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The World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were established in 1975. The award is presented at the World Fantasy Convention each year to a writer, editor or artist who has made an outstanding contribution to speculative fiction in that year.

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  • The Chimes Audiobook by Anna Smaill Narrated by Luke Kempner

    The Chimes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anna Smaill
    • Narrated By Luke Kempner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A mind-expanding literary debut composed of memory, music and imagination. A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain. No memories beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment. No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden. No parents - just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them.

    Loveredshoes says: "Wonderful"
    2016 winner
  • The Bone Clocks Audiobook by David Mitchell Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, Anna Bentinck

    The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

    Jocelyn says: "Interesting and captivating!"
    2015 winner
  • A Stranger in Olondria: Being the Complete Memoirs of the Mystic, Jevick of Tyom Audiobook by Sofia Samatar Narrated by Josh Hurley

    A Stranger in Olondria: Being the Complete Memoirs of the Mystic, Jevick of Tyom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sofia Samatar
    • Narrated By Josh Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    When reading and writing are the most important things in the world. Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home - but which his mother calls the Ghost Country. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick's life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. Just as he revels in Olondria's Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl.

    2014 winner
  • Alif the Unseen Audiobook by G. Willow Wilson Narrated by Sanjiv Jhaveri

    Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients - dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups - from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif - the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

    2013 winner
  • Osama Audiobook by Lavie Tidhar Narrated by Jeff Harding

    Osama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lavie Tidhar
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In a world without global terrorism Joe, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious woman to find a man: the obscure author of pulp fiction novels featuring one Osama Bin Laden: Vigilante...Joe’s quest to find the man takes him across the world, from the backwaters of Asia to the European Capitals of Paris and London, and as the mystery deepens around him there is one question he is trying hard not to ask: who is he, really, and how much of the books is fiction?

    2012 winner
  • Who Fears Death Audiobook by Nnedi Okorafor Narrated by Anne Flosnik

    Who Fears Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nnedi Okorafor
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

    2011 winner
  • The City & The City Audiobook by China Mieville Narrated by John Lee

    The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    New York Times best-selling author China Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other, real or imagined. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.

    emmoff says: "Not a mundane police procedural"
    2010 winner
  • The Shadow Year: A Novel Audiobook by Jeffrey Ford Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

    The Shadow Year: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Ford
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On New York's Long Island, in the unpredictable decade of the 1960s, a young boy spends much of his free time in the basement of his family's modest home, where he and his brother, Jim, have created Botch Town, a detailed cardboard replica of their community, complete with figurines representing friends and neighbors. Their little sister, Mary, smokes cigarettes, speaks in other voices, inhabits alternate personas... and, unbeknownst to her siblings, moves around the inanimate clay residents.

    2009 winner
  • Ysabel Audiobook by Guy Gavriel Kay Narrated by Kate Reading

    Ysabel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets -a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day - and it's calling out to Ned...

    2008 winner
  • Kafka on the Shore Audiobook by Haruki Murakami Narrated by Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur

    Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Laura says: "perfect!"
    2006 winner
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Audiobook by Susanna Clarke Narrated by Simon Prebble

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    RFC says: "Outstanding performance, great story"
    2005 winner
  • Tooth and Claw Audiobook by Jo Walton Narrated by John Lee

    Tooth and Claw

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Here is the tale of a family dealing with the death of their father, of a son who goes to law for his inheritance, a son who agonizes over his father's deathbed confession, a daughter who falls in love, a daughter who becomes involved in the abolition movement, and a daughter sacrificing herself for her husband.... Except that everyone in the story is a dragon, red in tooth and claw.

    2004 winner
  • Declare Audiobook by Tim Powers Narrated by Simon Prebble

    Declare

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In his 11th novel, Tim Powers takes his unique brand of speculative fiction into uncharted territory, instilling the old-fashioned espionage novel with a healthy dose of the supernatural. As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, a coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

    2001 winner
  • The Physiognomy: The Well-Built City Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook by Jeffrey Ford Narrated by Christian Rummel

    The Physiognomy: The Well-Built City Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Ford
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Offering a freshly imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality.Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town.

    1998 winner
  • Godmother Night Audiobook by Rachel Pollack Narrated by Coleen Marlo

    Godmother Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Rachel Pollack
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    In a world that exists on the back of a giant turtle, two lovers named Laurie and Jaqe find themselves separated by an elderly woman named Mother Night, who is literally death, and her five red haired, leather-clad bikers.

    1997 winner
  • The Prestige Audiobook by Christopher Priest Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    1996 winner
  • Boy's Life Audiobook by Robert McCammon Narrated by Richard Thomas

    Boy's Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners....

    1992 winner
  • Madouc: Lyonesse, Book 3 Audiobook by Jack Vance Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

    Madouc: Lyonesse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The World Fantasy Award-winning third volume of the Lyonesse trilogy brings attention to the faerie changeling Madouc. Where princess Suldrun once meekly endured the proprieties of Castle Haidion, Madouc defends herself with rotten fruit. Vexed, King Casmir arranges a contest to marry her off, but Madouc has other ideas, and enlists the stableboy "Sir Pom-pom" on an impromptu quest to find her father.

    1990 winner
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Audiobook by Patrick Suskind Narrated by Sean Barrett

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick Suskind
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: This is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: A sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: The scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill...

    Clementine says: "much better than the film"
    1987 winner
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