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Aboard the confines of an ancient space hulk, Seth and his Flesh Tearers engage in a brutal struggle against a horde of alien genestealers and their own natures. A hunger drives these warriors of the Blood, one matched by their alien aggressors. Hope remains while the Flesh Tearers can hold on to their honour, but what is the truth that lurks at the heart of this derelict ship, and will Seth manage to stave off the rage long enough to discover it?

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Flesh Tearers at their most visceral!

Warhammer 40,000: Hunger by Andy Smillie Here we are once again my friends! We have returned to the world of the Imperium Of Man, the Adeptus Astartes and the never ending threat of Chaos and the Xenos! This time things are a little different. I have some basics I can give you all before we begin. First of all I have to tell you about the Blood Angels and their Primarch Sanquinius. The Blood Angels were originally the Ninth Legion. Their Primarch Sanquinius is even considered something of a saint by the greater Imperium with their equivalent to Christmas being named Sanquinala in his honour and even several members of Horus’s traitor legions during the Heresy – including Horus himself – regarding Sanqunius as the best of all Primarchs. As a result of their reputation the Blood Angels have birthed several so called ‘successor chapters’ who are basically in extremely simplified terms offshoot groups which were created when – after the Horus Heresy – the Legions were split into 1000 man strong Chapters usually consisting of people with similar mindsets. They are almost always ‘descended’ from one of the original legions and in some cases keep strong ties with their ‘parent legion.’ The Black Templars I talked about when I reviewed Helsreach are an example of a successor chapter as are today’s subjects the Flesh Tearers who are descended from the Blood Angels. The Flesh Tearers are an extremely aggressive splinter chapter of the Blood Angels who are frequently overcome with the so called Black Rage – which in simple terms is a genetic flaw or blood curse given to all Blood Angels and successors upon the death of Sanquinius – are on board a Space Hulk (ancient gigantic derelict space craft) and are cleansing the craft of a specific kind of xenos called genestealers. Genestealers are a subspecies of Tyranids who act as the precursors for an invasion by Tyranids and are part of an impossibly huge hive mind. The closest comparison would be a mix of the Xenomorph from Alien, The Borg and piranhas. The plot of Hunger is as follows: The Flesh Tearers were drawn here. Drawn to this great threat. They must cleanse this system of Genestealers and prevent their spread. However in the process they must face their own curse in the Black Rage…their unnatural hunger and if they can discover the truth buried at the heart of this vesselI if it doesn’t break them. Hunger is an audio drama I am very fond of. The plot may seem simple on the surface but there is so much more to it. In reality this is something of a character piece for the Flesh Tearers. There is a lot of violence and anger as befits characters who are always on the verge of madness and yet are willing to do their duty for the Imperium. However as they battle through endless hordes we switch between two groups which show two different sides: Chapter Master Gabriel Seth and his squad of warriors who face the threat of the Genestealers head on and slowly begin to discover the secret buried at the heart of the ship and what it might mean for them all and their future. As well as Chaplain Appollus and his group who have their own mission and come face to face with the threat of the Black Rage and the resulting implications. The character work in this hour long drama is wonderful and makes it a rather enjoyable listen. I’ve listened quite a few number of times myself! The differences in perspective and personality are made wonderfully clear thanks to a combination of Smillie – more or less the ‘adoptive father’ of the Flesh Tearers at this point – and his excellent writing and the equally well done performances. Jonathan Keeble who I’ve mentioned on several occasions by this point acts as a narrator while Andrew Wincott is a gloriously violent and yet personality driven Seth with other well done performances by Steve Conlin, Stephen Perring – who I mentioned when I reviewed the Ciaphas Cain series – and numerous others. I’ve seen comments and messages regarding this particular audio drama as being a lot of people’s first taste of the Flesh Tearers. It was also the same for me and I now consider them one of my personal favourite groups. This story manages to balance extremely brutal action with some wonderfully written character work. And I’m really trying not to give it all away! In conclusion I really enjoyed going back to Hunger and going on campaign with Seth and the others. I hope I can give some of my readers a good reason to give the Flesh Tearers a fair chance and go beneath the surface with them. There’s definitely more to them than meets the eye! I certainly hope there will be more audio and prose releases with the men from Cretacia in the near future! Sayonara! Nephrite

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Terrifying and inhuman

Truly, I have listened to no other audiobook that swept me up in a rage fueled intensity so intoxicating. I cannot recommend this enough for how much effort and talent went into this performance.

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Visceral!!

Andy Smillie once again proves why he’s the only BL author to truly understand and portray the sons of Sanguinius correctly in the 41st millennium, Another great listen!!

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flesh tearers

not very long but action packed non stop and a epic ending too, loved it.

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more violence than a bar room brawl

brilliant! loved it from start to finish. first flesh tearers book of heard and will be hunting for more.

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A confusing story fantastically performed.

The performance was fantastic. There's music, great voice acting and sound effects. At one point I even turned around to check if there was something behind me! The story is great but I felt like it was quite confusing at times. New names suddenly get thrown in "A saw B attack C and then D yelled at E who was helping F and G" it just got very confusing at times, I think due to the length of the book. Despite that I understood the whole story and I found it an exciting story with great acting and atmosphere, although short!

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Great story, great voice acting

The story flows well, the character's of Chaplain Apollus and Gabriel Seth nicely contrasting with each other and while the supporting characters are not developed very deeply, they fit in well with the portrayal of the Flesh Tearers chapter: they constantly struggle with succumbing to the Black Rage, and this is well portrayed in the story. It's very well acted, and definitely worth the money. The hour of the story will whizz by as you enjoy the clash between a chapter famed for its brutality and the hordes of the Great Devourer!

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Well performed if not lacking substance. Good for the price. Lots of edgy battle porn, not a lot of character development.

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A Damn Good Story

Amazing story with, sublime telling and perfect sound ques. I love BA and this is perfect for them.

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we are wraith!

excellent story as always about the Flesh Tearers. good mix of action and throwbacks to the chapters past

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  • 27-07-18

Flesh Tearers

I adore the flesh tearers and their respective stories. Gabriel Seth and his comrades struggle against their curse is on full display in this one as well as further expansion into their lore. If you love the tearers you'll love this audio drama.

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  • 17-10-20

Exactly What I Wanted

The performances were spot on and the story was everything I expected from the grim darkness of 40k.

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  • 03-09-20

I Am wrath

rage and fury this is it 40k at its best a must listen for fans of the bloodiest chapter

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  • 05-08-20

poggers

I came 2 many It was crazy I was like AAAAAAAAAAAA and the guys were like AAAAAAAAAAA

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  • 05-07-20

worth the price

Good insight into Gabriel Seth and the lore of the Flesh Terrors and the connection to the greater 40K universe.

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  • Taylor Sloat
  • 27-04-20

Flesh Tearers

This was another great audiodrama. The voice acting was really good. Story was alright but we're not here for plotlines.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-19

A bloody good time!

A bloody good time on a space hulk with the unstable Death Company. In the words of Sethn "the blood guides me".

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  • Garviel Loken
  • 30-10-19

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

Left me speechless. What an amazing performance, truly glad I made this purchase. Would recommend to any 40k fans

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  • 06-09-19

Straight Beasts

I would give all the money if they were to make more of these but longer. It is on the short end of things but this is an amazing audiobook. If you want some savage flesh tearers audiobook this is it.

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  • Buck Scraper
  • 24-06-19

Atmospheric. Immersive. Savage.

I dare say, the Blood Angels are my new favorite chapter after listening to this.