The basic story line was fine, however the main character is supposed to be brilliant, but makes decisions that are not.
For the first half of the book you could easily identify with the main character. After he obtained the love/hate relationship with the villain his decision making became out of character.
A less wise cracking voice might have made the character more likable.
This a rare beast - science fiction that is humerous. Not side-splittingly, laugh out loud funny but more of a wry, dry style of writing. This was written in the 60's but has aged well. A good introduction to the series. Worth listening to more than once.
Science Fiction Reviews
I just listened to the audiobook of The Stainless Steel Rat, and remembered why I have loved this story and character for years. My original copy of The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat (The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World) is tattered from many re-readings over the years. It is no secret to those who know me that I prefer my science fiction in the more cheerful and optimistic vein, and those who want a more dystopic, dark story with antiheroes and ambiguous motivations should really stay away. I suspect the humor doesn't work for everyone either, since humor is so individual. But for me, this is a perineal comfort read.
So, on to the story. The Stainless Steel Rat was written in 1961, and it shows. Both faster than light spaceships and punchcard computers show up. The gender attitudes are old fashioned, but not misogynistic or dismissive. Slippery Jim diGriz's arch nemesis, Angelina, is his alter ego - just as smart, resourceful, and fearless, but lacking the moral code that makes thief and con artist Jim a good candidate for recruitment to the Special Corps. Jim never kills unless he has to in a struggle for his own life. Angelina kills casually and with pleasure. She must be stopped, but how can Jim turn over such a remarkable woman to have her personality erased? An early example of a shambling, almost drooling ex-criminal is a stark example of what will happen to Angelina if she is ever caught.
This story is an excellent example of a parody. It both mocks and has fun with the stereotypes of the pulp scifi genre and at the same time is a very good story within the genre. You both laugh at Jim's escapades and are on the edge of your seat waiting for them to play out. Jim hops from world to world in his chase, and each society is at a different level of technological and societal development. Friebur in particular is both fascinating and hilarious. The coal-powered robot startled me as much as it did Jim, while the family vendetta is really scary.
I highly recommend the audiobook of this story. The reader is excellent, and the humor and personalities come through nicely.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Criminals are fun. Science Fiction is fun. It is light. It is funny. It is fun. A wonderful break from more serious books.
Possible. The writing is good, the narration awful.
The reader in this case got it all wrong. Wrong inflection, wrong tone, wrong pace. The works. The worst performance I've heard on an audiobook.
The story could be good. Hard to tell, the narration is so bad.
I really wanted to like this book. I've been hearing about this series for years. Did not suit me at all.
I love TSSR Series and this book is the first, well written. I wouldnt change the book just the guy reading it BORING.
Its original crime drama comedy sci fi my fav.
Different reader or even give it to GRAPHIC AUDIO to do a real performance of it. That would rock solid.
It has a whole series even a prequel. No need
Just change the readers, add some sound effects, Graphic Audio as a template would make your audio books fly off the electronic shelves. I quit audibles because of the performance not because of the content. Just Saying. Have to keep me interested. The guy just put me to sleep and I was driving. I had to turn it off and put music on.
It is fun, and light, and I laughed a lot. Story is quite simple, but then all the greatest stories are. Harry can be dark from time to time, but this one is really funny.
Narrator is good. I had a problem with loudness/volume changing of his voice while I was out walking, but it is a pleasant voice nevertheless. Oh, and when DiGriz goes undercover as a Stellar Guard - his foreigner-like accent is devastatingly funny.
I recommend this book for light reading with all my heart.
I'm a sucker for a criminal hero, and DiGriz is one smooth criminal. This was the oldest item on my wishlist (1 year) when I came into some discounts and finally got it. It's a little short a credit, and was a little too expensive for straight cash. I suspect I'll be getting the next book in the series much faster.
The story is in the first person, told by the hero (or anti-hero) which works very well for the audio format if they get the right narrator. In this case they did. The story was fun, fast, and funny.
I was surprised when I found out, after I had read this book, that it was written in the 1960's. It has held up surprisingly well and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story is quick moving and fun and the reading is excellent.