Wild Cards II: Aces High

Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Wild Cards, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
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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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Stopped at the first 3 minutes

I really loved reading the first book, so I tried to listening to the second. Couldn't take Luke Daniel's work. It feels like someone typed the whole book in Google Translate and pressed the "Listen" button. Felt so mechanic and robotic. Maybe it's because I grew fond of Roy Dotrice's and Neil Gaiman's narration style, maybe it's a good narration but it didn't quite get me, I don't know.

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Older, but still ok

Some of the story elements have definitely aged, but overall it was pretty good.
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Too much fantasy for me

The characters and story moved quick enough to keep me interested, but the plot was too over the top for me. At times it was so hard to follow that I wondered if I had jumped to a future chapter.

Since I had a hard time finishing the book, I have to give only 2 or 3 stars.

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Enjoyable experience.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The problem I had with this book revolved around the buildup to a less than stellar ending. Villians are built up and then never actually dealt with, which left me unsatisfied. Plots felt connected more so than the first book, but the common goal was underwhelming in the end.

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fun, if a little hard to follow.

fun and creative. doesn't lean on tired old themes. kinda disjointed and hard to follow, but worth a listen.

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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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Not bad, not great - but still a good story

I really like Luke Daniels - I first heard him in The Iron Druid series and got hooked there. This book doesn't give him the same opportunities for great voices, but he still does a credible job. The story is OK - not great, but good. Overall a nice finish to the series.

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Great overall story, with different characters imagined and developed by some of the greatest sci-fi writers of the time.

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first book was great, this one's even better

I really enjoyed the first wildcards book, and absolutely loved this one. Luke Daniel's was an excellent narrator, wish they had kept him on

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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.