A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born : Stainless Steel Rat

  • by Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante
  • Series: Stainless Steel Rat
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The prequel to the Stainless Steel Rat. Slippery Jim is here a brash 17-year-old who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, planning to embark on a life of crime. The book opens with Jim bungling a bank job so that he can be arrested and sent to prison, where he plans to learn the art of being a master criminal. Deciding that the Bishop should be his mentor, Jim sets about proving himself worthy of the master's attention.
He eventually has to flee his home planet of Bit O' Heaven with the Bishop, but Garth, the captain of the ship who promised them safe passage, sells them into slavery. The latter part of the book details Jim's adventures on the planet Spiovente, a semi-industrial world fighting feudal wars with weapons smuggled in (against League regulations) by Captain Garth.

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The backstorry on Jim

This was interesting and better developed than a lot of the other books in the series. it is defenitely fun to see where the rat came from and what shaped him. Moving away from the other books in the series seems to have given the author a fresh view that made this better than most of the later boos. this one is worth a credit.
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- Cliff "I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help."

Thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrator really made the characters come to life!


What other book might you compare A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born to and why?

Other Stainless Steel Books, or maybe Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.


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

The main one - Jim DiGriz


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Robin Hood P.I.


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- Joe Knutsen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio