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Publisher's Summary

Let the secret history of the world be told - of the alien virus that struck Earth after World War II and of the handful of the survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowess. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others caused terror. And now, 40 years later, as a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the Mafia rages out of control in the streets of Jokertown, Aces and Jokers go underground - to wage their own war against the powers of the netherworld.

Here, in the fifth volume of the exciting series, 10 of science fiction's most gifted writers take listeners on a journey of wonder and excitement in an astounding alternate history.

Featuring the talents of John J. Miller, Roger Zelazny, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, Melina C. Snodgrass, Edward Bryant, Stephen Leigh, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams, and George R. R. Martin.

Full cast of narrators includes: Erin Bennett, Yasmine Barghouty, Jordan Prentice, Clancy Brown, Stephen McHattie, and Emily Rankin.

©2016 George R. R. Martin (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • Jeremiah Mccoy
  • 17-09-2016

A solid gritty story of a superhero fiction

Would you listen to Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty again? Why?

This is my second read.

What did you like best about this story?

The gang war is excellent and well constructed. There is a fictional concert involving Buddy Holly,U2, Bruce Springsteen, and a range of the other artists. That section is remarkably satisfying.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Largely pretty good

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A couple of the Narrators were better than others, but overall I enjoyed it. This is not my favorite Wildcard book, but the parts that hit well are on par with the best of the series.

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  • Ashley
  • 03-06-2017

Enjoyable series

If you're already a fan of the Wild Card series and a lover of GRRM then you will probably really enjoy this book.

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  • Jeremy
  • 16-04-2017

Amazing Story

The story is great but the voices are not very good in this series. It seems to get better as you get through but can be really bad in parts.

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  • Ric Aguirre
  • 13-10-2016

is this the end?

I am sad that I don't see anymore audio books in the series. I have really enjoyed the adventures and hope to find out more about the story. loved it

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  • Lt. Worf
  • 04-08-2016

Fragmented but good

Croyd is my favorite character, so more of him is always good. The physical fights between aces was awesome. The biggest con of listening to these is the lack of emotion from some of the female narrators. Overall, I like this book more than the last. Hurry up and make more of these books availible on audible!

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  • Diane Bear
  • 27-04-2017

Huh? I don't get it.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm a fan of George RR because of Game of Thrones. I've read other books of stories he's edited. This one is just not very good. I guess the stories are each based on the same set of characters and a plot. But its just a guess..... I found this very confusing to listen too. The readers change. The authors apparently change. The readers are not very good, the stories not very good. Not much to like

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Flat. Flat. Flat

Any additional comments?

A big disappointment.

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  • deuce
  • 27-12-2017

decent book

Good book, bit of a plot mish mash at times with some issues still a good listen