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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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    J Livingston, TX, United States 03-06-12
    J Livingston, TX, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Oldie but goodie"

    I first read Stainless Steel Rat decades ago, and bought the audiobook to refresh my memory. I'm pleased to say that the story carries the same magic I remember from my youth. The narration carries the book very well.

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    Dana Purcellville, VA, United States 12-16-11
    Dana Purcellville, VA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect entertainment!"

    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.

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    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 12-01-11
    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 12-01-11

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    "Mediocre story with a terrible reading"

    I know that Guidall can do great readings (his reading of "American Gods" for example), but this book was not one of them. It was, in fact, awful. He overemphasized too many words and worse, continuously mis-emphasized. The story might be better if read from a book, or with a different narrator, but I found this difficult to listen to.

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    Jan Fremont, CA, United States 12-01-11
    Jan Fremont, CA, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Mediocre story with a terrible reading"

    I know that Guidall can do great readings (his reading of "American Gods" for example), but this book was not one of them. It was, in fact, awful. He overemphasized too many words and worse, continuously mis-emphasized. The story might be better if read from a book, or with a different narrator, but I found this difficult to listen to.

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    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-30-11
    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2001
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    "book is better than narration"

    The story is an old one - breezy adventure, not too good but somewhat fun - a "popcorn" book. The narration is not very good, however, due to a real unfortunate choice by the narrator. About halfway through the book, the main character undergoes a radical change of appearance, and the narrator therefor decided to do the halves of the book in a different "voice" (even though most of the book is internal monologue, which should not change in plastic surgery). The second half of the book is the narrator's real voice - the first half is in an affected swishy voice that just offends.

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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 06-21-11
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The best of the series"

    As is often the case, the best book in a well-established series is often the first, and that is certainly true here. This is fun science fiction, with enough interesting social commentary thrown in to keep you thinking. The narration is perfectly done; it captures Harrison's tone exactly.

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    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 01-26-12
    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh, Brother!"

    Recently I decided to catch up on my Sci-Fi reading since I am now finished with the Dresden Files series (sniff). This has got to be the hokiest science fiction I ever read (heard)! I decided to buy it because it was included on classic sci fi lists I've reviewed on the web. This is the first book of the series so the majority of the story was setting up characters; however, it was a very predictable story. Of course, the books were written in the 60's when this genre was new. Even so, I won't be buying any more installments of this series.

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    Ronald Ukiah, CA, United States 02-18-12
    Ronald Ukiah, CA, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "For very young readers"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know of any thing that would make it better. I would most likely liked it if I were 15


    What could Harry Harrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing - Most likely it is for much younger readers


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was OK and well read.


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