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Summary

Commissar Ciaphas Cain is a renowned and revered hero of the Imperium, a man who has faced and survived some of the vilest creatures the universe can throw at him. But when he is sent to a river-world, he must deal with a dangerous enemy, an enemy whose true identity remains unknown. As his vessel traverses the straits of the planet, Cain must uncover the face of this new foe so that he can understand and escape it. Caught in the enemy crossfire, the commissar has no place to run and his nerve will be tested to the very limits.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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desperately need more in this series

great narration and sound, a fun story, short and sweet perfect for a long drive to work but I'd much prefer a collection of these put together as one

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It's Cain, but not as you know it...

A short Cain story, but without all the snark, social manipulations and inquisitorial footnotes that make the novels worth reading

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Short but sweet

I will admit that, while familiar with the universe if Warhammer 40K, this was my first direct encounter with these specific characters. That is something that I fully intend to rectify as soon as possible.

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A bit much for too little

The previous tales of Kane was 8-12 hours long and just as good. But now for the full price of a monthly Audible subscription you get a little more than one hour. It’s all about bell’s and whistles, not content. It’s impossible to give this a good rating.

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Great fun, ss any take of Cain Co....

BUT... Damnably short. I realise it's an audio drama, with actors and sound effects and production issues, beyond someone sitting in a studio reading the words.... But GW..... This one was more like an intro than a full story. I enjoyed it nonetheless.... But when I realised it was about to end..... I had to check my watch to make sure I hadn't slept through part of it!

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bad effects good story. expensive

very short for the money. bad extra effects took away from the story which i enjoyed

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Waste of a credit

The sound affects are just terrible, the voice barely sounds like Toby and the story was just absolute rubbish. The whole hour I was waiting for it to get good and unfortunately that never came.

0/5 Absolutely awful.

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Pretty poor for the series.

Pretty poor for the series. very short and therefore difficult to get into. I bought this as I love the ciaphas cain book series and this is a real disappointment. Similar to the water levels in a game.

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awesome voice acting

this is definitely the voice of Ciaphas Cain. so well read and another amazing addition to the series. they can't come out fast enough.

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so-so

it's not a bad little story. But I would have liked it better if they had put a couple of these small stories together.
But not bad for the price. But I would have hated to pay the full price for them, thank 🙏 for members offers

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  • 04-11-18

Bring out the rest of the stories ASAP!

My favorite Commisar. The narrator(s) really bring the stories to life. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out.

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  • 01-10-18

Warhammer's most Heroic Coward!

I had stared at the Cain audiodramas for a few years before finally buying one. I love the Warhammer setting and I have to say I loved this story. Cain is a lazy self serving coward, but he's smart enough to know that sometimes it's in one's self interest to do what has to be done. It's just that he'll try every other option first. In a way it reminds me of Churchill's quote about America. And even though he tries everything to avoid it, when the chips are down, he is the hero people think he is. This tale starts with a bit of a mystery- some missing soldiers. And Cain reluctantly leading the search for them. His self serving style often catches people off guard, since they expect the more selfless hero. But he gets the job done. I loved the story so much I purchased his other audiodrama and his first three novels on Kindle and have already started on the third.

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  • 01-08-20

Wasted a credit on this "book".

Don't make the same mistake I did. This is one chapter and only an hour long. I thought it was the next book in the series, not a short primer.

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  • Isk
  • 10-09-20

Disappointing and Expensive.

-3 different Voices for the Cain, confusing and weird.
-Missing the humor that made the Cain books unique
-Boring story, no plottwists, no thrill.

+Jürgen.

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  • Thomas
  • 30-05-19

Not bad

This was a nicely written short story. What I didn't appreciate were the added sound effects in the background. Some of them were okay and fit the narrative, but most were obnoxious.

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  • 05-03-20

Ciaphas Cain at his best!

I love these audio dramas! I wish there were more!! the plot is good, the characters are classic 40k, it's great!

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  • Amazon-O
  • 27-01-20

Awesome!

All of Sandy Mitchell’s books are superb - very much capture the essence of Ciaphas Cain - and this one is equally awesome, both in writing and performance.

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  • Derek Matthies
  • 09-05-22

Fine story but different cast

It is obvious if you read the story info, but this is not the same narrator as the other Cain novels. The story and performance are fine, but it is not the same humor and experience as the mainline novels have.

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  • The Nerd
  • 17-11-20

Cain is Cain once again

Not bad. The voice actor sounds like he would make an exception Emperor Palpatine comfortably

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  • John M
  • 14-07-20

good writing, bad execution

Audio books are better when they aren't trying to be movies. a couple of speakers is fine, but can be distracting--but not a fan of sound effects in an audiobook, at all. it takes away from the scene my brain is forming from the words.

Toby Longworth is usually one of my favorite 40K narrators, but the extra sounds ruined it, IMO.