Great voices and entertaining acting
Weak insipid stories. A fantastic concept with terrible execution. Each story is about fantastical characters doing very boring things.
The main character, through most of the stories, is a brilliant alien that dresses like Liberace (a detail completely irrelevant to the plot, but is often referenced) and spends most of his time crying. Really literally crying, and about everything.
The super powered "Aces" never create any tension. The are never in danger of a conflict they can't win, so all of the drama is historical melodrama.
A good example of this is a superman analog that betrays his long time friends for fear of going to Jail in the historical Red hunt for communists. Really? super-man afraid of jail? He then spends the rest of the story mopping around as only a slightly rich movie star.
I was so disappointed in this. The stories often fade out with no sense of climax.
Wild Cards I is the first book in a series spanning nearly 30 years. Edited by George R R Martin and co-written by a selection of best selling author's, this book tells the story of Earths first encounter with Alien Tachyon and the wild card virus. It introduces us to Jetboy, The Sleeper, Ghost Girl, Bagabond and the Puppetman, as well as many other aces and Jokers. It is a great concept, the stories well written and is well narrated by Luke Daniels.
The concept for the book is interesting, But what's missing is excitement. The book sort of grinds on. It's like each author didn't want to out-strip all the others by writing a fantastic story.
I would not recommend this book. I like long books, but this couldn't keep my attention long enough to finish it.
Not in my opinion.
I guess this book is good enough but it's certainly not as engaging and interesting as many of the other books that I've listened to previously. Audible's ratings always seem to be on the high side, but how this rates 5 stars in anyone's book is beyond me ... but to each their own. The story is disjointed as many other reviewers have noted, and many of the story lines rely on shock or sex more than substance. Not a bad read, but not a great one either.
Not really. It was hard to follow, too many characters and storylines going on throughout the book..
Given it two or even three voices, this was more of a collection of stories and times.
He is a great performer.
Not really. I was ready to put it down half way through.
It's somewhat similar to Metatropolis, in that it's various authors writing in a shared world, with cross over of characters and events. Wild Cards is more of an integrated whole though.
OK, so I didn't know what to listen to next and this book had been in my library for some time, so ... why not?
I really enjoyed it. The stories were 'out there', the story telling was 1st class, and it hung together pretty well.
Yeah, I would have liked for some of the individual stories fleshed out a bit. Some needed an ending - I was left hanging wondering "So what happens to them next?", but overall this was super(b).
I've just bought the sequel so I guess that tells you all you need to know.
If you like superhero comics but struggle to find interesting reading, Wild Cards is perfect. The sophistication and quality is remarkable.
I read perhaps 1 or 2 books a year before Audible. Now I listen to 1 or 2 books a month. I'm mostly listen to sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. I'm a software developer and tabletop game designer.
As with anything with multiple authors, this book is disjointed and inconsistent. Some of the styles of the authors clash, but the overall premised and setting is very entertaining. Even with the inconsistencies, there wasn't a clunker in this mix of short stories that ranged from good to great.
It's easy to find stuff copied from Wild Cards that went into a few of the similar themed TV shows (heros, alphas, etc..). Now that all those shows have failed, they should really make a Wild Cards show.
There's some fake articles in collection. One imitates Hunter S. Thompson and is worth the price of admission.
Aliens, superheroes, mutant monsters, shapechangers and more - Wild Cards creates a world with all of these and more in a series of short stories artfully woven together to create characters and plots that flow consistently throughout the book. Writing styles differ, of course, but the overall quality remains excellent throughout. The fine stories are further enhanced by Luke Daniels' terrific and consistent voicing of a whole world of characters. I ordered Wild Cards because of my enjoyment of his reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I was not disappointed. Read this one before you read Wild Cards 2, but get them both!