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Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild Audiobook

Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild

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Publisher's Summary

Back in print after a decade is Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild, featuring fiction by George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, and others.

On September 15, 1946, the Wild Card virus was released, spreading a wave of mutations around the globe. "Aces" were endowed with extraordinary powers while "Jokers" were cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. September 15th is now Wild Card Day. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And 1986 - the 40th anniversary - promises to be the biggest Wild Card Day ever.

But in New York City, not everyone is celebrating: The Astronomer, a twisted, powerful genius, has been planning his own special festivities for Wild Card Day...a day of revenge against those who have opposed him....

Narrator cast list:

  • Felicia Day for "Bagabond"
  • Ron Donachie for "Hiram Worchester"
  • Pam Grier for "Roulette"
  • Stephen McHattie for "Demise"
  • Ray Porter for "Sewer Jack"
  • Prentice Onayemi for "Fortunato"
  • Molly Quinn for "Wraith"

©2014 George R. R. Martin (P)2016 Random House Audio

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    Ben 05-05-16
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    "I'm sad to see Luke Daniels go."

    While listening to the first two anthologies, I did not realize that it was he who really brought the stories to life. So far, Felicia Day and the man who voiced Fortunato are the best; but that is not saying the best that could be said about them. Felicia does well, but hey mild lisp works against her in the narrating business.And, frankly, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer, Bagabond strikes me as a rather extraneous character. Though, I do not agree with him nearly as vehemently.

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Luke Daniels is king"

    This story wasn't quite as good as the previous books. also, Luke Daniels reading in the previous ones is so good.

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    D D. 07-24-16
    D D. 07-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Would have been better with Luke Daniels"

    I was a huge fan of Luke Daniels' narration in the first two books. His characterization was fantastic and I still heard Doctor Tachyon with his voice. He was just great and because of that I can't rate the performance higher than 2 stars.

    While I normally hate audio books that have multiple readers I do have to say this was not the worst. Each character's perspective is read by a different narrator. Most of the time this works out until scenes overlap and you have Pam Greer's interpretation of Tachyon and Fortunato directly followed by Prince Onayemi's interpretation of those two characters, and even a third narrator near the end. I thought I was going to hate it but in the end it was okay. Prince Oanyemi and Felicia Day shine.

    As for the story I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to have a number of overlapping plots across one day told from different perspectives. I can't imagine how GRRM kept everyone straight. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Though I'm debating if I'll just buy the next volumes just to read myself rather deal with another cast's version of the characters' voices.

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    JKtheR 04-05-17
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    "Unpleasant change of narrator"

    I'm sad they switched narrators, the first two books were great. The dude killed it. The new narrators, not so much, especially whomever they let do Tachyons parts. She is consistently inconsistent and goes from accent to no accent every other word, it was painful to listen to. Totally ruined it for me. I was so looking forward to the rest of the books, not anymore.

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    Matias 02-22-17
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    "Poor performance nearly ruined a good book. "

    I struggled with the performance of the readers. Male cast was awful. Female cast poor.

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    chris 02-18-17
    chris 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    Hard to follow 5 different voices storie got jumbled but good book all in all

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    Calico Dan 11-22-16
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    "Less is more"

    Third in the series and definitely the weakest so far. I like most of the performers normally, but the lack of cohesive dialogue control with voices for characters changing so drastically and so often took me out of the book too often. When I was immersed it was enjoyable. The writing improved over the last one with Fortunado being much more true to his core than the last outing. Exploration of previously ancillary characters was nice, but this volume lacked any real sense of fun found in the previous installments. Was better with original single narrator and the sense of adventure. This may be my last entry for this series.

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    Jeremiah Mccoy 07-23-16 Member Since 2007
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    "An interesting take on the superhero genre"

    This universe is slightly to the left of ours and acknowledges the the cultural impact of actual superpowers on history. It also gives a distinct sense of the time it was written and the sense of New York. There are some graphic sex bits and tropes I could have done without, but nothing that prevents it from being a good time.

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    Kemberly 05-04-16
    Kemberly 05-04-16
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    "Glad to continue the Wild Card saga at last!"

    Loved the variety of storyteller performances! It really helped bring the characters to life!

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    Brent London, UK 03-23-16
    Brent London, UK 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting take on this series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild to be better than the print version?

    I would consider them to be equal


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hiram Worchester. He enjoys life and enjoys everyone else enjoying life. He's a fun character


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Most were excellent. Wraith's narrator is a bit vanilla, but the rest are great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spectre's transformation throughout the book


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    didn't like the way the did multiple voices. it really irritated me at first but was fine by the end. wish they had a constant narrator and had one voice for each speaking character

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