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.
TECHNICAL: The sibilants are so prominent that a deaf person could hear them. Producer, a filter could have been very helpful here, as well as microphone placement that would minimize the impact of the performer’s limitations.
PERFORMANCE: Trite and unlistenable. Part of the problem here is the story. He should be more careful in the topics he chooses in the future.
STORY: The work is pedestrian, irritating, obnoxious, spoiled tripe. I’ll know to avoid his work in the future. Superficial plotline, annoying characters, poor dialog makes this a mistake of my purchase.
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.
I got this book during one of the sales thinking "What the heck". I now love the series and will be sad when I am finished with it. I also figure it will be perfect for my boys (ages 14 & 15) as well - still action/adventure without the bad language that seems to permeate so many books and movies today. The narrator is perfect for the book and I am glad he is continuous in the series.
The attitudes in this book are a little dated. When a big reveal comes part way through, it will only be a surprise to listeners stuck back in the 1950's. Dialogue is clunky.
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.
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