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Fulgrim

The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Narrated by: David Timson
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man.

Loyalties are tested and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor's Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption - a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V....

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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Descent into madness

Fulgrim is a little different from most Heresy books in that its as much a horror story as it is a tragedy. Sometimes psychological, sometimes downright uncomfortable it's a far cry from the relatively straightforward morality of 40k novels. Mostly Fulgrim is the slow-burning tale of a cultured, urbane man of great learning whose love of perfection proves to be not only his own undoing but that of his Legion.

The book is quite a long one, allowing the reader to savour the full measure of the tragedy. McNeill has given the stories the full depth and context needed to follow the corruption of the Legion as a whole rather than relying on clumsy shortcuts. There's a few nods to King's Needful Things and some parts of False Gods find their way into the canvas but as a whole Fulgrim is as vast, decadent and ultimately disturbing as the artworks of the Primarch himself.

David Timson as narrator is an excellent choice. Here his tones work perfectly, capturing the honeyed, menacing tones of the Primarch and the arrogance of his Astartes. Fulgrim sounds like Edward Fox and Vespasian - Jack Hawkins. Nobody else could have pulled that off

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Ties in nicely

Parts of the book were a bit slow, others fantastic. Importantly, it ties in nicely with prior books and the ending is great.

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Over before I knew it !

Probably my favourite of the series so far, cracking listen and narrator was top notch as always. Now onto Fulgrim !

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Too arty for my liking.

It just seemed to dwell too long on the arts and although the narrator suited that subject it just didn't fit with the previous books.

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Disappointing continuation of story

After listening to the first 4 books (and 2 other side stories), which were dark, gritty, atmospheric and gothic, I was disappointed in this narrator’s suddenly upbeat, flamboyant and theatric portrayal of the characters (very Griff Rhys-Jones in 3 men and a boat!)
I can’t fault the narrator’s skill in reading, and I’m sure I’d love him in another setting, but it just ruined the mood of this book for me, to the point where I couldn’t even tell if the story was good and I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it... I sped it up to x1.25 to get through it without much quality loss.
I feel I’ve given a generous 3 star rating for each!

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Amazing

fantastic instalment in an incredible series. Excellent performance. A must read for any emperor's children fans

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good story ,bad narrator

I found the story to be good but the ending seemed abit rushed , the narrator wasn't great ,he would be better narrating the wind and the willows or something along those lines ,not a story set in the grim dark 41st millennium

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A quest for perfection, a tale of corruption

Not in the top tier of Horus Heresy books but still a worthwhile listen for 40K readers, especially the Chaos fans.

Story: I would have liked more of a focus on Fulgrim's personal descent into corruption. There are some genuinely unnerving scenes of Slaaneshi corruption which lingered in my mind long after the audiobook finished- as a psychological horror story this hits the mark.

The performance was overall excellent. My sole gripe is that the narrator switches to a reedy, excessively pompous voice for Fulgrim which I feel undermines the impact of his dialogue.

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It was great BUT

The book is 11 out of 10, and the reader's performance was great. BUT. The letter "S". Sometimes the way he say it, it penetrated my ears like thousand needles.

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The tragic fall of the Phoenix

A fantastic entry to the Horus Heresy series that portrays the dread seductive powers of chaos and how even primarchs can be tricked and manipulated by its demon spawn.

Excellent writing, fantastic characters and a brilliant performance, if somewhat marred by an overly nasal interpretation of Fulgrim himself that is more fitting for his future daemonic form than the noble if prideful warrior he is at the beginning of this story.

9/10 overall.

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  • Erik Rose
  • 07-01-18

Not my favorite, but maybe the best of the Horus Heresy.

I don't like the emperor's children or many of their characters to begin with, and this book made me dislike them more. They were prancing dandies shouting perfection perfection etc.

But! This book embraced all those annoying, offsetting, decadent, and offensive traits to make the reader hate then more and more as the book goes on. The imagery is truly top tier and while I don't like the focus of the book, it rivals Eisenhorn and Gaunt in quality. A must read if you are going through the Horus Heresy. It ties the last two books together neatly while telling its own descent into madness. And much less Lucius than the last three books. I hate that guy lol.
And David Timson did a great job too, characters were easy to tell apart.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 06-04-18

Great Narration, okay story

What did you love best about Fulgrim?

The dropsite massacre, being so iconic in the heresy, is portrayed for the first time and is really quite incredible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Graham McNeill? Why or why not?

Absolutely, while Fulgrim wasn't my favourite book of his, I have read others and consider Graham McNeill to be amongst the best Black Library authors there are

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

I quite liked the portrayal of Eldrad Ulthran. I was curious as to how he would pull off the voice of the Eldar and I believe he did it justice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Istvaan V dropsite Massacre and the beheading of Ferrus Mannus

Any additional comments?

I liked the character of Fulgrim before reading this book, and now he is one of my least favourite traitor primarchs. I'm not sure what that says about the book, though.

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  • StPierre85
  • 04-04-19

Cannot Recommend for Everyone...

"Fulgrm," as a book itself is alright. It was a decent look into the Emperor's Children, and if you've read the Fabius Bile books - you see exactly why Fabius made the decision he did in book 2. Also, a call out to Saul Tarvitz and Solomon Demeter, amazing characters. Right up there with Garviel Loken, Garro, and Torgaddon. Their last moments are truly harrowing. Sadly though, Ferrus Manus. The Bruenor Battlehammer of the 40k universe he is not lol.

While I will say there were a lot of lessons to be learned through the book in terms of personal introspection and how destructive emotions such as jealousy, spite, superiority, etc can all crumble someone's inner strength - this is one of the ONLY times that I cannot recommend a book to someone based on the merits of the writing and story.

To be blunt, the book should come with a trigger, or at least an "Explicit Content" warning, and I do not state this lightly. While the fall of the Emperor's Children due to their personality and behavioral flaws are both fascinating and horrifying, it should be noted that there are visceral scenes of self-mutilation, personality disorders, sexual violence, and a level of brutality that far exceed the normal "Bolter Porn."

Marines die. They die horribly. This is standard 40k. The Grimdark and ultra-violence is not only expected but embraced by the 40k lore. It has been for 3 decades, of which I've been a part of since 1997. There's a certain level of acceptance towards the gratuity of the bloodshed - primarily due to the impersonal, "war is hell" nature of the violent actions.

This book touches on something deeper, and for those reading it in 2019, some might find the imagery unsettling, I know I did, either based on personal experiences or through an empathetic connection to loved ones and family that may have suffered from some of these issues as well.

The book is not bad by any means, however, it is unsettling. Many might say, "Well that's the point..." and I would not disagree. These issues shouldn't be hidden away, and the book confronts them openly, with a stark frankness. However, that does not mean it was handled the best way either. In this instance, there should be some pains taken by either the Black Library or Audible to have a "Know before you read..." text or blurb so that folks that are sensitive to these sorts of imagery can steel themselves for it, or pass and come back at a later date.

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  • Aaron Dobmeier
  • 09-02-18

Rough beginning for narrator

For the first 5 or so hours I was zoning out or lost. No matter the situation the narrator sounded like he was narrating a water buffalo wandering around in some national geographic show with no emotion. The voices all sounded the same I couldn't tell who was talking. I ended up stopping for the day and when I started it again he seemed to get a better rythem although I did find myself zoning out occasionally.

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  • rashon s
  • 11-08-19

Poor little primarch

Fulgrim... I didn't know much about his turning but to think it happens the way it does. Man.. Thats tough I love the idea. Gonna be using it in my black crusade campaign =). And fabius bile, excellent.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09-08-19

Nature documentary

The reader sounds like a nature document in tv and the book it self spends a tad too much time beating around the bush.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-19

difficult start, worth it in the end.

this wasnt an easy listen fornthe 1st 3rd.
it was meh for the 2nd 3rd
it wrapped up awesome.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12-07-19

<br /><br />Tragedy

The cruel & tormenting passage to perfection.
Epic war.
The love betwix brothers.
Death to the false god of mankind.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10-07-19

Chilling and Good

The writer and reader earn their pay here with a grim account of a mighty warrior's fall to darkness. Not for the faint of heart but very well done.

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  • Peter M.
  • 01-07-19

dam b

my lad ferrus was taken from us too soon, and his chapter suffers. RIP. damn.