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Saga of the Beast

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: David Annandale
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins

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A Space Wolves audio drama boxed set.

In the aftermath of the Thousand Sons' invasion of Fenris, Wolf Lord Ragnar Blackmane is thrown into danger as he hunts a dangerous beast in a quest that will decide the fate of the galaxy.

Listen to it because: Experience the latest chapter in the saga of Ragnar Blackmane in an all-action full-cast audio drama serial that pits the Young Wolf against one of the greatest – and most terrifying – warriors of the 41st Millennium.

The story: Glory returns to Fenris. Magnus the Red and his traitorous legion are defeated upon the icy cliffs of the Space Wolves’ home world, their hollow remains scattered into the darkest depths of the World Sea. Yet Ragnar Blackmane, the youngest Wolf Lord in his Chapter’s noble history, does not feel victorious. He is uneasy. Uncertain of his purpose and place in the great war for the Imperium.

Until a vision strikes him of a terrible beast, one greater than any he or his warriors have faced before. A monster that it is his destiny to confront. The young king throws himself into a quest to meet this fate, for no Space Wolf can turn from the call of his wyrd. Alongside a small band of Space Wolves, Ragnar Blackmane begins what is certain to be an odyssey for the ages, on which will hinge not only the fate of a single warrior, but of the entire galaxy.

Written by David Annandale. Performed by Tom Alexander, Charles Armstrong, Gareth Armstrong, Ian Brooker, Steve Conlin, Andrew Fettes, Jonathan Keeble, Colleen Prendergast, Jon Rand and Richard Reed.

Contents:

Part 1: 'The Call of the Wyrd'

Part 2: 'The Brotherhood of Fate'

Part 3: 'The Voyage of the Storm'

Part 4: 'The Jaws That Split the Sky'

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  • snozek
  • 18-04-20

You have got to be kidding me

So the voice actors are really good. The production quality is very solid. All in all, 2/5 stars is the best it could manage.

So from the author of the worst novel in the Horus Heresy series (The Damnation of Pythos) and the worst of the Primarchs series (Roboute Guilliman, Lord of Ultramar) comes the worst audio that I have listened to from anything Games Workshop related.

David Annandale has succeeded in compelling me AWAY from interest in his book, away from the most colorful and entertaining of the Adeptus Astartes (the Sons of Leman Russ), and making me stop the torture of having to endure Ragnar "Plot-Magic" Blackmane's idiot hero fabrication.

I love Black Library! I have and have read literally hundreds of their books.

The story doesn't advance logically, things happen, "just 'cause," the characters are magically said to improve and develop as if through sorcery or, worse yet, just because the author said do.

I cannot finish this farse of a story or the coronation of the "Young King" when he is s knuckle dragging moron of a character.

David Annandale, stop ruining the 6th legion.

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  • Lewis Luna
  • 29-04-20

May be worth listening for diehard fas

A bit short and only the second half was interesting to me. Diehard fans will enjoy it perhaps

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  • Peter Sörenen
  • 16-04-20

To short

Great start and build up. But falls short when they hurry thrue the story in just 6 hours.
What could have been was cut short.

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  • Carrie A. Fowler
  • 26-06-20

it's great but not very descriptive of anything.

people places and events, are never described in depth and that sort of kills it for me. the acting and audio was great though. a mediocre book made good by actors.

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  • P. J. Hinkle
  • 08-06-20

Wow

The most incredible storytelling experience I've ever had. A review must be at least 15...

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  • Taylor Sloat
  • 26-05-20

Oh boy here we go

Great story and performance. really does a good job at flushing out the 40k universe.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-20

Short but Epic

All in all a good listen. A bit short and for some it may not be the listen for them. It paints the wolves in their most superstitious aspect and in a more mystical light. But it is a true saga worthy of the Vlka Fenyrka. Any true Space Wolves fan will enjoy it and raise their flagons in cheers.

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  • Lawrence Johnson
  • 16-05-20

Fantastic!!!!

It was almost like I was watching a movie all I was missing was non imaginative visuals.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-20

FOR RUSS!!!!!!

This Book was awesome and really enjoyed this story of destiny and fare of Ranger

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  • Demi Dunn
  • 14-04-20

FENRYS HJOLDA

No warrior can match the skill of Ragnar Blackmane. Even the leader of the great waaaaagggh will struggle to bind the wolf.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-20

For the young wolf King

This was fantastic, I loved every moment of this book. A must read space wolves are the best and this proves why.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-20

Really Games Workshop.

I will try not to spoil the story for those who haven't listened to it yet, but despite this being a truly great story they will have to work hard to appease people due to the ending of this.

For all wolf fans and orkameadies clan members this is a must listen

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  • RobinHoods
  • 24-05-20

Excellent. Purely excellent

Great story. With wonderful sound effects that really add that 40k feel to the tale. Excellent voice acting throughout. As has become common in the black library audio books.

A truly gripping epic.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-20

Truly great audiobook

New to audiobooks having read some warhammer books in the past I gave this a go as my first audiobook and have to say I was blown away, the story itself is fantastic but the way it has been enhanced via audiobook is amazing, extremely immersive and engaging I really hope if anyone’s looking through reviews for their next read I highly recommend this title

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  • Ygillbert
  • 04-05-20

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This book was absolutely brilliant it is a must read if you enjoy 40k lore

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  • Mr simon
  • 03-05-20

Young King vs Beastie super war on

Great sounds chilling chaos engine well acted a pleasure to read while painting and fun

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  • Val Luke berry
  • 09-04-20

I never write these but

one of the best I have listen too. the voice acting of all involved its 10/10

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  • sinisterleft
  • 06-04-20

more like this please.

great story and Amazing performance from the team of narrators, The sound effects were spot on, not enjoyed a book this much in ages.

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  • Francesco A
  • 05-04-20

Very good performance

The story is a bit predictable, but the Wolves and Orks voice acting are absolutely amazing!

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  • Michael Batchelar
  • 02-04-20

Awesome!

The green tide comes brothers! The end times are upon us! Russ will be with us soon!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-20

Great performance, predictable story.

If you own an arty t-shirt with a wolf on it, have a beard and refer to the Space Wolves as The Rout you'll probably love this over the top book of Bolter Porn.

If howling at the moon doesnt get you rock hard and you were hoping for an interesting Imperium vs Xenos story, look elsewhere. The performance and sound effect audios are great, though.

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  • AT CT
  • 01-04-20

So much potential ...... Bugger

The whole “book” is more of an Audio Drama. In itself this is not a bad thing. The performances of the actor/narrator (s) are very, very good.

Where it’s really let down is the lack of narrative or descriptions leaving one moment to blend into the next without adequate warning. It makes the story feel unfinished and incomplete and at times nonsensical. I found this incredibly frustrating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-20

headache inducing

muddled from the start and not easy to listen to. Ragnar talks to himself constantly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-20

awesome full immersion audio drama!

awesome full immersion audio drama! listen to how he gets there and listen to how it ends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-20

Hail to the Young King!

A spectacular Audio Drama, in this Games Workshop has delivered! I only wish there were more. Captures the Spirit of the Young King perfectly, his impetuousness in the face of authority, his fervour in the face of battle. I really do hope that we see more of this Saga, for there is much more that need be told. However, be warned: this is not the WAAAAAAGH!!! of Ghazgkull Mag Uruk Thraka, this is The Saga of the Young King!
Absolutely loved it, and look forward to listening to it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-20

good listening

dont usually like audio dramas but this was exceptionally good. highly recommended to all fans of warhammer 40k.

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  • Darryl Miller
  • 28-03-20

Good story but distracting elements

The background sounds over played the story at times and were very distracting. Length was made longer by unneeded music - giving a fake book length. Should have had an epilogue for after the fight and were both are now so it better linked to the models.