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The Horus Heresy Audio Collection: Volume 1

The Horus Heresy Series
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An audio drama collection.

For the first time, get seven classic audio dramas from the Horus Heresy in one fantastic collection - including a brand-new audio drama edition of Dan Abnett's short story 'Little Horus'. 

If you don't know where to start with Horus Heresy audio, this curated collection is the perfect beginning - and if you just want to reexperience these exciting adventures, this is your chance!  

For more than 200 years, the armies of the Emperor of Mankind fought to reconquer the galaxy - led by the superhuman primarchs, the Space Marine Legions brought countless worlds back under the rule of ancient Terra. Now Horus, once honoured Warmaster and favoured son of the Emperor, has been corrupted by the whispered promises of Chaos. At his command the Imperium is torn apart by a terrible and bloody civil war, the likes of which the galaxy has never seen.... 

This audio drama anthology contains seven stories, detailing brutal wars - from the aftermath of the Isstvan V massacre to the horrors of the Shadow Crusade and even the doorstep of Terra itself - and bringing new insights into the heroes and villains of the Horus Heresy. It also includes a brand-new audio drama version of Dan Abnett's classic short story 'Little Horus', specially converted into a script and recorded for this collection. 

Performed by Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Tim Bentinck, Steve Conlin, Rupert Degas, Martyn Eliis, Chris Fairbank, Andrew Fettes, Jonathan Keeble, Angus King, Toby Longworth, Charlotte Paige, Jamie Parker, Richard Reed, Tania Rodrigues, David Seddon, Ramon Tikaram, David Timson and Tim Treloar. 

Contents:

  • Raven's Flight by Gav Thorpe 
  • Butcher's Nails by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 
  • Templar by John French 
  • Thief of Revelations by Graham McNeill 
  • Hunter's Moon by Guy Haley 
  • The Sigillite by Chris Wraight 
  • 'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett
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  • Herb
  • 06-08-19

If Michael Bay did an audio book

The writing is solid, as you would expect from the authors listed. But the background audio production was so over the top as to be distracting.

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  • Trioxin245
  • 28-04-19

Excellent!!

Having all these stories broight together and relased in this format is wonderful. I've wanted to get into the Horus Heresy for a while, and this was the perfect way to do it.

The production values are sky high, you're not just listening to someone reading a story. The music and sound effects are very well done and put you right there in the moment.

The performanes match the production in excellence, again adding to the immersion you feel as.you experience these stories.

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  • christopher statton
  • 28-01-19

Amazing!

This was so very well done! Each short story had me on the edge of my seat and sucked me right in.
My favorite was the small glimpse into Void combat in ‘Butchers Nails’. And getting info on what the Primarchs were doing and what they were like during the Horus Heresy. The cast was great all around! Hopefully there will be a Vol. 2

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  • Don Summers
  • 26-02-20

Okay, but not worth it.

Waste of money in my opinion. Plus the stories in this collection are given to you out of chronological and release order so also makes if difficult to listen to if your trying to listen to it in either form.

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  • Belicimo
  • 07-08-19

A smattering of imperium.

Some of my most favorite tales from the Horus Heresy great for longtime fans of the lore but might be over the heads of the uninitiated.

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  • Jason
  • 02-07-19

excellent story but one story was too quite.

the stories were great. fighting described in great detail. one story was too quiet I had to turn the volume way up. not Good on a phone.

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  • Rich Depro
  • 24-06-19

very good. audio is excellent

immersive, well read grouping of 7 different stories. You won't be disappointed getting this. Audio is excellent.

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  • Pieter Veen
  • 05-04-19

I love the audio books with sounds effects

The books with accompanying sound effects for the narrative are well done in this collection. Thank you all for the production.

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  • david garris
  • 29-03-20

Great collection of short stories

Loved it from start to finish. Some awesome bits of lore from the Horus Heresy not found in the main series.

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  • Amazon-O
  • 13-06-19

Okay Collection

Some of the stories are good, but I’d recommend sampling and buying each one separately, so that you don’t pay for ones you don’t like.

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  • Creag
  • 22-01-20

wow

I normally don't like audio dramas bit my god this was amazing. the pacing and voice acting was outstanding!
only issue was rather than naming the stories they are just listed as chapter 1 2 etc

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  • Michael
  • 03-12-19

Atmospherically told tales from the 40K mythos.

Well dramatised stories. But hard to understand if you are unfamiliar with the 40K background.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-05-20

brilliant, got me started on the war hammer books<br />

very good narration, excellant acting out the voices, recommend to war hammer fans,loved it x

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  • Geoff Fairbourn
  • 14-04-20

Good but mainly narration

Some good stories but more narrated rather than full cast drama. worth the credit however.

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  • Nephrite
  • 21-02-20

Let Us Speak Of Little Horus

Little Horus by Dan Abnett – Warhammer: The Horus Heresy Audio Drama.

Nephrite’s Month of Heresies

“Let us speak of ‘Little’ Horus. ‘Little’ Horus Aximand. His aspect was the half-moon and his disposition according to the humours was inclining towards melancholia. This explained, many thought, his prevailing mood of sorrow and inner trouble. Although he frequently denied it.

’The melancholic humour is misunderstood. You think too literally. It has in fact the quality of autumn. It is a spirit of contemplative change. The accelerator of death. The enabler of ends and beginnings. Autumn clears away the world so that a new one may rise. This is my purpose…’”

(Tell me,’Friend.’ Does it worry you to see the reasons why these men turned against their Emperor? That it was not for power or glory but that they felt a wrong needed to be righted? That those that became man’s greatest foes did so for all the right reasons? They do say the path to hell is paved with good intentions. So let us turn our gaze to one who truly thought they were doing the right thing. At least at the beginning…)

Worry is the wrong word Warpspawn. Perhaps…understand would be better? I have much more to learn. Be it from Chaos, the Imperials…or elsewhere

Forgive my overindulgence to start with but I thought it would be appropriate to begin the article with a quotation which includes the words of Aximand himself. We end the Month of Heresies as we began it. With the help of Mr Dan Abnett although this time it is somewhat later.

What was known as the Dropsite Massacre occurred on Isstvan V – a planet in the same system as where Galaxy In Flames is mainly set – and now Warmaster Horus and the Chaos forces have a plan in progress on the planet of Dwell. But while the men prepare to subjugate their next target ‘Little’ Horus thinks. Truly he is probably the last remaining thinker among the heretics…and the thinker is beginning to miss the way things were and what has happened to the Sons of Horus. Perhaps he should discuss with Abaddon – the only other remaining member of the true old guard among the heretics – the idea of resurrecting the Mournivale? He is beginning to doubt. Much like another did. How will he act on those doubts?

But…that’s not even considering the dreams. More nightmares than anything. Who is haunting him? What is haunting him? And where is the breathing coming from?

Little Horus is different than my other reviews for the Month Of Heresies. It was originally published as a short story in a collection. However due to its extreme popularity among fans of Warhammer it was specially recorded in audio drama format – akin to The First Prince or Realmslayer both of which I previously reviewed – as a bonus in a collection of Horus Heresy audio dramas. I won’t deny I was curious. It was thanks to Little Horus and one or two other included stories I bought the collection. On the other hand as I’m sure you can guess I don’t want to give too much away! I hope I can persuade you to listen for yourself.

Enough synopsis and preamble! Let us discuss the narration and then the writing.The duty of main narrator falls to Gareth Armstrong – the voice of Be’lakor in The First Prince. His voice is very appropriate for the audio and disturbing – genuinely I love hearing his voice in stories. He absolutely terrifies me at points…no matter the role. And that’s a good thing! Alongside the brilliant narration of Gareth Armstrong we have numerous actors playing the various parts. Aximand is played with a rather Shakespearean bent by Andrew Fettes. The moments where he is dreaming or ‘haunted by his thoughts’ terrified me due partially to his wonderful reaction. Warmaster Horus is voiced by Richard Reed who does a great job of showing Horus’s chaotic mindset. There’s a small amount of the ‘old’ Horus still in there but he won’t be for long. Abaddon is voiced by the stalwart that is Toby Longworth. Much like in the first three novels of the Horus Heresy his Abaddon is pitch perfect. All he cares about by this point is war and destruction. His voice is how I will always hear Abaddon. I won’t say who the opposing forces are–I don’t want to give away everything – but I will say they are all performed excellently. I can easily close my eyes and imagine these scenes playing out in front of me thanks to these wonderfully cast actors.

Now it is time to discuss the writing and Mr Dan Abnett. His writing is once again very engaging. He is very good at making all the actions seem to flow from their characterisation. Aximand as the focus character and Horus both shine wonderfully in his writing. The descriptions given to Dwell and both side’s forces during the battle on the planet are incredibly effective. I could feel my skin crawling at points. And at the very end? I felt my body instinctively fall back and curl in horror. There are other events more disturbing in other stories but I’ve never felt that…HORRIFIED…by anything Warhammer before. Nothing else has felt that wrong! Congratulations Black Library. You gave me nightmares

In conclusion Little Horus is a masterful use of the audio drama format. The adaptation is incredible. If I didn’t already know it was a short story I would never have been able to tell. I highly recommend buying the Horus Heresy Audio Collection. When the other stories are to this level – which I can guarantee they are – it is definitely worth your money!

To quote one of the Black Library audio shorts which is not in the collection but very worthwhile on its own merits – Warmaster by John French – “It does not matter how the galaxy burns. Only that it does.” That is disturbingly accurate to the Heresy and yet it is fascinating. I hope – that no matter what side you choose be it Imperial or Chaos – that these articles will persuade a few others to join me…us…in the Warp. But I think my captor may be boring of me. What do you say Warp creature? Is it time for me to return from whence I came?

(Oh not so much. But such truths can be taxing on minds such as yours. I welcome that you have been so receptive to that which I have shown. No doubt countless would have driven themselves to madness rather than see things as they truly were. When you are ready again I shall be waiting. Oh yes I will always be waiting…)

I can tell you won’t be gone for good either. There are many more stories I could tell people about. The tale of the First Heretic. What happened to Magnus The Red and the Thousand Sons – THERE ARE NO WOLVES ON FENRIS! And of course the story of the last ever church on Terra. And you will join me then. Won’t you?

I’ll see you soon readers. But I think it’s time I take a break from this world. Perhaps I should do an opinion piece once again?

…So I’ve been returned to my world? To my home. Did that just happen? It must have done. Now I can find some other…material to discuss.

Sayonara!

Nephrite

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  • paul sparks
  • 25-01-20

Good not great

My first anthology book on the Horus Heresy series and I have to say I am not overly enthused by it, performances are good but the stories themselves are hit or miss for me

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  • Robert Brown
  • 13-12-19

vol 1

loved it, action, drama, descriptive and atmospheric. can't wait for volume 2, well worth it

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  • Lenso
  • 03-12-19

Amazing

Really enjoyed, back stories and information I never knew. Sound effects helped bring this book to life. Would recommend and will definitely listen to again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-19

Fantastic listen

Great first experience with the Horus heresy series, can't wait to listen to more. Some of the character dialogue needs to be turned up to match the volume of the main narrator though.