Audie Award Finalist, Original Work, 2014
In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.
In the world of Rip-Off!, "Call me Ishmael" introduces a tough-as-nails private eye - who carries a harpoon; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz inspires the tale of an aging female astronaut who’s being treated by a doctor named Dorothy Gale; and Huckleberry Finn leads to a wild ride with a foul-mouthed riverboat captain who plies the waters of Hell.
Once you listen to Rip-Off! you’ll agree: If Shakespeare or Dickens were alive today, they’d be ripping off the authors in this great collection.
The stories included in Rip-Off! are:
As a bonus, the authors introduce their stories, explaining what they ripped-off - and why.
Rip-Off! was produced in partnership with SFWA - Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Gardner Dozois served as project editor.
The full list of narrators includes: Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, Jonathan Davis, Khristine Hvam, L.J. Ganser, Stefan Rudnicki, David Marantz, Nicola Barber, Dina Pearlman, Allyson Johnson, Marc Vietor, and Ilyana Kadushin.
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©2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Thirteen authors, eight narrators--this themed anthology has something for everyone…. Longtime narrators Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki rub elbows with Star Trek alum Wil Wheaton and five others. The varied narrators mean that there's no common delivery style, but it's safe to say that everyone involved was having fun." (AudioFile)
Yes just for the few great stories. you can tell which ones after the first 3 minutes of listening.
John Scalzi as always. Although Short, this has to be one of his best stories every.
I bring screaming to the children.
There are some really fun stories in here, and some real misses. Overall it was a great introduction to several authors, as well as a reminder of why I love the ones I do.
Some of the stories were amazing and I wanted more, some were hard to get into and a little bit strange. Short stories can be like that though.
sure - but see the above comment
The narration was really good. It helped the differences between the stories stand out.
I don't think there's anything that needs changing.
Yes, i would recommend it to anyone interested in fiction literature.
Some of the stories are really little gems, very enjoyable.
The story "Every Fuzzy Beast of the Earth, Every Pink Fowl of the Air" is one of the lightest and funniest things i've ever read.
It's one of those really adorable stories that leaves you with a smile for the whole day.
Lovely, simply lovely.
The original idea of ripping off opening lines from famous works is a nice way to kick-off a story, the format does have its merits.
Some of the stories really deserve a follow up, you definitely want to know what happens next!
I really enjoyed these stories:
"Fireborn" by Robert Charles Wilson
"The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal
"Highland Reel" by Jack Campbell
"Muse of Fire" by John Scalzi
"Declaration" by James Patrick Kelly
Getting to hear some wild idéas/stories from some great authors in a fun way. I don't regret buying and listening to Rip-off, as I have learned about a few other writers and want to listen to some of their other works.
The idea of "ripping off" famous stories by taking their first sentences seemed interesting, so I bought Rip-Off! I finished the book with mixed feelings. There are some great stories in it. Scalzi hits the high bar as he usually does, I liked The Muse of Fire the most. I had some good time with The Red Menace (by Lavie Tidhar) and The Big Whale (by Allen M. Steele). There were OK stories with nice twist at the end, like Writers' Block (by Nancy Kress), and there were OK stories, which were pleasant to listen to without having big endings, like The Lady Astronaut of Mars (by Mary Robinette Kowal). Then other stories were waste of time, I gave up on some of them after five minutes, for example Karin Coxswain or Death as She Is Truly Lived (by Paul Di Filippo).
So, do I suggest this book? Yes, if you have fair tolerance towards books with good stories mixed with ones going nowhere.
Software Designer & Armchair Philosopher
The problem with a collection of short stories is that just as you are really settling into a story you like, it is over. On the other hand, the ones you don't like require shortened suffering. I only skipped one story in this collection--the Coxswain one--because I don't care for ugliness for the sake of ugliness, where the author seems to think it is a dare to see how much filth you'll put up with when it has very little, if anything, to do with the actual story. I'm not squeamish, but I don't like pointless crap.
Most stories in this were "meh," and I liked a few well enough to wish they didn't end so quickly. The main value I see in this book, and doubtless why some authors participate, is discovery. You can get a sampling of each author's style and potentially find some you want to read full works from. Not a bad deal all told.
None come to mind, other than compilations of short stories variously over time, but none with this particular take on the themes.
The takeoff on the bewitched TV show was first rate and very humorous- as well as poignant, oddly enough...
There were several- but I wont spoil it for you! ;)
I highly recommend SCIFI fans to this book- but a warning: There is some fantasy here as well. For some that's a good thing, if you don't like fantasy then there are a few stories that will grate on you.
For my SF loving friends it is a yes.
It was a themed anthology. There are a host of these but the theme matters.
I like the diversity of the narrators. Every story got it's own narrator. This is how to handle anthologies. Short of a different one for each story alternating narrators would help differentiate the stories.
Mike Resnick's Damon Runyon inspired story was my favorite. Why isn't there any Runyon on audible?
I am a long-time listener to audible books - commuting, hiking - love 'em! Especially historical fiction and thrillers!
A fun read.
Stephen King, when he goes deeper into sci fi.
Each story had different narrators, and yes, I'd heard some of them before. Can't remember who off hand.
No. I commute with it.
Some of the stories will stay with me forever. The one about the lady astronaut. And the one about what happened when God created the earth. Interesting heartfelt writing.
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