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Realmslayer

Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Series: Gotrek Gurnisson, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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Realmslayer is the most exciting project I have worked on in years, and playing Gotrek fired my imagination with wonder. He possesses enormous courage and imagination, and is totally fearless – more powerful than any hero in literature and history.

What a challenge! It was like playing ten King Lears at once! He will live forever.

(Brian Blessed, the voice of Gotrek Gurnisson in Realmslayer)

Gotrek Gurnisson was the greatest monster slayer of the age, who met his doom at the End Times. The heroic duardin stepped forth into the Realm of Chaos to fight the daemons gnawing at the world's ending and satisfy his death oath, leaving behind his companion Felix Jaeger. 

Now Gotrek has returned, having outlived the old gods and the Old World. Spat from the ruinous depths with his redemption unfulfilled, he emerges into the Mortal Realms, a strange new world where gods walk the earth and dark forces are ascendant. Nothing is as he remembers. His oaths are dust, and the lands are torn asunder by Chaos.   

Yet when Gotrek learns of human champions being elevated to immortality for Sigmar’s fight against this darkness, the so-called 'Stormcast Eternals', he knows why fate has brought him into this new age. To find Felix. For only then can he find the peace in death he seeks. But is there more to Gotrek's apotheosis than even he can fathom? Has he truly been chosen by Grimnir and for what purpose?

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An absolute must!

An amazing cast and production that makes it feel like a (great) Hollywood movie! I actually listened to the whole thing in one sitting. They need to make more of these!

I've been listening to GW audio dramas / books for years and this is by far the best thing they've done (and they've done a lot of great stuff)!

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Gotrek is Back!

Absolutely loved this, the gotrek and felix books are my all time favourite fantasy novels and bringing this into the new warhammer world made me very happy indeed and I hope they make more! P.S Brian Blessed is amazing!

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A Love Letter to Old Fans

Long time Gotrek fans will enjoy this. Brian Blessed is great, but strikes me as a slightly odd choice for the character in retrospect; Gotrek has quite a dark, tragic side that Blessed isn't quite able to capture.

That being said, Gotrek is very much the embodiment of grouchy, old-school Warhammer fans in this story. It's great to see GW are not beyond laughing at themselves, and it work very well seeing the Mortal Realms through the lens of an ancient, irascible grouch.

It's nice to see a bit more of the Fyreslayers, too, as they've been somewhat neglected for a long time.

The plot itself, whilst not outstanding, is not bad either. Realmslayer serves as an amusing, gentle reintroduction of a beloved character into a new setting, btmut probably won't be terribly entertaining to listeners without a vested interested in Gotrek's story.

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"My axe thirsts, and I shall lead her to drink!"

The only negative I have about this production is that I want so much more of it!!! This isn't an audiobook, a reading of a novel, but more a radio play, relying on the amazing ambient sound effects and the divine delivery of all the voice actors involved. Dialogue heavy, sound effects and music are all perfectly balanced and Gotrek was made for Blessed! Story is only four hours long, last hour is interviews. Set up for a whole series. Bring it on!!!!

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Pretty good for a leyman of 40k like myself

The story was great, I love greater-than-life characters. I wish they would make a movie about him. The narration was amazing! As to be expected from such names. The only thing I didn't like were the added noises from the background. Sometimes it was hard to understand what the actual characters were saying. And some of the have hard enough accents alreary.

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GOTREKS ALIVE

far and wide the best Gotrek story yet and Brian Blessed just takes this whole work to the next level.

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Brian blessed was incredible , buy it listen to it

More please black library ! Awesome work to all the cast and crew. The story/script going forward needs to keep up the tempo , the diversity of characters is particularly excellent.

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gotrek reborn<br />

I truly believe that Brian blessed is the perfect voice for gotrek I wish that they would get him to do all the gotrek and Felix books

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most enjoyable

brain blessed was by far the best choice. he really embodied what the character should be. while the story is good as far as I am concerned Mr. blessed really made it work.

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Amazing reintroduction of Gotrek.

This had a great balance of battle, story and humour. Age of sigmar isn't as good of a universe as was the world that once was, but this has at least made an attempt to bridge that gap. Gotrek makes fun of the sigmarites and looks down upon the fyreslayers. It has plenty of hilarious moments that many a fan of warhammer fantasy can also laugh to, as it mocks the world that now is. It has returned my interest into age of sigmar, I'm very curious to find out what has become of Felix. As for content I am not a fan of the freeguilds... a lazy attempt to keep units from the old universe. A waste considering they spend so much time on the lore of their new factions, they could have simply expanded on what they had. I will rate this well, but as for the universe itself I am a harsh critique still. Give me tomb kings, chaos dwarves and something equivalent to kislev. Not pathetic under sea elves and flying dwarves. The fyreslayers arnt to bad mind, that would have been a good example of a proper development of slayer kin.

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  • charles craft
  • 14-11-18

Solid return for Gotrek

My only complaint is how brief everything is but its a surprisingly good return to form of the original series mixed with the straight high fantasy of the second authors books. The changes to Gotrek are appropriate for a dwarf stuck in the realm of Chaos for about ten thousand years and the characters that come along perfectly fitting.

Well voice acted, accompanying sound effects perfectly over the top, chapters get broken up into parts sort of like the originals in Trollslayer and Skavenslayer and is used to good effect. Very reminiscent of where the series started without being an uninspired series of repeats.

Now we need the original series done this way, plus all of Ciaphas Cain, Black Librarys latest effort for their audio have been amazing and these older series seeing new love is amazing.

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  • Bighertz
  • 08-06-19

It has Brian blessed

Brian blessed voicing Gotrek. That's enough reason to buy the audiobook. get it now!

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  • Jacob
  • 21-12-19

amazing performance ends abruptly <br />

last 1 and a half is the voices talking about the characters. waste of my money

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  • dima
  • 13-12-19

Terrible

Gotreks fighting prowess is definitely not captured and the character feels different from the original, more soft, stupid and uninteresting. Stick to the original. Shouldn’t have touched the series and just left them as a legend. The writers are simply too different, and it is painfully disappointing.

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  • J.S.
  • 15-11-18

An excellent story

Great, even if you're not familiar with the previous Felix and Gotrek fiction. All I knew going in was that they were a dwarf and a human who had some adventures.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-18

Great fun

An amazingly fun and immersive audio featuring great known voices.

It is always a great joy to get in on duardin action!

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  • Riyo
  • 30-07-20

Amazing performance

It’s hard to get into AoS story and they treat Gotrek like he is one of the readers who prefered the old warhammer world and is getting used to the changes

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  • C.O.
  • 16-07-20

Great production. Not the same Gotrek

Fantastic production, the story is good and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Be warned though that's it's not quite the same Gotrek we've come to love over the years. He's not so grim dark anymore, and I'm almost certain he said more in this one short story than he has in the entirety of the series combined. Also all of chapter 5, more than an hour, is just post production VA thoughts that make it clear none of them have read the source material. Minor complaints but enough to lose a star from me.

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  • Kiel
  • 15-07-20

so entertaining that it felt short. read again!

was great. loved the voices, the energy and the acting. I will definitely listen to it again as it was so enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

An epic performance of a beloved character

I loved the performances by the voice actors. The story as a too short for me and has me wanting for more.