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  • Elite: Dangerous
  • By: Kate Russell
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Elite: Mostly Harmless

By: Kate Russell
Narrated by: Kate Russell
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Summary

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

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great companion piece to the game

really enjoyable. fun characters and the story sits comfortably in the Elite universe. happy to recommend.

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  • JK
  • 21-09-16

Very well made.

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.

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Great book!

I am a big Elite Dangerous fan so I loved this story, lots of fun bits and serious bits. There is a problem with the editing on a couple of chapters, they repeat, but other than that the production is spot on. I highly recommend this title and I really hope that there will be further from this series!

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Great story/smart funny writing/xlnt performance

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.
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  • TC
  • 04-03-22

A wonderful glimpse into Elite Dangerous

The story is fast paced but really enjoyable with just enough detail to bring the characters to life. The worlds (most of which I've visited in the game) are really well described and vivid. The story itself is believable and follows a mostly logical path. A must for all Commanders!!

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A school project

The station is called Slough. so I'm waiting the entire time for the punchline. Was that the idea this flimsy story clung to or was it the other punchline with the book? Twists weaker than an ageing pop star. Awkward sex reminiscent of nature documentaries with the parents.

It felt like a school excercise. A task to tick the box against all aspects of the Elite universe, from technical workings to historical facts. everything present and correct -- now to build a story around it.

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Where is the sequel?

At the end of this enjoyable audio book there is a cliff hanger and a reference to a second book! However despite my best efforts I can’t find it anywhere on audible and As a result I feel cheated and frustrated as I can’t stand being left hanging!

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agony, pure agony.

what's to say the story is poor with the author determined to describe everything in detail, you don't get to truly grip the story due to the worst narrator I've even heard - talk about nails on a blackboard the voice just grates on your nerves. To be fair I'd have stopped reading the book though as the story is pointless, a real discredit to the Elite Dangerous genre. Can I have my money back?

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Loved it!

I had already read "Wanted" which I thoroughly enjoyed, this is great too! The sound effects and music are nicely immersing.

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Gets better as the story progresses

This took me a while to get into, but as the back third took hold, I found myself gripped.

Very good stuff. Very.

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  • Green
  • 14-01-17

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.

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  • Alexander M. Collins
  • 25-08-17

Book is not worth reading / listening to.

What would have made Elite: Mostly Harmless better?

New characters.

What was most disappointing about Kate Russell’s story?

Very depressing for my taste. The book depicts the women as depressed immature gay/bisexuals always overreacting to all situations and the men are all dumb sexual perverts.

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

Maybe, but the book/story would have to be good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elite: Mostly Harmless?

I would have to reject this book from being published

Any additional comments?

I could not take it anymore and gave up on the book.

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  • Brett/Jessica
  • 25-01-17

Meh

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-17

Drol and derivative.

It starts out, trying to sound smart...
Then turns to garbage.
This book uses metaphors to describe hyperspace travel as a (vaginal) gash and spacecraft (as peinises). It further asserts that all men are rapists, bent on odepal lust for mommy, or they are mentally ill hedonists.
In the tradition of Social Justice Warriors, a token black person is tossed in to be a purse puppy, and no, the description isn't all that racist... Aside from the bolt (read as bone) through her nose. Oh, and since the main character "Mary sue" is female, the murderous pirate who brings her into her cargo hold... Is a lesbian.
The Author 's idea of A.I. Is that twiggy robot from Buck Rodgers!
All the while, the author is mocking the reader, gleeful at having ripped you off.

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  • lance
  • 08-12-16

mindblowing

one hell of a ride and one mindblowing ending. best book so far and these is my second one

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  • SlayedOver
  • 28-09-16

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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  • J. D. Garner
  • 14-01-16

Highly entertaining space pulp fiction

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

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Kate Russell’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It took me two sittings, but it's over 8 hours in the reading so that's a long time to sit.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Marcus
  • 03-10-20

mostly pulp

a little too graphic and not much character deployment. its very much a checklane block buster novel.

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  • Brandon Trumbo
  • 08-07-20

Horrific Violence Porn

Mortified by this terrible attempt at an addition to my beloved Elite universe. I am deeply sorry for whatever psychological wounds the author has suffered. May God bring you peace.

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  • Donald
  • 24-08-18

I was on the edge of my seat with my jaw dropped.

this is the only book in my library that had my jaw hanging open through most of the book.

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