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The Stainless Steel Rat Audiobook
The Stainless Steel Rat
Written by: 
Harry Harrison
Narrated by: 
Phil Gigante
The Stainless Steel Rat Audiobook

The Stainless Steel Rat

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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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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 11-15-10
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 11-15-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Escapist Heaven!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tudza Kirkland, WA USA 10-23-10
    Tudza Kirkland, WA USA 10-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Now this is the stuff"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 02-04-15 Member Since 2016

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "Very Modern Sounding Sci/Fi For 1961"
    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 11-28-13
    Farrell 11-28-13

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Fun but predictable"

    Fun, but once the crop got involved the story was predictable. Felt like a short story that sets up a longer series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Richards 12-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Jordan like when I first read it as a teenager"

    the performance actor was kind of disappointing main gym degrees sound like a privilege to college instead of egotistical mastermind

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Smith WOODS CROSS, UTAH, US 12-10-15
    Karen Smith WOODS CROSS, UTAH, US 12-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "good short and predictable"

    The story was ok. I gave higher marks because of the narrator. The listener always knew who was speaking because of the superb narration. I would definitely listen to another Phil Gigante. narration.

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    Paul B. 12-08-15
    Paul B. 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Waiting patiently for the movie sience 1985.."
    If you could sum up The Stainless Steel Rat in three words, what would they be?

    Fun first-person action.

    A favorite series from my Mother's collection, along with 'Deathworld' from Harrison. These were rightly on the shelf next to many Sci-fi classics. Before Owen 'Z' Pitt and Harry Dresden ......there was Slippery Jim. Phil Gigante gives a great preformance. I look forward to more of his work.


    What other book might you compare The Stainless Steel Rat to and why?

    Dresden Files, MHI.. I think Harrison was an influence.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    Very good. Not the voice I expected, but masterfully done, made an old favorite fresh.


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    D. Runyon 09-09-15
    D. Runyon 09-09-15
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    "Branching Out Didn't Work For Me"
    What did you like best about The Stainless Steel Rat? What did you like least?

    My least favorite aspect is the narration. The narration seemed as if they were play acting on stage. I also felt there some sort of rush going on to move through the story. My favorite part was the story idea.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harry Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first read/audible by Harry Harrison.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would have liked to see the main character portrayed as a little more "smooth". I expected him to have a more sophisticated nature because he seemed so confident in the beginning and as an obvious con.


    Did The Stainless Steel Rat inspire you to do anything?

    I do not read a lot of this type of book, I felt I was branching out to try something new. I love suspense, thrillers and even time travel but this didn't work for me at all.


    Any additional comments?

    In all fairness, this is not a typical pick for me but the summary seemed right on, so I tried it. I did not finish the story, which seldom happens, It could be that I stopped short of the best parts, I gave up at the start of Chapter 6, when I realized I wasn't enjoying any of the characters.

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    Joel 07-20-15
    Joel 07-20-15
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    "This is among the finest sci-fi!"

    There are layers to this story and the characters portrayed that inspire my imagination most pleasantly! Harry Harrison wrote this book in the 60's and I wrack my mind to come up with another series to its equal. The author is a true pioneer. As for the narrator that performs this piece, Phil Gigante owns it! His vocal inflections and delivery of character emotion provide immersion most successfully. I'm saying this after listening to it 3 times now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H James Lucas Manhattan 05-08-15
    H James Lucas Manhattan 05-08-15 Member Since 2013

    contemplator of typography, mixology, and archivism

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    "Recycled pulp tricked-out with 1950s futurism"

    It's impressive how few modifications were required to transport the quintessential hard-boiled detective to an intergalactic landscape. This book has aged with so little grace that it has passed all the way through awkwardness and become merely "quaint" (and perhaps a bit charming).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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