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  • The Horus Heresy, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8,608 ratings)

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Horus Rising

By: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
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Summary

It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy.

It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

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Truly Amazing!

Horus Rising was spectacular. I have listened to a few Black Libary audio CDs and most have disappointed me. Mainly due to their length, most are only an hour or so long. Horus Rising is over 12 hours long and they are 12 truly amazing hours of splendid back story. This story achieved to paint true depth and colour onto so many key events and characters that I was only basically aware of before. The best scene for me was the diplomatic dialogue that occurred between Horus and his counterpart. So wonderfully well written and the voice acting was splendid in its execution.

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Great start to a massive storyline

Here you are introduced into the world of warhammer 40k at the beginnings of the Horus heresy. It is a great book as a stand-alone piece even if you don’t like warhammer it is a good sci-if book. The second book in this series builds up momentum very nicely as it thickens the plot

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A great combination

Dan Abnett is possible the best living Sci-Fi author. Toby Long is one of the best Narrators particularly of Gothic fantasy. The two of them together are fantastic.

This story makes a great kick off to the Horus Hearsay, but possibly not the best start to Warhammer 40k fiction as a whole.

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Not Dan's Best

Dan Abnett is a brilliant writer, but this book was just very dull. I purchased Horus Rising because I so thoroughly enjoyed his Eisenhorn series. Horus Rising seemed to have no real focus, just a lot of random elements and bits of story. It follows one particular soldier, as he hops from planet to planet, killing everything on said planet. This crusade seems to be the only major plot thread in the story, and it's a very dull one. Characters with no previous mention will die, and nobody cares. The prose is fantastic, but the story is just uninteresting.

Toby Longworth is a fantastic narrator, as per usual, it's just a shame the content isn't quite on par.

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Warhammer 40k starts here

If you could sum up Horus Rising in three words, what would they be?

Funny, knowing, bloody

What did you like best about this story?

This is the Imperium of Man at it's brightest everything it was meant to be just at the point where it all starts to go wrong

Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a few of Tobys performances this is one of my favourites there's a lt of sly humour in Dan Abnetts writing that Toby gives brings out he also gives a different weight to each characters lines so you wouldn' t mistake the main characters for each other

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

A small joke made by the books protagonist to those among his peers that had previously intimidated him was I thought an excellent way of showing his growing comfort amongst them

Any additional comments?

This is the place to start with Warhammer 40k arguably it's best author takes on the Imperium just as it's golden age is about to end. It's a smart, funny, visceral and violent tale but if you've any interest in the Warhammer universe I'd start here.

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Really enjoyed it!

Only recently started the black library, this is my second book, and I’m really enjoying it so far! Toby does a great job with narration!

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excellent.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, casts a completely different side to the warmaster and his legion.

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Awesomeness

Really good story engaging and made me love the Luna wolves and feel sad at the knowledge of what is to become of their honour and sorry for Logan and Hourus.

Would really recommend very very good did not expect it to be that good. P.

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Welcome to the Heresy

If you were ever intrested in Warhammer 40k at any point of your life, start here and learn about your favourite legion/chapter. I left 40k in the dust as a child but refell in love with it when I started listening to the audio books. Listen for the emperor, brother.

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Awesome start to the Horus Heresy

I’ve listened to a number of Audio books now, this one is awesome and such a good start to the epic that is The Horus Heresy.

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