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The Stainless Steel Rat Audiobook

The Stainless Steel Rat

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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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    Tiffany Shoreline, WA, United States 01-07-11
    Tiffany Shoreline, WA, United States 01-07-11
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    "Fun I wasn't expecting."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 11-15-10
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 11-15-10 Member Since 2017
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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 2017
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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

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    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 08-22-17
    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 08-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Space Opera With A Heavy Dose Of Humor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stainless Steel Rat to be better than the print version?

    Not better nor worse. The voices provided are different than the ones I created in my own head when reading, but they worked just fine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Slippery Jim himself of course. He is the point of view character and narrator for the whole story. He is also pretty darned fun to listen tell the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bank robbery. The sense of joy and twisted humor of the character just make it a very fun sequence.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it keeps your attention well and is short enough to allow it to be done in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the start of a fairly long running series. I read the first three back in high school and several of the following ones as the years went by. The first three were, in my opinion, the most fun and most original. If you would like to try a good old fashioned space opera with a heavy dose of humor, this is for you. Recommended.

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    Brandi H Mackel 05-02-17
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    "James Bond, including the misogyny"

    It was almost an interesting story, and was well-performed. However, I was bored and annoyed that the only woman in the whole galaxy was a romantic interest who was literally brain-washed to fit the protagonist's ideals.

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    GrandmaRoot 03-30-17
    GrandmaRoot 03-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "makes me want to be a grifter"

    loved it! sharp, well thought out and the ending made me look for the rest of the Martinis glasses on the cover of the 📚. I now have them on my wish list. Narrator has a great voice, I'm glad he's doing the rest of them

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    Peb 03-12-17
    Peb 03-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Kick back and relax"

    It's DiGriz again. Simple story line. Easy going, in like DiGriz. Just another day for a stainless steel rat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas dye 02-23-17
    thomas dye 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "classic Harry Harrison"

    The stainless steel rat has the first in Harry Harrison's series by the same name. The material is clearly dated, but it is also still fun. This is a novella but certainly a good start to the series. If you just have an extra credit, it's fun and easy. This is one that periodically comes up on sale due to its age. Recommended, but not necessarily urgent.

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    Taylor Rand Florida, MO USA 01-16-17
    Taylor Rand Florida, MO USA 01-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Steel Good After All These Years"
    If you could sum up The Stainless Steel Rat in three words, what would they be?

    Steel Good Reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stainless Steel Rat?

    When our hero, James Bolivar diGriz, re-encounters the criminal he's been tracking - and she turns out to be quicker on the draw.


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

    The main character Slippery Jim - who is close to virtually the only character. The narrator captures the rough quality of James Bolivar DiGriz who's a rogue, a thief, a pragmatist and a resourceful fellow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but that's because this is an action adventure where the characters don't dwell on the casualties along the way. The story's told more in a light hearted fashion where events just keep moving along. That is, our anti-authority bank robber DiGriz in Chapter One, is an agent for them in Chapter 2. Stuff happens.


    Any additional comments?

    To enjoy TSSR, it's probably essential to remember its 1960 magazine origin. It's a light hearted adventure focusing on moving the plot along and skimming over details like a law enforcement agency rapidly accepting our hero's conversion to the cause.

    There's an element of humor (we're not to take the story as grim reality) and the language/dialogue is quaint but - here's the twist - there are larger questions in the background: about brain-wiping, killing in pursuit of a mission, remaining loyal to an organization that uses you.

    SPECIAL NOTE: It's easy to dismiss TSSR as shallow and outdated. I disagree. TSSR doesn't spend much time on introspective characters or issues - but they are there. Jim's not unaware of the ruthlessness of his target or of what he might need to do. And the vagueness of the technology avoid its being tied to science we have already discarded.
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