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Summary

A Necromunda novel

With a Guilder armoury looted, and the culprit racing downhive in a mining hauler bristling with stolen weaponry, Kal Jerico chases the bounty...but with a prize like this, every other Venator worth the name will be after it too.

Listen to it because

Kal Jerico is back! Delve into the underhive with the most outrageous (and lucky) bounty hunter on Necromunda, as he fends off all the threats Hive Primus has to offer.

The story

Kal Jerico returns to Hive Primus, chasing his biggest bounty yet: the maniacal preacher Desolation Zoon, racing downhive in a mining hauler bristling with stolen Guilder weaponry...but with a prize like this at stake, every other Venator worth the name will be hunting down the Redemptionist. Can Kal claim Zoon’s head, or will he find a rival’s knife in his back?

Written by Josh Reynolds

Performed by Mark Elstob.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Way too long

It's a fun, irreverent little adventure, but good god the padding is awful.

The author mostly wrote short, combat-focused vignettes before this book, and it feels like he was struggling to figure out how a longer story with a complicated plot should be written. More than anything, it reads like a transcript of someone's RPG campaign, with most of the time being taken up by random combat encounters that don't do anything for the plot or characters, or even really flesh out the world in an interesting way. Most of these fight scenes are good as self-contained action sequences, but in aggregate they're just tiresome.

Well, MOST of them are good. There are a few exceptions that were just hilariously bad in their own right. Special shoutout to the scene where the author copied the kraken battle from Pirates of the Caribbean II down to the point of the ship (allegedly a motor-powered vehicle moving through a windless, underground environment) suddenly grows a mast just so that the Necromunda kraken can knock it over like in the movie, before vanishing again. That did get a laugh out of me, but I don't know if it was intentional on the writer's part in this case.

On the other hand, when the story is being silly on purpose it usually succeeds pretty well. That, and the fight scenes usually being good as such, were why I'm giving this a 2 instead of a 1. The other major thing this audiobook has going for it is Mark Elstob's hilariously erudite, nature documentary-esque narration and how it clashes with the whacky 40K shenanigans being narrated. Gives it an almost Douglas Addams feel. Elstob kind of drops the ball when he tries to voice the female characters, but other than that he did great work here.

Overall, I'd say that it's something to put on in the background while you're doing other stuff, but not good for much more than that.

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A cracking continuation of Kal’s story

I’ve loved Kal Jerico since the early days of the Warhammer Monthly comic, where the witty dialogue and amusing stories (combined with sterling artwork!) perfectly captured the exploits of underhive bounty hunters!

Sinner’s Bounty is a wonderful continuation of that story, taking everything that happened across the comics and eventual novels (including Kal in Spaaace!) and combining them with the current “new” Necromunda setting, bringing in a bunch of the named bounty hunter/venator characters that Forgeworld has produced and breathing life into them! The underhive itself gets a lot of detail - I love the overall grubbiness and I particularly enjoyed descriptions of the flora and fauna.

The performance really suited the book, with a bunch of different British regional accents applied to some of the factions which suited them nicely.

I’d really recommend this if you’re a fan of sci-fi - it’s perfect if you’re looking for Necromunda inspiration!

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Great writing and truly outstanding narration

The narrator captures the characters with alarming skill, couple this with the Hive humour and we have a winning combination. Fingers crossed for more audiobooks from this team.

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Amazing

I would love more books based on Necromunda and the under hive, Jericho is a great character.

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really enjoyed this one

Necromunda really really lacks on background story, a few pages here and there and a smattering of novels, between this and terminal overkill they are sorting this out, very good book.

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Great listen and good story

Good listen and a cool perspective on the necromunda story from the famous bounty hunter kal

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Grim dark, with a lighter flavour

Purchased this on a whim, a fantastic book with a lot of light hearted fun mixed seamlessly with a truly grim dark setting. I reminds me a lot of the old Gotrex and Felix books in tone. The narration is excellent, especially if you enjoy a few goofy accents, which I found added a lot of character to a few of the bounty hunters. if you want to get into necromunda, if your curious about life in a hive city, this is a great place to start!

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Great necromunda story

Great story and the narrator was really good, he's different voices really brought the world alive.

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Fantastic listen!

Awesome. The voice acting is superb, especially on the Mutants. Great story also 👏

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Slow start

Slow to get started. By the time you start caring about the characters the book is almost over.
Until more Kal Jerico books are available I would not recommend, which is a shame for what I guess is an interesting series.

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  • 27-04-20

Good story but narrator...ouch

A good story eith alot of background for necromunda. However, the narrator reslly needs to work with a team. He makes almost all the carracters sounds like elderly British citizens. He reads well, but it becomes irritating listening to a bunch of geriatric Brittons.

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  • 29-06-20

Great story

Really enjoyed the story, though the narrator did make most of the female characters sound falsetto. It's a pity, because apart from his inability to make the female characters sound convincing, his performance was excellent. Necromunda stories are something I hope to see a lot more of, since we appear to have a plethora of emo space marine stories in the 40k universe and not enough showing the dark underbelly of the Imperium beyond the inquisitorial.

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  • 21-03-21

I liked it, enough to demand a sequel

The story is typical #GamesWorkshop/#BlackLibrary fare. Better than most, not great tho.

Biggest Minus- The Narrator seem'd to have run outta female voices past co-main character Yolanda. The rest of the female voices are a constant cringe. I'm good at rollin with it but fair warning!

Kal Jerico's swashbuckling, *scruffy looking nerf herder* type traits seem'd to have been somewhat forgotten, late in the book, but the action more than made up for it.

A nice Underhive *roadtrip* story, interspersed with plenty of action & character interactions. The roll call of Bounty Hunters was a boon, too.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 10-09-20

Great Story

I really like this book. Shows a different life than most 40k books. NeedsMoreVoiceActorsThough. OneIsntEnough!

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  • Smidjun
  • 27-08-21

Excellent!

The perfect blend of action, humor and plot! One one the most enjoyable books I have "read" this year!

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  • Dick Forney
  • 23-08-21

Underhive Shoot-Em-Up Fun!

The first Necromunda novel I've read, and I did so because Josh Reynolds is one of my favorite BL authors. This was excellent! Very enjoyable. The characters are well rounded and just plain fun! There is a nice set up for future Kal Jericho adventures in this as well. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook if possible. The narrator, Mark Elstrob, does a great job with the characters!

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  • J
  • 15-05-21

Awful voice acting breaks immersion.

Dozens of grubby, grimdark characters sound like snobby & silly englishmen. This book needed a voice team to ground it not make the setting more ridiculous. The female characters sound absolutely horrible.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-03-21

True Necromunda well narrated

I was more than happy with the narrator work...excelent job. Story itself is worth of Necromunda universe.

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  • WeAreAllDavis
  • 18-03-21

Underhive The light hearted travel guide!

As good as the nerratiom is this is NOT what I expected from a Necromunda story. Our character's basically "fly casual", Han Soloing through all sorts of situations which are played Way down in terms of how insane and usually deadly they truly are. The pace of the study is also quite slow and only really enjoyable if you essentially want a Light travel guide to Necromunda.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-12-20

necromunda as we all love it.

this was a deliting read. to all those who have playet the tabletop game and love the setting. this is a must read.
to all others that love cyberpunk and a good story... well what are you wating for. GET to listining