilaire, he and his friends are thrust into the center of a conspiracy. Featuring a trio of outstanding narrators in Kirby Heyborne, Nick Mills, and Brittany Pressley, this is a great option for anyone looking to get in on a fresh, ongoing series.

Storm Front

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

An expansive detective series set in modern Chicago, The Dresden Files is a delicious synthesis of pulpy noir and magic. Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Windy City, is widely renowned for his ability to catch the bad guys. From grisly murders to treachery, heists, and more, no case is too complex for Dresden's skills. All of the listens in this wide-ranging series are narrated by James Marsters (who portrayed Spike in television hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer), whose performance as Harry Dresden is simply unforgettable.

Interview with the Vampire

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

When discussing vampire fiction, the work of Anne Rice simply must be in consideration for greatest of all time. The Vampire Chronicles is testament to that claim. Spanning 13 installments, it is easily one of the best paranormal audiobook series you can put into your ears. The first audiobook in the series, Interview with the Vampire, tells the life story of vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac. Many books in the series are narrated with aplomb by Simon Vance, who brings the requisite gravitas to Rice's vampire tales.

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Gatlin, South Carolina is a small, unassuming town that Ethan can't wait to escape. The teen is frequently visited in his dreams by a young woman, about his age, whom he has never met. However, when the girl, Lena, moves to Gatlin, her family's long and cursed history threatens to upend life in the quiet Southern town for good. Each of the four main installments in Beautiful Creatures is narrated by Kevin T. Collins, who fully embodies Ethan's angst and longing as the small town life he's always known begins to unravel around him.

Sandman Slim

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Stark is a hitman from Los Angeles, whose dark past of entertaining demons with his natural magical abilities has him on a quest for revenge against the creatures who abducted him. Aided by his friend Vidocq, an immortal Frenchman, and Kasabian, the disembodied head of a cantankerous video store owner, Stark's journey toward vengeance is long and bloody. Across 11 audiobooks, Richard Kadrey spins a captivating tale of revenge and absolution, packed with an unforgettable cast of characters, brought brilliantly to life by the measured narration of MacLeod Andrews.

Dead Witch Walking

The Hollows by Kim Harrison

In the aftermath of a deadly, bioengineered disease that wiped out the majority of the world's human population, supernatural beings that long coexisted with humanity have been revealed and are now the main inhabitants of the planet. Rachel Morgan, a witch, works for Inderland Security, an agency that maintains law and order, but she longs to quit and start her own practice. However, her attempts to leave the I.S. amicably do not go according to plan, setting off a series of events that find Kim at the center of a witch hunt, as she attempts to gain her freedom by exposing one of her city's most notorious criminals. The narrator of most of the 14 installments in this series, Marguerite Gavin turns in a stupendous performance, nailing the titular character’s POV.

Unholy Ghosts

Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Chess Putnam is the tattoo-covered, no-nonsense, ghost-hunting protagonist of Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series, and she is a hero you'll likely never forget. In a world ravaged by zombie attacks, people with Chess's penchant for both hunting the undead and sniffing out the liars and cons among the living are invaluable skills. But she has found herself indebted to a drug lord, which leads Chess to seeking a huge payday from her (un)deadliest job yet. Across six installments, each narrated by the incomparable Bahni Turpin, Chess's adventures are packed with action, magic, and wild brushes with otherworldly forces.

Moon Called

Mercy Thompson by Patricia Biggs

By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic, seeming to be living a completely normal life in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. By night, however, she is acquainted with something beyond the everyday human world, as her ability to shape-shift into a coyote introduces her to all manner of supernatural creatures and paranormal activities. Mercy is full of dry wit, and portrayed perfectly by Lorelei King each of the 12 listens in this ongoing series.

A Discovery of Witches

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

In A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness combines historical research with magical fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspenseful drama, into one highly listenable package that kickstarts an unforgettable trilogy. Diana Bishop is descended from a long line of witches, but personally wants nothing to do with her magical lineage. Instead, she would prefer a life of scholarship. However, when she accidentally comes across an alchemical manuscript while researching at Oxford, she will be forced to reckon with her family history, as well as her own place within it. Across the main trilogy of audiobooks, Jennifer Ikeda provides a cool, focused narration that opens the window to Diana's thoughts.

The City We Became

Great Cities by N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin's previous fantasy series, such as Inheritance and The Broken Earth, were set in completely imagined worlds that were nevertheless grounded in real humanity. So, it's no surprise that the author's vision of modern New York City is as honest as it is fantastical. in her latest series, Great Cities. In The City We Became, the first installment, Jemisin's talent for crafting unforgettable fantasy is on full display when a supernatural, Lovecraftian force threatens to swallow New York whole. Narrated by Robin Miles, who captures the pathos and grace of Jemisin's writing to a tee, The City We Became marks the start of an exciting new series for paranormal fans.

Twilight

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Perhaps one of the most widely beloved paranormal romance series of all time, Twilight is an international phenomenon that still holds as much power today as it did when it was first published. It tells the story of Bella, an unassuming teenage girl who has just moved to a sleepy town in Washington and is beginning to feel isolated until she meets a captivating boy named Edward. When Bella discovers that Edward and his family are actually vampires, what unfolds is the saga of a love that seeks to transcend time itself. With the recent release of Midnight Sun—which retells part of the original four books through Edward's perspective—there's never been a better time for both new and returning listeners to dive into the world of The Twilight Saga.

Wicked Fox

Gumiho by Kat Cho

Gu Miyoung seems like an ordinary young woman at first glance, but she is hiding a secret: she is a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who subsists off the spiritual energy of men. In Wicked Fox, the first of two stories Kat Cho has set in this universe, Miyoung meets Jihoon, a human boy, whom she saves from an attacker. Despite a longstanding gumiho code to avoid interactions with humans, it is not long before something begins to spark between the pair. Narrated with grace by Emily Woo Zeller, this pair of novels is a must-listen for fans of original supernatural romances.

Primal Law

Alpha Pack by J.D. Tyler

In this ongoing series, a group of soldiers in Afghanistan are attacked by werewolves, transforming them into an elite team of shifters known as the Alpha Pack. Throughout the series, the ex-Navy SEALS use their supernatural abilities to combat the human and paranormal forces that threaten the world, as well as in their myriad romantic entanglements. Kirsten Potter and Marguerite Gavin lend their narrative talents to this series, bringing to life the intensity of J.D. Tyler's action and romance with soulful readings.

Prelude for Lost Souls

Prelude for Lost Souls by Helene Dunbar

A brand new paranormal book series from the author of We Are Lost and Found, Prelude for Lost Souls introduces listeners to an unsual little town. In St. Hilaire, it is commonplace for people to talk with the dead—in fact, there's a bustling tourism industry of people traveling from afar to commune with spirits. But when one boy grows dissatisfied with life in St. Hilaire, he and his friends are thrust into the center of a conspiracy. Featuring a trio of outstanding narrators in Kirby Heyborne, Nick Mills, and Brittany Pressley, this is a great option for anyone looking to get in on a fresh, ongoing series.

Storm Front

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

An expansive detective series set in modern Chicago, The Dresden Files is a delicious synthesis of pulpy noir and magic. Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Windy City, is widely renowned for his ability to catch the bad guys. From grisly murders to treachery, heists, and more, no case is too complex for Dresden's skills. All of the listens in this wide-ranging series are narrated by James Marsters (who portrayed Spike in television hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer), whose performance as Harry Dresden is simply unforgettable.

Interview with the Vampire

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

When discussing vampire fiction, the work of Anne Rice simply must be in consideration for greatest of all time. The Vampire Chronicles is testament to that claim. Spanning 13 installments, it is easily one of the best paranormal audiobook series you can put into your ears. The first audiobook in the series, Interview with the Vampire, tells the life story of vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac. Many books in the series are narrated with aplomb by Simon Vance, who brings the requisite gravitas to Rice's vampire tales.

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Gatlin, South Carolina is a small, unassuming town that Ethan can't wait to escape. The teen is frequently visited in his dreams by a young woman, about his age, whom he has never met. However, when the girl, Lena, moves to Gatlin, her family's long and cursed history threatens to upend life in the quiet Southern town for good. Each of the four main installments in Beautiful Creatures is narrated by Kevin T. Collins, who fully embodies Ethan's angst and longing as the small town life he's always known begins to unravel around him.

Sandman Slim

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Stark is a hitman from Los Angeles, whose dark past of entertaining demons with his natural magical abilities has him on a quest for revenge against the creatures who abducted him. Aided by his friend Vidocq, an immortal Frenchman, and Kasabian, the disembodied head of a cantankerous video store owner, Stark's journey toward vengeance is long and bloody. Across 11 audiobooks, Richard Kadrey spins a captivating tale of revenge and absolution, packed with an unforgettable cast of characters, brought brilliantly to life by the measured narration of MacLeod Andrews.

Dead Witch Walking

The Hollows by Kim Harrison

In the aftermath of a deadly, bioengineered disease that wiped out the majority of the world's human population, supernatural beings that long coexisted with humanity have been revealed and are now the main inhabitants of the planet. Rachel Morgan, a witch, works for Inderland Security, an agency that maintains law and order, but she longs to quit and start her own practice. However, her attempts to leave the I.S. amicably do not go according to plan, setting off a series of events that find Kim at the center of a witch hunt, as she attempts to gain her freedom by exposing one of her city's most notorious criminals. The narrator of most of the 14 installments in this series, Marguerite Gavin turns in a stupendous performance, nailing the titular character’s POV.

Unholy Ghosts

Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Chess Putnam is the tattoo-covered, no-nonsense, ghost-hunting protagonist of Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series, and she is a hero you'll likely never forget. In a world ravaged by zombie attacks, people with Chess's penchant for both hunting the undead and sniffing out the liars and cons among the living are invaluable skills. But she has found herself indebted to a drug lord, which leads Chess to seeking a huge payday from her (un)deadliest job yet. Across six installments, each narrated by the incomparable Bahni Turpin, Chess's adventures are packed with action, magic, and wild brushes with otherworldly forces.

Moon Called

Mercy Thompson by Patricia Biggs

By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic, seeming to be living a completely normal life in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. By night, however, she is acquainted with something beyond the everyday human world, as her ability to shape-shift into a coyote introduces her to all manner of supernatural creatures and paranormal activities. Mercy is full of dry wit, and portrayed perfectly by Lorelei King each of the 12 listens in this ongoing series.

A Discovery of Witches

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

In A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness combines historical research with magical fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspenseful drama, into one highly listenable package that kickstarts an unforgettable trilogy. Diana Bishop is descended from a long line of witches, but personally wants nothing to do with her magical lineage. Instead, she would prefer a life of scholarship. However, when she accidentally comes across an alchemical manuscript while researching at Oxford, she will be forced to reckon with her family history, as well as her own place within it. Across the main trilogy of audiobooks, Jennifer Ikeda provides a cool, focused narration that opens the window to Diana's thoughts.

The City We Became

Great Cities by N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin's previous fantasy series, such as Inheritance and The Broken Earth, were set in completely imagined worlds that were nevertheless grounded in real humanity. So, it's no surprise that the author's vision of modern New York City is as honest as it is fantastical. in her latest series, Great Cities. In The City We Became, the first installment, Jemisin's talent for crafting unforgettable fantasy is on full display when a supernatural, Lovecraftian force threatens to swallow New York whole. Narrated by Robin Miles, who captures the pathos and grace of Jemisin's writing to a tee, The City We Became marks the start of an exciting new series for paranormal fans.


D.R. Baker is a writer and musician based in New York City. Their work has appeared at Book Riot, Submittable, HowlRound, and others.

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