Star Wars is a widely popular franchise that is loved by countless people all around the world.
One such aspect of Star Wars is the countless works of literature that have spun off the success of the films – many of which have been turned into audiobooks, making them the perfect accompaniment to any long journey or road trip.
But what exactly are the best Star Wars audiobooks?
The Best Star Wars Audiobooks
So without further ado, let’s take a look (in no particular order) at some of the best audiobooks on the market!
1. Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars
Based around the jedi knight Cal Kestis – one of few younglings to survive the jedi purge during Order 66 (at the end of Revenge of the Sith), who found himself on a quest to locate jedi holocrons containing the names of future jedi knights.
This novel, set in the interim years between the first game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and the upcoming sequel Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, sees Kestis and his crew of friends encountering a female stormtrooper looking to carve out a new destiny for herself against the backdrop of the Imperial regime.
2. Star Wars: Shadow Of The Sith
As the galaxy enjoys a period of peace in the aftermath of the Empire’s defeat, Luke Skywalker is busy training the next generation of Jedi knights – aiming to reestablish the order, and give the galaxy a new source of protection should the Sith ever return.
Unbeknownst to Luke, a dark presence in the force continues to grow in the shadows of the former Sith homeworld Exegol, where cultists of the deceased Emperor Palpatine work tirelessly to bring about a new regime of terror and evil.
3. Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Following the exploits of a younger Darth Maul – the tattooed, horned former apprentice of Darth Sidious – Shadow Hunter sees the sith lord in the interim before The Phantom Menace.
As Sidious (then still the unassuming Senator Palpatine) makes his final preparations to infiltrate the senate and rise through the ranks to Chancellor, a traitor within the Neimoidian Trade Federation seeks to sell what he knows to the highest bidder – information that ultimately falls into the hands of unwitting information broker Lorn Pavan.
As Pavan finds himself hunted by sinister forces – including the deadly Darth Maul – a chance encounter with young Jedi padawan Darsha Assant might be his only chance at survival.
4. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Despite having a mixed legacy – and one that was the source of much fan backlash at the time of release – The Phantom Menace has become something of a cult classic for fans of the franchise both past and present.
Following the story of Jedi knights Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi, The Phantom Menace sees the pair uncover a worrying political plot, witness the return of the supposedly long dead Sith, and discover a young, force sensitive boy called Anakin Skywalker – whose legacy has greater implications than any of the jedi can fathom.
5. Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
Attack Of The Clones sees Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi and his young padawan Anakin Skywalker return to Coruscant to protect Padme Amidala.
After thwarting an assassination attempt by bounty hunter Jango Fett, Obi Wan is led to the planet of Kamino, where a clandestine plot to create a clone army has been long underway – a revelation that leads the jedi to the planet Geonosis, where Separatist forces have amassed under the guiding hand of fallen Jedi turned Sith Count Dooku.
With political unrest seemingly headed for all out war, Obi Wan – along with a continually darkening, troubled Anakin – team up with the Jedi knights, as well as their new clone army, to reluctantly pursue a conflict that will define them for years to come.
6. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
Set three years after the events of Attack Of The Clones, Revenge Of the Sith sees the republic in the final months of the clone wars – a galaxy wide conflict between the republic clone army, and separatist droid army.
After rescuing a ‘kidnapped’ Chancellor Palpatine, and killing Count Dooku at his insistence, Anakin Skywalker’s continued descent towards the dark side has caused a growing rift between himself and Obi Wan Kenobi.
Meanwhile, the battles rage on all across the galaxy – with the Jedi separated, distracted, and ultimately weakened against an enemy that was right under their noses the entire time.
7. Star Wars: Ahsoka
Following the purge of the Jedi order, and the rise of the Empire under Darth Sidious and her former master Darth Vader, jedi knight Ahsoka Tano finds herself outcast and on the run.
Taking work as a mechanic and freighter pilot – work that sees her eventually working on a farm on the planet Raada, where her encounter with an Imperial inquisitor known as the ‘Sixth Brother’, sees her life take an unexpected turn.
8. Star Wars: Lords Of the Sith
Several years after the establishment of the Empire, attacks from insurgent forces see sith lords Darth Sidious and Darth Vader stranded on the planet RyLoth, where local resistance forces intend to oust the Empire’s lingering presence from their planet once and for all.
Coming up against noted rebel fighter Cham Syndulla, Vader and Sidious find themselves isolated and alone, with only their mastery of the dark side and their own combat skills to protect them from certain doom.
9. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
While many will know that it was Palpatine who was responsible for the republic’s fall, securing himself as Emperor, many might not be aware that it was his shadowy former master Darth Plagueis, who was the initial mastermind behind the events.
However, one thing that has always defined the sith is betrayal – something that the opportunistic Palpatine did, killing his master, and establishing his own rule of two between himself and his apprentice Darth Maul.
10. Star Wars ‘The Old Republic’: Revan
Of all the characters portrayed in the days of the Old Republic era, there are none as iconic and adored as Revan – a complicated character, whose struggles with amnesia, injury, and a shifting relationship to the light and dark side have seen him both the hero and villain in numerous iterations.
As a new, powerful evil threatens to overthrow the Jedi order and the republic at large, it is the scarred and reviled Revan who stands in their way.
11. Star Wars ‘Bounty Hunter Wars’ Series
The Star Wars Bounty Hunter novel series takes place following the events of Return of the Jedi, and follows the bounty hunters Boba Fett and Dengar.
As the latter scours for loot amongst the wreckage of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge, he notices that the sarlacc is dead, and that Boba Fett survived the ordeal.
The novel moves between their current predicament, as well as several years earlier, where a particularly dicey job saw them the enemy of their employers, bounty hunter’s guild.
12. Star Wars ‘Fate Of the Jedi’: Outcast
Despite no longer being considered canon within the Star Wars franchise, this novel was the inspiration for much of what happened in the ill-fated sequel trilogy.
Focused on Jedi master Luke Skywalker following the events of Return of the Jedi, the story sees a civil war rattle the Galactic Alliance, as well as the resurgence of dark forces that threaten to destroy everything that has passed.
13. Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy
Set before the events of A New Hope, the Han Solo trilogy portrays the early life of the much-loved smuggler, depicting his dealings with the Hutt clan, the criminal underworld, and some of the most dangerous bounty hunters in the galaxy.
14. Star Wars ‘The High Republic’: The Light Of The Jedi
Lesser known in the canon of the Star Wars franchise, the High Republic represented an era of peace, where complacency and resting on laurels had become the Jedi way.
During this time of supposed prosperity, we see a society where peace is on the brink of destruction, and various forces of evil seek to overthrow the established status quo.
15. Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Series
The Thrawn Ascendency series, which sees the rise of the titular Admiral Thrawn, as he rises to prominence within the Galactic Empire.
Widely known as being the villain in the Rebels animated TV show, as well as an infamous character from the Legends era of books, Thrawn came to represent the new face of evil for the early stages of the rebellion.
And there we have it, everything you need to know about Star Wars, and the best audiobooks for long road trips (if you want something spookier, check out ‘15 Best Stephen King Audiobooks For Long Road Trips‘)!
If you have a long drive coming up, and you want something to keep you occupied and entertained, then why not give some of these a try? Something tells me you won’t be disappointed!