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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 Audio

Follow in the footsteps of Hadeya Etsul as she is consolidated into a Cadian armoured regiment and put in command of a Leman Russ Demolisher, Steel Tread. Can she win the trust of her dysfunctional crew and pilot the tank to victory on a do-or-die campaign?

Listen to it because: against the backdrop of an increasingly desperate conflict, tanker Hadeya Etsul finds herself consolidated into a Cadian regiment and placed in command of the Leman Russ Demolisher Steel Tread, where she must try to rally a dysfunctional crew together in order to survive a death-or-glory offensive.

The story: on the war-torn world of Croatoas, the armies of the Astra Militarum do battle with the twisted servants of the Ruinous Powers. Against the backdrop of this increasingly desperate conflict, tanker Hadeya Etsul finds herself consolidated into a Cadian regiment and placed in command of the Leman Russ Demolisher Steel Tread. Haunted by nightmares, surrounded by a dysfunctional crew and striving to find her place amidst a proud and insular regiment with a culture so different from her own, Etsul must guide her crew to victory. But as her regiment rolls out beneath the poisonous light of the Great Rift to join a death-or-glory offensive, the crew of Steel Tread are about to face the fight of their lives. If they cannot learn to work as one, how can they hope to survive?

Written by Andy Clark. Running time nine hours 51 minutes. Narrated by Remmie Milner.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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A tale of tankers

I really enjoyed this book, a well written story of a tank squadron and their adventures and misadventures whilst also dealing with the bigotry of the Cadians in a very relatable way, the narration was also very good, I had not heard this narrator before but I hope BL use her again

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Nice surprise for the new year.

this got a little hard to follow at times. but there are interesting new characters, and an insight to the armour divisions of the asrta militarum.
I'd like to hear more of steel tread and her crew.
Good performance by Remmie Milner.

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I'll eat anything published about the guard.

A fun story with a voice actor that is clearly putting the effort in.

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yeah it was alright

i thought it was alright but you may like it. filling the words requirements.

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Fantastic glimpse into life in 40K

Not just bolter porn, this is a really good book with fleshed out characters and a good, simple plot. It also doesn’t just end when it could, it has a satisfying finish that I’m leaving happy.

Also don’t know what people have against the narrator, she is great and brings life to the characters without being exhausting.

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strange adresses

wouldn't a female commander be adressed as ma'am, and not sir? I think the author ought todo some research too into armored warfare in general. for example I think "on the way" is the lingo for firing.

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Great story but...

I felt that the narrator was not the right fit for this story. The narrator had a quite refined accent which meant that almost every character came across as a variation of 'quite posh person'. The exception being the ganger, who instead came across as a posh person talking how they think a rough person sounds like.

It also rendered the epic, battle scenes much less impactful than they could have been.

I feel bad because clearly the narrator is a professional and has put significant time and effort into the performance. Unfortunately, it just didn't work for me and made much of the listen a struggle.

I would have enjoyed a narrator that brought more grit and energy.

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Quick fix for any Astra Militarum need

It's a classic story; remember those movies where the new teacher comes in to a rough classroom of students? Dead Poet's society, that one with Michelle Pfeiffer sitting on a backwards chair. This audiobook is those movies but set in a Leman Russ fighting against the Ruinous Powers.

I enjoyed it, it had few bits with audio modulation. It's distorted when Vox is used in the story. I'm not a fan of any kind of digital effects, the narrator should be able to do that with their voice alone. Other than that, the narration works just fine.

So Michelle Pfeiffer sitting on a backwards chair, Astra Militarum and a Leman Russ tank.
Any of those float your boat and you'll probably like this. It's not the best but it's not the worst. I'd say it's good.

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A great audiobook to fall asleep too.

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Scenes describing life or death struggles were delivered with no significant difference than those of guardsmen falling asleep. The narrator is technically excellent, but the performance would be more suited to a children's story.
A great audiobook to put on at the end of the day and fall to sleep too.

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  • 13-01-22

cringe

super cringey rhetoric struggled to finish. story wasn't bad tho I found the climax at the end and the representation of heretic astartes to be bad. the best bit was probly the chaos knight

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  • RickyP
  • 15-02-22

FemHammer 40k at it's dullest.

Who ever was reading this wasnt really that great. She was very monotone and it got hard to pay attention sometimes because of it. The story itself was also pretty bland, with no real world building or suprising happening. Its probably the best of the femhammer line since it's the least passive agressive and the charecters arent annoying. But there isnt really anything exciting happening. All the plot points seem to play out exactly as you'd think they would and its so bland and generic that if you removed the mentions of Big E, this could litteraly be set in any sci fi universe. Maybe even non sci fi universes if you just change the magic gas to regular gas and the enemy knight to an enemy tank. Just skip it. You have better things to do with your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-22

one of the best new Astra Militarum Novels

Its a book about a leman russ tank crew which is very well written

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  • Targon Rammaric
  • 12-05-22

Solid 40k tanker story

The book has a solid story, following some very unique characters that all add in their own way. It's far from a literary masterpiece but I didn't find that the clunkier parts of the writing took away from the story. Overall I found it to be engaging, lore friendly, and at times suspenseful. At worst it was a little predictable but still 100% worth the time to listen.

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  • Brandon
  • 08-05-22

Like a Phoenix

There is a running joke in the Ciaphas Cain series where the readers are forced to endure excerpts from the memoir of Jenit Sulla for additional context. The joke is that the writing is so verbose that it is almost punishment to get through. That is this entire book. I keep getting pulled out of the story because of all the stilted conversations between characters.

The narration didn't help the situation either. The accents were just bland and made it difficult to follow who was taking at times. For the most part the characters had some flavor of posh accent but you occasionally get a kind of Nigerian accent from the tank's second in command and what I guess was suppose to be an lower class accent from the loader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-22

A very good IG book

Very enjoyable tank story. The characters were interesting and none of them acted in any way you wouldn't expect people like them to.

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  • Aaronlee gonzalez
  • 25-03-22

better then most

good moment but lacking in the voices. there are few times you get sucked in. but better then some stuff they have released.

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  • Joshua Bergeson
  • 02-03-22

My expectations were Demolished.

As a longtime consumer of the 40K setting I can’t express how surprised I was with this book. Completely honest I started it to do research for some of my own crappy fan fiction. Ended up biting my nails through the whole thing.

Captures the grounds-eye view of warfare with stunning brutality and honesty. I enjoyed the depictions of battle as much as the intense interpersonal drama played out between a crew forced together at the last minute, and run far beyond their limits.

It’s an incredibly lore-attentive, and appropriately melodramatic depiction of the psychological and physical stresses endured every day by honorable soldiers of the Imperium of Man….with lots of explosions, heroic sacrifices, and touching speeches given at precisely the right moments.

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Cadia Stands

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-22

Makes me wanna build a tank

Such a legit book for the Astra Militarum, specifically showcasing the trials at the heart of a tank, a point of view too often shrouded.

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  • Brad
  • 20-02-22

Giant Killers

This is one of my favorite 40k stories so far. Get it! You will not be disappointed.