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Elite: Mostly Harmless Audiobook

Elite: Mostly Harmless: Elite: Dangerous

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Publisher's 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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  • Brett/Jessica
    25/01/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Chapin
    14/01/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    31/01/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. D. Garner
    14/01/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    25/08/17
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    "Just OK"

    The story was a plain and drawn out. Some just were a little boring but in all it was OK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander M. Collins
    25/08/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun
    Missouri
    3/08/17
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    "Mostly Pointless"
    What was most disappointing about Kate Russell’s story?

    I didn't finish the book. The character is terrible and routinely makes the dumbest decisions imaginable, and I can imagine a lot. The story doesn't feel like it has anything to do with Elite besides the names of things. There is a colossal amount of sexual description going on and it got to be like some erotic fantasy story. I have no idea where this could possibly go but I am not interested.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Russell’s performance?

    She actually narrated her story as well as anyone could, but the problem is the extra effects they added. I don't know why but they decided that all conversation everywhere except while on board a station must echo. It is incredibly distracting. The sound effects are annoying as well. You just told me they excited hyperspace. I don't need the sound effect to go with it.

    The characters I think were poorly written and their dialogue was...well pretty bad. I mean you know the sorts of scenes where good/bad guys have to provoke another character? Whether it be the classic D&D tavern scene where someone's trying really hard to start a fight, or the good guy is trying to get someone else to stumble into a trap? That happens here and in all cases it's always so forced and obvious. That it includes a lot of vulgarity does not help either.


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

    It was doomed from the start. Anyone in the Angel Rose's position is a member of the Pilot's Federation and is not incompetent like she was portrayed to be. The description even says she's a CMDR and has years of galactic travel experience. There is no way she should be anywhere near the circumstance she is in at the beginning, much less continually making idiotic choices. I realize there has to be a plot setup, but perhaps that plot needs to be re-thought as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lance
    8/12/16
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    "mindblowing"

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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SlayedOver
    28/09/16
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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • J H.
    19/03/16
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Justin Knight
    21/09/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jon campling
    19/07/16
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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.
    5/5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PurpleBird
    17/11/17
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    "Dangerously Harmless"

    if you are the kind of person who has a Mrs Bennett sort of mother you'll identify right away with this rich tale of a reluctant space underworld underdog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    1/07/17
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    "Welcome Addition to the Elite Universe"
    What did you like most about Elite: Mostly Harmless?

    The strong well detailed characters, face paced story line and Kate's enthusiasm towards the universe kept the story engaging throughout.

    There are some characteristics of the male characters, that really made me think


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elite: Mostly Harmless?

    **ignoring spoilers and chapter 10** The epic wedding deception ....oh and the epic description of slaughter


    What about Kate Russell’s performance did you like?

    The level of enthusiasm and obvious joy of the subject matter. - Great voice acting as well


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I challenge anyone not to have a reaction to chapter 10, either due to the behaviour of the male character or due to the way the behaviour was brought to a conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen making for a great audio play...sequel please!!
    Have headphones handy for chapter 10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn Jones
    19/01/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I got so involved in the story couldn't stop, felt like i was there living through the story.
    Was well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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