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As the Indomitus Crusade spreads out across the galaxy, one battlefleet must face a dread Slaughter Host of Chaos. Their success or failure may define the very future of the crusade - and the Imperium.

Listen to it because: the brand-new Warhammer 40,000 saga begins here. Experience the Indomitus Crusade and a battle that will be a tipping point for the future in an all-action tale by Guy Haley.

The story: a great darkness has befallen the galaxy, and the armies of Chaos are rampant. To survive, humanity must retaliate and take back what they have lost. By the will of the reborn primarch, Roboute Guilliman, is the Indomitus Crusade launched - a military undertaking that eclipses all others in known history. From the Throneworld of Terra does the Avenging Son hurl his fleets, their mission the very salvation of mankind.

As vessels in their thousands burn through the cold void, the attention of Fleetmistress VanLeskus turns to the Machorta Sound - a region under attack by a dreaded Slaughter Host of the Dark Gods. The success of the Indomitus Crusade will be determined by this conflict, and the desperate mission of Battlegroup Saint Aster, led by Space Marine Lieutenant Messinius. Even then it is but a prelude to the forthcoming bloodshed.

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  • James Lloyd Plowman
  • 20-12-20

Better than the original version

For those of you who didn’t buy it the first time around, Black Library put out another version of this months ago narrated by a different reader. Though Mark Elstob is a fine narrator when he’s in his element, the man simply couldn’t do Space Marines, and his rendition of Roboute Guilliman, who is described as having a ‘beautiful’ voice, falls flat on its face. My guess is that the backlash from the first version was so bad that BL conceded and brought in John Banks for an emergency re-reading, and are probably going to have him reading the rest of the series too. I won’t say that this new version is completely worth having to buy a second time, but it is a marked improvement over the original, somehow even managing to cut the reading time down a couple hours. Definitely worth reconsideration.

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  • Thaipugg
  • 19-12-20

Now it's fixed, it's amazing!

I listened to the first variation of the book and wrote a terrible review, based on the voice acting, it completely ruined in. I believe I quoted "has the potential to be amazing, but the voice acting killed it". Guilliman legit had the worst impression of any character I've ever heard. I imagined him wearing a top hat and monocle. Terrible.

Flash forward to this iteration! The Black Library remade this audio book after all the complaints. The legendary John Banks voiced it this time, and it's absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it, it's a home run this time around!

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  • Matthew
  • 31-01-21

Some good Universe Building, Good enough Story

Mostly worth it for the 40k universe-building. Guilliman, Primaris, Admiral Van Leskus & some well detail'd bits & pieces.

The story is nothing special. Not bad, just standard 40k fair. A lil back-end'd, not much action at the start, in the middle.Coulda done without 90% of the Scribum's story but otherwise an entertaining listen.

As the intro to 9th edition's time/storyline, going back to the start of the Indomitus Crusade, it sets the table well.

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  • Julio Aversano
  • 07-04-21

Great performance, bad story

Somehow the story struggles to give you the real impact of what is happening. It feels more like a showcase to sale the primaris than actual lore.

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  • Chris Morris
  • 19-03-21

Really enjoyed it !

moving to book two after this. Story was great ! narration was excellent. you will enjoy this if you are a 40k fan .

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  • Dillon Longden
  • 02-03-21

Great overall

Explains what happens after Guilliman wakes up and his actions to begin restoring the imperium. Only gripe about this book is the story jumps around a bit and you lose track of what it happening. One story line makes no sense at all. But this is a must read if you want to know about the dark imperium. And John Banks is brilliant in the narration.

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  • John Moretz
  • 28-02-21

Awesome Starting point

the book was good especially as an introduction into the indominus crusade. I'm ready for a new series after horus and this got me excited about 40k again I can't wait to see what happens.

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  • Taylor Sloat
  • 27-02-21

There's an alien on the loose!

I don't know why, but Chilche as a character was just...strange? I don't get it, but oh well. Grimderp

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  • Charles E Valdyke
  • 26-02-21

good story and performance

A great start to the indomitus crusade. Brilliantly weaves in the promise of advancement the Primaris and the crusade bring with the decrepitude and backwardness of the Imperium via a plot line of a scribum on terra.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-21

Super boring

Caught my attention but then it dragged on for hours and I started falling asleep listening to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-21

The beginning of something great (hopefully)

This feels like a beginning, lots of characters set up for a sprawling epic to come. But I'm a fan of Guy Hayley's Dark Imperium books so this was very enjoyable. Keen to see where it goes next.

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  • paul sparks
  • 10-02-21

Great opening line

Which you would hope for as the opening line to Horus Rising was also quality and since series this is meant to be the new Heresy saga .... I listened to the Mark Elstob narrated version first and aside from a misjudgement with Roboute I thought he did an excellent job so I was surprised when the book disappeared from my library and I had to contact Audible to get a credit to download the new version which I thought was poor service by BL as to this version I am a huge fan of John Banks will listen to him read the menu at my favourite restaurant 😉 in summary gripes aside it’s a good book with great narration

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  • Mr simon
  • 26-04-21

Good start to the Indomitus CRUSADE

Good story a bit slow in parts and could of done with more narrators for such a big story but enjoyable

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  • Marcoos
  • 23-03-21

Really outlines the flavour of the setting

An interesting start to a new series, not as action packed as the more Bolter-porn books from the black library. Instead its a more expansive look at the setting around the Indomitus Crusade era. Bleak at points with pockets of humour I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far.

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  • James Cooper
  • 23-03-21

A Barely Memorable Slog

This genuinely feels like a slog to get through. Too much time is spent on logistics or world-building, & one entire narrative thread fizzles out into nothing - all for the sake of setting up a future conflict - which takes up far too much time in the overall narrative to be worth the 'payoff'. There are few memorable moments, some interesting characters, but overall the cast is dull, with only a few stand-out individuals whose names you will quickly forget.

As an initial outing for a new series, this does not bode well for future instalments. This needed to be the foundation for the series to build on, but it feels unfocused & weak, the narrative is not compelling enough to be memorable. Overall, it feels like a false start.

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  • Luke Hoskings
  • 11-01-21

a great series of stories

All culminating to set the scene for the adventure to reclaim the galaxy! good stuff