The Pirates of Ersatz

Read by Elliott Miller

(4.6 stars; 447 reviews)

Bron is the offspring of infamous space pirates but instead of following in the family footsteps he decides to become an electronic engineer. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get out, something pulls him back in. This is a tongue-in-cheek space adventure along the lines of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. It was originally published in the February-April issues of Astounding Science Fiction in 1959. (Summary by Elliott Miller) (6 hr 16 min)


Chapter 01 33:07 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 02 36:16 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 03 39:08 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 04 39:23 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 05 30:50 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 06 29:56 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 07 35:57 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 08 26:20 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 09 28:08 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 10 27:17 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 11 20:18 Read by Elliott Miller
Chapter 12 29:46 Read by Elliott Miller


really fun

(5 stars)

Reader was great, though he did get a bit lost at times in the broad number of voices he chose for characters. The story is sort of Ice Pirates meets Princess Bride. Entertaining, strains the boundaries of imagination a lot. The grandfather’s wisdom was frequently head scratching and mostly irrevelent. The story was great for a day of wool gathering and mindless entertainment. Thanks, Librovox!

Great Story

(5 stars)

This story felt a bit different from all of the Leinster stuff I've read in the past. It had a great deal of tongue in cheek humor for a Leinster story. It definitely reminds me of The Stainless Steel Rat stories. I could have done without the over the top voice characterizations. The story would have been much better with a straighter reading.

A great romp!

(5 stars)

From a world so perfectly stable that tranquillisers are needed to cope with the monotony rises an inventive mind, and trouble pursues. Though set in in space there are no aliens, the tech is adequately described without going into details that would have dated the writing, and the overall impression is highly believable.

So Cleaver and Funny

(5 stars)

This is one of my favorites from this Author. He really is brilliant and the main characters are always such geniuses. It is well read, though the accents might be overdone. I thoroughly enjoyed it all.


(5 stars)

This story is like a mental vacation with its meandering plot line & relentless dry humor. The reader, Elliott Miller, is perfectly droll, repeatedly leaving me smiling. I especially liked the Interstellar Ambassador and the no-nonsense grandfather.

Great story as usual by Murray Leinster

(5 stars)

And a spectacular and in depth reading by Elliot Miller! Well done good sir :-) Now I wish I could search for books specifically by narrator.

good story and the reader does a very nice job. hHowever

(4 stars)

Good story though too many details that do not embellish the story. The reader does a very nice job.

Among the best

(5 stars)

Sci-fi, very interesting, very creative, unpredictable, light hearted humor, quite entertaining. The reader is a compliment to this story too.