The Stainless Steel Rat : Stainless Steel Rat

  • by Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante
  • Series: Stainless Steel Rat
  • 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Absorbing narrative style for a classic book

I was first introduced to The Stainless Steel Rat back in the late 1970’s when he appeared in the late great and sadly missed 2000AD comic of the era. Since then I have read the books and loved every one of them.

This absorbing narrative style by Phil Gigante rounds the character off perfectly for me, filling out the character as I remember him in the comic version back in the day, well deserving of the name “slippery” Jim DiGriz. I always imagined his character being acted on screen by Lee Marvin, which is close to how he was drawn in the comic strip.

For those who have not met “The Rat”, he is a confident and well-established con-man, expert and accomplished bank robber and a master of lies, disguise and martial arts. He can talk his way out of almost anything and claims to provide entertainment for the enjoyment of humanity.

He also has a strong sense of morality, making sure before he steals from any corporation, that they have fully paid-up insurance so that they have a chance of claiming compensation “after the event”.

His wife, Angelina, is a little more ruthless and a lot more willing to kill. Their two sons, James and Bolivar, fortunately follow after their father.

If you are a fan of Harry Harrison’s protagonist, you probably will not be too disappointed in this well presented audio narrative, delivered with an easy style which is in perfect harmony with the character it portrays.
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- Stephen

Excellent 60s SciFi comedy

I stumbled across the Stainless Steel Rat series on an audiobook recommendation thread, where it was posted in response to someone looking for scifi comedy. I'm glad I took a chance on the book, as it was... well, delightful is probably the best description.

Our hero, "Slippery Jim" aka "The Stainless Steel Rat" is a con man with a conscience, a grifter with a gift for planning, stealing and lying (sometimes in that order). The story is centred on some of Slippery Jim's heists, his escapes and captures; it very much fits into the genre of boy's-own-adventure in space. The world-building and technology - surprisingly! - still hold up more than 50 years after it was written: the only hint to this not being a modern story was magnetic tapes being fed into computers.

The characterisation was excellently varied, with distinct voices for all of the characters. Phil Gigante's acting made the heroes likeable and the villains despicable (but still sympathetic).

In summary, this was an enjoyable, well-paced and actually funny audiobook. Thoroughly recommended.
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- Matt G

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio