Looking for a read that’s as exciting as your latest Dungeons and Dragons quest? Check out LitRPG!

LitRPG is short for Literary Role-Playing Game. This fiction sub-genre combines the experience and mechanics of tabletop and virtual gaming with elements from fantasy and science fiction novels.

What are game mechanics? They can be any or all of the following:
  • Level ups
  • Skill developments
  • Damage and health stats

These create a narrative you may recognize from a typical RPG game. The main character develops along the way, giving a sense of progression much like you feel when moving through a DND campaign or logging into your favorite PC game.

Just like with RPG games, there are many different types of LitRPG, such as:

  • Post-Apocalyptic Earth
  • Virtual Reality
  • Portal/Isekai
  • Slice of Life
  • Dungeon Core
  • Harem
  • Crunchy/Creamy

… and so many more!

So, if you’re a fan of Ready Player One, Sword Art Online, or Dungeons & Dragons, we highly recommend you give LitRPG audiobooks a try!

Don’t know where to start? Scroll down for some newbie-friendly audiobook recommendations for adventurers, fighters, and book lovers alike!

The Nameless Restaurant: A Cozy Cooking Fantasy
By Tao Wong
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

There is a restaurant in Toronto that is magically hidden, whose service is horrible and whose food is divine. This is the story of the Nameless Restaurant.

This cozy cooking fantasy is the first in the Hidden Dishes series perfect for fans of Travis Baldree’s Legends & Lattes!

Tao Wong is one of the original authors in this genre, writing in this genre for over six years with successful LitRPG series such as A Thousand Li and System Apocalypse.

System Fall
By Kaz Hunter
Narrated by Pete Cross

This first-in-series apocalypse LitRPG is more than a fight for survival: it’s a battle for redemption, a rebellion against the system, and a quest to rewrite destiny.

For the Loot: A LitRPG Fantasy (Goblin Mode, book 1)
By Han Yang & Pearce Adams
Narrated by Evan Sibley

A daring rogue, fearsome foes, and a golden opportunity for adventure—join Bogart as he quests for riches in a world where nothing is as it seems!

The Starlight Sword
By Roman Prokofiev
Narrated by David Bendena & Pete Cross

In the first book of this classic might-and-magic-style LitRPG series, a common trader in the Sphere of the Worlds starts from scratch on the road to becoming a legend.