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Wild Cards I

Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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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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Mutants In Real Life

Good story for the first 3 quarters of the book. It felt like they saved the best writing in the beginning and got worse after each short story. I'm glad that they gave me strong writers and I'm disappointed that they could not keep my attention till the end

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  • Joseph Rispoli Jr
  • Grove City, OH, US
  • 2011-11-15

A True Classic!

Remembering back to the 80s and what a splash this series made, I had to give the audio treatment a try. Very well done presentation with a large variety of unique character voices.
The story itself is a classic, treating the impact of superhuman (and non-human) characters on the 'real' world. If you aren't familiar with this series, but enjoyed the TV series Heroes, give this a try!

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  • Michelle Robbins
  • USA
  • 2013-04-27

Nice Surprise

I decided to give this book a try after reading the reviews and am very pleased I did. It shows a world where an alien virus has infected the population post WWII. I greatly enjoyed the format of jumping POV's and showing how our timeline might have been effected by such an event - something I think was handled quite artfully by the writers.

The "Wildcard Virus" has effected people in several ways ranging from the Aces (superheroes) to the Jokers (those deformed or negatively effected) - and that isn't counting the overwhelming majority of those that get it that simply die horribly. With this in play it effects more than just everyday social interaction, it effects government, entertainment, crime, and quite a few other things in between.

There were characters and storylines I enjoyed more than others (the Sleeper, the Turtle, and the government anylist who can stop time being among my favorites) but all in all it was thoroughly enthralling with a wonderfully narrator to guide the whole thing.

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  • Patrick W
  • 2012-10-08

WHO KNEW "SUPER HEROISM," IS A DISEASE

What did you love best about Wild Cards I?

I've read some of the books. It was an experience to hear it brought to life by a voice. Dr Tachyon's voice was not what I imagined but then I never fully read or digested his description in the book. All the characters came to life for me in this work.

What did you like best about this story?

Each chapter is a new story. There are several "literary voices" in this work. Each chapter is written by a different author. This very feature lends itself to the idea that each chapter was written by the character most prominently featured in the segment.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

His voices weren't as distinctive as some readers I've listened too in past. However his voice had a feel, sound and quality that lent itself to the era where the story began and progressed through.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Super heroism is a disease. Look out "Body Snatchers," we've got one up on you this time.

Any additional comments?

Some of the segments of this book are not for young listeners. Personaly those stories too heavily focused on sex did not appeal to me as much now as when I read the books. For that reason the Fortunata chapters got skipped. Not that his story wasn't interesting and poiniant I just didn't like them as much as I did in my younger years.

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  • Kenneth
  • Elk Grove, CA, United States
  • 2012-02-16

Alternate reality never felt so right!

What did you love best about Wild Cards I?

I'm an old Wild Cards fan. I own all of the books to the series and have loved reading them for years. When I found out that there was an audiobook of book 1 I had to have it and I was not disappointed. Luke Daniels is a great reader of the stories and his voice acting was great. I really enjoyed the new story of Ghost's origin with the Sleeper (Roger Zelazny's immortal character).

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

My favorite part was Luke's reading of

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is where the Radical (Mark Meadows) and the Lizard King (Thomas Marion Douglas / this world version of Jim Morrison of the Doors) team up to fight Hardhat during the 60 counterculture movement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Not because it wasn't good but because it's one of my favorite books and I like to savor it like a fine wine.

Any additional comments?

If you know of or have been introduced to the Wild Cards shared universe this is a great production of book 1. If you know nothing about it I highly recommend it. It is kind of a Super Hero / Villain in an alternate reality of our world which diverged shortly after WWII into a realistic vision of our world with super powers.

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  • Helen
  • 2011-12-23

Worth waiting for!!!

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Loved these books when they came out and was overjoyed they had finally been released as audiobooks. And as a bonus there are some stories in the collection that didn't make it into the book... at least into the UK edition. Definitely worth a listen by anyone who enjoyed the books or later shows like Heroes and Alphas

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2013-02-24

Dry Politics

I was excited about this book, George R.R. Martin is a great author. The premise for the book is excellent. A virus from outer space attacks Earth, resulting in lots of freaks and some super heroes. For every ten freaks, there is one Ace.

The prologue sets it up well. The first story by Howard Waldrop starts the book out with an exciting story about Jet Boy, the main hero. The next story by Roger Zelazny is really good. Then Walter Jon Williams gets extremely political and the list of nobody authors that follow continue the politics. There are several hours of McCarthyism and black lists. Like the holocaust we need to be reminded of these black parts of our history, so we don't repeat them, but this pretty much killed the series and droned on for hours. Martin comes in with his story and with his brand of sex and realistic horrors tries to bring the series back to interesting. Victor Milan's and Stephen Leigh's stories help, but my mind had already gone numb from the 19 hours of disappointment.

The narrator does nothing to help. I ended up toward the end putting him on fast play and that helped a little. If you have to be put on fast play to be interesting, that is saying something.

I have a soft cover of this book and there are three stories in this expanded version that are not in the soft cover. I also have volumes 2,3 and 5. I will try reading them the old fashioned way instead of listening. Do not be fooled by the amount of books in this series. There are plenty of series out there that are not worth reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • the boondocks, MO USA
  • 2016-05-10

Excellent beginning to this series.

Excellent beginning to this series. Voice performance is high quality with a vast array of voices.

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  • Silvia
  • 2016-03-07

Wild for Wild Cards

Brilliant! A unique book that you can listen to again and again! Brilliant reading of this book. I couldn't put it down!!!!

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  • Vitko
  • 2016-02-15

Alternate Timeline

The collection of stories provide an eclectic view of a reality where superheroes are real and there is science to explain it. Many views of related subject matter, common protagonists, and circumstances varied by time make for an interesting view of the "what could have been" where means are by turns the new downtrodden and the new elite. Very well narrated, the excellent production make what are at times using time shifts and thematic leaps easier to follow.

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  • Santus
  • 2016-02-07

A collection of stories

A collection of stories has stronger stories and worse stories.

This one has an awesome frame story and strong in-between moments written by the guy that wrote Game of Thrones.

It is a strong collection in my opinion because it is alternative historical fiction with a fantasy bent. As an alternative history, it's very interesting. Plus, I can't resist professionally written transformation stories. They're my favorite.

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