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...Show More » 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.
I rewad all of the Harry Harrison books as a young man and was fascinated to see they were still available. I have now bought most of them and have e..Show More »njoyed them as much as I did more than 40 years ago
Harry Harrison's series still entertains after all this time. Looking for deep mystical dialog? Sorry, these are pure quill space opera, as SSR a..Show More »nd his murderous family continue to confront the bad guys on yet another world!
I read these first well over 40 years ago. When I saw them on Audible, I couldn't wait to try them again. Not ususlly something Id buy at my age but..Show More » am very glad I did. Pure escapism and rattling good yarns!
I've long enjoyed tales of the Stainless Steel Rat, but this book just disappointed me all around. Our rat is almost unrecognizable -- no larceny, no ..Show More »cons, no jobs for the Special Branch, not even any real cleverness. The overarching plot that is supposed to tie the book together is the problem of relocating his bumpkin relatives and their porcine herd. Along the way they visit a pair of planets, which have vaguely interesting setups that could have led to an entire book earlier, but are now dealt with perfunctorily. I should have been warned off by the fact that the first part of the book, Jim's biggest worry is his dwindling bank balance. C'mon, the old rat never worried about money -- he just robbed a bank when he needed more. Nothing in this book required the SSR, and, in truth, he never appeared in more than name. Perhaps his years on the right side of the law have really made him soft.
Of course, the narration didn't help either. The narrator demonstrated a good range of voices, and I'm sure he is a fine narrator for other books, but for some reason, he did Jim's voice in Adam West style mock seriousness, which did nothing for the characterization of our favorite hardened criminal.