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  • Blood of Iax

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Robbie MacNiven
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

In the age of the Dark Imperium, Primarch Guilliman’s Primaris Ultramarines are a shining beacon in the darkness of war. On the Imperial Hive World of Ikara IX, Chaplain Kastor and Apothecary Polixis, brothers in blood as well as in battle, stand firm against the endless Greenskin horde. But a threat is looming. An invasion like no other assaults the broken city of Shebat, as the crazed warlord Urgork arrives to lay waste to the Imperial forces and capture a Primaris Marine for his own twisted ends. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like an ork's aim this failed to hit the mark

  • By Cerus on 07-02-19

Like an ork's aim this failed to hit the mark

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

The book had a few enjoyable parts but overall it came across as a very simple, clichéd story. The the kind of which we have seen 100 times, with nothing really new added and no real further insight into the Primaris (I'd have loved to hear more about those that came from Mars and how their integration into the chapters has been taken).

The ork warboss was initially interesting and I was really hoping for some sort of twist or reason behind the orks' motivations as to why they wanted the primaris apothecary alive. But it felt like a missed opportunity that was never really fully explored and they ended up just being a mustache twirling enemy that just captures the main character to tell him their plans before the inevitable escape. The orks ended up being nothing more than a background device for the marines to fight with no real depth or character development.

  • Born of Flame

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 50
  • By: Nick Kyme
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Born of the fiery world of Nocturne, the Salamanders believe in self-sacrifice and the sanctity of human life. Their father, Vulkan, was raised on this world, a blacksmith's son from humble origins who became a primarch of the Emperor of Mankind and forged his sons into a Legion. Their saga is one of heroism, betrayal, tragedy and rebirth. They have returned from the edge of extinction more than once, forever embattled, never bowed, the Legion and their primarch the epitome of defiance in the face of adversity. Unto the anvil, born of flame. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Vulkan Lives! Vulkan Lives! Vulkan Lives!

  • By Cerus on 24-01-19

Vulkan Lives! Vulkan Lives! Vulkan Lives!

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

Get used to hearing this once pretty cool mantra. As it gets thrown into almost every conversation and overused excessively, eventually making you want to grit your teeth every time it is uttered.

I didn't exactly enjoy this book, it is an amalgamation of short-ish stories, about 5 in total. I'm not sure whether to attribute it to bad writing or bad delivery, but they start off weak and only get marginally better by the end. The first couple were pretty hard listening and more than once I had to force myself to go back to it. As they are written in an overly descriptive manner, constantly stating the obvious and are particularly dull. The change of reader certainly improved things and I do think the writing improved as well as it went on but overall the book remained dull and uninspiring.

There was a couple of good scenes and the occasional interesting dilemma but their full potential was never really fully explored.

If your a die hard Salamanders fan you may enjoy this, though ultimately I felt it didn't add anything to the overall Heresy narrative.

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  • The Damnation of Pythos

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 30
  • By: David Annandale
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world. Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irrelevant and uniteresting

  • By Anonymous User on 09-01-19

An OK book but wouldn't be recommending it

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

As the title says this book was OK and had some interesting ideas that it ultimately didn't deliver on for me. I felt that no worthwhile conclusions were reached and that the characters and their motivations could have been further explored.

Overall the book didn't add anything to the Heresy storyline and left no interesting reveals or hooks to be picked up by later books. The characters were a bit too cliche for my liking although think elements could have been further explored like two Iron Hands having very different outlooks and opinions instead of the sergeant just giving up and deciding his captain must be right.

I was left feeling that there was no suitable conclusion to the story, as the struggle the characters went through and challenges they faced ultimately resulted in no notable change or worthwhile outcome. If your a fan of the Iron Hands you may still like this closer look at them and the action scenes are decent.

  • The Burden of Loyalty

  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: Dan Abnett, David Annandale, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

As the darkness of the war slowly consumes the galaxy, those who still serve the Throne are faced with a struggle for their survival and the continued existence of everything they hold dear. With the threat of the Warmaster's fleet looming ever closer to Terra, it will fall to such heroes to halt the tide, but the enemies arrayed against them are powerful, and the burden of loyalty is great....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A decent enough listen

  • By Cerus on 16-05-18

A decent enough listen

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

This book is OK although I really am not overly fond of the books made up of multiple short stories. As in most you don't have enough time with the characters to become invested or even care about them.

The better stories tended to be the longer ones, focusing on already established characters such as Leman Russ but even these felt like they didn't have enough depth.

  • Dark Imperium

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Fell times have come to the galaxy. Cadia has fallen, destroyed by the onslaught of Chaos. A Great Rift in the warp has opened, and from its depths spew daemons and the horrors of Old Night. But all hope is not lost.... A hero, long absent, has returned, and with him comes the wrath of the Ultramarines reborn. Roboute Guilliman has arisen to lead the Imperium out of darkness on a crusade the likes of which has not been seen since the fabled days of the Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Advancement in the Grim Dark.

  • By Craigie on 06-02-18

A good look at the changes to the Imperium

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I enjoyed this book, it was good to hear about the changes wrought on the Imperium since the return of Guilleman, how his outlook has changed and the inclusion of the new Primaries Marines.

I felt the characters were well rounded and interesting enough.

My only real criticism would be some of the dialogue during fights as its very repetitive with the bad guys saying "All is Ash! All is Ash! All is Ash! All is Ash!" and the good guys saying "Forward! Forward! Forward! Forward! Forward! FORWARD!". There were some others as well. I thought it felt like lazy writing, I understand the reasoning for it but it could have been put across in a much better, subtle or imaginative way instead of having the narrator shouting in my ear.

Otherwise is well worth a listen!

  • The Crimson King

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 44
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Removed from the concerns of the galaxy at large and regarding the Warmaster's unfolding Heresy with cold detachment, he has dedicated his hollow existence to the preservation of all the knowledge once held in the great libraries of Tizca, should mankind ever seek such enlightenment again. But his sons can see the change in their primarch - he is a broken soul whose mind and memories are slipping away into the tumult of the warp.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A disjointed 'Search for Magnus'

  • By 451 on 13-02-19

Good book but the wolves are hard to like

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Always good to see more Thousand sons and Magnus, the story arc of both Arhiman and Amon was also interesting to follow. The wolves however were a bit one dimensional and were hard to like or enjoy. I think the book would have been better off without them

  • Fabius Bile: Primogenitor

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Josh Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

He is known by many names - Clonelord, Manflayer, Primogenitor. He is the epitome of deceit and perversion, and feared by man and monster alike. Once the Chief Apothecary of the Emperor's Children, the madman known as Fabius Bile possesses a knowledge of genetic manipulation second to none.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black library

  • By Pat on 27-09-17

like Fabius the book falls short of perfaction

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

it was an ok book, some of the bits were interesting with a look into how apothecaries operate and are perceived within the traitor legions. However, I did find it to be an exceptionally slow book that took quite a while to get going. it did have it's moments and there was some interesting characters but overall it felt very middle of the road

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  • Black Legion: Warhammer 40,000

  • Black Legion, Book 2
  • By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 474

Ezekyle Abaddon and his warlords strive to bind the newborn Black Legion together under threat of destruction. Now Khayon, as Abaddon's most-trusted assassin, is tasked with ending the threat of Thagus Daravek, the self-proclaimed Lord of Hosts - a rival to the Ezekyle's final fate. Fighting the vile whispers of the Dark Gods within his mind, Abaddon turns a fevered gaze back to the Imperium, where his destiny awaits. Yet the Emperor's Champion and his Black Templars stand guard at the gates of Hell, and Sigismund has waited centuries to face Abaddon in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Legion goodness

  • By Alexander Brown on 17-10-17

A deeper insight into the Black Legion

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

As with the first book, a very well written and compelling story that gives an interesting and in depth look at the beginning of the Black Legion.

Aaron Demski-Bowden does a great job of conveying the tragedy that has befallen both the Traitors and the Imperium itself. Both of which have become a shadow of what they were before the Horus Heresy.

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  • Helsreach: Warhammer 40,000

  • Space Marine Battles, Book 2
  • By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

When the world of Armageddon is attacked by orks, the Black Templars Space Marine Chapter are amongst those sent to liberate it. Chaplain Grimaldus and a band of Black Templars are charged with the defence of Hive Helsreach from the xenos invaders in one of the many battle zones. But as the orks' numbers grow and the Space Marines' numbers dwindle, Grimaldus faces a desperate last stand in an Imperial temple.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New to Warhammer books, but I enjoyed it a lot.

  • By Carl Hall on 25-10-17

Purging the alien with righteous fury!

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Really enjoyed this dark and gritty story, most of it told from Grimaldus' perspective. You do very easily find yourself becoming invested in the characters. I especially liked the stark differences between the Black Templars and the Salamanders.

It is an older book now and would love to see a sequel but it is a very well told, self contained story.