The action-packed alternate fantasy returns for a new generation, featuring fiction from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin, Michael Cassutt, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lewis Shiner, and more - plus two completely new stories from Kevin Andrew Murphy and best-selling author Carrie Vaughn.
Forty years after the Wild Card Virus' release, the World Health Organization decides it's time to take a delegation of Aces, Jokers, politicians, and journalists on a fact-finding mission to learn how other countries are dealing with the virus that reshaped humanity. Leading the team is Gregg Hartmann, a senator with presidential aspirations and a dangerous ace up his sleeve. Joining him is a menagerie of some of the series' best and most popular Wild Cards, including Dr. Tachyon; aces Peregrine and Golden Boy; and jokers Chrysalis, Troll, and Father Squid.
From the jungles of Haiti and Peru to the tumultuous political climate of Egypt, from a monastery in Japan to the streets of the most glamorous cities of Europe, the Wild Cards are in for an eye-opening trip. While some are worshiped as actual gods, those possessing the most extreme mutations are treated with a contempt that's all too familiar to the delegates from Jokertown. New alliances will be formed, new enemies will be made, and some actions will fulfill centuries-old prophecies that make ripples throughout the future of the Wild Cards universe.
Various Roles Read by a Full Cast of Narrators:
©2016 George R. R. Martin (P)2016 Random House Audio
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites, so when this book came out I had to get it. While the second book is still my favorite in the series this one was amazing. In many ways it gave more closure for certain characters than book three. It answered a lot of questions left about the four aces from the the first book. I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that there was a mention of Earl that was so emotional it left me crying. It also does not take place in New York which leaves a lot of my favorite characters out of the book. There is also a brief discussion about the writing process for the Wild Card books by GRRM at the end, which is definitely worth a listen.
On the down side for the narration the Hiram's accent is hit or miss with these narrators. They all seem to try to make him sound Scottish, but some of them can't quite manage. In one story Hiram sounded Irish.
"too crowded, too many narrators."
There are too many Narrators and too many bad accents. If you are running through the book casually you could get lost if you are not 100% committed to immersion. The stories are okay, but it seems like sex scenes and grittiness is more shoehorned in rather than being and organic part of the story. I will take a good long break from Wildcards for a while.
most of the narrators to are fine but Selma Blair is so monotone it completely ruins the chrysalis portions
"awesome, as always"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed all the other wild card books. I especially enjoyed the message from George RR Martin at the end. I do have to say though, I really did not enjoy the bits about Mayan twins. I know that it will be important to the story later, but I just could not get hooked on that bit of the story either way, this book is just as much a worthwhile read as the rest of the stories before it
"aces abroad "
this was a tough one to get through in the beginning but free to love the story. the narrators were great, I loved Clancy brown as puppet man. can't wait to get to the next one.
"A great start for the 2nd half of wildcard world!!"
This great novel is a wonderful addition to the colorful world of the wild card series. Loved it.
"Starts slow, but eventually picks up steam"
No, not unless I'm starting the series over again
The introduction of new characters
The men's voices. Most of woman's voices lacked emotion and were very bland
Every W.C. book makes me want to listen to it in one sitting
A few of the narrators really brought the book to life. Likewise, I few almost ruined the book. My favorite voice narrations were for Troll, Desmond, and the Puppetman.
"mostly great voice acting."
Great stories. interesting turn for the world of Wildcards. The voice acting was mostly good. i wish there was a way to make 1 voice per character.
"Great addition to the series"
Well worth it if you have read the other books.
Can't wait to start the next one.
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