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.
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.
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 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.
Different narrator. Quicker story.
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.
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?
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.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
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.
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.
"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).
"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)
"Wild cards a good, gritty story"
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.
I enjoyed Jetboys story, and i liked the fact that despite his abilities he was still mortal and had his limits.
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.
If you are a fan of nightwatchmen you should enjoy this story.
"Brilliant: Vigilantes and government taskforces"
Real Superhero Aplication
The Sleeper escape from the wedding
It was great I laughed alot and cringed at other parts
it was brilliant, strongly recomend
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.
"A sum greater than its parts"
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.
Great. A lot of different styles to contend with but he pulls it all together
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.
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