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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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  • RiccRocc
  • TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, US
  • 11-28-17

maybe for someone else,

I did not enjoy this book, just not my style reading. I could not get into it.

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Great narration irritating characters .

The only good characters in the book get killed off, while whiny lame snitch characters survive.

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Loved the story

It left me wanting more. Compliments to the narrator hope he's in the other books

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Because it's the book we deserve?

...but not the one we need right now. So, I'll keep hunting for a less disjointed and more inspiring enhanced personage novel or series.

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Disjointed and Incomplete

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys short stories in the fantasy genre.

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Explained that it was a loosely connected series of short stories that may or may not have endings. What happened to Croid (and his drug problem), the great and powerful turtle or Ghost girl (and others), no one knows.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

The reader did a great job with all the characters. I just didn't get invested in any character enough because they just quit being.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Ripped off. It was a collection of stories, not a novel.

Any additional comments?

It's not the Game of Thrones. I don't know what George R Martin did for this collection of stories, but I suspect mostly, he lent his name and collected money.

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Redundant, political, and drawn out with no end

What disappointed you about Wild Cards I?

The premise and initial stories were very good and set high expectations for a SciFi read or listen. But the rehashing of political positions from the past, supporting your sexist agenda and not really drawing to any conclusion or seeing the story really progressing toward a conclusion were very disappointing.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Maybe selected authors but only after a lot of research.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too may characters made this a difficult audio to pull off. Would have been better with multiple narrators.

What character would you cut from Wild Cards I?

Not sure I'd cut a character, but rather how a few of those characters were portrayed.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time, a long series with relatively good comments does not translate into good writing or audio. The most disappointed that I've been in any Scifi audio book to date.

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George R. R.'s greatest literary contribution!

Would you listen to Wild Cards I again? Why?

The first book reads like a documentary which is perfect for the 40's, 50's, 60's feel of the first book. Which in and of it's self makes listening again a new experience every time. However when you have read the other books in the series, coming back paints the books in a new light. You see things that should of been obvious before, and see how there were some necessary evils.

What other book might you compare Wild Cards I to and why?

There is no actual book I could compare to Wild Cards because it is new ground. The closest thing you could aquatint it with would be the entire wealth of comic books from the 30's to the 70's.With the multiple writers and shared plot between the stories, it is the only thing to share similarities.

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

Competent and talented reader, with excellent pronunciation and accents.

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

You will feel horror at treatment of the Jokers, you will cry along with Tachy, laugh as The Sleeper builds his legend, and meet the Walrus, Cuu Cuu Kachu...

Any additional comments?

Also a must for Lovecraft fans! TV show and Broadway musical coming soon!

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Captivating!

Truly Martin is one, if not the best, character writers of all time...hands down amazing.

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Great start to the series

I have been reading the Wildcards series since the late 80's and it is still as great today as it was then. Alternate History with Superheroes and Aliens.

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Too scattered

I enjoyed the first half of this book because it was a relatively linear story that I could follow. The second half jumped around to seeming random, unimportant characters, each with a small story that didn't have much or any significance. I struggled to get through the last six hours of the book.

The narrator did a great job. His voices were very well done.