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Cadia Stands

Narrated by: David Seddon
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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An Astra Militarum novel. 

The storm has broken, and the forces of Chaos batter against Cadia's defences. Lord Castellan Creed leads the defence of the fortress world, but for how much longer can they hold out. Cadia stands...but will it stand forever?  

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Justin D Hill follows up his Ursarkar Creed short stories in Legends of the Dark Millennium: Astra Militarum with the tale of the hero's finest - and darkest - hour.  

The story:

Under almost constant besiegement by the hosts pouring from the Eye of Terror, Cadia acts as a bulwark against tyranny and death. Its fortresses and armies have held back the hordes of Chaos for centuries, but that grim defiance is about to reach its end. 

As Abaddon's Thirteenth Black Crusade batters Cadia's defences, and armies of the Imperium flock to reinforce this crucial world, a terrible ritual long in the making comes to fruition and the delicate balance of this brutal war shifts.

From the darkness, a hero rises to lead the beleaguered defenders, Lord Castellan Ursarkar Creed, but even with the armoured might of the Astra Militarum and the strength of the Adeptus Astartes, will it be enough to avert disaster and prevent the fall of Cadia? While Creed lives, there is hope. While there is breath in the body of a single defender, Cadia stands...but for how much longer?   

Written by Justin D Hill. Running time 7hrs 39mins. Narrated by David Seddon.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Joe
  • 05-01-2020

A book almost entirely in exposition

I love gonzo fiction. Which is why I have a soft spot for Black Library books. What brings the military kitchen sink that is the Warhammer 40K setting to life is the wonderful characters the authors breath life into. The loyal guards from Gaunt's Ghosts, the manic evil of Fabius Bile, the otherworldly Mechanicus of the Tech Priest series, and so on. So I struggled with this book, which largely ignores the characters in favor for reporting the battle from a dispassionate, almost textbook-like manner. In one chapter, we read about a character about to enter battle, and get excited to hear her experiences, only to jump ahead with a report on how the battle went. I felt continually lifted out of the world. What a lost opportunity to thrust the reader into the world through a hero. That said, the writing is clean and the plot (of the war, not the characters) solid and as believable as you can get in the 40K setting. I just wanted to have more focus on characters and their lives within this terrible event.

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Cadia Stands, 8 out of 10

Enjoyable and a great book. Enjoyed every minute of the book, highly recommended worth the money. lots of twists, keeps you listening the book has a twist at it's very end.

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Very good listen

Great book overall, had to re listen to some chapters as you can get a little lost in places, but other than that, very good

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THE PLANET BROKE BEFORE THE GUARD! CADIA STANDS!!

I loved the story, the pacing and voice artist! characters are amazing and shows the grit of the guard! CADIA STANDS!

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  • Kim Domo
  • 06-01-2020

The best book ever

This book was so good that it inspired me to buy a army of Astra Militarum Cadin shock troops Cadia stands!!!!

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  • RFM
  • 27-02-2020

The Many (Short) Lives of the Cadian Shock Troops

Presented as a series of vignettes, this tells the story of the Fall of Cadia from the perspective of a range of characters - new and old, high and low. If you are asking "what's the Fall of Cadia?", well, this might not be for you... Consider this a narrative, ground level view of the narrative changes Games Workshop made to the 40k universe in 2017, with the last supplements to 7th edition and the beginning of 8th edition. If you are interested in the story of the 40k universe, this sort of bridges that gap. But if you just like stories of chainswords and hordes of cultists and the smell of prometheum in the morning, this book is just dozens of individual and connected combat vignettes, from the perspective of Cadians, Mordians, Drookians, Chaos Marines, a very angry Space Wolf scout, and more. A diverting and excellently narrated book, perfect for when you are gluing and painting. If you aren't high on liquid cement and periodically yelling "Cadia Stands", you probably won't enjoy this...

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  • Brandon D. Hudson
  • 21-12-2019

An epic telling Cadia's final stand

Loved it and the people who struggled for their home and their families and people

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2020

Way to busy. lots of details but not much story.

It's like the author tried to squeeze a big story in a little book. don't waste your time on this one.

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  • Agoose
  • 13-12-2019

Worth it

I enjoyed it but it leaves a lot of loose ends. The story jumps around a lot, like after you get to kind of know a character it either doesn't get back to them or you learn very little more of them/what happened to them. I get that it's supposed to be chaotic, but that doesn't make the most compelling story. I wish it had given more time to really exploring a few characters. Without giving too much away here, because it was worth it.

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  • Brad Gibson
  • 20-10-2020

In the Name of Terra

Brothers and sisters of the Imperium, let it be known that the planet cracked before the guard did!

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  • C2
  • 28-09-2020

It's...fine

Having read/listened to WH40K stories for...actual decades at this point, I can tell you that they fall into two categories: interesting/entertaining stories set in the warhammer universe (Ravenor, Eisenhorn, Ciaphas Cain, etc), and "listening to a guy at the game store describe units and sidebars from a codex." This book is in the second one. The star of the book is the setting and nothing else, with the plot and characters existing simply as an excuse to say "look, warhammer! You're welcome!" without having to actually do anything. Cadia Stands is fine as a narrative tour of a well known WH40k event, but it's made of air. You likely already know what happens, so there's no real suspense in the events, and the drag-and-drop characters are soundboards that just repeat variations of "Duty Duty Honor Cadia Throne Killtheheretics Cadia Duty Honor" with one and a half personalities spread across the entire cast. Occasionally one of them takes ten seconds to voice some interchangable variant of "oh man this is bad," before immediately remembering to Honor the Throne Duty Cadia Cadia again and thus avoiding the dire threat of becoming relatable or interesting before the scene ends. Whew. The closest thing to character development is when one of them gets promoted for Dutying Honorifically Enough (outside of the story, he literally does nothing for several chapters leading to this point, as in Literally Sat In A Bunker And Talked About All The Nothing He's Doing), or when the grouchy spoiled general character has an epiphany that his men will follow him if he talks about Duty Honor Duty in a more Dutyrific way, which he does once, and then he reverts to being the spoiled useless richguy trope for the rest of his run. I've listened to this whole thing in about a day and I honestly can't name more than two characters from memory, and that's really only because their names are Bane and Creed. Actually, Bane is wrong, that was from a lore video on youtube. I think the actual character was Wrath or something. Who cares? Clearly nobody involved in making this did, unless there's a Wrathbane the Dutiful Grizzled Grouch mini for sale somewhere. Anyway, this book is mostly a bunch of lightning-quick scenes bouncing around the fall of Cadia fast enough to give you whiplash. Don't worry though, most of them don't matter at all, they're just there to serve as "look! A Leman Russ! Look, a Basilisk! Here come the evil faceless heretics! They're really bad in ways that we'll hint at and insinuate without really examining or showcasing in a way that would require us to complicate the narrative! But look, these are all stuff from the thing!!" It feels like a tour of a diorama, not a story. A nice diorama with some cool minis, but it is what it is and there are no stakes, nor any character worth investing enough in to care about whether they make it through the literally inevitable events. Part of this is probably thanks to BL refusing to let any contributors make a dangerous, unapproved contribution to canon (the real heresy), but other authors have figured out how to tell a compelling tale with that same restriction, so I'm not inclined to give too much slack there. Thankfully the narrator is good at his job, so at the very least it never becomes grating or obnoxious to listen to, so props to him and the audio team. TL;DR: If you want to hear someone describe tanks shooting heretics for a couple hours, you could probably do worse, especially if you're very, very impressed by having units from the tabletop name-dropped while doing exactly what you expect them to do at all times. If you're looking for an actual story, there are many, many better options. OH, I ALMOST FORGOT At one point the author literally says that heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones. Galileo begs to differ, you ignorant dolt, and air resistance is hardly a mitigating issue when you're talking about two dudes jumping off a roof. Consult a fifth grader next time.

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  • LucklessMalacar
  • 25-08-2020

A day in the life

Not an over abundance of characters. Easy to follow when listening to the audio.

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  • Alex Drake
  • 21-07-2020

Non-stop action

The planet broke before the defenders. Good writing. Epic battle that has altered the entire Warhammer 40k universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2020

In the grim darkness...

The narration was excellent. The story is one of my favorites in the 40k universe. The cadians ab just human men and women is a galaxy of super men, monsters, and technological wonders.

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  • paul sparks
  • 18-12-2019

Best warhammer so far 😀

I have read the Gaunt’s Ghosts books and a few about space marines who to be honest I don’t actually like, I prefer more human stories and this book was for me outstanding, I await the next one about Cadia

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  • John doe
  • 05-12-2019

they have to have series of these!

Gripping from start to finnish. good story and interesting characters. I love to see cadia fall from Abbadon"s perspective. good narrator too.

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  • Johan olsson
  • 14-05-2020

One of the best

This was a realy dramatic book , i did not want to stop listening some times when i nedred to do so. Filled with action and suspence, i think that it was a great portrail of the fall of cadia. Loved it and do strongly recomend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2020

Fantastic

Great book. Well performed. Story jumps around a lot so listening in sections made me want to go back and recap but not a major issue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-2020

A thrilling listen.

I knew going in the outcome, but hearing the story from start to finish, I loved every second. The moments with Bendict and Creed were some of my favourites. The atmosphere is definitely grim, and dark. The narrator absolutely made this novel what it is. A truly inspiring story about humanities defiance in the face of filthy heretics. Cadia stands.

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  • Mage Ranger
  • 31-03-2020

fantastic listen

Great voice acting. The story was thrilling and in-depth. Great perspective from a Cadian point of view.

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  • Shades of Blue Q
  • 26-01-2020

Battle cry 'Cadia Stands'

Wasn't sure about a Cadian sided war as I'm Black Legion and Thousand Sons, so this was a very good story to bring the two sides together, it was an amazing experience and I enjoyed this part very much. Good story and very well read, I look forward to our next encounter with much anticipation.

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  • alan
  • 10-12-2019

Great Listen

Great Story about the 13th Black Crusade and I would recommend to any Warhammer Fantasy to Listen to it

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  • Toby Marshall
  • 01-10-2020

So-so

Good performance can't mask an unfocused narrative and thin characterisation. An enjoyable enough montage of derring do. The narrative jumps between various points in the conflict, allowing for a macro view of events. However, the short time spent with many characters means it becomes hard to be invested in any of them - an ageing general who has to face his personal limitations and Minke, a Whiteshield thrown in at the deep end, being the exception. By the end of the audiobook I had enjoyed my time listening, mostly thanks to the narrator's efforts, but can't recommend as more than a so-so distraction for a few hours.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2020

epic

great story that shows the truly huge scale of warfare in the dying days of the 41st Millenium. enough human touches to keep you fully engaged and enough carnage to make you gasp.