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Wild Cards II: Aces High

Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Wild Cards, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,070 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After the alien virus struck humanity in the wake of World War II, a handful of the survivors found they possessed superhuman powers. The Wild Cards shared-world volumes tell their story. Here in book two, we trace these heroes and villains through the tumultuous 1980s, in stories from SF and fantasy giants such as George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Walter Jon Williams, and others.

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

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Great performance with a classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read these when they first came out in the 80's, I was so happy to listen to the audiobook and to be to enjoy these classics all over again. Here to all 15 - 16 novels guys!!! Lets hear them all!

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  • BOB
  • Winfield, IL
  • 02-19-13

Great Fun - Better than the book.

I read the entire Wild Cards series back in the 90s, and was excited to see two titles on Audible.com. Luke Daniels narration was masterful. It was great to associate a "voice" with Dr. Tachyon and other characters, and the story lines were engrossing. Even those aspects of the books that might have been a bit dense in text add color to the audio book version. I had a hard time putting down either of the books, which unfortunately meant that they didn't last long enough for me. Bravo!!

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What A Wild Ride!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I found myself absolutely fascinated by the characters and their interweaving stories. I would love to know others who have read it to talk about it.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way all the connected plot lines each had their own feel and context since they were by different authors that seems logical, but I'd be interested to know how on earth (or not!) the collaborated to have the overall story move so smoothly.

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

I think I liked the Turtle best - he had such a rough time finding his true power, but when he found it he found a way to become more of a person too.

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

I think the moments when the Turtle and the Doctor confronted each other, both in the first book and in this one were great moments to explore what it means to be a human and to live one's life authentically.

Any additional comments?

Read them both - Wild Cards and Wild Cards II:Aces High. They're wonderful books that I can see as a superhero-type movie or even a tv series. I can totally picture Robin Williams as the doctor.

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Excellent Continuation

Wild Cards 2 is the traditional alien invasion story that follows the origin tale. It was really well done. Especially the narration.

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I want more Wild Cards

I love these books for driving. They are full of action and keep up alert on long trips. Also their serial nature means there is a lot of good stopping points so it's easy to take a break. I also think that Luke Daniels does a fantastic job in the narration. I'll always think of his voice and accent for Dr. Tachyon. I only hope that we can get Jokers Wild (and more) added to the series.

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Good read

This was a good sequel to the first anthology. It just didn't live up to my expectations or the high standard set by previous book. Still worth the time of you liked the first anthology. Just don't expect it to be as good.

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  • Stein
  • Norfolk, VA, United States
  • 06-07-13

Fascinating Collection and Great Narration

NOTE - Before you start this, the first Wild Cards book is a must read! I was amazed at how seamlessly multiple writers were able to create individual stories that not only built on everything created in Wild Cards 1, but enhanced and carried on the plot and characters. I started the first book because I liked Luke Daniel's work in the Iron Druid Chronicles. He does his usual fine job here, despite the wide variety of characters. I could recognize the individuals through his consistent 'voices'. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, this collection of science fiction stories often paints an unpleasant portrait of humanity that is sadly realistic. Yet they also provide moments of inspiration and herosim. Highly recommended.

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Loved it !

Great story! Like X Men for adults and with a much better flow to the story. Cant wait until the next book comes to Audible!

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not a mosaic but multiple storylines

the 2nd book deals a central plot a alien monster/monsters invading and the rise of wild card chic. it gives the origin of the turtle, the 2nd round of fortunato vs the mysterious cult from the 1st book, the transition of Jube from xenologist to guardian, the rise of modular man and captain tripps & friends. highly enjoyable & probably the only book in the series which has the best ending for most of the characters.

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A bunch of disjointed short stories

These two books of disjointed short stories follow a rather stupid theme that changes as the years advance. There are a few good short stories but most are a bit strange. I tried to go the end, but gave up.

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  • AmV Andy
  • 08-21-16

Silence can be golden

Thoroughly enjoying the series but frustrated by the lack of pauses between scenes and sometimes between 'books'. Otherwise can't fault it: storylines or performance.

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  • Frank M
  • 01-08-17

Not as good as Wild Cards I

What did you like best about Wild Cards II: Aces High? What did you like least?

Unfortunately I just wasn't impressed enough by any of this book to say any of it impressed me most. It was pretty much all magnolia wallpaper. I listened to it all in the car, but can't remember a single thing, which says it all.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

Too bland. I guess it was the brief they were given, but the whole thing was just dull. Sorry.

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

Luke Daniels does a great job of performing something that is ultimately not very interesting, so have to give him fll marks for that, but, as Obama once said. You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.

Do you think Wild Cards II: Aces High needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it ran it's course during book 1. Another one is just prolonging the death.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time on this one.