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On an Imperial outpost world on the fringes of tau space, the renowned Commissar Ciaphas Cain and his fractious regiment of Valhallan Guard, newly created from the remnants of two devastated units, find themselves in the middle of a war. 

As the Astra Militarum struggle to contain worldwide civil insurrection, can the wily Commissar Cain identify the real villain before the planet is lost to the Imperium forever?

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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The rest of the series needs to be recorded too.

I read several of the Cain series of books many years ago when they were first published in physical format and i thoroughly enjoyed them, and with GW's recent push into audio books by putting practically all of the Horus Heresy titles (and others) online i hoped they would get around to Cain too at some point.

Listening to the first book after all these years was as enjoyable as when i first read it, and i strongly hope that GW has plans to adapt the rest of the series.

Story is good though understandably from a different perspective than most 40K books which tend to focus far more on characters who are perfectly willing to die at the drop of a hat.

The performance captures Cain's personality well and the interludes from the Inquisitor and excerpts of Sulla's memoirs are handled great.

Thoroughly recommended.

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Needs more Stars

Possably one of the most enjoyable 40k books I've listened to in a while. The running "editorial" notes throught the story are brilliant and well done.

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Well above the 40k average

Very well written and extremely well performed. There aren't many 40k books that I've laughed out loud at, but this is one of them. There are some 40k books that read like they're written by the most humourless of Imperial historians with the Emperor's own rod of office up their ass. This, I'm delighted to say, actually manages to take the mick out of them.

Just hurry up and record the rest of them. Same cast please!

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A Different Take On 40K...

I must say that when i got this, it was purely because i had a token spare and there was a 2-for-1 offer on a couple of audiobooks, i would never have considered it otherwise as I normally get a little annoyed when Audible choose to not give us the Omnibus versions of these book,

but never the less, this is a very fun and frankly humourous take on the 40K Universe and I am happy i own it.

The story concerns the titular Comissar, a hero of the imperium of mankind, and his bid to survive as a coward while maintaining his reputation as a beloved icon. His inner thoughts interject throughout the story where he tells the listener that just wants to be as safe as possible, while also being expected to lead the charge. He is a manipulative scoundrel, but his Rogue-ish charm makes him hard to dislike, a great character to read about.

im not good at reviewing things so just buy this on impulse and i swear you will enjoy your time.

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Need the other books

Story is perfectly place in the warhammer 40k universe and filled with characters you love and hate. It gives a great incite to the universe and everyday life. The sole narrator does a great job with voices and there are other voice actors for certain places too. I love this series and think that it is perfect to listen to and hope they put up the rest. they need to really.

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Top notch Warhammer 40k audio

one of my favourite 40k audio's so far .
excellent narration and story ,a must for any Warhammer 40k fan

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Probably the best Black Library audiobook

Absolutely fantastic performance - hats off to the talented people making these books come alive. Can't wait for the rest of the Cain series to become available too.

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Awesome

I love this book and the performances.
I believe Stephen really brought Ciaphas to life and Sandy did an amazing job too.
Needless to say I will now be going ahead and getting the other Ciaphas Cain books.

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Utterly incredible

A thoroughly enjoyable plot, with a truly outstanding performance by Stephen Perring! I really recommend this to any and all listeners regardless of their level of knowledge of the WH40K universe. 10/10

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Brilliant

The story is brilliant and the narrators are such a perfect fit, Steve Pennings voice truly fits Cain and I could never imagine any other voice for him now

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  • Christopher
  • 18-09-18

Now the rest

Finally. I have been waiting for these books since you started to post warhammer. Now do the rest! lol

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  • Vincent
  • 14-09-18

The reluctant hero born again!

This appears to the be the first book in the entire series from Black Library (according to the wikis anyways) - nice to see older titles getting the audiobook treatment.

There are two narrators (Penelope Rawlins is also present); one does Cain the other is the Inquisitor-friend who is editing his "memoirs."

Excellent performances, and the writing is what one would expect from a Cain novel: witty, self-aggrandizing, and very much the reluctant hero we expect from a Cain story (basically it is very entertaining to make a long story short - the writer does a stellar job).

Great book overall - if we see more Cain you will see more coin.

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  • Mr. Sparkle
  • 22-09-18

Please Put The Rest On Audible

Please put the rest of the books on Audible please! I really really need it!

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  • CassieX
  • 29-09-18

Finally, Ciaphas Cain comes to Audible!

it's wonderful that the Black Library is finally expanding on audible. The stories of Commisar Cain are legendary across the Segmentum and I've devoured every one in book form, going as far as to purchasing the hard covers when they were released. The narrators do a top notch job of capturing the characters personalities and foibles and I can't wait for the entire series to be released.

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  • Chris Bartus
  • 28-09-18

Please let there be more

Love the Cain books. The set up here was fantastic, especially how the footnotes were handled. Please tell me that more are coming!

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  • Richard Walter
  • 01-10-18

great for 40k beginners

Great for people just learning about the 40k universe as well as established veterans. All the flavor of 40k with a some lite to humour to keep it fun.

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  • Nathan Dillion
  • 30-09-18

my first non codex 40k book and I loved it.

was and still is one of my favorite books,Audible please get more Ciaphas Cain books I beg you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-18

Great performance to one of the classic 40K novels

Perfect performance to one of the best 40K novels. great entry point to the Grim Dark.

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  • Paul ocampo
  • 07-12-18

We need more!

This book is simply amazing! Can’t wait to buy the next one “hint hint audible.”

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  • GHDavila
  • 14-04-21

CI-CI-CIAPHIS CAIN, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM

An amazing book that has it all. Action, comedy, literally everything. Well worth the listen/purchase.

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