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Predator Prey: Warhammer 40,000

The Beast Arises, Book 2
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Beast Arises, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Summary

After centuries of peace, the Imperium is thrown into panic as human worlds everywhere are menaced by orks. In a relentless tide of slaughter, ork attack moons destroy planet after planet with gravity weapons of unstoppable power.

On Terra,the High Lords are paralysed by the scale of the threat and fail to take any effective action. With entire Space Marine Chapters missing or known to have been wiped out, does anyone have the will and the power to rise to the Imperium's defence?

©2015 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Too short

After spending 5-6hrs building the story (akin to winding up a spring) the ending comes short and sharp (as though the spring was unleashed and it just fell about, lifeless).
Given the short nature of these books, I do question their value compared to other Black Libray titles which can be double or more in length.
Overall, good story buildup and narration. Let down by content length and quick ending.

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enjoying this epic series

this series is great. it has a wide ranging scope and cast of characters which I found daunting at first but it's coming together nicely.

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A good book

This was not a favorit of mine but still a good book i loved the first in this epic story, and i will continue this series but for me this was not long as good as the first. narration was realy good

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Pedestrian At Best

Usual GW/Black Library fiction with plenty of gore-porn designed to titillate the mind of those in need of a bath and a walk. The plot is very bitty, with too many far reaching characters that have fleeting, if any, connection to each other. As with most sequels it just had no punch to it, and thus all the characters were expendable. Repeated clichés didn't help the story at all.

The performance was flawless though. Great work done by the narrator, shame he was stuck with such a poor script.

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Yet more intriguing grimdark tales of the imperium

Expanded on the first book in the series well. Gave you a sense of magnitude of the beginning of the threat. Laced as ever with plenty of grimdark reality.

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Better than book one.

While it is far better than book one this book really doesnt capture me and i will not be continuing the series.

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heavy going

look, its a 6hr episode is a long series, so it doesn't really progress past setting up a few more characters and their motives. It's a slog and not particularly fulfilling.

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Fantastic follow up to the first book

Great follow on from the first. Expands and adds much, only reason I've rated the story a 4/5 is because it's very much a set up for bigger things too come.

Can't recommend the series enough

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40k fandom at its finest

very well read, the voices put on do get a bit strange but the story and setting are fantastic

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loved this book as much as book 1.

I loved how they took back slaughter right at the end, I wonder what will happen in book 3

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  • Steven
  • 23-10-19

great story with a slow set up

Reading this book after the 1st it feels like things slow down to almost a grinding halt. It's a great set up but it feels a little disorganized by whats going on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

Excellent

This series is awesome! A great performance and several different groups of characters, all highly interesting!

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  • Belicimo
  • 11-04-19

Kill the xenos!

Great book. well read and exciting a great addition to the series and the genre.

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  • Travis K.
  • 15-10-18

good listen

it was better than the first book, but still a bit slow considering the subject matter. maybe it is just because it is still building setting for the larger story though.

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  • Eddy
  • 11-10-18

The story evolves

The first book had the very hard task of introducing a wide stage of worlds, background history and cast with differing agendas.
The second book builds on top of that groundwork and gathers speed early on, skillfully weaving occurrences and agendas across worlds together into a captivating and cohesive narrative. Political intrigue relates to planet-wide wars across the galaxy in a desperate war for survival.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-18

wow...

an absolute thrilling ride i really feel for the mariners in their last moments such a great listen

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  • Chris
  • 03-02-18

Amazing

This series is incredible so far. This book in particular, while slightly slow about a third of the way in ended up being strangely emotional. Incredibly well written. Cannot wait for the next!