This book was fun, there are a couple of stand-out stories here, but overall it didn’t really wow me.
It is definitely worth listening to if you have any favorite authors with stories in it.
The only story in this that was worth the read was "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal. It was done in the style of Ray Bradbury and it was an EXCELLENT tribute to the author.
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 guess when it comes to a short stories you are always going to have some good, some bad, but I really don't think I would have purchased this book if I had it to do over. There were some excellent stories, but the bad out weighed the good.
There are to many books out there more worthy of your credits!
Only a few of the short stories in here are worth a listen: The Moby Dick one is probably the best but for most the concept got in the way of the writing. Muse of Fire is pretty good too...
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.
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
...but the rest ... not so much. In some they seem to try too hard to make their stories fit the theme - taking a first line from a great book and winging it from there. Frankly, I was unimpressed, even though there were tales by some of my favorite authors.
Not a lot to say here. Most of the stories were mediocre, a few were awful. None really memorable or particluarly enjoyable. As you can tell, I was somewhat disappointed by this anthology. Not my cup of tea.