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Rip-Off! Audiobook

Rip-Off!

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • "Fireborn" by Robert Charles Wilson
  • "The Evening Line" by Mike Resnick
  • "No Decent Patrimony" by Elizabeth Bear
  • "The Big Whale" by Allen M. Steele
  • "Begone" by Daryl Gregory
  • "The Red Menace" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "Muse of Fire" by John Scalzi
  • "Writer’s Block" by Nancy Kress
  • "Highland Reel" by Jack Campbell
  • "Karin Coxswain or Death as She Is Truly Lived" by Paul Di Filippo
  • "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • "Every Fuzzy Beast of the Earth, Every Pink Fowl of the Air" by Tad Williams
  • "Declaration" by James Patrick Kelly

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.

For more books from the authors of Rip-Off! click here.

©2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Cassi Houston, TX 07-27-16
    Cassi Houston, TX 07-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "couldn't get into it"

    just could not grab my interest. I've tried several times but just bores me. g

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    gary 05-18-16
    gary 05-18-16 Member Since 2007
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    "worst I have gotten fro Audible. boring story line"

    boring. confusing. the worst Audible book in the 19 years I've been a Audible member



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    jacob 05-16-16
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    "Clever concept, but hit or miss stories."
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    interesting collection of stories with some real brilliant tales and only a few so-so ones.

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 03-15-16
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 03-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Clever idea that didn't work as it should have"

    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.

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    Dave 11-26-14
    Dave 11-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Free sci-fi podcasts give you way better stories."
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    A couple of the narrators did not actively annoy me. That's sadly the best thing about this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rip-Off!?

    The second story was the worst. Everything was painful to listen to in that.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles E. Richardson bink 02-05-14 Member Since 2016

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    "The SciFi is hit-or-miss, mainly miss"
    What did you like best about Rip-Off!? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-24-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "A Personal Yuck!"

    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.

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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 06-01-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2016

    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

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    "Some of the stories are pretty good"

    ...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.

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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not wow me"

    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.

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    Reid 03-26-13
    Reid 03-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I was not impressed"

    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.

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