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The Stainless Steel Rat | [Harry Harrison]

The Stainless Steel Rat

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.
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Publisher's Summary

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable.

DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds. DiGriz' dilemma is whether he will turn Angelina over to the Special Corps, or join with her, since he has fallen in love with her.

©2010 Harry Harrison (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    M. Stephenson McHenry, Illinois USA 10-28-10
    M. Stephenson McHenry, Illinois USA 10-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A Rat Race Worth Running!!"

    Hands down, this is one of the most entertaining and engaging SF audiobooks I have purchased from Audible, and you don't want to know how many I have. For one thing, as a dyed-in-the-wool SF fan for almost 50 years, it was great to revisit one of the most memorable characters from the wacky space operas of the 1960s, of which Harry Harrrison and his contemporary, Keith Laumer, were masters. This is a thoroughly entertaining, nutty story, well-written, satirical and charming.

    Now, as to Phil Gigante's reading. Calling it a reading or a narration is a gross misrepreentation of one of the most entertaining performances I have yet encountered in my huge Audible collection. His tone and delivery is absolutely, flawlessly perfect for DiGriz -- sardonic, larcenous but totally suggestive of the "diamond in the rough" that is the Stainless Steel Rat. Not only that, but the range of voices and accents that Mr. Gigante is able to project, effortlessly phasing from one to another without missing a best, is nothing less than astonishing. At times, I almost forgot I was listening to an audiobook, but instead an old radio play such as X-Minus-One or Dimension X. I frequently caught myself laughing aloud not only at Harrison's turns of phrase but also Gigante's perfect timing and delivery.

    If you like wacky, vintage space opera told with humor and style, catch "The Stainless Steel Rat" ... if you can. They don't call him Slippery Jim DioGriz for nothing.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    SFF11C princeton junction, NJ, United States 01-09-11
    SFF11C princeton junction, NJ, United States 01-09-11
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    "Awesome"

    My first dip into the world of Harry Harrison, and found it great. I loved the character and the story and the way it progressed throughout. I cant wait to hear more. I found the humor spot on for me and the way of thinking of the main character was excellent. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is a fan of humorous Sci-fi.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Isakson Ann Arbor, MI 10-15-10
    Linda Isakson Ann Arbor, MI 10-15-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Awesome narration"

    Perhaps I'm already biased because Phil Gigante is one of my absolute favorite narrators, but I thought he did a brilliant job with this campy sci fi tale. The characters were clearly distinguisable and sounded exactly as I had imagined. The story, too, is an excellent cops-n-robbers tale turned on its head. Definitely a recommend listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Byron, WY, United States 10-14-10
    Terry Byron, WY, United States 10-14-10
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    "Great To See An Old Friend Back"

    I have been a keen Rat reader for over 30 years. In recent times I have switched to audion books a bit more and was delighted to see my old friend Slippery Jim making a comeback in the updated audio format, and not before time. This is the first in the series of Rat books and one of the best, the narrator does a fine job with all the characters and story. Old time Rat fans like me will love it, newbees will have a chance to discover one of the best sci-fi characters ever written. Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "An all-time classic"
    Where does The Stainless Steel Rat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is above average.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Slippery jim is one of the best rogue characters of all time.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Slippery Jin, of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The title of the book, says it all


    Any additional comments?

    Keep in mind the book was published in 1961 and is a compilation of two short stories from the late 1950's so it's a bit dated. It holds up superbly as a story. Plus it's about the only book where you'll hear about Esperanto.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-26-11
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Fun"

    Criminals are fun. Science Fiction is fun. It is light. It is funny. It is fun. A wonderful break from more serious books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Oregon City, OR, United States 08-13-11
    Karen Oregon City, OR, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun story, great narrator"

    I got this during a 3 for 2 sale and feel I got quite the bargain. I have always been a fan of Phil Gigante's narrating abilities so after reading previous reviews and seeing that Phil was the reader I jumped in. This was great fun, with wit, some surprising twists, and futuristic sci-fi thrown in. I enjoyed Mr. Harrison's writing. This is the introduction and so we are just starting to delve into Slippery Jim's psyche and character. I didn't like Angelina so much and with the way the story ended I am curious to see how she will be redeemed in the next installment.
    I got the feeling that these books were written some time ago, having enjoyed Sci-Fi for over 35 years, and investigation proved that to be true. However, that doesn't detract from the overall story or narration. It is still well worth the credit and the listen. I look forward to purchasing the entire series. My only regret is that, at the time of this review, Harry Harrison is 86 and his writing has slowed down, so we can't look forward to too many more of the Stainless Steel Rat stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 10-16-10
    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "More Rat, Please"

    Jim DiGriz is a suave man-about-town kind of thief...a high-class crook who gets caught ends up working for the law, not against it. DiGriz isn't a noble lawman or dedicated to fighting crime...he just realizes he's caught in the web of the Special Corps. Then he pursues a temptress named Angelina, who is a quite ruthless criminal. His hunt for the lovely Angelina becomes the focus of his life (and the story).

    Somehow, I see Jim DiGriz as a cross between The Thin Man and Han Solo. This isn't high literature or something with a deep message...it's light, fun, entertaining and a bit campy. I did think the story bogged down a little towards the end, but not terribly so.

    There are a lot of Stainless Steel Rat novels but only a couple on Audible...hopefully, more Rat is coming.

    Phil Gigante's narration is very well done...just right for this campy spoof.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 01-30-11
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 01-30-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "A fun engaging story"

    This is a fun little story and I enjoyed every minute of it. It's short, just about 5 hours long, but there's a great story compacted in those short hours. It's a light read that you can listen to while you're working, and I've found this is a book that I keep listening to over and over again.

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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Carlsbad Rob

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    "Performance captured the life and character well"

    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.

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  • Stephen
    Torquay, United Kingdom
    11/20/12
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    "Absorbing narrative style for a classic book"

    I was first introduced to The Stainless Steel Rat back in the late 1970’s when he appeared in the late great and sadly missed 2000AD comic of the era. Since then I have read the books and loved every one of them.



    This absorbing narrative style by Phil Gigante rounds the character off perfectly for me, filling out the character as I remember him in the comic version back in the day, well deserving of the name “slippery” Jim DiGriz. I always imagined his character being acted on screen by Lee Marvin, which is close to how he was drawn in the comic strip.



    For those who have not met “The Rat”, he is a confident and well-established con-man, expert and accomplished bank robber and a master of lies, disguise and martial arts. He can talk his way out of almost anything and claims to provide entertainment for the enjoyment of humanity.



    He also has a strong sense of morality, making sure before he steals from any corporation, that they have fully paid-up insurance so that they have a chance of claiming compensation “after the event”.



    His wife, Angelina, is a little more ruthless and a lot more willing to kill. Their two sons, James and Bolivar, fortunately follow after their father.



    If you are a fan of Harry Harrison’s protagonist, you probably will not be too disappointed in this well presented audio narrative, delivered with an easy style which is in perfect harmony with the character it portrays.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. Shevchenko
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    12/1/13
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    "An easy and exciting listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a classic of sci-fi, though a very easy listening and joyful story. Enjoyed it from the first until last chapter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James Bolivar of course: a witted criminal master-mind converted to serve the law. The way he thinks, the way he plans his action, a former criminal but with certain set of principles and dignity, apparently his a protagonist you feel sympathy for.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Always adapting!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss King
    UK
    4/8/13
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    "The Stainless Steel Rat"

    I loved this book, its a crime heist comedy drama set in the future. And it was a wonderful listen. I'm looking forward to listening to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Kirkwood
    Congleton, Cheshire
    4/7/13
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    "Slippery Jimmy DiGriz In Glorious Audio"

    I read the Stainless Steel Rat books as a kid and loved them, James Digriz is the perfect anti hero - a sort of SciFi Bond with a warped moral compass.



    At first I didn't take to the narration - I find most American narrated books too slow and have to listen at 1.5 speed - But this grew on me, his husky voice seemed to fit with the main character, although his portrayal of the female characters to a stretch of imagination.



    Overall a very enjoyable book and I can;t wait to hear the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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