My Beautiful Wintry Fantasy

My Beautiful Wintry Fantasy

Here we are in these dark winter months, with a long way still to go. Instead of counting the days till warmer weather, we invite you to take a different approach. Embrace it. There is an undeniable magic to the chill, the way it can freeze the world into a living sculpture, and it's something to relish, not escape. In these dark and twisty fantasies (with some sci-fi peppered in), the winter setting heightens the stakes and adds an element of allure. Start at the top of this list, and you'll get some winterscapes that revel in the beauty of the cold. Go deeper, and we'll get darker. Are you up for it? –Audible Editors Melissa and Nicole
    • The Golem and the Jinni

    • A Novel
    • By: Helene Wecker
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,047
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,071
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,055

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What does it mean to be human?

    • By Janice on 08-05-13
    • A Novel
    • By: Helene Wecker
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 04-23-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13,047 ratings
    • Fall in love with winter in the city
    • Winters in New York at the turn of the century were not what they are today. The streets were unforgiving, and the coal smoke could be smothering. Life for an immigrant, be it human or a fantastical jinni or golem, was treacherous. But amidst the constant danger was the joy of the small everyday moments: the fresh smell of warm pastries, the reckless freedom of strolling the city rooftops at night, the arresting moment of meeting a handsome stranger’s eyes. Narrator George Guidall seems to understand viscerally the tentative balance of restraint and abandon in this story, and he walks you across the fine line between both in his performance.
    • Hunted

    • By: Meagan Spooner
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 297
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 281

    Meagan Spooner spins a thrilling Beauty and the Beast story for the modern age, expertly woven with spellbinding romance, intrigue, and suspense....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent story!

    • By Michelle Webb on 06-02-17
    • By: Meagan Spooner
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 03-14-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 297 ratings
    • In this one, the beauty hunts the beast
    • Beauty, raised as a hunter, must attempt to save her father’s life when she discovers he has gone missing in the forest. The only clue to her father’s disappearance is his raving stories of the Beast that resides in the frosty woods. Is he still alive? How will she avenge her father? All of these questions plague her mind when she’s captured by the Beast, who has his own plans for her. Narrator favorites Saskia Maarleveld and Will Damron tag team the perspectives in a duel narration that only adds to the intricacies of the tale of Beauty and her Beast.
    • The Snow Child

    • By: Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW!!! A MUST Listen - even better than reading.

    • By Edmund W. Cheung on 02-13-19
    • By: Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 07-16-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 346 ratings
    • Come closer, my child
    • Homesteading in Alaska can be lonely business. Especially for a young couple unable to conceive a child. But the deep woods can also bring gifts. A girl made of snow, for instance, that dances through the trees on winter nights and instills the landscape with a dreamy magic. In this listen you’ll feel the pull of unpredictable wildness, while the soothing narration of Therese Plummer will lull you into a false sense of security. But we’ll warn you now: don’t fall asleep.
    • The Snow Queen

    • By: Joan D. Vinge
    • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
    • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A magnificent performance of an old favorite

    • By Nancy on 07-31-12
    • By: Joan D. Vinge
    • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
    • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 06-12-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 175 ratings
    • A classic sci-fi that feels like fantasy
    • Filled with the political strife of two combating cultures on a different planet, The Snow Queen is a blend between sci-fi and fantasy that fans of both Frank Herbert and Hans Christian Anderson (of which this is a retelling of his like-named work) will enjoy. Vinge's attention to detail when drawing the land and the culture of the people gives the story a creepy, fairytale feel. This classic is narrated by Ellen Archer, who brings in character work that is surprising and enlightening, adding a layer of complexity to the story.
    • Snow Like Ashes

    • By: Sara Raasch
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 931
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 925

    Training to be a warrior - and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather - Meira would do anything to help Winter rise to power again....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Forced Love Triangle, Self-Absorbed Main Character

    • By Lauren Eli on 05-01-17
    • By: Sara Raasch
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Series: Snow Like Ashes, Book 1
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 10-14-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000 ratings
    • No winter lasts forever...
    • Kate Rudd shines in her narration of Raasch’s debut fantasy novel Snow Like Ashes, which tells the story of Meira as she attempts to revive her home. Where Meira comes from, winter isn’t just a season that passes through for a few months. Winter is her land, her kingdom, and now she is only one of the few left after outsiders conquer and slaughter. Just as she regains hope for the revival of her people, she’s swept away into the harsh reality of her world. What she would have staked her life on before may have always been a lie.
    • The Bear and the Nightingale

    • A Novel
    • By: Katherine Arden
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,465
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,181

    At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I was swept away

    • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17
    • A Novel
    • By: Katherine Arden
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
    • Series: Winternight Trilogy, Book 1
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 01-10-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,465 ratings
    • Oh how frigid is the love of a frost demon
    • The Winternight Trilogy as narrated by Kathleen Gati is at turns haunting and lovely. It takes you across the snow-laden lands of Rus’, or ancient Russia, from the countryside all the way to Moscow. Set in a time when paganism and Christianity existed side by side, Vasya Petrovna has the second sight and can see the protective spirits of house and forest. It’s a dangerous road to walk for a young woman, being what she is, especially when the term “witch” is healthy and alive amongst the cold and desperate people. But Vasya has the kind of moxie that can outlast the hatred of a town, a city, and even a chaos demon. Prepare to love her fiercely.
    • Circle of Reign

    • By: Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 744
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 703
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 704

    An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best book in years...

    • By Jodi on 01-05-17
    • By: Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Series: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1
    • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 12-27-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 744 ratings
    • What if the onset of winter meant the death of your land – forever?
    • Audie Award winner Michael Kramer lends his talents to this magical story of deceit and greed brought on by the struggle to stay alive as an ancient enemy threatens the lives of the people of Arlethia. As Reign and her brother battle the threats to their borders, they must also regain the respect of their people that they lost in their efforts to survive. Filled with fast-paced action and stellar narration, Circle of Reign is a stunning tale of frost-tipped rooftops and the struggle for morality in a shady land.
    • Written in Red

    • A Novel of the Others
    • By: Anne Bishop
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
    • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

    • By Mike on 03-10-15
    • A Novel of the Others
    • By: Anne Bishop
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
    • Series: The Others (Bishop), Book 1
    • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 03-05-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668 ratings
    • These wolves really do bite
    • Set in a present-day alternate reality in which supernatural creatures have always lived alongside humankind, Written in Red invites us into the world of the Others through the eyes of Meg Corbyn, who isn’t quite human herself. Anne Bishop is known for not shying from dark subject matters, and here, we get shape-shifters and other creatures who see people as literal walking bags of meat. It can be a little ruthless, and the stakes are high for our main character, but that means the payoff is so satisfying in the end.
    • The Wolves of Winter

    • By: Tyrell Johnson
    • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 205

    Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's been forced to forge ahead....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written and compelling

    • By Elis Law on 05-15-18
    • By: Tyrell Johnson
    • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 01-02-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 225 ratings
    • Imagine the bitter cold of a dead sun
    • There’s an icebox where the sun used to be in the post-apocalyptic world of Wolves of Winter. As the warmth is stripped from the earth, so is the humanity that once filled it. Struggling to survive in the Yukon of Canada, Gwendolyn and her family have a new mystery man in their camp, who brings with him trouble that the family wanted to avoid. With no place to escape from the winter nightmare that is Earth, Gwendolyn must face these fears head on in order to protect and preserve what’s left of her life.
    • Spinning Silver

    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,016
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,000

    Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

    • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 07-10-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286 ratings
    • Like a glittering icicle to the heart
    • As our best fantasy pick for 2018, Spinning Silver’s fairytale setting and Lisa Flanagan’s subtly accented narration crawled into our brains and enchanted us. In a land reminiscent of Eastern Europe where snow people called the Staryk walk among humans, three young women learn to fight overwhelming odds through the force of their wills. One is taken by the snow king, another must marry a fire demon, and the third is under the thumb of an abusive father. Novik’s sparing use of language is reflective of the harsh land they live in, and yet, the world is still vivid in our mind’s eye, even months after listening. It is a story that lingers.
    • Shadow and Bone

    • By: Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,879

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So much potential wasted..

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-18
    • By: Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Series: Grisha, Book 1
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 11-30-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198 ratings
    • Now, go dark or go home
    • We begin in a warring nation. Alina Starkov, at first just a lowly army cartographer, is taken to be trained against her will for a power she has that makes her able to fight the dark forces of the Fold. The Shadow Fold is a nightmare-like territory complete with monsters that is threatening to take over the Slavic-inspired nation of Ravka. People are desperate, and even the good guys do bad things. Filled with twist after dark twist, jump on board with this YA trilogy that isn’t afraid to take us down to the rock bottom before picking us back up.
    • Pestilence

    • The Four Horsemen, Book 1
    • By: Laura Thalassa
    • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 806
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 752

    When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • what is this?.

    • By KT on 05-30-18
    • The Four Horsemen, Book 1
    • By: Laura Thalassa
    • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
    • Series: The Four Horsemen [Thalassa], Book 1
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 05-11-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 806 ratings
    • When her hero is also her enemy
    • This one is a romance, but it’s real dark and twisted. It’s the end of the world, and the first of the four horsemen, Pestilence, is slowly infecting the human population with disease as he rides through the streets. Sara stays behind in her empty town to kill him, but is captured by the horseman instead. He then drags her behind his horse as he continues his death march. Sound romantic? Oh, you just wait.
    • Dreamcatcher

    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,026
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,492
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497

    A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captures the mind and heart.

    • By Mark on 01-18-08
    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 02-20-01
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,026 ratings
    • How dark can you go?
    • When four friends ban together to stop the bullying of the mysterious Duddits, who has Down Syndrome and unexplainable telepathic powers, they’re forever linked. When they return years later to reminisce on their annual winter camping trip, they stumble upon a terrifying enemy lurking deep in the snowbanks of their hometown. Can their telepathic bond stand the frost of this deadly Derry winter? Let yourself be swept away into one of the many nightmares that plagues this unsuspecting town from this now-classic rendition of an old school Stephen King.