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Betrayer

The Horus Heresy, Book 24
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 24
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

The Shadow Crusade has begun. While the Ultramarines reel from Kor Phaeron's surprise attack on Calth, Lorgar and the rest of the Word Bearers strike deep into the realm of Ultramar.

Their unlikely allies, Angron and the World Eaters, continue to ravage each new system they come across - upon the garrison planet of Armatura, this relentless savagery may finally prove to be their undoing. Worlds will burn, Legions will clash and a primarch will fall.

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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Absolutely brilliant

A fantastic addition to the horus heresy series. follwing kharn and argel tal during the shadow crusade a must read after First Heretic and know no fear.
ADB at his finest

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Perfect

Keeble is THE narrator. Perfect intonation etc. Aaron writes a truly epic tale. Must read

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An absolute Masterpiece!

You MUST not give this a pass, masterpiece, best this series has to offer!

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Great book

Loved this book brought alot of characters out to shine and get to see Logar and Angron in true light

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Get up.

The best book in the whole horus heresy collection, gives an excellent look into the Primarchs interactions with each other and the astartes are relatable. Also Kharn.

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Brilliant

One of the best yet from the Horus Heresy series. Well written and perfect narration

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Great Book

Good, well told story from the Heretics perspective. I nearly agree with the Word Bearers and World Eaters

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absolute gold

by far my most favourite book, listened to it countless times and it's the biggest reason I started a world eaters army for the Horus heresy

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Best horus hersey story next to first heretic

No Doubt its a fantastically written story, great pace, content, dialogue and character development. I actually cried at points!

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Awesome book...

Awesome book... just get so sad for Pappa Smirf and his guys. One of the best for pushing the story forward and understanding how 40k is like it is.

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  • Ivan Drieter D. Eusebio
  • 10-10-18

A deep and insightful look at two traitor legions

"Get up." - Kharn, 8th captain of the World Eaters to Erebus, Dark Apostle of the World Bearers

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  • Sterling Routson-Thomas
  • 02-11-17

Excellent

The story stands up there with the best in the series. narration is good. Would have loved some auto tune or something on the dreadnought voices though. I really am developing a bad habit of listening to these too quickly though.

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  • Devin
  • 08-12-18

Eye Opening

This book was the 1st I read that priced into the heart of the World Eater's Primarch, and what a eye opening insight it gave. I never thought I'd agree with Angron.

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  • Brett Casey
  • 04-09-19

too lopsided

struggled to finish this one. without letting out any spoilers it felt like a giant loyalist snuff story. the ease at which at which the opposing side is killed is just annoying but the ending makes it worthwhile I guess.

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  • Sitpaintandplay
  • 22-08-18

Incredible that’s all I can say

The relationships and the character building in this book was amazing. I would actually like to go back for another listen soon simply to catch everything I could of possibly missed.

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  • charles craft
  • 21-04-18

Angron the Oathbreaker, Angron the Betrayer!

Cannot recommend this Horus Heresy novel enough, ADB is fantastic in his writings as always and the amped up level of comedy alone makes this a great novel in its own right not just one of the best in the series. Jonathan Keeble also really sells the characters to a point of near realism. Like First Heretic Lorgar is a greatly interesting character usually keeping his machinations close to the chest, his obsession with truth(however ugly) leaves him a semi relatable demigod in good contrast to Angrons depravity from The Butchers Nails. Angron is simply amazing, wont even describe because everything about him is central to the plot and Lorgars plans of both brotherly love and supreme conquest. This is an absolute must for those plowing through the series and easily rivals ADBs near perfectly executed Night Lords trilogy.

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  • Roger Dillon
  • 06-11-19

Surprisingly characterization

Lorgar and Angron are surprisingly likable for heretics. I mean Angron isn't, but the way he's written makes me not hate him, which is impressive. Kharn.... he's fantastic. I just assumed he was a berserk murder machine. He's a World Eater with nuance! Nuance for the Blood God!

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  • Leni
  • 25-10-19

The lows outnumber the highs

Angron is a surprisingly compelling character! Sadly, everyone else just sort of blends together- just like the rest of the book.

You move from combat scene to combat scene until it becomes a chore. The events they describe (titans clashing, space marine vs space marine, primarch vs primarch) should be be something special, but as with so many Horus Heresy books... when everyone is an amazing superman, no one is an amazing superman. I can only stand to hear so much about "He was like a demigod/demon/angel, pulping his way through his foes, killing everyone just by looking at them, nameless suckers dying left and right, the nails in his head biting like acid" so many times before I want to skip.

The bits that stand out deal with Angron because I didn't know much about him- and having listened to this book, found more to the brute than I had expected.Also, Erebus' silky smooth voice is lovely and he's suitably sinister.

I was disappointed by the human crews of the fleet/titans. While I wasn't expecting evil caricatures, I was hoping to learn more about the motivations of the common people who decide to side with Horus (and watch the people about them turn increasingly mad/demonic). Are they afraid to do otherwise? Do they believe in Horus' cause? Do they feel the Emperor has betrayed them?

We never find out, and they never deliberate on it either. Weird, I think- they go about their business of fightingfightingfighting as usual and I couldn't care less about their fates because there are no stakes and no character progression.

All in all, Jonathan Keeble is an amazing performer and Dembski-Bowden has produced some serious quality 40K stuff.

This, however, isn't it.

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  • Spencer
  • 10-10-19

The Final Duel is Catharsis of the Best Kind

ADB again does a magnificent job of making the traitors nuanced and complex. Argel Tal and Kharn have a true friendship.

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  • Jershon Baldomero
  • 02-10-19

Brotherly Loyalty

I came away from the story not caring much about Angron but the author does a good job of helping the reader to understand him more and empathize with him and his scarred legion. Lorgar’s presence throughout provides a lot of clarity to the bigger picture. The story has great action sequences but also solid dialogue and character development. At its heart this story is clearly one of brotherly loyalty and although Lorgar, Angron and their legions are on a bloody genocidal rampage through Ultramar (with a purpose to be revealed at the end) their brotherly bond still leaves much to be admired. The theme is also strong between Kharn and Argel Taal, etc. Solid narrating. Solid action. Solid characters. And just a great and intriguing story. Definitely recommend.