I'm an old Wild Cards fan. I own all of the books to the series and have loved reading them for years. When I found out that there was an audiobook of book 1 I had to have it and I was not disappointed. Luke Daniels is a great reader of the stories and his voice acting was great. I really enjoyed the new story of Ghost's origin with the Sleeper (Roger Zelazny's immortal character).
My favorite part was Luke's reading of
My favorite scene is where the Radical (Mark Meadows) and the Lizard King (Thomas Marion Douglas / this world version of Jim Morrison of the Doors) team up to fight Hardhat during the 60 counterculture movement.
No. Not because it wasn't good but because it's one of my favorite books and I like to savor it like a fine wine.
If you know of or have been introduced to the Wild Cards shared universe this is a great production of book 1. If you know nothing about it I highly recommend it. It is kind of a Super Hero / Villain in an alternate reality of our world which diverged shortly after WWII into a realistic vision of our world with super powers.
With a cast of writers such as W J Williams and the late, great Roger Zelazny (who is NOT listed as an author, though his character Croyd Crieghton (sp?) is one of the best), this is a great anthology by great science fiction authors in the tradition of great "comic books." Good work, and I look forward to the next three chapters.
"If it's Demise, Don't look in his eyes..."
This book started out great. Very interesting concept and some well written stories, unfortunately, the book "overstayed it's welcome". I rarely do not finish a book but after putting hours into it, I finally let it go. The writing was just too uneven. One story would be great, followed by an average or below average one. In the end, it wore me down and I stopped listening. If you catch it on sale, get it, otherwise think long and hard before using a credit.
so it is difficult to know how much his naration influences my opinion of a story. I was hesitant to dive into this anthology style book; I prefer long series when I can find one worth following.
That hesitancy was soon gone. The story concept was completely new and fresh to me. The telling through different views only hightened the realism and mystery of the idea. The order of the stories also smoothly led the reader down and down into the horror of the wild card virus and the seedier side of city life that most of us only see in movies. Moving through time added weight and hope, but never let the reader clearly possess either, just like real life I suppose.
Often scifi that delves into these subjects gets dated with age. I didn't find that here. I was curious and moved through the whole story and only wished that I had more time with each new character introduced. Well done.
I fist heard about this series from a series of shorts called dangerous women and was interested in learning more. about this world. this first book was really well done and I loved how all the stories melded together.
Maybe the worst book I have ever read and since I have been reading everyday my whole life (I'm 58), that is saying something. I can list the books I couldn't finish on one hand with fingers left over, but I just couldn't finish this one. It is a mash up of boring, d-grade movie, gobbledygook. My advice to the reader is, "just don't". My advice to the publishers and authors, "next time, just say no".