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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph Rispoli Jr on 11-15-11

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle Robbins on 04-27-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 01-08-12

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By P. J. Williams on 02-26-12

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Casey on 09-29-16

Solid

Enjoyable overall. Some of the stories are better than others and there is a definite lack of continuity throughout the story arch, which seems like a big missed opportunity.
The book also finished in the 80s, and there are more books after this I think. Considering this book was a bit rambling I would have thought it would be stronger to combine the books and cut down on the weaker stories.
I probably won't keep reading the series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anna H. on 11-01-16

Interesting pronunciation but still a good book

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

I don't know if it would interest any of MY friends as they aren't really into the same type of books that I am.

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

I don't think I know of any particular book that Wilds Cards is actually like as it is made up of some many different books all in one.

What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance might you have changed?

The way he pronounced some of the words! Maori for instance and Chrysalis (I had always thought her name was pronounced like what a butterfly comes out of, a chrysalis, but he seems to put the emphasis on the wrong syllable). Up until that story about Yeoman, everything was going fine.

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

No, it took me a while to work into it really, which surprised me.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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