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Wild Cards I

By: George R. R. Martin - editor
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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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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A Super Effort

Listening to this great little anthology I have read in my early 20's. I am glad at last these books are finally being audiobooked.

I found Luke Daniels vocal talents gave each character a voice of their own, male and female.

The new additional stories added a little extra to a great series of stories. Roll on getting the audiobooks for the other novels in the series.

(I can hope the next anthology series from my youth they audiobook would be the Thieves World Anthology. I can dream).

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Loved these as a series

Good adaptation of the original stories, well read and well paced - the narrator captures the "feel" of the stories very well.

Hope more of the series are to follow (already purchased the 2nd)

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Interesting Ideas

If you didn't already know, George RR Martin's 'Wild Cards' series is a collection of short stories by various authors set in the same world. The standard varies, as you would expect, but for the most part are well written and entertaining. The stories fit together well, even though there is no big overarching plot, and many have you craving to hear more about certain characters.



There's a good mix of heroism, horror and humour in the stories. The highlight for me was probably the Croyd Crenson stories, but I'm sure everyone who listens will find their own favourite characters. There were a few stories that I didn't particularly enjoy, but since it's a short story collection, I didn't have to wait long for the next one.



The style, and storylines very much give the book a 'comic-book' feel. Whether or not that sound like your thing, I recommend giving this a go, for the intelligent way everything has been put together. It's quite different to anything else I've read.

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Wild cards a good, gritty story

Would you listen to Wild Cards I again? Why?

Absolutely, like a good movie you wtch twice or three times, a complex saga such as this deserves more than one listen. Characters and story lines intermingling with one anther can become a bit confusing, but this is what i enjoyed about it. Sometimes you just have to go back give it another listen which is fine because you always pick up plots and twists you didn't hear the first time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Cards I?

I enjoyed Jetboys story, and i liked the fact that despite his abilities he was still mortal and had his limits.

What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

deep, american,

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

I listened this story while i worked, and often found myself listening and not working. it kept me hooked from start to finish. A couple of laughs, a bit of irritation at the politicians interfering in the four aces story line.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of nightwatchmen you should enjoy this story.

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Genius

An amazing twist on a big genre! multiple writers across multiple stories works brilliantly! can't wait for the next ones.

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First Audible Book I've given up on.

This is the first book from Audible I haven't finished, I got over half way through and gave up as it was awful.

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Amazing and Fresh

Great narration and a great variety of stories

if you like superheroes but tired of the same old format this is a very new and fun spin on old school superpowers

they are all good but if there are any you don't like you are into the next one before you know it !!

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Awesome

It has kept me engrossed all the way through and I have enjoyed the narrator's ability to change his voice for each character. I am really looking forward to listening to Wold Cards II.

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superhero comics in novel form

it's important to note this is an anthology and as such the characters, focus, story and even author changes frequently. As such the quality varies according to taste. It's very much in the style of "what if superpowers existed in the real world" rather than traditional superheroics. It does make for a curious alternate 20th century though.

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A very good choice of stories!

A very good choice of stories. I listened to it in my car driving to work, and enjoyed it very much.

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