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  • The Primarchs

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 20
  • By: Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme, and others
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Sean Barrett, Jonathan Keeble, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Created in the Emperor's own image, the primarchs had long thought themselves to be princes of the universe and masters of their own destiny - they led the Space Marine Legions in glorious conquest of the galaxy, and no enemy of the Imperium could stand against them. However, even amongst this legendary brotherhood, the seeds of dissent had been sown long before the treacherous Warmaster Horus declared his grand heresy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By Anonymous User on 06-09-18

Disappointing to say the least

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Having enjoyed at least a dozen of the other Horus Heresy (audio) books, I gave this a try. The first story in the anthology (about Fulgrim) wasn't bad, but left me with more questions than answers. The second story about Ferrus Manus was difficult going, not very exciting and difficult to connect with the characters (unlike other HH stories) and you actually end up thinking that FM was incompetent and you lose sympathy.. The third story about The Lion although slow to get started was actually very good, but ended too quickly - just when it was really getting good. The fourth story, about the Alpha Legion, was terrible (I haven't even finished it, I can't and will be sending it back under the good listen guarantee) - the performance is monotonous and a chapter goes by without even realising it. It's painful listening and a real shame because I've spent the last 8 months listening to Horus Heresy novels almost everyday.

  • The First Heretic

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 14
  • By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship. Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance was good but a little quiet.

  • By Mr Matthew A. Partridge on 20-09-18

Shows the roots of the Horus Heresy ..... Almost

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-18

Excellent account of the origin of the Heresy, unfortunately the account of the real first heretic hasn't been written...... Erebus. Shame it doesn't expand on his corruption earlier still than that of his legion but the book is otherwise brilliant and will have your shouting "why didn't the Emperor do this or that and he'd have avoided the whole affair?!"

  • Legion

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 7
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

A Great War is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, the last and most secretive of all the Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on a heathen world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic novel - whimsical narrator

  • By 451 on 21-10-17

Slow to get going but a blistering story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-18

The story is a little slow to get going and, having read all previous Horus Heresy books which are centred around Astartes, feels a bit odd at first. Nonetheless, once you get into the second and third chapters, it starts to become addictive and even by the end you wonder if the long awaited twist has happened or if the Astartes are just following their own destiny. Battle scenes and action sequences are blistering and the most mysterious of the Astartes Legions earn their reputation as mysteries.

  • The Ranger Way

  • Living the Code on and off the Battlefield
  • By: Kris Paronto
  • Narrated by: Kris Paronto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Thousands of people have heard Kris "Tanto" Paronto speak about his experiences in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. But before he was a security contractor, Tanto was a US Army Ranger from Second Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Rangers are trained to lead by being pushed to their physical and mental limits so that they can perform against impossible odds in punishing situations. In The Ranger Way, Tanto shares stories from his training experiences that played a role in his team's heroic response in Benghazi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest, slow to the point sometimes but great read

  • By Ritch on 13-02-18

Honest, slow to the point sometimes but great read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-18

As someone who was already a "fan" of Kris Paronto the first chapter felt a little slow but it soon started to feel right. There are lots of military euphemisms and anecdotes in this book and it might be a little difficult for someone without at least a basic understanding of military life to comprehend. Those of us with military service however will either love it or loathe it - I'm the former. After getting about a third in, it started to meld with me and I genuinely found his wisdom inspirational and it puts my own issues in context really. At the risk of sounding sexist, this book comes across to me as a man's book, quite blunt but with stories of military life seeming quite convoluted at times but getting to a point, all of a sudden, which hits you hard and makes you think "oh, yeah, he's right". As a self help book, it pulls no punches and Kris is remarkably honest about his own failings and shortcomings and, especially as a man who has been through what he did in the early 2010s, deserves serious respect. I loved the book and will most likely re-read but mark certain passages next time. I say it's better suited to men because, unlike some books, this will snack you upside the head and shout at you for your failures but then pat your shoulder and tell you "c'mon, you got this, you can do it". I hope he writes again soon.

  • Horus Rising

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Amazing!

  • By David C. on 13-01-18

Excellent Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-17

A very engrossing story, well told and well read. I look forward to the rest of the series!