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  • Vulkan: Lord of Drakes

  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: David Annandale
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

As the Emperor marshals his armies to reclaim the galaxy for the glory of mankind, one by one his Space Marine Legions are reunited with their missing primarchs. The XVIII Legion are still waiting to find their true identity, unaware their own lord has been found. In the Taras Division, legionaries face annihilation as they take a last, desperate stand against a monstrous ork invasion. Meanwhile, on Nocturne, Vulkan has raised and trained a new force of warriors. Now it is the time for him to lead his sons into battle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More an SM Battles novel than a Primarch novel

  • By Jamie McMaster on 21-01-19

Lacklustre battles set before the HH

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I couldn’t wait to read this story about Vulkan. A chance to delve into one of the most noble primarches of the hours Hersey.

The primarch series has so far been a mixed bag of insight into the origins of these heroes of the imperium. And a number of stories that have been nothing more than bolter and battles.

This story was the latter. A disappointing listen that lacked any further insight Into the 18th chapter or into its leader.

Although narrated well, for those of you looking for a more in-depth story. I would advise to look elsewhere.

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  • Mechanicum

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 9
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

As the flames of treachery spread throughout the Imperium, Horus plots to subvert or destroy all those who would stand against him. On Mars, home world of the Mechanicum priesthood, the great manufactory-cities have long produced much of the weaponry required for the expeditionary fleets across the galaxy - making the world invaluable to whoever controls it in the coming war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite heresy book so far

  • By Adam on 05-12-17

A story that lacks a focal point

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

After picking up the paper back and trying to read. I found the story did not grab me. It should have, with big reveals, an epic plot line and look into the fall of the mechanicum.

So I decided to listen to the story. And again I found it a hard listen. What was lacking was a focal point of the story. It felt like Graham Mc Neill was trying to fit to much story and setting up future plot lines.

However for a look at the secrets of the Mechanicum this is a must read and the voice narration was good. If not sometimes repetitive.

  • The Devastation of Baal

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

The Blood Angels Chapter of Space Marines is under threat. Having obliterated all human life in the Red Scar region of space, the largest tendril of Hivefleet Leviathan ever seen in the Imperium has converged and is making relentlessly for Baal. To face this awesome foe, Commander Dante has called upon the Successor Chapters of the ancient Ninth Legion. The Sons of Sanguinius gather in numbers not seen since the dark days of the Horus Heresy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Sewell247 on 22-07-18

Devastation meets a compelling narrative

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Zulu meets the two towers meets starship troopers set in the 40k realm.

Dante and the many chapters of the blood angels
Linage meet to defend Baal.

This story is gripping from the first minute to the last. And the narration is compelling and exciting.

I enjoyed this listen and loved how the tension and despair of the Nid invasion built.

A great story and well worth a listen.

  • The Last Church

  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Terra stands upon the brink of Unity. The armies of the self-proclaimed Emperor of Mankind have waged their bloody wars to bring the whole planet under his rule, crushing all traces of outlawed religion and worship from the face of this now secular utopia. But even the mighty Thunder Warriors cannot cow Uriah Olathaire, last priest of the Church of the Lightning Stone, as he goes about his empty, hollow rituals - and only one last and thoroughly unexpected visitor can bring any hope of a possible reconciliation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story of the Emperor continues

  • By Anonymous User on 03-04-18

The story of the Emperor continues

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Another insightful look into the mysterious back story of the BIG E.

An entertaining tail of the last church before the commencement of the great crusade.

Another great performance from Johnathan Keeble and 90 minutes of lore and back story to one of the most mystifying characters in 40K.

Worth a listen.

  • Titan's Bane

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Chris Dows
  • Narrated by: Ken Bradshaw, Cliff Chapman, Steve Conlin, and others
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Following a ferocious battle against Nurgle’s hordes, Lieutenant Quiller and the crew of Titans’ Bane are trapped inside the stricken Shadowsword. With her Cadian unit half-depleted, Quiller is forced to rely upon Paragonian and Mordian replacements. Vicious infighting within the tank soon becomes as dangerous as the enemy outside. In order to survive, Quiller knows she must remind her men that loyalty, camaraderie and self-sacrifice in the name of the Emperor transcends all planetary customs and patriotism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant listen for Imperial Guard fans!!

  • By D S on 09-06-18

Best black library audio drama I have listened to so far!

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

It’s only 45 minutes long, but it’s enjoyable, loud and makes you feel you are in the shadowsword with the crew of the super heavy.

Great effects and an engaging story. Worth a listen.