I got this book to listen to while wrapping presents for Christmas. It is fast paced and doesn't always flow well but the premise is fun and it makes you want to read more about the main character.
Witty, Crisp, Funny, Intelligent. How've I missed this guy (by nearly 50 years)! It's Happy Harry Harrison being smarter than your average space-crook!
I want more.
I am totally pleased with this version. I've put the next two in the series on my Wish List for next month.
If I were to change anything, it would be how the reader does Angelina.
That idiot from the Canadian electro-post-genre punk band, Uncle Outrage. Hey. How's it going?
I've heard this book raved about by a few people before I had the chance to listen to it. Honestly, it was pretty damn good, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about.
I think most readers fall in love with the protagonist. He is a lovable rascal. Everyone loves a rascal.
Narration performance was very good to top it all off.
I would highly recommend the book, but I wouldn't put it on any "Must-Read" lists.
8.62 / 10.00
loved it! sharp, well thought out and the ending made me look for the rest of the Martinis glasses on the cover of the 📚. I now have them on my wish list. Narrator has a great voice, I'm glad he's doing the rest of them
Long time listener. Not much time for reviews, I know what I like usually by the first chapter. So far I have only returned two books.
It's DiGriz again. Simple story line. Easy going, in like DiGriz. Just another day for a stainless steel rat.
The stainless steel rat has the first in Harry Harrison's series by the same name. The material is clearly dated, but it is also still fun. This is a novella but certainly a good start to the series. If you just have an extra credit, it's fun and easy. This is one that periodically comes up on sale due to its age. Recommended, but not necessarily urgent.
Steel Good Reading
When our hero, James Bolivar diGriz, re-encounters the criminal he's been tracking - and she turns out to be quicker on the draw.
The main character Slippery Jim - who is close to virtually the only character. The narrator captures the rough quality of James Bolivar DiGriz who's a rogue, a thief, a pragmatist and a resourceful fellow.
No, but that's because this is an action adventure where the characters don't dwell on the casualties along the way. The story's told more in a light hearted fashion where events just keep moving along. That is, our anti-authority bank robber DiGriz in Chapter One, is an agent for them in Chapter 2. Stuff happens.
To enjoy TSSR, it's probably essential to remember its 1960 magazine origin. It's a light hearted adventure focusing on moving the plot along and skimming over details like a law enforcement agency rapidly accepting our hero's conversion to the cause.
There's an element of humor (we're not to take the story as grim reality) and the language/dialogue is quaint but - here's the twist - there are larger questions in the background: about brain-wiping, killing in pursuit of a mission, remaining loyal to an organization that uses you.
SPECIAL NOTE: It's easy to dismiss TSSR as shallow and outdated. I disagree. TSSR doesn't spend much time on introspective characters or issues - but they are there. Jim's not unaware of the ruthlessness of his target or of what he might need to do. And the vagueness of the technology avoid its being tied to science we have already discarded.
Sound effects were irritating at first-then became the best part...LOL
It could have bee a good story, after struggling thru "it" a different narrator would have been an improvement, but I doubt it. I will avoid Phil in the future.
On second thought-maybe check him out on another audio. Will revise the review if I do.