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Got some exciting news for Wild Cards fans... and for fans of audiobooks.

We've got a new deal in place for Wild Cards audiobooks. This time we've signed with Random House Audio, the same good folks who have been bringing you the great audiobook versions of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, as well as ROGUES, DANGEROUS WOMEN, and my other anthologies.

Brilliance Audio did the audio editions of the first two volumes in the series, WILD CARDS and ACES HIGH, the last one coming out in 2011. Random House will be picking up the series with the third volume, JOKERS WILD, the first of our full-on mosaic novels.



Luke Daniels was the reader for the two Brilliance volumes, and did a fine job. But as long time fans of the series know, the Wild Cards books are team efforts featuring interwoven stories by a number of different writers set against a common background. Even in a shared world, however, not everything is shared; every writer has his own characters, and every character has his own voice.

Random House Audio wants to capture that with these new audiobooks. Instead of a single reader, therefore, JOKERS WILD and the volumes to follow will feature a multiplicity of narrators, a different voice for every viewpoint character.

JOKERS WILD, the first of our full mosaics, is a seven-way collaboration, set on the fortieth anniversary of the first Wild Cards Day in New York City. All the action takes place in twenty-four hours, and is seen through seven sets of eyes. The writers (and their respective viewpoint characters) were Lewis Shiner (Fortunato), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Roulette), John Jos. Miller (Wraith), Edward Bryant (Sewer Jack), Leanne C. Harper (Bagabond), Walton Simons (Demise), and your truly (Hiram Worchester).

We've assembled a very exciting group of readers to give them voice. You'll hear:

Prentice Onayemi, reading Fortunato,
Pam Grier, reading Roulette,
Molly Quinn, reading Wraith,
Ray Porter, reading Sewer Jack,
Felicia Day, reading Bagabond,
Stephen McHattie, reading Demise,
Ron Donachie, reading Hiram Worchester.

Recording is taking place in London, Edinburgh, Denver, Taipei, Toronto, Burbank, and Los Angeles; we went all around the world to assemble this team.

I can hardly wait to hear how this amazing group of actors bring our characters to life.

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brianbrecker
Jan. 5th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
I honestly wish more audio books were done in this style. It reminds me of the often overlooked realm of audio dramas that are actually still being made, despite radio dramas huge decline after the invention of the TV.

Edited at 2016-01-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
BryndenBFish
Jan. 5th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
You've convinced me
Once you have a release date, I'll give it a listen. I've never read WILD CARDS before, but I am willing now that Ron Donachie is recording for it! He was FANTASTIC as the narrator for FEVRE DREAM, I will give WILD CARDS a go based on his reading of it (and for your writing & Melissa Snodgrass' as well, of course -- and I haven't gotten to read the works of the others, so it'll be nice to be intro'd to them!)

Anyways, 'grats! Looking forward to this when it comes out.
cashcraig
Jan. 5th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
That's quite the cast of voices.

Got anyone in mind for narrating ACES ABROAD? It's my favorite volume in the series thus far.
grrm
Jan. 5th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
We will be taking the same approach for ACES ABROAD -- a different voice for every viewpoint character.
John Nelson
Jan. 5th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
This is going to bring back the magic that NPR did in the 80s and BBC radio did wth hitchhiker's
Edward Haag
Jan. 6th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
Hitchhiker's was a radio drama first. The book was based off of the radio show, not the other way around. Then the TV miniseries was based on the book. I have NO idea what the movie was based off of.
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Matt Stedman
Jan. 5th, 2016 10:59 pm (UTC)
I can't help but think of "What We Do in the Shadows" with that middle picture.
diebirchen
Jan. 5th, 2016 11:07 pm (UTC)
Your life
Dear Sir,
Your life. Your books. I'm waiting patiently and politely.
M.R
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aatishgopichand
Jan. 5th, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC)
Science Fiction
Hey George, I've seen a lot of your interviews. When you discuss the inception of A Game of Thrones in 1991, you said that you were writing a science fiction novel at the time and had written 30-40 pages of it before moving onto ASOIAF.

I was wondering whether you would ever get around to finishing that sci-fi novel?

(Sorry if you have already answered this before.)
K26dp
Jan. 6th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
Great news!
I really enjoyed the Brilliance Audio recordings, but this looks like a home run. Really excited for Donachie reading Hiram.
Collin Heisler
Jan. 6th, 2016 12:18 am (UTC)
May as well give it a shot
I may as well give Wild Cards a try while waiting for Winds. I'm reading ASoIaF through for the fourth time, but something new couldn't hurt :P
Uma D
Jan. 6th, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
westeros related books
Do we have any other books or stories related to westeros apart from the below.
ASOIAF
Dunk and Egg strories
The world of ICE and fire.
Wanted to finish all westeros related and want to start Wild Cards.

Thanks in Advance.
grrm
Jan. 6th, 2016 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: westeros related books
My stories in DANGEROUS WOMEN and ROGUES.
s_scottstephens
Jan. 6th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
Yes!
This sounds awesome. I don't do audiobooks (I don't feel like I absorb them that way) but Foxy Brown as Roulette sounds like something I have to hear.

Pretty much all of these actors have at least a role or two I've loved them in. Pam's my favorite of the bunch along with Melinda Snodgrass' Roulette so that's a great pairing for me.

A tad off topic but the "Edge" series by Melinda Snodgrass is MUST read stuff. Any of you looking for something new to read, there's an awesome series to look into.
chibichang
Jan. 6th, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)
Wow, that's pretty nifty! I like that different actors will voice different characters. And I'm happy to see that Felicia Day will be involved!
grrm
Jan. 6th, 2016 07:50 am (UTC)
Felicia is amazing. I am SO jazzed to have her be a part of this.
Dan Koifman
Jan. 6th, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
Rodrik "the Reader" Cassel! Very cool.

I am a big audiobook fan and have listened to scores of them. No narrator has ever approached the mastery of Roy Dotrice. It's not even close. He is truly in a league of his own.

His "corns" and "Hodors" are stuff of legend. Because of him Tyrion will always sound Welsh to me in my mind's ear.

The next best thing is a professional cast recording like this. I'm looking forward to it.

Edited at 2016-01-06 05:07 am (UTC)
Tanmay Kulkarni
Jan. 6th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
agree
Totally!! I hope Roy does the WoW (whenever it finishes George, no pressure!) for us. I pray he is in good health.
roseric
Jan. 6th, 2016 10:34 am (UTC)
Question
Hallo grrm, besides reading of course, how do you come up with those excellent dialogues?
Glenn Ohlsson
Jan. 6th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
Foxy Brown?
Hello Mr Martin

I'm a big fan and love the audio book format and i think this way you are taking it to a new level!

Is it Foxy Brown, Pam Grier that will be reading Roulette?

If so it will be awesome!

Or is it a different one.

Regards

Glenn
grrm
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Foxy Brown?
That's the only Pam Grier I know of. Yes, it's her.
Steve Schluter
Jan. 6th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Additional chapters
Hi George,
Huge fan. I noticed the comments are locked in your NYE post, but I had a quick question for you.

Are you considering releasing any more chapters from WoW ahead of the book release?

Perhaps something that would inform book readers of spoiler-y topics that may be reached in the show? (and that the context for book readers has already been established).


Thanks! And good luck!
grrm
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Additional chapters
Possibly... but please, this is off topic. We're talking audiobooks here.
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redkite91
Jan. 6th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
Book
Hi George,

I hate to go off topic but I wanted to ask if there was a chance S6 of HBO GoT could get pushed back until the end of summer to allow you the time you need to finsh Winds to the standard you desire?

They wouldn't lose any viewers. It's not ideal, but for your work over 25 years their TV show wouldn't exist. I just wanted to know if you thought it was worth a shot because we felt your passion in your WINDS post and you want to finish it as much as we want to experience it unspoiled.

Best wishes
Rk
grrm
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Book
No chance whatsoever. And please, stay on topic. This is not the place for Ice & Fire discussion.
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xanderxero
Jan. 7th, 2016 02:34 am (UTC)
This is cool news! I like most of those actors, I don't know two of them. But the casting seems sound.
I still need to listen to Book Two.
I love that this series is still around after all these years!
My wife got me the Lowball paperback for x-mas so my collection is up to date again!
Whatever happened to the possibility of Wild Cards on Sci-Fi Channel?
grrm
Jan. 7th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
Still in development.
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gman109
Jan. 7th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
Great News
Other than the Giants, there has been so much great news here as of late. Being in a field where I have to travel between North America and the Mid East very frequently, I have ample time to read and listen to audio books. I find reading on planes can get very hard on the eyes, causing some nasty headaches for me, where as just listening to audio books never has such effects. Plus, it's as different as reading as reading is to watching a TV program in may ways.

I'm really, really looking forward to this in the future, and will be taking full advantage. Great line up too, Felicia Day is one of my favorite people, having been following her online since the beginning of her first channel/endeavor there.

Again, this is great news, can't wait.

More more more more.

More.
Jamey Lynch
Jan. 7th, 2016 06:30 am (UTC)
hey george, big fan obviously, in preparation for The Skin Trade adaptation on Cinemax, i bought the audiobook on audible. Very good, very scary, can't wait for the show. Keep on keepin on George
garseironjade
Jan. 7th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)

Audio books have opened a new world of reading for me. As many have, I got to ASOIAF through HBO GOT. Of course I'm "all in" on the books now but when I first set out on this journey I found reading the books daunting. So I downloaded the audible app and started listening in the car to and from work and, as they say, the rest is history. I've now read the print versions once over in addition to the Audible.
From there audio books have been a part of my daily life.
Because I enjoyed Roy Dotrice ' s reading so much I discovered 'The Book of Ebenezer LePaige' which is now one of my favorite novels of all time. (Warning: It takes a few minutes of listening to get past the fact that it's the same voice he uses for Dolorus Ed. Haha) ASOIAF and audio books have reinvigorated my love for literature, both print and audio.
Look forward to getting into Wildcards.
Any chance we will get to hear Dotrice reading Winds when it comes out?

writing_mombie
Jan. 7th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
Great news for a tired mom!
Dear Mr. Martin,

I am a huge fan of your books (and your blog) and am very excited about the audio books, since I have been too tired in the evenings to read more then 5 or 6 pages (I have 4 kids and they keep me very busy)... I have only read the first Wild Cards book and can't wait to be able to listen to the next ones.

On a side note: I have huge respect for your talent, but also your way of dealing with your fans. You never seem arrogant, although you are that successful. Also, please don't let anyone pressure you. Write the books in YOUR pace!

Your biggest fan from Germany,
Melanie
judibatt
Jan. 7th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
This is very good news
I am such a fan of audiobooks nowadays. I listened to stories on radio or tape as a kid but kinda lost the interest in my crazier, messed up days.
I just want to add that Roy Dotrice is exceptional at his narration. I could listen to him read a shampoo bottle and be totally enthralled.
I am going to check these titles out in audioform when available. Sometimes that is the only way I can "read" a book anymore with work going on.
Dan Koifman
Jan. 10th, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: This is very good news
Roy Dotrice is masterful beyond words.

I am looking forward to the new season where Max von Sydow, the new Bloodraven actor, will appear. He could read us directions to the nearest Starbucks and it will sound like the most important words ever uttered.

Here he is in the newest trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxI8aPISq8I
Gino Muscari
Jan. 7th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
WoW
Are you able to say if the WINDS OF WINTER audiobook will be released concurrently with the text? and will Roy Dotrice be narrating it?
grrm
Jan. 7th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: WoW
Depends on recording schedules and Roy's other commitments. No way to know at this point.
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