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A Horus Heresy audiobook anthology

When Horus rebelled against the Emperor, the ensuing civil war nearly destroyed the Imperium. War raged across galaxy, resulting in a struggle where death was the only victor.

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Events from the Great Crusade and the early days of the Heresy are explored in a series of short stories covering the Space Wolves, Word Bearers, World Eaters, Dark Angels, Sisters of Silence, Custodian Guard...and the Emperor himself in a unique tale that will you have questioning all your assumptions about the Master of Mankind.

When Horus the Warmaster rebelled against the Emperor, the ensuing civil war nearly destroyed the Imperium. War raged across galaxy, pitting Astartes against their battle-brothers in a struggle where death was the only victor. But long before that, the Legions struggled with their identities and the demands of the Great Crusade. From battles with alien invaders to conflicts within a Legion, and even dealing with a wayward primarch, these stories show the battles fought as the Great Crusade draws to a close and the Horus Heresy begins....

Contents:

  • "Blood Games" by Dan Abnett
  • "Wolf at the Door" by Mike Lee
  • "Scions of the Storm" by Anthony Reynolds
  • "The Voice" by James Swallow
  • "Call of the Lion" by Gav Thorpe
  • "The Last Church" by Graham McNeill
  • "After Desh'ea" by Matthew Farrer

Narrated by Gareth Armstrong, Emma Gregory, Jonathan Keeble, Toby Longworth and Peter Whickam

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

A solid read

The last church was awesome story, and the book as a whole is real good too

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  • Alpharius77
  • 15-06-19

Not worth an Audible Credit

Gareth Armstrong, Toby Longworth and Jonathan Keeble should be the only narrator's used by the Black Library. everyone else? Not a fan. The stories were, in my opinion not the best in the Horus Heresy series.

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  • Andrew
  • 24-10-20

Short Stories are the best stories

Luetin09 was absolutely right when he said that 40k short stories are the best place to start. They are succinct, and full of facts about the Imperium of Mankind. I wish I had known about them when I got started because they would have answered so many of my questions.

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  • Juan and Only
  • 29-04-21

A total oddity in the series, a tossup in quality

Abnett surprisingly doesn't have the best work here as he does the previous 9 novels, Mike Lee's Space Wolves story was the standout. It seems Abnett works better in the long form, and Lee makes a better short form story. Frankly, I liked Lee's brief story more than about half of the previous 9 full novels. McNeill is still the worst writer of the bunch, with the story of 14-year-old reddit atheist Emperor making me cringe repeatedly. I liked the brief descriptions of the unification wars and the fact this wasn't very long to listen to. The Sisters of Silence story had some good depictions of the warp messing with reality.

At this point I think I am making a sunk cost fallacy to continue forward in the series. I would strongly suggest if you aren't as driven by stupidity as I am you pick and choose from here on what you listen to; there's some tremendous gaps in quality between the best and worst of the series, and this series has ultimately painted a very negative light on the 40k IP for me.

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  • Dashiell Martin
  • 24-03-21

The last church

Worth it if for nothing else than the listen to The Last Church two words

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  • David
  • 07-03-21

Fantastic as per usual

A collection of novelettes to tell some stories within the universe. All are good, some are great, and for fans of the series - you will not be disappointed

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  • Robert Harron
  • 06-02-21

Great short stories!

some awesome short stories that give some great back story. some very familiar story telling and great performances.

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  • Matias Lopez
  • 03-01-21

The right amount of story telling

An amazing book, telling some awesome stories about some of the most importants characters of this Amazing universe I cant wait for the next book to start!!

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  • Brendan Carrion
  • 12-11-20

3 out of 6 ain’t bad?

Stories 1, 4 and 6 are baller af. Loved them, couldn’t get enough. Stories 2, 3 and 5 are pretty rough. A mixed bag.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-20

emma Gregory #1

a great collectiom of short stories. im particular, emma Gregory was incredible reading" the voice. "

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  • Luke T.
  • 22-07-20

An excellent selection of short stories!

I really enjoyed every one of these short stories. However, I particularly enjoyed Blood Games, Wolf at the Door, The Last Church & After Desh'ea.

There's such a wide and dynamic range of storytelling here which opened my eyes to a lot of how the early days of the Imperium, as well as the many sub divisions of administrations and chapters all work cogs within the greater Imperium of Man. I found this to be a nice little palette cleanser and semi-conclusion to the first 10 books of the Horus Heresy series and am eagerly loading up book 11 to carry on my journey into the Heresy.

Highly recommended - especially for Space Wolves fans - Wolf at the Door is a must!

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  • JacksUsername
  • 29-06-20

Interesting anthology.

The contents of this anthology are as follows;

Blood Games by Dan Abnett
Wolf at the Door by Mike Lee
Scions of the Storm by Anthony Reynolds
The Voice by James Swallow
Call of the Lion by Gav Thorpe
The Last Church by Graham McNeill
After Desh'ea by Matthew Farrer

A very interesting selection of stories, from various times of the Imperium.
A couple I found to be weaker than others, but none were bad. It will come down to personal preference as to how the listener rates each tale. For the record, I think The Last Church was a wonderfully crafted story, and possibly my favourite.

Very recommended for fans of 40k books.

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  • Moriarty
  • 25-07-19

Great little collection of short stories.

Really loved it. Great little collection. And for the first time a female narrator for the horus heresy at least. really gets you immersed in the story of the sisterhood. also by God I loved the wolf story so much I listen to it on repeat 3 times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-19

Good collection of stories

I like the books made up of short stories, although I wasn't that keen on one of them the rest more than made up for it.

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  • Alec
  • 23-02-21

Interesting stories

This anthology has been fairly interesting, a few great stories, others a bit less but still interesting.

- Blood Games: A nice view on the Custodes and at the beginning of the Heresy. Nothing fantastic, but a few good surprises.

- Wolf at the Door: One of the best of this book. The pride and honour of the Space Wolves is greatly portrayed, and the struggle of the Crusade it's well represented. The end really makes you feel the heaviness of the Imperium impossible task.

- Scions of the Storm: Unfortunately one of the weakest. The Word Bearer are a fascinating legion but in this tale they are not greatly represented. A decent plot but nothing extremely interesting.

- The Voice: The worst in my opinion. I listened to it 2 days ago and I barely remember what happened as it never caught my attention.

- Call of the Lion: Even though I love Dark Angels lore this story was a bit disappointing. It gives a great insight on the internal division in the legion between Terran and Calibanite brothers, but the development is a bit rushed. A good plot which unfortunately lacks a bit of character.

- The Last Church: Definitely the best, it is worth the whole anthology. A great look at the last days of religion on Terra and the painful irony of the Imperium in 40k as we get to know it.

- After Desh'ea: A very unexpected story about the most brutal legion, all based in a starhip (with the only exception of memories). I am not a great fan of the World Eaters, but this "prequel" into their birth really gives a lot of depth to this legion, and even more to Khârn.

Overall an interesting book. It slows the momentum of the Heresy a bit, but it is a great focus on a few elements of the lore which would go unnoticed in the great scheme.

The narration is great in all the stories, a pleasure to listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-20

worth a listen

These stories are well worth a listen mainly because they flesh out the 40k setting

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-20

Love it

Top book great stories fantastic tales of the heresy war well worth the subscription aa+

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  • Joseph Troon
  • 28-10-20

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2 good 3 bad and 1 really good story Matthew Farrer 👏👏👏 I wish Gav Thorpe would stop writing fiction though

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  • Mortungus
  • 16-07-20

A mixed bag

There are a few really good stories here... and a few average ones. Definitely worth a try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-20

A good mix of many

This was overall a great mix, with some minor bits here and there that in general does not fully live up to the quality of a full novel. Nothing horribly bad, but only due to stories being compressed and as such loose some of it's depth.

Very digestible however due to shorter stories, so can be a good place for people to start.

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  • nick
  • 12-06-19

EPIC

excellent stories, erotic almost, my warhammer hardon was strong with these short stories. I enjoy the bundles like this book rather than buying separately

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-20

So much lore you need to know!

From Sisters of silence to space wolves, emperors children and world eaters.

If you are looking for a book that has lore from the Horus Heresy that you want to know about, but haven't been able to find this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-20

Narrator

Few times narrator made mistakes example called the space wolves the 13th legion when they’re the sixth legion the ultramarines are the 13th legion but still love it

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  • Kael
  • 16-01-20

All 7 stories were good

I really enjoyed all the stories, of course some were better than others but none were boring for me. The shortest was roughly 1hr and the longest roughly 2hr45mins so none felt insubstantial or rushed. Every narrator did a wonderful job as always. This is a good anthology book to listen to.