DiGriz and Angelina are happily married and expecting the birth of their sons. The planet Cliaand is waging interstellar war, and against the odds, its Grey Men are invading and taking over planet after planet. The Rat is sent to Cliaand to start a one-man guerrilla campaign to put a stop to the plans of the planet's leader, Kraj. He is aided by the Amazons, a force of liberated freedom fighters, and eventually by his wife who arrives to help him win the war and keep him out of the arms of the Amazons.
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I first started reading the stainless steel rat books in the early 80s. When I heard that they had been made into audiobooks I just to try them. If anything they are even better than the books as the narrator adds more atmosphere if anything. I am now buying all of them excellent work!!
"If you like the rat you'll like this one"
This is another good book in the series. It isn't deep, in fact the plots are pretty flimsy. The draw are the great characters Slippery Jim and Angelina are just plain fun to read about. It is fun along the way of a sci-fi version of ocean's 11. it is fun to see how they pull off the impossible.
The books are old and pretty dated, but as a story they hold up. In particular my 12 year old daughter loves these much as I did when I was around her age. This is not only a fun book but one you can read with the kids.
"Stainless Steel Rat"
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 enjoyed them as much as I did more than 40 years ago
"A dish Served Cold with Red Wine56"
Ever Hope for things to go easy in your life, Just to have them changed at the last minute? That is what Slippery Jim, is going through.
A Great read & a fun Audio book to listen to.
I'll not Spoil it for you, Just Try it or the others in the STAINLESS STEEL RAT Series, & See if you don't get hooked as well.
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"A terrific adventure!"
Harry Harrison is a childhood favorite of mine, and I have always enjoyed the escapism of the Stainless Steel Rat stories. This is among the better ones. The reader also did a good job.
"teen years favorite"
well preformed, delivers the funny, cockey attitude of Slippery Jim. A fun adventure with a great character.
"still disappointed in the narrator"
once again a good story for you from my childhood but not impressed with the guy doing the stories still smells like games different ads off doing a story and thinking things uninteresting in time
"Over the top SciFi Crime romp"
The reader took great pains to put 'umph' into the story as he read - solid expression, tone inflection, etc. The story is a bit predictable, with enough change ups here and there to keep you going. I read this when I was a teenager, years ago, and have intro'd it to my own teenager who is very much enjoying both the stories and the reading style.
Reminds me of Heinlein's lighter "teenage boy" SF - closest to Moon is a Harsh Mistress, in the sense that this book brings in some political and social issues as it tells the story.
Don't take the SSR novels to seriously - I don't think they are intended to be serious novels, rather light hearted easy read romps, light space opera fare, not very complex. Explosions, fun language, and over the top scenes and characters abound.
"CSI in Space with Perfectly Snarky Narration!"
Yes. I listened to the first book and now am addicted to this hilariously funny series of CSI-like romps in space -- dang it!
Slippery Jim, of course.
Gigante is a perfect match for narrating these humorous stories. He is amazing. His combination of introspective, whimsical, snide, and nonchalant delivery, with perfect inflections and pauses, really make Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" audiobooks a complete joy.
I was moved to laughter and choking snorts throughout. At the end, despite all attempts to resist, I was moved to buy the next book in the series. What a scam!
Warning: Don't even start to listen to these books, as they are extremely addictive!
"Tongue in Cheek"
This is a tongue in cheek humor adventure Sci-Fi. James (The Rat) is a neat character and his wife is an even better character. A lot of the stunts are funny and you see them coming before they happen. Some of the jokes get repeated a little too often. The plot is not complicated, when there is a plot. This was written nine years after the first Stainless Steel Rat was written and the improved writing shows, although I think I wrote something like this in the 8th grade. This is one of those kind of stories that a kid would enjoy writing and reading. This is feather light reading and sometimes that is what you want.
I prefer the HH's more serious stuff such as the Eden series (all three books are great). I also liked Captive Universe and Hammer and the Cross. Hammer and the Cross is the first of a series, but you only want to read the first book.
I am not sure I have heard this narrator before and he did a great job.
"space age agent 007"
For all it's cleverness, I was bored. It was somewhere between the narrative of a video game and a James Bond story taking place in the distant future. Characters were entertaining, but even 5 hours was too much for my taste. There were a few aloud chuckles, but mostly I just wanted it to end. Might make a cute movie; for a good listen .. well, not so much.
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