Written by Kate Russell under official license from the creators of, and based in the vast universe of, the seminal space trading computer game Elite: Dangerous.
Commander Angel Rose, forced into a life of crime due to circumstances beyond her control, is determined to survive in the unforgiving void as a professional assassin.
Will she be forced into the ignominy of moving back in with her parents when her efforts fail to leave her with credit-earning blood on her hands?
After years of galactic travel, could Angel's destiny be to end up drinking cheap liquor in a bar in Slough?
Follow Kate on her website: katerussell.co.uk. Music by Allen Stroud. Cover design by Heather Murphy.
A Radio Theatre Workshop production for Fantastic Books Audio. All rights reserved.
©2014 Kate Russell (P)2015 Daniel Grubb
Really enjoyed this audio book, the story was fun but the poem bit near the end was a little too weird and threw me when I heard it. The production values of this are amazing as there are numerous effects at work and it really created an atmosphere whilst the story was being told.
As a lover of sci-fi but someone who was not familiar with the world of Elite-Dangerous I was unsure how much I would enjoy Kate Russell's first novel Mostly Harmless set in its world. I needn't have worried from the very get go Kate's narrative and writing style drag you effortlessly into the story . Added to this her brilliant performance as narrator and all characters and all that's left to do is sit back relax and be taken on a rip roaring adventure with Angel our reluctant Hero as her hitherto predictable life spins out of control both physically and metaphorically into the world of space pirates, murder, intrigue, assassinations, and all round 24/7 danger, all set in within complex and highly detailed sci-fi universe. Thank you Kate for an enthralling 6 hours of entertainment.
I personally don't understand the hype behind this one. It has its moments, but it's rife with inappropriately timed jokes and too many Douglas Adams references, the main character's motivations don't make much sense, the supporting cast is forgettable at best, and the overall story is kind of, to put it bluntly, ridiculous.
And don't even get me started on Doris...
Kate Russell's performance is well done, however, I have to give her that.
"Decent story. Hard to finish."
I liked the performance and the overall story. Though I found the main character hard to empathize with which is why it was hard to finish for me.
I enjoyed the sounds and and found that their integration into the narrative really helped the story seem lived in.
"An entertainingly told tale."
The book was alright, the story drags on in detail of several things it REALLY didn't need to, I can think of three instances of this. However, the rest played out alright.
To Audible: There seems to be a hiccup in the file, I believe around what Audible App claims is Chapter 19 the book replays the last four or five chapters on accident.
"Highly entertaining space pulp fiction"
This story is a classic adventure story in the vein of pulp adventure fiction with heavy shades of noir, all set against the space opera backdrop of Frontier's Elite setting. If you're looking for critical gold, this isn't your story. If you're looking for something that would make a pretty good movie and tells like an engaging adventure, this hits the mark perfectly.
Dread Catherine, although I have a lot of affection for Angel Rose. Catherine's pragmatism and the fact that she has a tragic backstory that she doesn't spend a whole lot of time in self-exposition (it is shown rather than told) makes her a comfortably familiar trope well applied, inserted into the story effectively without clubbing the audience over the head with who she is.
She does a pretty good job at voice-acting even if she is not known as a voice actress. I'm also a sucker for her voice. That is perhaps a matter of personal taste, but it works for me.
Yes. It took me two sittings, but it's over 8 hours in the reading so that's a long time to sit.
Chapters 19 and 20 are repeated in "21" and "22", which is a fault of editing. I'm surprised the editors didn't catch that.
one hell of a ride and one mindblowing ending. best book so far and these is my second one
"Wow, I can't believe how great this story was!"
As the title says, I was very impressed with this story. I was worried that it would suck and it would not truly embody what Elite dangerous embodies and what Elite dangerous means to me.
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