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The Arthur C. Clarke Award

Funded by a grant by the late Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, this award is presented annually to the best science fiction novel published in the UK, either originally in English or translated into English. Past winners include the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, Audible favourite China Miéville and Neal Stephenson.

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  • Children of Time Audiobook by Adrian Tchaikovsky Narrated by Mel Hudson

    Children of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian Tchaikovsky
    • Narrated By Mel Hudson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

    emmoff says: "Enjoyable book with a rather swift ending."
    2016 winner
  • Station Eleven Audiobook by Emily St John Mandel Narrated by Jack Hawkins

    Station Eleven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emily St John Mandel
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

    Denison says: "Good book if you dont think about it too much"
    2015 winner
  • Ancillary Justice: The Imperial Radch series, Book 1 Audiobook by Ann Leckie Narrated by Adjoa Andoh

    Ancillary Justice: The Imperial Radch series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

    Amy says: "Narration superb"
    2014 winner
  • Dark Eden Audiobook by Chris Beckett Narrated by Oliver Hembrough, Jessica Martin

    Dark Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Oliver Hembrough, Jessica Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A marooned outpost of humanity struggles to survive on a startlingly alien world. John Redlantern, one of the 532 degenerating descendants of two marooned space explorers, will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture into the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden....

    2013 winner
  • The Testament of Jessie Lamb Audiobook by Jane Rogers Narrated by Judy Flynn

    The Testament of Jessie Lamb

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Rogers
    • Narrated By Judy Flynn
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: As her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it’s up to her. But is Jessie heroic? Or is she, as her father fears, impressionable, innocent, and incapable of understanding where her actions will lead?

    2012 winner
  • Zoo City Audiobook by Lauren Beukes Narrated by Justine Eyre

    Zoo City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Beukes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Zinzi December has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit, and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job: missing persons.

    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
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    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
  • Song of Time Audiobook by Ian R. MacLeod Narrated by Rachel Atkins

    Song of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian R. MacLeod
    • Narrated By Rachel Atkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A man lies half-drowned on a Cornish beach at dawn in the furthest days of this century. The old woman who discovers him, once a famous concert violinist, is close to death herself--or perhaps a new kind of life she can barely contemplate. Does death still exist at all, or has it finally been obliterated? And who is this strange man she's found? Is he a figure returned from her past, a new Messiah, or an empty vessel? God or the Devil?

    2009 winner
  • Iron Council: New Crobuzon, Book 3 Audiobook by China Mieville Narrated by Damian Lynch

    Iron Council: New Crobuzon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    Overall
    (8)
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    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend.

    2005 winner
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle Audiobook by Neal Stephenson Narrated by Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson

    Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
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    (28)
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    (25)
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    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    2004 winner
  • The Separation Audiobook by Christopher Priest Narrated by Joe Jameson

    The Separation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Separation is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics (where they met Hess, Hitler's deputy). One joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp. His twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: This is an alternate history. The two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality.

    2003 winner
  • Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1 Audiobook by China Mieville Narrated by Jonathan Oliver

    Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Jonathan Oliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
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    (26)
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    (26)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

    ChattaD says: "Spectacular!!!"
    2001 winner
  • Dreaming in Smoke Audiobook by Tricia Sullivan Narrated by Amy Finegan

    Dreaming in Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tricia Sullivan
    • Narrated By Amy Finegan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kalypso Deed is a shotgun, riding the interface between the AI Ganesh and human scientists who solve problems through cyber-assisted Dreams. But she's young and a little careless; she'd rather mix drinks and play jazz. Azamat Marcsson is a colourless statistician: middle-aged, boring, and obsessed with micro-organisms. A first-class nonentity - until one of his Dreams implodes, taking Kalypso with it. Now Ganesh is crashing, and nothing could be worse.

    1999 winner
  • Vurt Audiobook by Jeff Noon Narrated by Dean Williamson

    Vurt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Noon
    • Narrated By Dean Williamson
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    (3)
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    Vurt is a feather - a drug, a dimension, a dream state, a virtual reality. It comes in many colours: legal Blues for lullaby dreams. Blacks, filled with tenderness and pain, just beyond the law. Pink Pornovurts, doorways to bliss. Silver feathers for techies who know how to remix colors and open new dimensions. And Yellows - the feathers from which there is no escape. The beautiful young Desdemona is trapped in Curious Yellow, the ultimate Metavurt, a feather few have ever seen and fewer still have dared ingest. Her brother Scribble will risk everything to rescue his beloved sister.

    1994 winner
  • The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook by Margaret Atwood Narrated by Joanna David

    The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Joanna David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (821)

    The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

    Kylie says: "Unfortunate choice of narrator"
    1987 winner
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