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?
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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
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.
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
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!
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 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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