Phil Gigante did a great job in interpreting this book. I had read the book years ago and his reading and his interpretation of this book had me in stitches. His portray of 'Slippery Jim' DiGriz's inner thoughts and under the breath comments were great and made this a really enjoyable listen. He captured arrogance, brilliance, and morals of Jim. Great job Phil!
After listening to this book again it was very hard to believe that it was written in 1961 by Harry Harrison and there is nothing that makes this book a dated SciFi story today.
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.
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.
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.
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 read this book in high school. I still have my original copy although the front cover is a part of ritz box and held together with duct tape. I bought it for old times sake and it was every bit as good as I remembered.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories with a likable witty hero with a great sense of humour, imaginative science fiction (robo-cop, fully automated battleships), an interesting universe (where crime has been almost bred out of the populace), and a hot heroine-villain.
I have always loved the Stainless Steel Rat series, and I enjoy re-reading the books every one to two years. The narrator is brilliant and he has helped me to enjoy the books in a whole new way.
It is a trite book, a pastiche of what is already out there. It needed an originality injection, the love/lust story line was particularly tedious and should habpve been skipped altogether.
No - very thin premise which barely supported this one book.
Slippery Jim Digris is a ton of fun. Harrison's antihero is fun, goofy, and 100% in the game for himself.
Slippery Jim, see sbove
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'If I do some good along the way...cool!'