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The Flight of The Eisenstein

The Horus Heresy, Book 4
Written by: James Swallow
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery.

But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp - the realm of the Dark Powers. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to the Emperor before Horus' plans reach fruition?

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Daniel Clifford
  • 15-04-18

Great continuation of the Horus Heresy

What did you love best about The Flight of The Eisenstein?

The rich language and detailed descriptions Swallow used in this book impressed me and Keebles performance kept me engaged.

What other book might you compare The Flight of The Eisenstein to and why?

Galaxy in Flames : The Horus Heresy. This book provides a deeper look into plot from other character's perspectives.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Overall Voice and characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I often found myself listening to 1 more chapter than intended.

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  • Christopher Youngblood
  • 07-03-19

Great book, narrator could use some work

The narrator has some hard "S"es in his reading. Makes it hard to listen with headphones.

Some of the character renditions weren't particularly great either, like the primearchs and the saint.

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  • Crunkal
  • 01-10-19

Great book.

I love the book, and almost all the narration. Although it must be said, I really disliked the way he voiced Rogal Dorn. Perhaps its just a personal preference though.

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  • Travis
  • 26-09-19

Good writing, great voice acting

Narration and voice acting is AMAZING. this book felt a little slow, maybe because it overlapped story from the last book.

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  • Aaron
  • 19-09-19

Just ok.

The book is fine by itselft but as part of a series it struggles. Story wise there is tremendous overlap with the other books, making it impossible to have any excitment or sense if urgency. You already know whatas going to happen from the other books.
The performance while not bad by any stretch of the imagination was a stuggle to listen to as the voice and sytle of speech does match the same character s from the previous novels. They should have kept the same actor or dobe some research to immitate the voices from the other titles.

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  • Luis A.
  • 02-09-19

The emperor protects!

At first it wasn't able to get as involved as wih previous books, but once the heresy finally unfolded, i couldnt stop listening!

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  • András Lantos
  • 09-06-19

Mediocre story, the narration is weird

The story was nothing special, there were some interesting bits of lore, but in my opinion, Graham McNeil does a much better work at describing the corruption a Chaos.
The narrator goes pretty much overboard with the acting; half the Death Guard (even in their uncorrupted state) sound like zombie orcs, there are some that speak like Gollum (Kaleb, most notably), and some are so posh (Voyen maybe), that such an acting could only fit an arrogant playboy like Fulgrim. Towards the end it got better, or maybe I just got used to is (hence the 3 stars for the narrator.)

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  • Robert
  • 24-04-19

Good Liste

The weakest story and narator thus far into the series. Still both are very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-19

5 Stars.

Exceptional story. Must read for anyone interested in the Death Guard. James Swallow's descriptions are impeccable. Keeble's reading is both engaging and hypnotic.

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  • Matt
  • 11-04-19

My favorite of the series so far.

Was so sad to see that Toby wasn’t narrating this book, but Jonathan did it justice. The transition from the last book to this one was so well done. Hell, I got excited just from reading the description before I started it. Top notch series and I’m so glad that there’s plenty more in store. Onto book five I go!

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  • 451
  • 15-10-17

The best Heresy novel to date

For newcomers to the 40k universe, the Heresy novels are set - much like the Clone Wars - in the build-up to the most pivotal moment of the saga. The known universe is controlled by the Emperor and his sons control legions of super-soldiers that fight for survival against alien races and ultimately, each other. This last is where the Heresy novels focus.

The Flight of the Eisenstein tells of a moment where one of the soldiers is faced with a moment of choice and a matter of conscience. Ordinarily the hero would be a cypher, ultimately doomed to die and serving little purpose except to drive the arc forward. Here instead, we're given a book of fully-fleshed characters with dreams, desires and motivations, set against a backdrop of war, intrigue and a literal fight for one's soul.

The Heresy series is not easy to get into without a little understanding of background of the 40K universe but as with False Gods (Book 2) this is a fine place to start. It works almost as well as a standalone as it does in the series and I would rate it as high as Fulgrim or Legion as the best of the series. Garro is a fascinating character, bound to serve but with his own scale of morality that sets him apart from the dour, unimaginative heroes of most space operas.

As the book goes on, we're treated to glimpses inside a fascinating society, great battles and a tense chase before things really start to get nasty. Flight of the Eisenstein is one I often come back to. Jonathan Keeble does an outstanding job given the sheer number of imposing voices he has to conjure and never lets interest falter for a moment. Buy and savour with confidence

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 13-11-17

Epic

This is an awesome book, the heresy really starts to take off. The performance is spot on ad always

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  • Karl
  • 03-02-20

Absolutely entertaining

Yet again I'm blowen away at just how good these books, a must absolute listen

James Swallow is a very very good writer, and there is no other quite like Johnathan Keeble to read his books

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  • Steven
  • 15-12-19

Wow

A really good descriptive book and a perfect fit for the heresy series though it’s a good book for description it sometimes sounds a bit too discusseding at times

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  • darren
  • 12-12-19

What more do you really need!

This book has all the best from the loyalists to the fallen traitors! The plot starts with a bang and continues to build. Seeing the plot from another point of view and characters friendships deepen as they fight for their lives is an amazing listen.

Jonathan as always smashed it with the little details to every character from mortarians re-breather to the anger Portrayed throughout, the man is awesome at what he does!

Finally the story builds on the old tail of Horus and his fall to chaos, along with other legions suffering the same fate. Can’t wait to listen to fulgrim to continue the plot as the ball keeps rolling on.

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  • Karl Prankard
  • 05-12-19

very good

excellent story of hope and hopelessness you can really feel the pain the troops feel

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  • Thomas
  • 26-11-19

Is ok

Story was written quite differently I felt than the previous three. They seemed to talk like the nights of old rather than other Astartes in previous books. Not too sure about the narrator either.. his bad guys all sounded like a season one Blackadder. Talented chap for sure, but perhaps just not my cup of tea.

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  • Martin
  • 07-11-19

Betrayal and Faith

I didn't like the book the first time I read it, but listening to it as an audiobook made it a more enjoyable.
The point in the Heresy when the Death Guard show thier colours and a Captain of the 14th Legion finds he's faith....

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  • kyle arnold
  • 05-11-19

Favourite so far

Never thought I'd love the death guard but this book made me do so Nathaniel garrow is a hero that I would love to hear more on

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  • NifD
  • 19-10-19

Best of the Heresy (so far!)

Utterly compelling, couldn't stop listening!

Fantastic work of Keeble picking up where Longworth left off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-19

A must

this is a amazing story, a must read / listen for anyone interested in the 30k universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-18

great story

jonathan keeble was born to narrate 40k. i hang on his every word while his narrating this story

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  • Stephen McLeod
  • 28-07-19

Absolutely satisfied

gripping from start to finish. Great plot, lots of action and truly vile/bile foe. A must for warhammer fan.

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  • SpasticGremlin
  • 17-04-19

Jaw Dropping

Every interaction Garro has with not only his fellow Battle Brothers but the normal human characters really shows the depth a Space Marine can have, how they are not simple killing machines. Outstanding writing/performance make FoTE a must read for anyone involved with the 40K hobby.

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  • Thomas
  • 13-02-19

SIMPLY AMAZING.

This is a MUST READ for any Horus Heresy beginner. This along with the first 3 books and Fulgrim.
The VOICE IS SUPERB. Especially during intense passages. God damn this gave me goosebumps.
I recommend reading this while looking at pictures of Astartes legionaries on google images to make the book much more vivid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-19

needs a better mic

everything was great, except for anytime there was a word with an s or a c. my ears can only take so much ear peircing pronunciation. please get this man a mic filter

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  • Declan Cavanagh
  • 07-11-18

Amazing

I absolutely loved this book. Excellent writing and an outstanding performance, truly a work of art.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-18

A good read

loved it ... exciting and intense at times.. narrator was easy to listen to... .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-18

Great story but baffling choice of voice actor

It's an epic story and I am happy with how it is written. It gives great insight into the time period and completes the missing parts of the previous books.

The main issue I had is the voice actor, but not due to his skills but rather the discrepancy of the voices of past characters that were voiced in the previous audiobooks. It would have been much appreciated if they had kept the same voice actor for the iconic characters.