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Summary

Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster's increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system.

Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtering all who stand in their way. This confirms the worst scenario Guilliman can imagine - Lorgar means to settle their bitter rivalry once and for all. As the traitors summon foul daemonic hosts and all the forces of Chaos, the Ultramarines are drawn into a grim and deadly struggle in which neither side can prevail.

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

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Good story ruined by terrible narration - Fail.

This is the eighth book I have read in the HH series and it's the first one I have been really disappointed with. I don't have the time to listen to the entire series of 50 or so books so I am trying to cherry pick the most relevant in terms of content, story and building the plot. The order so far has been:

Horus Rising
False Gods
Galaxy in Flames
The Flight of The Eisenstein
Garro
Mechanicum
Nemesis

and now I am attempting to listen to Know No Fear - It is not easy!

I have been so impressed with Dan Abnett's writing in particular, closely followed by Swallow and McNeill and I was looking forward to Mr Abnett enlightening me as to the machinations of the 13th and 17th Legions. This book is deliberately written in a more clipped and succinct tone as if more of a military report than a story and it would work well apart from one very major drawback - the narration.

It is extremely difficult and frustrating to listen to. The voices are an absolute joke and it feels like a cross between a Black Adder and Terry Pratchett audio book. Don't get me wrong I could listen to these all day long if I'm in a Black Adder or Pratchett mood but lighthearted farcical comedy voices invoking the spirit of west country farmers is so out of place here it utterly destroys the entire pace and mood of the book. There are numerous occasions when new characters are introduced and the gravitas of the voices paint a picture of young teenage guardsmen or even civilian clerks but then you discover that you are supposed to be listening to senior Astartes - it just fails at every turn.

I am two hours into this book and I can't listen to it any more. Will be refunding this and moving on to better things. Will also avoid any books narrated by Gareth Armstrong - where's Toby Longworth when you need him?

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Theoretical : Confusion

The actual story is good, the characters are intriguing, but it all blends sadly into a gray mixture of complication.
The narrative is too complex, where even the simplest of sentences are given a Shakespearean touch, and hours in i could not remember 5 % of the story. Character names are mixed together, and i was given a very limited feeling of individualism.

Also, the language is very strange at times. A passage has the profanity " fugg " included, as if a teenager wrote it to sound cool. It´s repeated in basically every sentence in an eye roll of a moment. Also, the excessive " Mark point 002 etc etc " at the start of each passage is just too much as well, and you start to think about it instead of the story.

An intriguing story that need´s another angle of telling.

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Sadly disappointing

Read the book and it is one of my favourites in the HH series so was very disappointed with the audio version.

This is down purely to the narration. It's like the narrator wants to get through the story as quickly as possible and leave. The speed of delivery is far to fast and gives the listener no time to absorb the information . To make it worse the narrator delivers the story in a fast paced monotone droning manner with virtually nothing to differentiate aurally between characters.


If you want to listen to a book and be immersed then Mr Keeble is the benchmark in audio delivery, sadly the narrator of this falls far far short

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Quality control seems to have missed this book. Slow dull and wierd experience in story telling, jumps between 1st 2nd and 3rd too frequently.

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Just wow

amazing story and narration.
great to see gullimans perspective and the betrayal the 13th felt

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Absolutely superb

So I’ve done a lot of miles over the past week and having this to listen to in the car has been awesome. It’s a truly epic rendition of a fantastic story and I have been left thoroughly pleased with it all. Great stuff.

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EPIC

dan abnett really brings it home with this powerful and driven fast paced book wished it didnt end

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Ultra

Dan Abnett delivers again! This ended up being my favourite novel in the series. Highly recommend giving it a listen

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was never a fan of audio books until now

absolutely excellent. I'm going back on the store for the next installment. We march for Calth!

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  • Jeffery Goodfellow
  • 03-02-19

One of the best in the series

Just finished and loved every minute of it. This is the first of the Horus series that I have ever written a review for , because it’s just that good.

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  • NickelToe
  • 10-02-20

Good for Ultramarine fans

I am a big fan of Dan Abnett but this felt like word salad. too many non-important side stories and very verbose repetition.

To little about the Primarchs, too little about the Heresy. It starts well and ends pretty well but the subtle hints and connections to other HH novels are hard to follow unless you can memorize the previous novels and various GW codices and campaign books.

HH should be 40 stories, 18 pre-found story of each primarch with flashes to their legion. 18 stories during the crusades about the primarch and legion and 4 stories on Horuses fall and siege.

Not 40 books but 40 stories horever long that takes. Deliverance Lost for example was good but I wanted more on Corax before and during the crusade. Same for Guilliman.

The battle for Calth, as represented here, had too much about Mechanicum nobodies and scrap code.

There is a Mechanicum novel in this series which describes them well. I would rather have 5 more chapters of Guilliman flashbacks than bibaric love in the 31st millennium.

It is a must read for the series imo as it not only leads to the conclusion of the Heresy novels but also is info for the Primaris marines in 41st millennium stories.

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  • Jane
  • 30-01-19

Lots of action, great narration

Narrator was exceptional, he performed lots of distinctive voices for each character. The story had a nonstop pace and was full of action. I always enjoy the Roboute Guilliman and Oll Persons characters.

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  • Noah
  • 05-01-19

Best Horus heresy yet.

I loved this book and won’t bore the review reader with specifics. Though it starts slowly there is a constant slide as the enemy of mankind sets nefarious plans in motion. By the middle of the book, Dan Abnett assails the reader with some of the thickest action and fighting ever written for black library. A story filled with heroic deeds and fantastic character portraits that faithfully depict the ultramarines lowest and highest moments in turn. A great listen.

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  • John Thompson
  • 02-01-20

Finally we are shown the SCALE of it all

I've read other books about the betrayals, battles and atrocities of the crusade but this book finally gives you a true sense of the horrific scale of the heresy and how doom could come to the world.

Dan Abnett does such a wonderful job describing the horror and helplessness that individuals must have felt. A fantastic read.

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  • Chris Vavra
  • 12-09-19

a slow beginning with a fun end

the first third of the book was a lot of disconjointed battles where they would go on and on about the damage caused. It picked up after the first quarter or so and the story got started. I am excited to see what happens next, because half the stories end in ways that beg for more. I would have liked if this book was another one or two hundred pages longer to finish everyone's stories.

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  • M
  • 25-07-19

Warfighting for the 41st Millenium

A perfect combination of story, heavy metal action and military philosophy. This book needs to be put on the Marine Corps Commandant's professional reading list.

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  • Jaimie Fryer
  • 31-08-21

Calth gets wrecked.

A great description of the end of a world. One of the story arcs doesn't have an end.

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  • Brian Andrews
  • 17-08-21

worst in the series

I don't know what else to say about it it was just bad. genuinely bad

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  • Michael Ananias Garrison
  • 06-08-21

No Build Up

Going through and enjoy the HH series the one complaint I've had is that each book, while the store is independent, almost ignores the fact that it is a part of a larger narrative and not isolated from the other novels. Each book has gone through the basic writing formulas as it set up, build, climax and resolution. This book begins with things already happening. We get independent view of a story that isn't isolated from the previous narratives.