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  • Warhammer Crime
  • By: Alec Worley
  • Narrated by: Harry Myers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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By: Alec Worley
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Summary

A Baggit and Clodde Novel

A ratling and an ogryn aren't the best-matched pair, but in the crime-ridden heart of Varangantua, anything goes—at least, when there's a big score to be had.

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This is first full-length novel featuring the characters Baggit and Clodde from the audio drama Dredge Runners. Follow the duo as they hunt for a treasure that could answer all of their problems.

The story

Baggit is the fast-talking ratling with an eye for the big score. Clodde is the ogryn with a heart of gold and a head full of dreams. These abhuman deserters-turned-criminals operating in the city of Varangantua have crossed the wrong man for the last time—and now they’re on the run…

At least, that is, until Baggit learns of a score that could pay their debts and save their skins—the Wraithbone Phoenix, a fabled treasure rumoured to be hidden aboard a voidship recently scheduled for decommission. But Baggit and Clodde aren’t the only ones with eyes on the prize. When word gets out, every thief in the Dredge is going to be gunning for the Phoenix. Does Baggit have the cunning to find the treasure and get out alive, or will someone finally cash in the bounty on his head?

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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Fantastic performance of a great story

Probably the best Black Library novel to date, this books paints a fantastic picture of the awful reality of living under a corrupt fascist theocracy like the Imperium.
An amazing performance by the narrator brings the large cast of characters to life, and the sound design is excellent.
Without spoiling the story it's well worth a listen, but pacing is a little off - it almost feels like an action movie at the end with gunfights, twists and death aplenty. While not bad, the end felt at odds with the considered world and character building of the start - again, not bad, just quite a notable tonal shift.
Overall though, absolutely great, will look out for more from both the author and the narrator

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A fun let down

So when I heard that there would be a full novel about my favorite ratling and ogryn I was super happy. There is a lot to say about this book but fist of I want to say it's worth a listen if not only for the funny voxcast messages that is through the book. It starts off good and the narrator is doing a very good job. Where the story starts going down hill is where the rest of the character is intredused. It's way to many side storyline that in the end is just pointless. And it takes me out if the fun mainstory that is the main reason I'm listening to the book. I think it was like 8 extra people that end up having little to no real effect in the story. I think making one or two would be fine. They would have a bigger impact and it would be a lot easier to follow the story. That too is hard at time when they have to go to so many people. What takes this book from bad to okey us the 3 main characters and the box messages. All in all I would say that it's a 6/10

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This is good very good

It's the first warhammer book that used fucking rather than fracking that I've seen so far

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More Baggit and Clode please

Not as funny as the previous audio drama, which is a shame, but still a good story, well written with likable characters and an interesting story.
hope there is more in the future

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Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Lazpistols

Great fun. Cockney crime capers in the 40k universe. Enough humour and clever twists to keep it interesting and the reader does a sterling job with his pacing and range of voices. Looking forward to the more in this series.

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Best Small Scale 40K story!

I loved this book and will be recommending it to everyone I know. It was like if Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels had been written in the 40K universe. The narrator really brings it to life, all the characters are distinct and have a lot of personality. All around, just a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Erik W Pepper
  • 29-08-22

Excellent!

Wow! Now this was an absolute thrill ride! I LOVED it!

Only downside… I’m depressed it ended. I wanted, want! More! I hope these two scandalous anti-heroes get more novels, it’s just a blast.

Lots of fascinating characters weave in and out of the story, hardcore killers and scum, all spiraling towards one goal…

Quick plot summary without spoilers: Baggit, a mischievous, intelligent ratling along with his Bonehead (chip implant to increase intelligence) Ogryn, Clodde, find themselves hunting for an ancient aeldari artefact, buried in a retired and grounded starship, one that is to be recycled.

Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs, a plethora of scum, this is my favorite Warhammer Crime novel to date, and that’s very hard to top. Excellent job and I cannot! Cannot cannot, wait for more!

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  • HarmonicaJay
  • 26-08-22

A Fun Time!

Ever since I listened to the audio drama of Baggit and Clode "Dredge Runners" I've wanted a full book of these guys. When I heard about this coming out, I had to get it. While I feel the ending with one of the characters is pretty unsatisfying and needlessly grim, I feel the rest of it was worth listening to.
Baggit and Clodde are a pair of AbHuman Imperial Guard deserters who have a price on their heads after a job went south. Now they are after a special Eldar Artifact called the Wraithbone Phoenix to get the price paid off. However, when one idiot in over his head spills the beans, every crook in the Dredge district of Varangantua wants it and Baggit and Clodde's bounty.
Along the way we get character development for Baggit and a nice string of action with an almost satisfying ending. I recommend this one.

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  • Acerock
  • 27-10-22

I LOVED this book. grab it now!

most 40k and HH novels are loaded with standard sci-fi tropes and predictable plots and 2D characters and that's fine. they're fun adventures and easily digestible.

Wraithbone Phoenix is nothing like you've ever come across before. closest I can compare it to is Gotrek and Felix. WBP plays out like Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch. it's a hilarious, exciting and thrilling crime caper. Baggit and Clodde are lovable rogues unlike what you've met before in 40k. first of all, Baggit is a reference to Baggins which is hilarious to begin with because Baggit is not your typical Hobbit. Clodde is just awesome. Ross is not bad either though she doesn't get as many fun lines or scenes. it wraps up nicely. there's room for more stories or it could just end here.

either way, WBP is the best new addition to this universe. I hope everyone picks it up because this book is a banger cover to cover.

the narrator is also pitch perfect. you know who is speaking and his choice of accents fits the mood and characters perfectly. normally I prefer Keeble or Longworth but Harry Myles just shot to the top of my list of favorite narrators. he's up there with Andy Serkis and Steven Pacey in this performance.

even if you don't think WBP is your flavor, give it a try. you'll love it before the first chapter is over.

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  • ODA doc
  • 01-09-22

another Baggett and Claude adventure

a great little story of two friends in arms going after a treasure lost to the imperium for a thousand years. they're shooting, backstabbing and true friendship.

and Mr Myers is a top-notch narrator

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-22

One of the Best

Alec Worley blew this out of the water! Captivating story, characters that I got attached to, all woven together in an captivating story that's a must for any Warhammer fan. The story kept me guessing at every turn. Multiple pov jumps can be a bit distorting, but a 30 second rewind cleared things up. Hope Alec has more Warhammer books in the works.

Harry Myers also performed outstandingly. He took an excellent book at took it to even better hights. He gave each character an unique voice that helped keep everyone separate. I hope Harry narrates more Warhammer books.

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  • Wendy J Fasoldt
  • 15-11-22

Incredible and unique Warhammer story

This was a singularly fun and atmospheric Warhammer story with engaging characters. It had heart, humor, intrigue, and action in equal measure. The audiobook production supported the narrative in thoughtful and fun ways.

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  • Sam
  • 28-10-22

Do you like abhumans?

Do you wish that 40k had more depictions of them? Do you want a loveable pair of two abhumans?

Get the book. I won't go too much more into detail. The book and narrator are amazing.

Please black library, we need more clod and baggit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

unimportant to the 40k storyline but 11 out of 10

it sheds light on the abhumans of 40k and makes you love them. Fleshes out the setting and makes you want more. Fun with personality and constantly engaging. Has the grim dark with personality. 11/10

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  • WELSBERN
  • 05-10-22

Great Addition to Warhammer Crime

This is a great story richly describing the world's of abhumans in the Warhammer universe. It is funny, a good detective novel, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Sean
  • 03-10-22

Bloody fantastic!

Enjoyed every moment, the story was a blast and the narration kept me riveted!

Ever since Dredge Runners I have been hoping to see our Rat and Og make another appearance.

The characters are fun, well written and very at home in the grim dark, the World of Varangantua has many fantastic stories and these lads are definitely the stars.

Harry Merys's choices for Baggit and Clodde's voices and accent are believable and pleasing to the ears. Clodde is definitely my favorite.

I look forward to the next chapter in the Warhammer 40K Crime series and Alec Worley's next work!

Thank you for this gift of pure joy!