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Age of Darkness

The Horus Heresy, Book 16
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 16
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one - seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. 

An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation.... 

This collection contains nine short stories: 

'Rules of Engagement' by Graham McNeill 

'Liar's Due' by James Swallow 

'Forgotten Sons' by Nick Kyme 

'The Last Remembrancer' by John French 

'Rebirth' by Chris Wraight 

'The Face of Treachery' by Gav Thorpe 

'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett 

'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders 

'Savage Weapons' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Some good some bad most not memorable

Some good some bad most not memorable although any book read by Keeble is a joy to listen to

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Questionable narration

There is a few decent stories in this collection but some I simply couldn’t finish. This wasn’t due to the quality of the story but the narration of Martyn Ellis, sadly he ruined Thousand Sons for me and I had to skip the stories that he did in this book. The standout story for me was Liar’s Due, I’m particularly fond of stories form the point of view of the humans working in the imperium during the heresy.

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Great spread of story’s

Slowly going through the Horus heresy series and this was a cracking book full of stories from lesser known legions and yet to feature yet

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Bit of a mixed bag really

Some of the stories where a bit bland to be honest. Mr Keeble's performance was stellar as always but the other chap's performance made me giggle at times. Not what you want when listening to a story about the grim darkness of the 31st millennium.

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A collection of tales

As all of these shorter stories, my rating is not lowered by their quality, but by their span. You find you long for knowing characters and plots to a deeper extent, but such are the tales of heresy..thst some need to be shortened. Forgotten sons left a great mark for me, and i know it will for you as well.

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Great listen

The stories are fantastic to listen to. Well written and narrated. A must read / listen for hours heresy fans.

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waste of time short story bull

want another book like book 10 which is just a bunch of random short stories with no over all effect on the story and is false advertisement at worst? then this book is for you since it's all the same shit as described 0\10 adds nothing to the horus heresy that isn't already obvious by book covers, dont waste time or money on this crap

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Better than others

Some stories are better than others but generally worth it given there are a few particularly good ones

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Some good, some boring

Best stories: Iron Within and Savage Weapons. Worst: The ultramarine story. The rest were mediocre.

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Narrators good and meh

Different narrators make theses short stories uneven. But it is always subjective... One narrators seems to have intonations placed wongly and it break the flow. Others are really good and carry the story.

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  • Krelnath
  • 18-12-19

Previous story collection better.

I found the majority of the short stories lacking compared to the previous collection earlier in the Horus Heresy series expect for the final 2. Worth a listen if on sale but I wouldn't pay full price.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 28-12-18

Some great stories here, some less great.

As with any anthology, there will be some good books as well as some less good books, but on the whole I would say this is definitely worth the listen, even if only for The Iron Within by Rob Sanders. That short story alone is worth it. It is an incredibly well written piece with a very satisfying ending. Other books in here that I really enjoyed are The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe, Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill. There are a couple that I felt missed the mark, either being a bit too slow or too weird. Rebirth being the standout example of this. Overall, well worth a listen.

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  • Areyouin44
  • 06-09-20

Bad narration for some stories

There is one narrator they use, with a nasal tone and one voice for all characters. Martyn Ellis I think. I'm sure he's a nice guy, he just needs a new job.

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  • Travis H.
  • 19-08-20

good book some narration is not

All of the stories are good. The narration by Martyn Ellis is terrible. he does not have a voice for 40K. I will never listen to a book again that is narrated by Martyn Ellis. Armstrong and Keeble you have great performances as usual. listeners can probably skip over the stories narrated by Martin Ellis, and not miss much. The stories he reads are either irrelevant or covered in other books.

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 20-07-20

multiple stories

the book is broken into multiple smaller books which keeps the listening easy though it feels you jump around a lot.

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  • Mitchell
  • 19-04-20

it's worth the $3.00

some of the stories bend belief, even for 40K. The narrator's continue their odd pronunciations, Martin Ellis continues being Martin Ellis.

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  • Hector Torres
  • 29-01-20

could not finish it

for some reason I could not get into the short stories. found them boring and too inconsequential to the major plot.

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  • Gill Jr.
  • 14-11-19

Short Stories, short love

Mashed into this novel are some relatively listenable short stories. Personally, around 3 or 4 of the stories were my absolute favorite while the others were not bad, yet, they weren't what I was captivated by compared to the few I did enjoy. All the authors wrote excellent stories, but with my biased toward certain space marine legions I found myself more or less drawn to a select few authors and tales. The narrators, however, are exactly what you already know and love. Out of the 3 'eavy hitters though, I always thoroughly enjoy Martyn Ellis's renditions of the stories he reads, he's got a very distinct voice and tends to portray his story's characters in a distinct way without sounding too far fetched in their nuances. overall: good filler for the bigger heavier fluff

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  • Peter M.
  • 16-10-19

Very good.

The Iron within is probably the best short story in the whole book. others are good but it's the best.

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  • Taylor
  • 19-09-19

Compiled Short Stories

Overall everything was great, I'm just not looking for short stories for my commute and I didn't realize it until after I started the book.