Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I did not like any of these stories. BUT... They may be quite good. Good, like art, is in the beholder's fantasy. I'm not a fantasy story type of guy. Maybe I own the problem, after all there are a bunch of well selling authors here and at least a few readers whom I've enjoyed elsewhere.
Wish I hadn't bought this. The premise sounded cool so I tried... reeeeely.
I only read books that are part of a series, this is my first collection of short stories and I couldn't be happier with my purchase! I had previously read/listened to at least one book from every author that took part in Rip-Off! which is what caught my attention to begin with. Many of the stories leave you wanting more, which is a great thing to me, and all of them were narrated wonderfully. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in fantasy and/or sci-fi.
There are a lot of great reviews of this book, and I don't usually write reviews, so I will try to keep this short. That may difficult because after listening to this entire collection about 5 times, my enthusiasm continues to build. I followed the reviews to this book from "Greatest collection of syfy in the 20th century" which I immediately returned half-way through. so, my expectations where a little iffy, and what I got blew me away. I am a big Scalzi fan, and his short story in this collection is a gem. In fact, I would be surprised if anybody listening to this did not find at least one story which was a gem to them.
There were a few decent stories, but nothing very spectacular. It might have been better if they maybe expanded the three best stories and dumped the rest.
boring. confusing. the worst Audible book in the 19 years I've been a Audible member
Rip-off starts with an awesome concept-- take the first line of a book and use it to write a short story in a different vein. There are some top-shelf authors here and they got to choose the lines to start with. But you won't recognize most of these opening lines, so the concept falls a little flat from the get-go. Some of the stories are humorous, some dark, some pensive, but none of them are really good or memorable. None of them showcases the talents of the authors; you wouldn't go looking for books by them based on these stories.
The narration is great, though, since these talents are also top-shelf. They can't make dish water read like cream soda, however.
I was really disappointed in this one. I am a big fan of John Scalzi, and I usually love short stories. However, these stories are at best not bad. Some of them are just plain hard to listen to. I couldn't finish it.
It's a series of short stories that take the first line of a classic story, and use it as a launching point for a new story. The lesson here is it's not always wise to stand on the shoulders of giants, and then jump off.
A couple of the narrators did not actively annoy me. That's sadly the best thing about this book.
The second story was the worst. Everything was painful to listen to in that.
The Concept. Most of the authors involved are well known and I like their other books. So they pick a first line of some other novel to base their short piece on. Sounded interesting with an interesting group of authors, and the narrators looked good, too. Only about half of the stories are SciFi. Well, written stories, but uninteresting to me. If I wanted to read about 1920's Chicago or prewar Germany, I would look in period fiction. I am not saying this is bad writing, just not Sci-Fi.
I won't be buying any more with this format, but these are great authors, so yes. BTW, the listen button just gave too little information on this book to make a decision.
Narration was fine, though it was WIL WHEATON that mislead me. ("WIL WHEATON!" shouted like Sheldon on TBBT.) I love his narration and I probably wouldn't have bought it if his name hadn't been on there with Resnick and several others. WIL WHEATON!
I am a pretty hard core Sci-Fi reader. So these shorts that had fantasy, period fiction, with a touch of real science fiction just didn't do it for me. I can tell you that most of the writing was good, though I didn't make it all the way through the book. So take my rating stars based on your leanings.