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Wild Cards I Audiobook

Wild Cards I

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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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    adam DAYTON, TEXAS, United States 12-02-12
    adam DAYTON, TEXAS, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Has potential!"

    This is a collection of short stories set in the same world. Some of these stories are really really good like the story about croyd AKA the sleeper and the turtle. That being said some of the stories in this book are absolutely boring like the story of fortunato.

    5 of 7 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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    J. Clark Florida 01-13-14
    J. Clark Florida 01-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sould have stopped while they were ahead!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    febberts baltimore 05-23-17
    febberts baltimore 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "it caught me by surprize about it being a collect"

    the short stories caught me off guard i guess i missed that part in the discription but enjoyed the over all affect of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Hutchison 05-11-17 Member Since 2015

    Architect, 3D Designer, Krav maga instuctor and fan of science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Some good some not so good"

    The created universe that the short stories are created in is very average.
    Some of the stories are good but most read like an introduction to a story that hasn't started yet

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    Island Joe 04-06-17
    Island Joe 04-06-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastically awesome, until..."

    I got into this book pretty easily; absolutely love the premise, and almost all of the stories. I was more than halfway through the book and telling all my friends how much I was enjoying it and then George R Martin Martin wrote a chapter... it went from awesome to smutty in less than no time. I honestly don't know what is wrong with that man… Why does he have to put pornographic shit in everything he writes! if I wanted to read garbage about stroking a man's penis, or how it felt for some girl to get raped by someone or how some girl wanted to be raped by him I read Fifty Shades of stupid! Way to go Martin, just like song of rape and incest(also known as Game of Thrones): amazing story amazing premise with a "surprise butt sex!" in the middle of it that doesn't actually need to be there! I don't think I'll be reading anymore of these books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 04-05-17
    Lauren 04-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Depressing. Not about superheroes."

    This is just a bunch of short stories about US post WWII history. The superpowers are incedental. US history is just awful and boring even when it isn't a fictionalised overly depressing version of itself. On top of that _nothing_ happens. There's no plot. This is a world where super-heroes are real and yet it changes nothing at all. I stopped two stories in because I was afraid I'd get permanent psychological damage from the drivel.

    The reader is good though.

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    Corey J Smith 03-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Potential turned into Trash"

    Book started with so much potential but turned into trash by the time Martin's story and kept getting crazier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Spring, TX, United States 03-08-17
    Ray Spring, TX, United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2012

    An avid reader with not enough time on his hands any more but lots of commuting time!

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    "I love the genre but I would like a bit more"

    I think the authors really do a job of drawing several diverse stories into an over all narrative but it can be a bit frustrating. When you become attached to character there story is finished and it is on to the next, but the writing is excellent and from so many authors that is strong praise. The narrator was also excellent providing excellent characterization and great pacing.

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    John Easterling 03-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "couldn't finish it."

    great narration, but the plot is so scattered it's hard to get into it. love the premises.

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  • N Cowan
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    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
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    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

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