A very early post on the first day of the month, primarily because my first solo audio-book,
The Madness Within, is released from The Games Workshop on the 4th.
I'm looking forward to hearing it and hoping that my errors aren't too glaring.
Desperate and isolated, Sergeant Estabann and Brother Cordoba of the Crimson Fists Space Marines are hunting the daemon that destroyed their battle-brothers. Their only hope remains with a Librarian on the edge of sanity, a potentially tainted Astartes who they are forced to trust. His psychic abilities can lead them to the daemon, where Estabann and Cordoba can avenge their brothers’ deaths. But is the greatest threat a foul denizen of the warp, or the power contained within a psyker’s mind?
Click this Black Library link to listen to an extract: The Madness Within
or on this embedded link via Soundcloud
Online reviews & comments:
'John Banks takes up the narrative duties this time round and shows us all why he’s pretty much got this Black Library audio book gig sewn up. Banks’ delivery captures the bleakness of the setting and the steadfast determination of the Marines who inhabit it. He also very much captures the urgency of Lyon’s plot and proves to be more than adept at moving with the plot’s natural ebb and flow.'
‘The Madness Within’ is an urgently paced tale full of surprises and Space Marines doing what they do best (attacking stuff with dirty great chain swords and exhorting each other to further acts of courage). The atmosphere draws you in, the plot and interaction between characters makes sure that you stay.'
'Working alongside Steve Lyons, we have John Banks, who brings the audio drama to life, and adds to the grim, dark and bleak setting of the monastery in the recruiting world...'
'Lyons and Banks manage to keep you listening and away from the pause button on your IPod'
The Founding Fields
'What I liked about this audio drama in
particular was the atmosphere it created with its use of sound effect
and masterful voice acting.' Frost
'I really liked this audio drama and go so far as to say that, together with Helion Rain, it is the best one the Black Library has published as of now. I really like the audio performance of John Banks.'
'I look forward to hearing more from John Banks in the future.'
'one of the best audio dramas!' Rated 5 out of 5 by Valorus
'...you have to acknowledge the skilled reading of John Banks who brings it to life...Great stuff!'
Gareth Wilson Falcata Times
'... the production values on display here are superb, from bolter fire, to daemonic howls to the Librarian’s spells, everything sounds right and accompanies the superb narration and voice acting to create the perfect atmosphere for the story.'
Cover Artwork by Hardy Fowler
'A truly bitchin' audio drama! Awesome!'