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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.
Tags: audiobooks, wild cards
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January 5 2016, 22:20:30 UTC 4 years ago Edited:  January 5 2016, 22:21:35 UTC

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.
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.
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.
We will be taking the same approach for ACES ABROAD -- a different voice for every viewpoint character.
This is going to bring back the magic that NPR did in the 80s and BBC radio did wth hitchhiker's
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.

John Nelson

4 years ago

I can't help but think of "What We Do in the Shadows" with that middle picture.
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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.)

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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
Do we have any other books or stories related to westeros apart from the below.
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.
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.
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!
Felicia is amazing. I am SO jazzed to have her be a part of this.

Dan Koifman

January 6 2016, 05:05:32 UTC 4 years ago Edited:  January 6 2016, 05:07:04 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.
Totally!! I hope Roy does the WoW (whenever it finishes George, no pressure!) for us. I pray he is in good health.
Hallo grrm, besides reading of course, how do you come up with those excellent dialogues?
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