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Wild Cards I | [George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn, David Levine, Lewis Shiner, Howard Waldrop]

Wild Cards I

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.
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Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

©1986, 2010 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Cheryl Caves St. Petersburg, FL 12-22-13
    Cheryl Caves St. Petersburg, FL 12-22-13 Member Since 2012

    cavemom

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    "not the best story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was hard to follow, too many characters and storylines going on throughout the book..


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Given it two or even three voices, this was more of a collection of stories and times.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    He is a great performer.


    Was Wild Cards I worth the listening time?

    Not really. I was ready to put it down half way through.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Elk Grove, CA, United States 02-16-12
    Kenneth Elk Grove, CA, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Alternate reality never felt so right!"
    What did you love best about Wild Cards I?

    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).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Cards I?

    My favorite part was Luke's reading of


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P 11-13-11
    P 11-13-11
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    "10 out of ten for style..."

    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..."
    Enjoy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Todd Lee 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly entertaining."

    This is a great anthology. All of the writers did an excellent job on their stories not just with the writing styles but also with the coherent use of characters throughout the entirety of the book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys science fiction or comic books.

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    Patricia Fletcher 04-05-15

    Book junkie, always in need of a fix.

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    "meh"

    to many chapters boring skipped to end after 22 chapters. could not stand listening to rest . no fault of Narrator!

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    Erik 12-08-14
    Erik 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator is rough"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different narrator. Quicker story.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    I wish I could have gotten past the narrator to be able to comment on the story, but I couldn't. Narrator was very, very boring. From what I got through, the story seemed very slow paced. Not at all what I was expecting based on other reviews.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Honestly, I hate critiquing without being able to provide feedback, but I'm not a voice actor so I really don't know. The narrator sounded bored throughout the entire time I listened. If the narrator isn't even into the story, why should I be?


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    Christopher 12-03-14
    Christopher 12-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A diamond in the rough."

    This book can be gritty, fun, and cynical all in a single paragraph. This is not a superhero story, it is a look at an alternate history told through the eyes of a handful of people who have, or work with people who have superpowers or vastly grotesque disfigurements. You grow to love some of the characters. You may not empathize with the ones that make us hope we would have been better than them, but you will at least understand their reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    no 11-06-14
    no 11-06-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "An awesome concept."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Wise Round Rock, TX, US 06-02-14
    Joy Wise Round Rock, TX, US 06-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Alien virus changes history in a sort of dull way"
    What did you like best about Wild Cards I? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Wild Cards I to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. I like long books, but this couldn't keep my attention long enough to finish it.


    Was Wild Cards I worth the listening time?

    Not in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Wodonga, Australia 08-11-13
    Matt Wodonga, Australia 08-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating idea, well executed"
    What other book might you compare Wild Cards I to and why?

    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.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brilliant narration


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  • Paul
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    1/8/12
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    "A Super Effort"

    Listening to this great little anthology I have read in my early 20's. I am glad at last these books are finally being audiobooked.

    I found Luke Daniels vocal talents gave each character a voice of their own, male and female.

    The new additional stories added a little extra to a great series of stories. Roll on getting the audiobooks for the other novels in the series.

    (I can hope the next anthology series from my youth they audiobook would be the Thieves World Anthology. I can dream).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • P. J. Williams
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    2/26/12
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    "Loved these as a series"

    Good adaptation of the original stories, well read and well paced - the narrator captures the "feel" of the stories very well.

    Hope more of the series are to follow (already purchased the 2nd)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warren
    Hermanus, South Africa
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    "Wild cards a good, gritty story"
    Would you listen to Wild Cards I again? Why?

    Absolutely, like a good movie you wtch twice or three times, a complex saga such as this deserves more than one listen. Characters and story lines intermingling with one anther can become a bit confusing, but this is what i enjoyed about it. Sometimes you just have to go back give it another listen which is fine because you always pick up plots and twists you didn't hear the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Cards I?

    I enjoyed Jetboys story, and i liked the fact that despite his abilities he was still mortal and had his limits.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

    deep, american,


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened this story while i worked, and often found myself listening and not working. it kept me hooked from start to finish. A couple of laughs, a bit of irritation at the politicians interfering in the four aces story line.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of nightwatchmen you should enjoy this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    5/12/15
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    "Brilliant: Vigilantes and government taskforces"
    If you could sum up Wild Cards I in three words, what would they be?

    Real Superhero Aplication


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Cards I?

    The sleeper


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Sleeper escape from the wedding


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was great I laughed alot and cringed at other parts


    Any additional comments?

    it was brilliant, strongly recomend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N Cowan
    Great Yarmouth, norfolk
    12/20/14
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    "lacklustre"

    narrator good, premise interesting, execution lacking. By maintaining the historical events of the 20th century unchanged regardless of the huge impact that a superman virus would have on said events, I spent half the time thinking, 'well wouldn't x have taken over the world, etc?' so the suspension of disbelief fought with itself. An alien virus that can re write genetic code and break the laws of physics, biology, chemistry, OK, cool. Apparently the same virus has no effect on works/US history? umm, no. I can't get on board with that. narrator was good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/9/14
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    "A sum greater than its parts"
    What made the experience of listening to Wild Cards I the most enjoyable?

    The range of stories is great but some stray a little too close to fan fiction in terms of tone and ideas for my liking. That said, there is a consistent undertone to the stories that is testament to the steady editing hand of Martin. It's a shame that this series is overlooked in favour of a more current crop of 'normal super hero' trope books. Think Watchmen rather than xmen and you're on the right track.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Great. A lot of different styles to contend with but he pulls it all together


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Wrexham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Interesting Ideas"

    If you didn't already know, George RR Martin's 'Wild Cards' series is a collection of short stories by various authors set in the same world. The standard varies, as you would expect, but for the most part are well written and entertaining. The stories fit together well, even though there is no big overarching plot, and many have you craving to hear more about certain characters.



    There's a good mix of heroism, horror and humour in the stories. The highlight for me was probably the Croyd Crenson stories, but I'm sure everyone who listens will find their own favourite characters. There were a few stories that I didn't particularly enjoy, but since it's a short story collection, I didn't have to wait long for the next one.



    The style, and storylines very much give the book a 'comic-book' feel. Whether or not that sound like your thing, I recommend giving this a go, for the intelligent way everything has been put together. It's quite different to anything else I've read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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