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Publisher's Summary

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!
The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front - and trying to double-cross them both - may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists - while still keeping Rex’s martini glass filled.
©2014 Robert Kroese (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Most of my friends enjoy comedy and sci fi and this book is a great combination of the two. There are many subtle word play jokes that are hidden pop culture references. ("I sense a disturbance in the floors.") If you are a fan of Christopher Moore Novels or Mel Brooks films this is a book for you!

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the nihilistic attitude of the two main characters Rex & Sasha. Sasha has more of a conscious than most but still has no qualms about vaporizing a guy if it helps out their interests. Rex on the other hand takes down right glee in exploiting others and feeds off of absolute chaos.

What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kate Rudd delivers a good performance and delivers Sasha's lines in great dead pan fashion and does a good job at making her voice robotic but not too much that it is boring with no inflection so she found a good middle ground.

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

I wouldn't say moved per se... but it had me legitimately belly laughing quite a few times.
I gave this book 5 stars for the many times that this book made me laugh. I really hope that there are more of this series to hit audible.

Any additional comments?

Rex Nihilo is like an alterverse version of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama but more violent and slightly smarter. If you enjoy a good funny man/ straight man act then this book is for you.

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37 of 38 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-14-15

Star Wars meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

What made the experience of listening to Starship Grifters the most enjoyable?

The voices she used were spot on for each character.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A little shorter. Some of the scenes after the silly or the action part kinda dragged on.

Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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

Star Wars meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Any additional comments?

If you want to read/listen to a cross between Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Spaceballs this is the book for you.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Slyboots on 12-26-16

Good old fashioned schlock

What made the experience of listening to Starship Grifters the most enjoyable?

The narration was spot on - bearing in mind that the narrator is both a robot and a great deal smarter than the 'lead' character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Starship Grifters?

The denouement. It was quite unexpected and I just hope the author hasn't made it impossible to write any follow-ups.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are too many excellent scenes in a book of this length to easily pick one, but any scene with Rex so drunk or incompetent his loyal robot has to do his thinking for him will do.

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

It's not an especially moving book, although it does have its moments.

Any additional comments?

This is a good long audio book and if you like old-school sci-first done with a good dollop of humour it's well worth checking out. It will never win awards, but it kept me amused for quite a few hours of DIY and I resorted to it again when painting and decorating was needed. That's surely a book which has earned its keep!

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1 out of 5 stars
By victoria on 08-16-17


What was most disappointing about Robert Kroese’s story?

It wasn't funny

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?


Any additional comments?

I bought this book because a few people said it was very funny, I was hoping it might be as clever and witty as 'Hitchhikers guide' but it was dreary.
Maybe the written book comes across better. The narrator drove me mad and I found I was unable to listen to it. I am sending it back.

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