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Angron: Slave of Nuceria

The Horus Heresy
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

A Primarchs novel

The Twelfth Primarch has been found! United with the War Hounds - now renamed the World Eaters - the gladiator Angron gives his sons an ultimatum that will change their very nature, and their destiny.

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You've seen the immediate aftermath of Angron's recruitment into the Imperium in the short story 'After Desh'ea' - now Ian St. Martin brings us the details of what happened next, and the World Eaters' adoption of the Butcher's Nails.

The story:

As the Emperor travels the galaxy at the head of his Great Crusade, few events are as important as rediscovering his scattered sons, the Primarchs, and bestowing them as the masters of their Legions. United, a Legion becomes a reflection of its Primarch, both in his strengths and his flaws. For the Twelfth Legion, once the War Hounds and now the World Eaters, the line between strength and flaw is almost impossible to separate. Placed in command of a Legion he does not want, in service to a father he cannot forgive, Angron gives an ultimatum to his children, one that will set them down a path that they can never return from. So desperate for his acknowledgment, will the World Eaters follow their father and cast themselves in his broken image, or will they resist? And will any of them ever learn who their father was truly meant to be?

Written by Ian St. Martin. Performed by Jonathan Keeble.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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One of the better ones in the series

This is one of the better books in the Primarchs series, since it sheds light on the history of the primarch in question and also his legion. I would rate this the third best of the ones currently available in Audible of the series (summer 2019). The best one in my opinion is the one about Lorgar and the second the one about Perturabo. Recommended if you've enjoyed the other books in the series, but I would not start with this one unless Angron is your favourite primarch.

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  • 05-06-19

Mishandled and Clumsy

Ian St Martin manages only to convolute a previous iconic and defining plot-point of Aaron Dembski-Bowden's superior "Betrayer" and "Butcher's Nails" and further manages to make the story of Angron more complicated to reconcile from both a lore and interpersonal stand-point.

Jonathan Keeble gives his usual competent performance with decent characterization and excellent pacing though I find his peculiar affectation of changing characterizations from what were brilliantly and iconically captured in his performance of earlier Horus Heresy works jarring.

Overall the story presents more like the author's attempt at rewriting the Istvan atrocity with sloppily wedged-in plot devices to answer the sizable questions his narrative presents. In this novella we are treated to a legion new to its single most defining negative attribute yet behaves with less reason and temperance than is exhibited during their sack of Armatura decades later despite the characterization of them having slid into increased excesses and loss of reason by that time. The moments of introspection about the character and personality of Angron in his moments of lucidity and rationality and prior to his mutilation inevitably fail to save this.

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  • snozek
  • 05-06-19

great story, excellent reader

First, Keeble is a marvelous reader. Every one of the books that he performs for Black Library makes the book that much better. Tone is accurate, he performs how the author wrote the pieces. If the author says slurred, then Keeble's character slurs. That sort of professionalism is too rare.

St. Martin doesn't write a lot for the Horus Heresy, but this book captured the soul of the old legion and its corruption at the hand of its newly founded primarch.

The only drawback is that the story jumps about a bit at times. You can piece together what happens, but the story could have benefitted.

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  • Conrad Carriker
  • 09-07-19

Not what I expected.

Listening and reading through various Khorne and world eaters stories, I expected this to be the simple story of Spartacus that is Angron. Instead I got a deep look into the sadness and fear that the true War Hounds felt, as their father primarch cast reason aside. Ripping the honor away from a legion that gained praise from the God Emperor himself. Normally in the grim dark, good and bad guys are no where to be seen. Only grey folk so the deeds may be completed for the future of humanity.

This book has a hero though. We know what the World Eaters become, so we know the fate of good and evil in this story. Before I did not know just how cruel the process was. I thought of the World Eaters as berserkers badasses. Now it’s more complex and I needed that.

Khorne has more honor than Angron.
Blood for the Blood God and all that.

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  • Rebecca Hapke
  • 17-06-19

Solid book

Solid book but does not have the level of detail as other books in the series. I would have loved to get more story line from Angron on Nuceria.

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  • Vincent
  • 08-06-19

Brilliant history.

A look into the Eater of Worlds, their Lord, and the fateful event that changed them - shaped them into the Legion that we know today.

A sad story, a brutal story; filled with blood, anger, and fear.

The Warhounds are dogs no more, for now they are truly the Eater of Worlds - the Butcher's Nails hummed in the meat of their minds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

Short but solid

Great story that really makes you realize angron was victimized from the start. Really shows him in a different light, granted still blood soaked. Just wish it was a little longer.