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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?

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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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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  • Robert
  • wrexham, United Kingdom
  • 20-10-17

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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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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Loved it

The book is amazing and it deserves full stars for suck a good read , I recommend it

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excellent.

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

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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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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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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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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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Enthralling, mesmerising, emmense, wonderful

A wonderfully engaging read, excitement, action, political shenanigans. An emersive plot that hooks you in. Whether a fan of 40k or not this is a sci-fi blockbuster that stands head and shoulders above its contemporaries

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  • 20-10-17

The Heresy Begins! Great Start to A Great Series!

Thank you Black Library for coming to Audible!

Dan Abnett is really good at building this universe and character depth.
Narrated by Toby Longworth, I really like his range of voice and they fit well with all these heroes and heroines.

Great combo, the next few books are also great and even better on audio.
I suggest atleast the first 4 audio books to get started, then you can decide from there were to go next, there are a ton of good books in this universe. And the Primarchs series is also good.

Even if you do not know anything about the board games, video games and warhammer universe, these are great books and fun reads.
This is war. War against aliens, orks, demons and more. There is politics and religion, honor, deception and tragedy in space, but mostly war.

In the far distant future mankind has spread across the universe and many branches of humanity have been lost for 1000's of years.

1. The Emperor of Mankind: A immortal human, given power beyond any being in the universe, by powers beyond space and time, serves as the ruling monarch of the Imperium of Man.

2. The Primarchs, created by the Emperor, were the 20 genetically-engineered trans-human sons of the Emperor of Mankind. Made in his likeness and created for war.

They were intended to be the immortal and superhuman leaders who would command the Emperor's 20 "Astartes" Space Marine Legions and find and reunite the lost branches of humanity throughout space as well as bring all worlds and peoples into compliance, that is under one ruler, the Emperor.

Primarchs were 12 to 15 feet tall. And bigger/ bulkier than the Astartes Space Marine they lead.

Astartes Space Marines were 7-8 feet tall; about 150% bigger/ bulkier than humans. (just to give perspective).

Known Primarchs:
Horus, *warmaster*, Luna Wolves
Leman Russ, Space Wolves
Ferrus Manus, Iron Hands
Fulgrim, Emperor's Children
Vulkan , Salamanders
Rogal Dorn, Imperial Fists
Roboute Guilliman, Ultramarines
Magnus the Red, Thousand Sons
Sanguinius, Blood Angels
Lion El'Jonson, Dark Angels
Perturabo, Iron Warriors
Mortarion, Death Guard
Lorgar, Word Bearers
Jaghatai Khan, White Scars
Konrad Curze, Night Lords
Angron, World Eaters
Corvus Corax, Raven Guard
Alpharius Omegon, Alpha Legion

3. Astartes Space Marines: bio-engineered immortal warriors, to fight the foes of the universe till the end of time and reunite the lost branches of humanity throughout space.
"They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me.
Like clay I shall mold them and in the furnace of war I shall forge them.
They shall be of iron will and steely sinew.
In great armor I shall clad them and with the mightiest weapons shall they be armed.
They will be untouched by plague or disease; no sickness shall blight them.
They shall have such tactics, strategies and machines that no foe will best them in battle.
They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
They are my Space Marines...and they shall know no fear."
— The Emperor of Mankind

Have fun listening!

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  • Dani Tishler
  • 12-11-17

Amazing story and good performance

Really enjoyed the story and going to continue.
The acting didn't always feel consistent but overall very enjoyable.

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  • italoromano
  • 28-05-18

This Novel grew on me

Started slow and was almost going to give it up. Then it gave me reasons to care and continue

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  • Jesse Jacquet
  • 15-06-18

So it begins!

I was really looking forward to this book, and I was not disappointed. Dan Abnett is one of my favorite Warhammer writers and Toby Longworth is without a doubt my favorite narrator for the books. Story itself was epic and grand and a great prelude of things to come. It is also sad in a way knowing the fate that is to befall many of the great heroes in the story. I can’t wait to listen to the rest. One down, only about 40 more to go. Oh boy.

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  • evan montoya
  • 13-06-18

Start here.

If you are looking to get into the Warhammer series. the is a good place to start.

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  • Tyge
  • 02-06-18

kinda short, but great

i know theres like 40 more books left so its fine. just not great for how audible works..

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  • joeskram
  • 29-05-18

very good and unexpectedly well performed.

very well performed and cannot aist to hear more. superb job on the reading and voice acting

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  • zachs
  • 24-05-18

Can Slow Down, But Great Lore and Characters

solid read. Great start to the series. Could slow as it jumped from characters. Loved seeing the interactions of characters though.

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  • Irving
  • 23-05-18

Great in every way!!!!!

I finish the book From start to finish within 3 days. fantastic in every detail

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  • Janne Leskinen
  • 20-05-18

great book :)

A great book to a very very long series. Pulls you in and keeps you going till the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful