Written by Drew Wagar under official license from the creators of, and based in the vast universe of, the seminal space trading computer game Elite: Dangerous
Lady Kahina Loren, born into the Prism system's powerful ruling family, is desperate to throw off the shackles of her privileged lifestyle and discover herself, but ambition crumbles when she faces death at the hands of the one person she thought she could trust.
With the advanced technology of the third millennium, death is not always as final as it seems, but when that technology malfunctions, is death the better option?
Follow Drew on his website here: www.drewwagar.com.
Music by Allen Stroud. Cover design by Heather Murphy.
A Radio Theatre Workshop production for Fantastic Books Audio. All rights reserved.
©2014 Drew Wagar (P)2015 Daniel Grubb
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Don't like the background special effects,narrator is fine.
I didn't think a spin-off story for Elite Dangerous would be this good.
"Radio theater in the universe of Elite Dangerous."
Excellent job By Toby Longworth in this piece which felt more like radio theater than an audiobook. Using the game sounds added to the performance. For an Elite: Dangerous fan it's excellent entertainment while jumping to Sag A or Beagle Point.
"Fantastic for Elite Fans"
I have read this in print and it was fantastic. The audio book a radio style dramatization so there is music and sound effect much like the old time radio show before the modern TV. Kind of enjoyed that as I played the game.
I enjoyed some of the spaced battles and the details quite nicely and the details to the ships and planet descriptions, I would go in to more detail but I feel it would give away a lot of the plot and story since these tend to be at key parts of the story.
His male voices where spot on, hard for deeper tone voice to actually do a woman's voice but once your sense disbelief kicks in and your immersed in the story you don't notice as much
Yes I would, However I did in three long jaunts because of time constraints
It amused that you already know a good deal of the Elite lore so a lot of back story maybe lost for those who have never played any of the Elite games or read the original novelas. With out that back details it would be hard to grow attachments or understand how ruthless the Elite universe can get. However Wagner's details of the games beloved ships is spot on. The effects of this story did effect the in game story, and the game also effect the hero story enough that a second book is getting written. This is a must have for any hard core Elite fan to have playing as you are doing those long Solthis trade runs or exploring
"Some royals problems I can't relate to"
The story is really dissatisfying: Some wild hunt for a unbearable princess in the stars, complete with a Han Solo stand-in. Kind of Hidden Fortress in space. This could have been entertaining, but right to the postscript there is no relatable character out here, except the Han Solo stand-in. Maybe that's the E:D theme ("cut-throat galaxy"), but it really annoyed me. Worse, nobody ever challenged the hideous moral decisions taken by the protagonists. Except the Han Solo stand-in, but just briefly and in a superficial way.
The reading is actually ok. Unfortunately it was decided to jam in lots of (original game) sound effects and tons of background music. The first was really distracting, and made it hard to follow (I really would have preferred the reader to deliver the lines over distorted com-lines in his clear voice), and the latter makes me feel manipulated, which throws me out of the mood immediately.
So if you want some E:D stories and can bear the para-dramatization, all you need to endure is a story about some people without morals trying to become the rightful masters over the slaves of a mining colony, and you can listen to this. (Actually this sounded less terrible before I wrote it, but that's basically the gist of it.)
Love that old trader guy, though.
"Great Elite Dangerous Book!"
I liked all the plot twists and turns
Listened to Toby Longworth on other Audio Books, great as always
If you play Elite Dangerous you will really enjoy the details in the book, but it is a great Sci-Fi story and not required
"this story Rocks!"
kept me going all the wait through to the end and left me wanting more.
"amazing and energetic"
couldnt stop listening! i would recommend this book to any sifi reader and people new to the game. i learned a lot about the empire just from this book. and the production just astounding really had me captivated.
This book really comes alive in audio format! -- The story writing is excellent, the 'visual' descriptions are not overly long or needlessly complicated and add to the story. The plot twists are certainly good; some obvious some not so much which makes for a fun story.
If you've never heard of "Elite" - there's plenty for you to enjoy here (look up the ships later :)), If you live and breathe Elite -- there is quite a lot of lore in this book to relate to!. I've listened to maybe only 10-15 audiobooks so far but this is by far the best!
"My first book from audible"
Avid Elite fan here, was really looking forward to listening. The sound effects add a good bit of immersion. The voice over were OK. What really bothered me was a man doing the women's voices. in the beginning it was really annoying - they all sounded the same. Towards the middle and end it didn't matter any more.
I didn't much care for the story, and I think that's mainly because I didn't really care about any of the characters either. If you're a die hard elite fan, you may want to check this out anyway. But this would have been easily skipped had i known it was going to be this dull.
"best sci-fi book I've read in a long time."
loved the book, listened to it twice. amazing characters and it really captures the setting
"Really good book, period"
It was my first audio book, and I loved it. Would have loved a female voice for the female characters.
"Thrilling intrigue in the harshness of space"
An Immersive and compelling epic tale of galactic life, death and rebirth among the stars.
"Really cool for Elite fans"
One of the characters was a little annoying and I ended up rooting for someone I probably wasn't meant to but over all I really enjoyed this glimpse into the Elite Dangerous universe.
great storywriting, production and narration from start to finish.
The use of in-game sounds really enhance the story.
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